#GirlBoss in Portsmouth
Portsmouth is home to an incredible community of strong, interesting, and exciting businesswomen, from artists and creatives to sports trainers and startup entrepreneurs. We regularly interview these inspiring women — below is a selection of the stories we’ve discovered by speaking to them about their work, passions, and brands.
The first time I saw Amba was at a gig at The Wedgewood Rooms. She was on stage, I was in the crowd, in awe of her and her sister, thinking, ‘wow, these girls can sing!’ This was circa 2006. 10 years on, I’m great friends with Amba, and on a sunny but chilly day last month, I met up with her for a cake and a cuppa to dig deeper, to share this remarkable lady’s story. Amba’s life has had more ups and downs than the Skyways rollercoaster at Clarence Pier! So grab yourself a cuppa and let me take you into Amba's world for a while.
I’ve got a concession in South Coast Emporium on the corner of Elm Grove, where there’s an eclectic group of different traders all selling beautiful gifts. One of these traders is Missing Chopper — their stand is incredible.
Missing Chopper make large circus-esque lights, ranging from words through to symbols like anchors and hearts. I needed to know more about the brand, so I got in touch with founder Nina Burras, a #GirlBoss beaut living on Hayling Island. Grab a coffee and read her remarkable story here.
On a chilly Southsea morning, I meet the legendary MBE Olympian Katy Sexton for a casual chat and pumpkin spice latte on Palmerston Road.
Katy has been my personal trainer at SWEAT Southsea for nearly two months now, but I’d yet to have a proper sit-down and chat with her, and I soon realized I knew very little about her success and what made her tick.
Today, I hopped on the Gosport Ferry from Portsmouth to meet Shelley Buxey, a personal trainer and sports therapist. Shelley has recently moved back home to Gosport from London to settle down, and has created a new style of gym workout right here in Portsmouth, at StrongLiving PT!
Shelley went to school in Gosport at Bay House, where she discovered her love of running! Bay House didn't just nurture her academically — they nurtured her specialist interest in sport, too, so she was in good hands. Shelley ran for the county from the age of 13 through to 15.
Today, at the end of summer, I make my way down to Albert Road for a cheeky slice of cake and cuppa with Samantha Worsey, the founder and director of Southsea bathing Hut!
I've worked with Sam over the years on a whole load of other cultural projects, but today, it's all about her and her brilliant natural skincare business, which she started right here in Portsmouth from her kitchen table.
Recently, I've been meeting up with ladies in Portsmouth — #GirlBoss entrepreneurs — who are doing great things in their fields of expertise. Today, I met with Charlotte Cornelius in her beautiful boutique shop in the bohemian Castle Road high street.
It's always a joy to pop into Charlotte's shop — it's like stepping into a luxurious room of calm, the sort of shop you can find in Old Bond Street, but without the big bodyguard at the door or the ‘you're not good enough for my shop’-faced assistant behind the counter!
The wealth of talent we have right here in Portsmouth continues to amaze me — the latest inspiring figure I've met in our great city is Amy Kellow, a classical Pilates teacher, trainer, and mentor.
Amy has been teaching classical Pilates in Southsea for 10 years, and she's a #GirlBoss of her own studio, Everybody Pilates, with partner Ed Jordan.