With International Women’s Day just around the corner, we celebrate the workings of some of Liverpool’s fantastic women business owners after they set up shop at our very own Albert Dock.

Katherine Caldwell from The Nest

Having worked as an illustrator for over ten years, Katherine has taken the idea of a nest as somewhere homely to create a beautiful space to showcase the work of other local makers, designers and artists. The Nest provides a platform where budding creatives can flourish and show off their talent to the vast array of Dock visitors. Not only does Katherine support the city’s independent talent, but The Nest is also a much-loved hidden gem, perfect for buying a unique gift or piece of art.

Kate Auguste from Mi Apparel

One of the Royal Albert Dock’s most recent openings, Mi Apparel, offers an exciting collection of ethical fashion brands, each of which are passionate about making positive changes in the fashion industry, through their design, production and retail methods.

Founded by Kate Auguste, Mi Apparel was born out of a desire to offer fashionable items and high quality products, which are sustainable and created in a transparent way. With experience working in the fashion industry for over 20 years, Kate recognised the need for more ethically conscious brands, in an industry that is one of the top five polluting ones on the planet. Kate encourages customers to buy in to ‘forever fashion’, choosing longevity and an ethical supply chain over cheaper, low quality items.

Sharon Goldman from Rough Hand Made Bakery

Rough Hand Made is a family business steeped in the experiences of all its members. Sharon and Carlos work together with their three children in the bright and airy bakery to offer delicious, freshly baked pastries and goods. Everything is baked daily in house from scratch, with anything left over being donated to charity.

Speaking about the hard-working attitude of her family members which contributes to making the bakery such a success, Sharon comments, ‘It’s about dedication. You can’t have a headache, or a backache; we’re up for 3.30am starts. It’s lots of hard work, but it’s fantastic. Believe in what you’re doing, and just do it’.

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