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Bira member named one of UK’s most inspirational female entrepreneurs

A Bira member has been named as one of the UK’s most inspirational female entrepreneurs.

Mandy Errington, who runs DJV Boutique in Ipswich, has made the top 100 in the Small Business Britain’s f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign.

Mandy founded DJV Boutique in 2012, a popular independent fashion outlet selling inspirational fashion lines, bags and accessories both online and from her premises.

She is being showcased alongside 100 female entrepreneurs from across the UK, as part of the campaign’s recognition of the multi-achievements of women that have proved critical to society during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now in its fourth year, f:Entrepreneur was launched in 2017 to highlight amazing female role models to help and inspire all small businesses, through content, stories and events. It particularly aims to showcase trailblazing female entrepreneurs that lead small businesses alongside a roster of other responsibilities, such as volunteering, mentoring and community support, activities.

Indeed, Mandy was also called out for her dedication in training and mentoring apprentices, pivoting her business by demonstrating resilience and overcoming some fierce challenges since the pandemic. DJV was also selected as one of Small Business Saturday’s SmallBiz100 UK 2020.

From beekeepers to PPE suppliers to tech entrepreneurs, this year’s campaign celebrates inspiring and resilient female entrepreneurs that have flourished despite Covid-19, with many still growing or starting new ventures.

On being listed, Mandy said: “This is our 8th year of trade and the growth of our business has been positive – despite the set backs of the pandemic. This is such an exciting springboard for me and so empowering to be amongst such influential women in the f: entrepreneur community. It’s also a privilege to represent business owners in our region as well as 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.

Michelle said: “Congratulations to all the inspiring women chosen to join this year’s #ialso100.

“Despite the significant obstacles thrown at them in the last year, female entrepreneurship continues to grow and flourish. We need to continue, and increase, our support for these incredible women and celebrate their amazing strength and success in the face of huge challenges.

“We have seen so many women embracing change, generating and exploring new ideas, rallying around their communities and supporting their peers. This resilience is hugely valuable and will set them up for success as they will be at the very heart of the UK’s recovery.”

Andrew Goodacre, Bira’s CEO, said: “We’d like to congratulate Mandy on this listing. It is fantastic recognition for her creativity, agility and dedication to her business and its place in the community over the last year.”

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