Good Taste Magazine Releases Its Power List Of 100 Women In The Food And Drink Industry

This week Good Taste Magazine has released its power list of 100 women leading the food and drink industry in Merseyside and beyond. Voted by readers, it reflects the region’s huge growth in the food sector, but also highlights the number of female business owners and leaders within the sector. From cake bakers to cocktail shakers, there are some hugely inspirational women leading the way in the industry.

The list is part of the Spring edition of Good Taste magazine, which is officially launched at the Liverpool Spring Festival this weekend, where it will be given out. It is also distributed free in restaurants, bars, hotels and cultural attractions across Merseyside and Cheshire.

We’re delighted to see a number of local businesses made the list.

Saira Ashford

Saira runs The Little Cottage Cakery, where she bakes amazing cakes for any occasion with dedication and attention to detail. She is self-taught, and works with her customer’s ideas to create unique and bespoke designs. She has built up a loyal clientele in and around Rainford.

Helen Harry

Founder of the Country Mile Kitchen in Rainford, Helen delivers home made bread, soups and preserves on her vintage bicycle. She uses only local produce and runs bakery classes to share her skills.

Jen Perry

Jen set up Room Forty a mobile Afternoon Tea Emporium and mobile baking school , where she makes, bakes, delivers and serves all the afternoon teas herself on her now vast collection of vintage bone china. Last year she served over 600 Afternoon Teas including catering at the Pankhurst Trust’s Centenary Celebration. Whilst not based in the Borough the Room Forty Mobile Baking School runs classes in Rainford.

Editor of Good Taste, Jade Wright said: “This year we celebrate 100 years since the first women got to vote in the UK. It’s a century that’s seen massive changes, but still we see women under-represented when it comes to owning and running businesses.

“One area where that balances out a little is food and drink, Merseyside’s biggest employment sector. Here we see women that are incredibly hungry for success and doing well, working in an agile way, adept at multitasking, growing sustainably, looking after staff, and building something amazing.

“We had been helped and mentored by the Women’s Organisation to get Good Taste off the ground, and one of the things that struck me was how many inspirational women there are in our business. We looked at compiling a feature to highlight this. Initially it was suggested we could profile 10 women, then 25, then 50. Each time we realised that we were only scratching the surface. We have listed 100 amazing women here, all nominated in our public vote.

“But let’s be clear – we are still only scratching the surface. There are so many more out there, all worthy of our praise and admiration. This isn’t designed as a definitive list. It’s a talking point, an opportunity to add more and a work in progress.

“We want you to add to it. If we’ve missed someone out, tell us about them. We’d love to hear more.”

View the full list here


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