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SPRING EDITION 2017 March/April/May Growing Pains | The Design, Build and Interior Trade

GROWING PAINS For your business to grow, your role as its creator has to develop

The GIG ECONOMY Women seeking flexible careers

reasons not to give up on yourself Real life stories:

Ruth Emily Davey the shoemaker with a heart

Gabrielle Blackman BBC One’s DIY SOS interior designer. “It’s a crazy world and a good design scheme should bring you joy”

THE GIRL IN THE ORANGE HI VIS features Camilla Barrow Deputy Project Manager for Rail Systems Crossrail

TV chef Anjum Anand shares her favourite recipes

This spring spoil yourself with

Miss Selfridge embroidered crop tops, flatforms and wide trousers.

Denim Wide Leg Trousers £30 Gold Bangles £10 Denim Espadrille Flatforms £39

Images (left/right) Miss Selfridge

Denim Cold Shoulder Embroidered Crop Top £39

Growing Pains | The Design, Build and Interior Trade Spring 2017 March/April/May

ŠCopyright 2017. All rights reserved. This magazine may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of the publishers. Materials submitted for publication are sent at the owner’s risk and do not reflect the opinion of this publication. Any views expressed within the publication by individual authors are not necessarily the views of the publisher. Whilst care has been taken to ensure that articles published and the content of advertising are accurate, neither Women in Trade Magazine nor its agents accept any liability for loss or damage. Although Women in Trade Magazine has endeavoured to ensure that all information inside the magazine is correct, details and prices may be subject to change.

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Embroidered striped shirt | Peplum skirt

Meet our contributors

Chief Executive of Cause4. Lover of drama and professional violinist. Michelle Wright is a chartered marketer, manager and fundraiser. She set up Cause4 in May 2009 and has undertaken major strategic business development projects, including campaign developments with a number of national charities and consultancy work for FTSE 100 brands developing their cultural sponsorship programmes. In 2014 Michelle was awarded the IWEC award for outstanding entrepreneurial achievement, and represented the UK as a National Champion for Entrepreneur of the Year in the European Business Awards. Read her article What is the Gig Economy – and why it works well for women on page 36. Connect with Michelle: | @MWCause4

Marketing Manager and Interiors Trend Guru at Red Candy. Rachel Escott is often found sourcing new and exciting products at trade shows across the UK, she is always quick to tip off Red Candy’s loyal customer base on upcoming interiors trends! Connect with Rachel: | @RedCandyUK

Read her article Spring interior tips on page 60

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From the Editor

Growing Pains


Click here to Buy PDF £3.25

SPRING Trade’s Directory 2017 March/April/May

Quality goods & services by British women

pages 68-74

rowing pains are something we all go through at different stages in our lives and businesses – growing is a process which never stops. I thought that after three years of publishing Women in Trade I would not face certain situations anymore, but I was wrong. Lessons learned have a way of coming back to us at a later date and revealing how much we have grown, or how much we have not. One woman who understands the importance of the planting of a seed and growing in her trade with grace and class is our cover star, Gabrielle Blackman. She says, “I grew up in a mad, busy house that my mum ran as a B&B. We were always re-setting rooms and moving things around… I suppose, looking back, that planted a seed in me.” Over time her career has gone from strength to strength; she has created beautiful and practical homes for anyone and everyone, from multimillionaires to the incredibly deserving families, often with very specific requirements, featured on BBC One’s DIY SOS series. Read more on page 42. Also in this edition, on page 16 you will learn how to cope with growing pains, whether in your personal life or business, and on page 16 you will learn that things which may seem dead could actually be thriving. If you’re feeling like it might be time to give it all up and throw in the towel, I would recommend reading our tips for not giving up on yourself or your dream on page 58 – you may change your mind. Have you ever thought about gigging? The gig economy could be the answer for women who are now seeking a flexible career aimed at a new generation of workers wanting to take control of their careers. Read more about this growing phenomenon, based on freelance work or short-term contracts, on page 36. Ever wondered how a new Tube Line gets up and running? Turns out, it takes a whole lot of design, procurement, testing, and at least one girl in an orange Hi Vis vest. Read Camilla Barrow’s fascinating engineering story in ‘The Girl in the Orange Hi Vis’ on page 50. You spoke and we listened! Our brand new trade’s directory, focused on women’s goods and services, is situated at the back of the magazine. If you are looking for a woman to tailor your clothes, a virtual assistant, a milliner, a personal stylist, a cheese and soap maker, or even a chimney sweep, then look no further! Enjoy the unfolding delights of spring! I look forward to putting my heavy boots in storage! Roll on, summer!


Janet Kirlew Founder & CEO | Editor-in-Chief

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shoemaker with a heart


Ruth Emily Davey page 26


SHARED VALUES Professional photographer, Vanessa Champion. “One of my core values is kindness.”

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ON THE COVER: abrielle Blackman “My work takes into account the transient nature of our lives; things change and get messy, families grow and shrink.” by Janet Kirlew

The Working World 36

What is the GIG Economy - and why it works well for women. by Michelle Wright


TALENT ROOM Ever wish that you could read the mind of employers? Jane Dove, Director of Talent Room might just be the solution to your recruitment needs.

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Cover Star Gabrielle Blackman

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Real Life Stories 26

Cover Star Gabrielle Blackman

Growing Pains Edition |The Design, Build & Interior Trade


A SHOEMAKER WITH A HEART Ruth Emily Davey “I feel I was


nurtured into my craft – something that is very rare these days.”


THE GIRL IN THE ORANGE HI VIS features Camilla Barrow, Deputy Project Manager for Rail Systems Crossrail.

Work Life Balance 16

GROWING PAINS: For your business to grow, your role as its creator has to develop.

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Mind, Body Boosts

Women in Trade SPRING 2017 | March-May 11

Self 58

4 reasons not to give up on yourself or your dream. Giving up will always leave you wondering, ‘what if?’


Have you ever felt like you have tried everything, and you just can’t muster the energy or inspiration to move forward? Well, it turns out that it’s not dead after all. by our editor-in-chief, Janet Kirlew


The Sarah A healthy does of antioxidants.


Medichecks As GP waiting lists get longer and timely appointments become harder to book, many people find themselves searching the internet for answers.


Spring Interior tips Quirky online homewares company, Red Candy, gives us some tips on how to spruce up your home office for spring! by Rachel Escott


I Love INDIA Delicious heart warming recipes from TV chef and food writer, Anjum Anand.

In Every Issue 9

Editor’s Letter

Quality products & services by British women.

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68-74 NEW: Trade’s Directory

Life is great when you learn how to manoeuvre

through the twists

and turns with grace. It’s very

rewarding to the soul. Words: Janet Kirlew Image : Long Tall Sally

SPRING Trade’s Directory 2017 March/April/May Quality goods & services by British women


Edition 2017 March/April/May This is a preview copy. To read the full version (76 pages) Buy PDF £3.25 Here

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