Ipswich indie owner named inspirational female entrepreneur in Small Business Britain’s #ialso100 List

Mandy Errington, owner of DJV Boutique in Ipswich, has been named as one of the UK’s most inspirational female entrepreneurs in the Small Business Britain’s f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign.

Errington, who is a member of Bira, has been selected as part of the campaign’s recognition of the multi-achievements of 100 businesswomen over the past year.

F:Entrepreneur first launched on International Women’s Day 2017 to highlight, celebrate and promote incredible female entrepreneurs and share their stories with the wider community.

It aims to showcase trailblazing female entrepreneurs that lead small businesses alongside other responsibilities including volunteering, mentoring and community support.

The campaign is built around a programme of stories and events including roundtables, Q&A sessions and panels as well as larger all-day events throughout the year.

Errington comments: “This is our eighth 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, director of Small Business Saturday UK. DJV Boutique was also selected as one of Small Business Saturday’s SmallBiz100 UK 2020.

Ovens says: “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, adds: “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.”