JANINE set up her business Belle Lingerie almost by accident in 2005 and it has grown into one of the largest independent lingerie retailers in the UK. It also trades internationally.

Working part time at First Direct Bank, with three young children, she started selling a few things through online auction site eBay and capitalised on the lingerie market after spotting a gap.

Today she employs 18 people and operates from a 6,000 square foot warehouse unit near Chain Bar Road, Cleckheaton.


JESSICA’S love of animals and concerns for pet welfare drove her to open King’s Pet Palace, in Kirkgate Market, Bradford.

Despite her welfare ethos including not selling pets in the shop, she has built up a stable customer base. She overhauled the stock to improve food on sale to promote better animal nutrition and the removal of any harsh training tools.

Her plans for 2017 include looking at the boarding of rescue animals and more educational aspects to her business.


SANDRA is co-owner and director of Pennine Cycles, in Thornton Road, Bradford, and is regarded a cycling ambassador in the city.

During the past 17 years she has helped raise the profile of the business earning industry respect in a predominantly male-dominated industry.

It currently employs six people.

Her business experience has helped her mentor other entrepreneurs who are in the early stage of their business.

She is a motivational speaker for women in business and was cycling ambassador at the first Women in Cycling conference in York in 2015.