Celebrating International Women's Day

Ashford has so many amazing women leading successful businesses and incredible social enterprises in Ashford town centre. A group of women from the town centre business community have got together to celebrate female led Ashford businesses and shine a spot light on the inspirational things that they do.

We are going to tell you about 5 women each running social enterprises in the town centre. Giving back to our community and being amazing female founders.

Interviews from these women can be heard on @radioashford today.

Photo by @rg_studios

Design @tinybeegle

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Introducing the wonderful Charlotte from the Beehive and Mrs. Big. Most of you will have already heard of the Beehive – an amazing preloved clothes boutique that does so much more than just sell clothes. This space empowers women and Charlotte is a key part of that in her role working with volunteers and referrals. She coaches women and helps them feel amazing so that they can thrive in their lives. Her other business is called Mrs. Big where she offers sessions on body positivity, self confidence and private coaching sessions. She is an amazing woman and we are proud to celebrate her first in our week of Ashford awesome women!


Here is Melissa. Many of you know her from Made in Ashford and now the Craftship. She is the founder of The Craftship Enterprise CIC a social enterprise dedicated to creativity in our community. She leads this town centre shop and craft hub which is made up of 95% female founded businesses, artists and creatives filling our town with colour and creations. She is passionate about free creativity for families and has been raising funds and reinvesting shop profits into these sessions which increase well being and build connections in our community!


This is Debra! She runs Revelation which is a Music and Arts Venue in the heart of the town located in St Marys church. She is passionate about Ashford and has a strong voice in the cultural development of our town. Her venue brings great acts to the people of Ashford ranging from comedy nights to child friendly theatre shows. Her enthusiasm for the town has encouraged her to expand performance locations and you will regularly see revs pop up in the town centre at the Bandstand or Elwick place with music & street theatre. She works with lots of volunteers, spreading the joy of music and art even wider in our town!


Kati is a mum-of-two rambunctious children, who set up Bare Bazaar in 2018 after becoming frustrating with the amount of packaging waste present in our daily lives. After launching the business as a side hustle in Made in Ashford, she now runs her own bricks-and-mortar shop fulltime from Park Mall. She also runs Kent Food Hubs with a team of formidable women. She is passionate about feminism, the environment, good food and her local Ashford community.


Look it is Liv! She runs L2D CREATIVE CIC plus Liv2Dance & Theatretrain. Dance and performing have played a massive part throughout her life and she strongly believes that the benefits, both physically and mentally, alongside the transferable skills that people gain from the performing arts are immeasurable!

Liv and her fantastic team provide high quality training to inspire creativity, teamwork & confidence in all ages and abilities from Early Years up to and including Adults right in the heart of Ashford.

Liv is also a very active member of the town centre business community and goes above and beyond for our town.