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WOW award for Newton entrepreneur, Kate

by Gemma Melling

A small business owner from Newton-le-Willows is the latest recipient of a #WOW badge from british businesswoman, Jacqueline Gold CBE.

Kate Hendry, who runs Finbo Illustrations, was named the winner of the ‘Women on Wednesday’ competition, which was launched by Jacqueline in 2011 to celebrate the growing number of UK female entrepreneurs and businesswomen.

Women on Wednesday (#WOW) takes place every week and is run through Jacqueline’s Twitter and Instagram page. When selecting the winner, Jacqueline looks for a business that is interesting, that has strong brand values and that she thinks has the potential to grow and succeed in their industry.

She looks for quality products and services, well designed websites and entrepreneurs who demonstrate good business acumen and who have spotted a gap in the market that meets the consumer’s needs.

Kate says: “I began my journey into self-employment in 2019 after having my Son, Finn. Although at the time I didn’t realise it would become a business. I started out looking for nature prints for my baby boy’s nursery, I couldn’t settle on a design I liked, so I decided to create some illustrations myself… and I never stopped!

“In 2020 I was made redundant, and not wanting to miss my son’s early milestones, it seemed the logical (if slightly daunting) step to create my own business.

“I create super detailed illustrations of many species of flora and fauna found in the UK; some take up to 20 hours to complete. They now feature on prints, cards, aprons, stationery, oven gloves and loads more.”

Jacqueline Gold, who is CEO of Ann Summers & Knickerbox, and a women in business activist said: “Finbo Illustrations was started by Kate; she creates beautiful art inspired by the British wildlife and wildflowers. All of Kate’s products are made in the UK and are sustainable and they choose to use sustainable and plastic-free materials to ensure all Finbo products are as eco-friendly as possible. Kate will be a great addition to the WOW community.”

Congratulations to Kate! You can find out more about Finbo Illustrations right here in our Local Directory for Newton-le-Willows.

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