Lancashire Business View publisher Richard Slater says: “Twelve months  celebrate International Women’s Day.

“It was a powerful list highlighting the fantastic talent we have here in Lancashire and the women who are making a real difference.

“This year we have put the spotlight on the county’s up and coming women in business and the impact their efforts will have on Lancashire’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Once again, our aim is to highlight the achievements of women in Lancashire as well as supporting the message that equality is not a women’s issue, it is a business issue.

“The fact is that gender equality is essential if economies and communities like Lancashire are to thrive in the post-pandemic world.

“We thank all those who nominated someone for the list and also to our panel members for taking the time to come together and to help us in our task.”


Dawn Coker, chief operating officer of Acces2Funding, which specialises in business growth

Dawn has extensive management experience   shareholder of Access2Funding, one of the 

Amy Lancaster-Hall, group marketing manager at Bowker Motor Group

Amy is the award-winning group marketing manager for Lancashire-based Bowker Motor Group’s prestige franchises of Porsche, BMW, BMW Motorrad, MINI, as well as Bowker Ribble Valley.

Miranda Barker, chief executive of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and Lancashire Enterprise Partnership board member

As well as her role as chief executive of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Miranda is a Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) director and co-chairs its energy and low carbon strand.

Maya Ellis, innovation and digital lead for economic development at Lancashire County Council

Maya leads innovation and digital policy in economic development at Lancashire County Council. She was a trustee on the national board of Girlguiding for six years and a judge for the Northern Power Women awards.


Michelle Turnbull

Owner and founder, Barking Bakery

Michelle founded Barking Bakery in 2012 to produce

upmarket and bespoke canine treats. The company has recently expanded its premises and added to its workforce, now with more than 20 full and part-time employees at the bakery. The company’s decorated cupcakes, cheesy biscuits, pupcorn and ‘pawty’ cakes are available through retailers including Pets at Home, The Range, Booths and Ocado, and the company is planning international expansion.


Birchall Sales director, Birchall Foodservice

Louise has been the driving force behind Birchall

Foodservices’s continued success through the Covid-19 pandemic, which caused more than two-thirds of the company’s customers to go into lockdown. She has been instrumental in helping to ensure continued supply of foods to local care homes, helping customers to develop ‘food kits’ and takeaway options, and played a key role in the East Lancashire’s School Holiday Hunger campaign. Within the business, Louise has introduced in-house exercise classes, promoted healthy eating and launched counselling sessions, initiatives which she encourages customers and other businesses to adopt.

Hannah Allen

Chief executive, Blackburn Youth Zone

Hannah has been the chief

executive of Blackburn Youth Zone since 2016. Ordinarily, the youth zone is a hub open 

to 19 years old for an entrance fee of just 50p. During the Covid-19 lockdowns, it has helped deliver tens of thousands of meals to vulnerable members of the community, made thousands of welfare calls to combat isolation and created online support services to help young people continue building their skills and developing their employment prospects.


Whittle Partner, Brabners

Nicola is a partner and head of Brabners’ corporate practice in Preston.

 in corporate, restructuring and insolvency work, advising on a range of corporate clients including some household and high street names. Since being made partner in  of client fees, accounting for 22 per cent of Preston’s total turnover in that period.




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