10 Inspiring Business Women of Cornwall

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For International Women’s Day 2019, we’re celebrating the most inspirational business women from across the county. These women have built their businesses and reputation from the ground up, taking big risks and working extremely hard to fulfil their ambitions. 

As a woman-led business, we wanted to take this opportunity to recognise other business women who contribute to the Cornish community.

Which local business women are inspirational to you? Let us know in the comments!

PS. Let’s not forget all the wonderful women we mentioned in last year’s International Women’s Day blog post too!

Aimee Stapleford

Aimee Stapleford Illustration / Synergy Yoga

Illustrator, yoga instructor and Ayurveda coach – Aimee is a woman of many talents. She qualified in yoga in 2009 and has since gained many accreditations including Sports Nutrition, Ayurveda and Counselling. Aimee is creative and compassionate, empowering her clients to live balanced and happy lives.

Find out more about Aimee.

Carolyn Oakley & Pat Harris

Images Wedding Photography

Carolyn and Pat’s dedicated and professional approach to their photography services have lead to them winning the Simply Weddings Awards 2018, becoming a Finalist in the South West Wedding Awards 2018 & 2019, and a Finalist in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017 & 2018. With over 18 years experience in wedding photography, and countless 5-star reviews from happy clients, it’s no surprise that Images Photography is one of Cornwall’s leading wedding photographers.

Find out more about Carolyn & Pat.

Cathy Thomas, Alex Garbett, Zoe Reese-Oliver & Liz Wright

treehouse newquay

This fabulous all-female team opened Treehouse Newquay as a Community Interest Company. Treehouse has a cafe, play area, gift shop selling goods by local artisans, and workshops for children and adults. Treehouse Newquay has community and creativity at its heart and provides a space where people can make and create, learn new skills, and make new friends. 

Find out more about the Treehouse Team.

Emily Stevenson

Beach Guardian CIC

Emily set up Beach Guardian, a Community Interest Company which organises community beach cleans and conducts educational workshops with schools and other groups. Through beach cleans and raising awareness of the importance of going plastic-free, Emily’s objectives are to encourage more local people to be proactive in taking care of our coastline. Emily was named as one of Cornwall’s 30 Under 30 2018.

Find out more about Emily.

Katherine King

Wild Wonder & Wisdom

An Outdoor Learning and Forest School Practitioner, Kathy helps to re-engage children with nature through after-school clubs, camping and outdoor activities. She also runs wild camps and empowering activities for young women. All of Kathy’s courses and clubs are focused around nature, empowerment, and learning.

Find out more about Katherine.

Lerryn & Lucy


This friendly sibling duo spent 5 years developing the UK’s only halter neck strap cushion – a saviour for busty bikini-loving women everywhere! The Halto is a tiny flexible cushioned accessory which makes wearing a bikini far more comfortable by preventing the straps from digging into your neck. The product was featured on Dragon’s Den, and every Halto you buy helps to support young people’s emotional health and confidence via their chosen charity – The Wave Project.

Read more about Lerryn & Lucy.


Beach Paws Newquay

From business networking and coaching, to personal counselling and bereavement support, Natalia is passionate about helping people achieve their goals – both in business and in their personal lives. Last year, Natalia set up Beach Paws Bereavement to help support those suffering from grief after the loss of a pet, and we are currently working with Nat on her latest venture – Personal & Business Development Coaching – which is sure to bring some much-needed business support to the local area.

Read more about Natalia.

Rachel Thompson

Old Light Building Conservation

With a degree in Archaeology and over 8 years experience in conservation, it’s no wonder Rachel was nominated for the Historic England Angel Award in 2017. Rachel works with the National Trust and Landmark Trust to help restore and conserve many historic structures across the country, from 19th Century structures on Lundy Island, to the 13th Century Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye. She’s also restored many Cornish landmarks including Lanhydrock House and Trerice.

Find out more about Rachel and her work.

Rosie Blake

EKAM Yoga Studio / Rosie Blake Yoga

Rosie has been practising yoga for 13 years, during which time it has taken over all over the World including USA, India, Vietnam and Costa Rica. With her playful approach to yoga, Rosie combines relaxed, controlled breathing with fluidity of movement and grace to promote a calmer and more content approach to life. 

Find out more about Rosie.

Terri Marie Barbery-Redd

Cornwall Hypnobirthing

Pregnancy and birth is a nerve-wrecking time for any Mum-to-be, but Terri works hard to promote a calm, safe and empowering birth experience using HypnoBirthing. After giving birth to her daughter in 2012 using HypnoBirthing, and having such a positive experience, Terri was inspired to train as a HypnoBirthing Instructor to enable others to take control of their birth and learn to trust in their bodies and abilities. Terri has been teaching the HypnoBirthing course for 5 years and loves every minute of it.

Find out more about Terri and HypnoBirthing.