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Upcycled Vintage Furniture entrepreneur named one of 2022’s most inspiring female founders

Updated: Jan 26

Lady Griddlebone has been named as one of the UK’s most inspirational and dynamic female entrepreneurs by the f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign.


Nina Cockton who founded Lady Griddlebone in 2020 is being profiled alongside 100 female entrepreneurs from across the country, as part of the campaign to celebrate the multi-achievements of women running businesses in the UK today. Now in its fifth year, the growing campaign attracted a record number of applications for this year’s ‘#ialso100’ line-up.


Delivered by Small Business Britain – the leading champion of small businesses in the UK - f:Entrepreneur was launched in 2017 to highlight the stories of amazing female business owners and help provide inspiration and role models across the wider small business community. Now in its fifth year, the campaign offers a host of events and training and networking opportunities to boost skills, capability and confidence.


The f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ line-up particularly sets out to showcase trailblazing female founders who lead businesses alongside a roster of other responsibilities, such as volunteering, mentoring and community support. Many of the businesses featured in this year’s campaign also demonstrate a huge commitment to the environment by championing sustainability.

Indeed, Nina Cockton was also called out for her expert work on refinishing pre-loved vintage furniture with professional eco-friendly paints, metal leafing and foils to produce luxury bespoke pieces. Nina also works part-time for the NHS as a clinical psychologist and is a mother and carer to her young adult children with autism and bipolar disorder.

From quantum computer engineers, and vegan fruit farmers, to sustainability advocates and inclusive fashion designers, this year’s campaign celebrates inspiring and resilient female entrepreneurs that have flourished despite the challenges of the past years, with many still growing or starting new ventures.


On being featured in the #ialso100 lineup, Nina said: “I’m so honoured to have made this list that celebrates and recognises powerful women who run impactful businesses in the UK.”


Both f:Entrepreneur and Small Business Britain were founded by Michelle Ovens CBE, who is also the director of Small Business Saturday UK.


“Congratulations to Lady Griddlebone, and all of the brilliant female entrepreneurs featured in this year’s #ialso100,” said Michelle Ovens.


“It is so vital that we recognize and celebrate the phenomenal contribution that women running businesses are making across the UK, and the far-reaching, positive impact they are having, not just on the economy, but on wider communities too. The last few years have been hugely challenging for small businesses, yet despite this female entrepreneurship continues to grow and flourish in the UK, and is very much at the heart of the UK’s recovery.”


To see the full line-up of the 100 amazing women featured in this year’s f:entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign visit https://f-entrepreneur.com/ialso-100-2022/

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