International Women's Day: An Interview With Our Team

Did you know that 56% of the Bad Brownie workforce are women? In celebration of International Women's Day, we interviewed co-founder Morag and our all-female Digital Marketing team to find out their thoughts on women in business.

Morag, Co-Founder of Bad Brownie

What's your advice for young women looking to start their own 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.

What's the proudest moment of your career?

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.

What do you think is the single biggest issue currently facing women in the workplace?

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.

Why do we need more women in business?

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.

 

Emma, Head of Digital and E-Commerce

Why do you love working for Bad Brownie?

It's great to work in a small company where I can build and develop the marketing from scratch. I also love working with my team – I think we have a great camaraderie and work well together.

What does International Women's Day mean to you?

It's about helping and transforming the lives of women and girls around the world, as well as celebrating the achievement of women no matter what they do.

What do you think is the single biggest issue currently facing women in the workplace?

Equality – sadly it's still not an equal world!

 

Mel, Social Media Manager

Why do you love working for Bad Brownie?

Being part of a small, dynamic team means there’s plenty of opportunity to expand your role and really make it your own. Plus, it's literally like working in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory with the delicious smell of freshly baked brownies constantly drifting from the kitchen.

Do you have any female role models that inspire you?

I absolutely adore Anna Whitehouse of @mother_pukka and hugely admire not just the awareness she's generating about gender equality, but the fact that she is actively doing everything in her power to create real change for future generations.

What's your advice for young women looking to break into social media?

Know your worth. A lot of people undervalue social media as a job role, but what they fail to realise is that it's not just flicking through social media everyday for fun – it's graphic design, community management, trend spotting, content creation, copywriting, and so much more. It also means never switching off and having your phone to hand 24/7, so be prepared to respond to people even on Christmas Day!

 

Nathalie, Growth Marketing Manager

Why do you love working for Bad Brownie?

I really enjoy the small business vibe we have, everyone on the team gets along very well, and it feels like home away from home. And, of course, the free brownies!

What's your advice for young women looking to break into digital marketing?

Just do it! Don't think twice – if you have the right skills and attitude in business, then the rest will follow. Know what you're good at, but most importantly know where your skills are lacking and work on these to better yourself.

What does International Women's Day mean to you?

It's all about celebrating women and their achievements in all fields, not just in business. Whether it's stay-at-home mums, working mums, or career-driven entrepreneurs, we've all contributed to society in our own ways, learned to not take no for an answer, multitask and stand up for ourselves when needed.

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