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Lismore entrepreneur Mairi Hawkes has been getting a taste of London life.
Mairi, who heads up Slainte Sauces as well as running an electrolysis business in Oban, was one of 100 women UK-wide nominated for a top award.
F:entrepreneur hosted an awards lunch at the House Of Lords and Mairi took her best pal and fellow business ‘boss lady’ Hazel MacCormick who set up her own candle-making business Lismore Luminations in 2019.
Mairi won her award for running two achieving businesses.
As part of the celebration of female entrepreneurs on International Women’s Day, March 8, the pair enjoyed the capital city’s sights.
Mairi said: ‘There was a huge amount of excitement. It was quite an emotional day at the awards, uplifting and inspiring. It was great to share the experience with my best friend and fellow ‘boss’ lady Hazel. We get enthusiastic together about new ideas for our businesses and bounce them off each other. There’s a lot of entrepreneurial spirit on our small island and we’re proud of that.’
Mairi’s luxury boozy sauces could soon be tempting taste buds in the European market and she will be at the Scottish Trade Show coming up in Glasgow – the first after two years because of Covid. This will be another golden opportunity to network and whet the appetite of new stockists.
Business is going so well, Mairi may take on staff at her sauce-making premises in Lochavullin Road.
Mairi was also honoured earlier in the year to be invited along to a Small Business Sunday Awards and conference in Birmingham run by Theo Paphitis of Dragon’s Den. Other ‘dragon’ Touker Suleyman was one of the speakers at what was another ‘incredibly empowering day’, said Mairi.
Shoppers at Glasgow’s John Lewis store got a glimpse of what Lismore has to offer when the store invited Lismore Luminations and Roxanne Prando, who makes small-batch artisan soaps and body-care products on the island under the name of Shepherd’s Cottage Soaps and Luxuries, to set up pop-up shops as part of a showcase of Great British goods.
Caption: Lismore’s Mairi Hawkes outside the House of Lords, London, at the F:entrepreneur Awards 2022.