In 2015 52 per cent of the start-up businesses that Creative Sheffield worked with were set up by women.  In celebration of International Women’s Day this week, Creative Sheffield, the economic development arm of Sheffield City Council are sharing the experiences of women in business through interviews with serial entrepreneurs, first time business start-ups and sector leaders across the city.

The interviews will be shared via @creativesheff every day this week 7 March–11 March.

Follow and help us share the stories of ‘Sheffield women mean business’ including their early ambitions, the challenges and rewards of being in business and the advice they wish they’d been given from the start.

Cllr Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Business, Skills & Development, said: “Creative Sheffield work closely with political leaders in Sheffield to grow our economy by attracting talent to the city, creating jobs and growing our business stock. It is important that we listen to and share the stories of Sheffield’s business people. They’ve been there and done it. And there is a lot we can learn from this. It is particularly fitting on International Women’s Day to hear from the women in business that are growing the city’s economy.”

Creative Sheffield works to bring together public and private sectors in the city through city-wide projects and direct business support. Delivered by Business Sheffield, a team of experienced business start-up and growth advisors, they provide direct business support, workshops, mentoring and drop-in sessions.  The Invest Sheffield team works alongside Business Sheffield offering specific advice and support to those businesses looking to relocate in the city, covering everything from finding the right property, to finance and recruitment assistance.

Rachel Loaring, Founder and Managing Director of Revive Medicare Limited is one of the people sharing her story with Sheffield’s business community this week. A self-starter who runs a successful global business in Sheffield, Rachel explains: “I started with capital of £200 and 6 product lines and I was happy to get 10 orders a day in the early months. We now have over 400 product lines and on a busy day we can process up to 300 orders”. You can read Rachel’s full story and follow the other ‘women mean business’ stories this week from the business pages of Welcome to Sheffield.