Did you know that 56% of the Bad Brownie workforce are women? In celebration of International Women's Day, we interviewed boss woman and co-founder Morag to find out her thoughts on women in business.
Learn as much as you can before you start, but do start! I went on a 4-day small business course before starting Bad Brownie. If anything, it gave me the confidence to know that I already had most of the skills, and a lot of knowledge – the rest you can learn and if you can't learn it, you can hire it. A business plan is helpful to map out your idea and find holes in your thinking and financials, but your plan will change all the time so you have to be flexible and agile. People will tell you that your idea won't work, or they'll have strong but well-intentioned advice that you have to be very selective in filtering out. Be determined and be very prepared to work hard – nurturing a start-up is not for the work-shy and can be completely exhausting.
I'm not sure I have just one moment! Here are a few: my first ever sale at Venn Street market, my first payslip from Bad Brownie Ltd, seeing our vegan brownie for Pret A Manger in store, our new office opening – and I can't wait for the new kitchen to be finished. Sometimes, I just catch myself reflecting on the business I have built with my business partner Paz and thinking about the amazing team we work with (both past and present). That fills me with pride.
Without a doubt, it is the poor government maternity support in the UK. It has forced many women to make an almost impossible choice between family or career. Scandinavia seems to have a great model and I feel we should be moving towards this.
People bring with them different experiences, viewpoints, and backgrounds which shape their approach and thinking – all of which is invaluable not only to Bad Brownie, but to any business. At the moment, 56% of our employees are women and the split is fairly balanced across all levels of the business, so it's good to know we practice what we preach.
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