women in business

The Mother Hub Coffee Club: Turning a Passion into a Business

The Mother Hub Coffee Club: Turning a Passion into a Business

After hosting our second Mother Hub Coffee Club last week, it's official - we couldn't love it more!

The theme for April's Coffee Club was turning a passion into a business, so we were super happy to be joined by two special guests: family photographer Kika Mitchell and award-winning stationery designer Jenna Collier (aka Wonderland Invites). Both Kika and Jenna shared their career stories; from the world of television (they both previously worked for ITV) to running their own creative businesses…

The Mother Hub Meets: Jenna Collier

The Mother Hub Meets: Jenna Collier

The Mother Hub Meets series is dedicated to showcasing incredible, inspirational women here in Essex who have a story to tell and wisdom to share... And today's interview is no exception! We've been chatting to Jenna Collier, multi-award winning stationery designer and founder of Wonderland Invites, based in Leigh on Sea.

Alongside running her successful wedding stationery business, Jenna is also a full-time mum to her daughter, Darla (and is currently expecting number two!), so she knows a thing or two about 'the juggle'!  And three years after setting up her business, she has some really juicy tips to share for anyone contemplating a similar path. This post is a must-read... grab a cuppa and enjoy!

The Mother Hub Meets: The Flower Arranger

The Mother Hub Meets: The Flower Arranger

The Mother Hub Meets: "Queen of Flowers", Sapphire Bates, aka The Flower Arranger. We first met Sapphire at The Mother Hub launch event last December and were immediately struck by her passion, drive and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship. It's hard to believe that Sapphire was just 21 when she launched her own floristry business, The Flower Arranger. And now, just a year and a half later, she has built a stunning brand, an impressive social media following and some of the most insanely beautiful floral arrangements we've ever seen!

The Mother Hub Meets: Hannah Sharman-Cox

The Mother Hub Meets: Hannah Sharman-Cox

Recently we were lucky enough to be introduced to Hannah Sharman-Cox, founder and MD of DrinkUp.London; the definitive list of the best bars and events in London and the online home of London Cocktail Week, London Wine Week and London Beer Week. We connected with a good friend of Hannah's via the #IAmAnEssexGirl campaign, and when we chatted about our plans (and passion for a good cocktail), she was really keen for us to meet Hannah - a born and bred Essex girl herself... and now we know why! Hannah is achieving awesome things in the drinks industry and smashing stereotypes in so many ways. Read on for a healthy dose of career (and cocktail!) inspiration.

The Mother Hub Mingle: Making it WORK

The Mother Hub Mingle: Making it WORK

On Wednesday 8th March 2017 we celebrated International Women's Day by hosting our first Mother Hub Mingle event at The Brentwood Kitchen in Brentwood, Essex. The event was a chance for women to get together, make new connections and participate in a live panel discussion and Q&A around the topic of 'Making it Work'.

We welcomed four speakers - all of them women (who happen to be mothers) who are making their careers work for them. Our brilliant panel including Jess Clarke (Talent Development Specialist at Bloomberg LP), Hannah Wylie (Senior Lawyer at Universal Pictures), Amy Newland (Education Manager at Kip McGrath and Director at Vivid Theatre Productions) and Natalie Reynolds (founder of Fred & Noah).

The Mother Hub Meets: Erica Davies

The Mother Hub Meets: Erica Davies

Today on the Mother Hub we're chatting to Erica Davies, creative extraordinaire and founder of fashion and lifestyle blog, The Edited. Erica started her career as a fashion assistant but quickly worked her way up to editor. In fact, when she was offered the role of Fashion Editor for The Sun newspaper at the tender age of twenty-four, she was, at the time, the youngest person to have held that position on Fleet Street. After spending fifteen years working on national newspapers and fashion magazines, today Erica works works full-time on The Edited, her own award-nominated fashion and lifestyle blog. Her inimitable style and fresh approach to fashion has gained her a loyal following, including everyone here at The Mother Hub! And, as is clear from the amazing interior design and style of her new home in Essex, it turns out her creative talents are not limited to fashion. Suffice to say that a rug by La Redoute that she featured on her blog last year gained such popularity that it now has its own Instagram account and has been nicknamed, 'The Erica Rug'! To find out more about Erica's amazing career journey, how fashion journalism has changed and what it feels like to set up on your own, then this interview is a must read!