Preston’s International Women’s Day event sees local women sharing success stories

Participants at the event in Saladishy

A local entrepreneur hosted business owners and artists in March at an International Women’s Day event.


On Saturday March 12, Preston entrepreneur Jodie Marie Rigby hosted northern women who shared their successes at Saladishy restaurant in Fishergate.

Attendees enjoyed welcome mocktails, by Calyx and My Dry Ice drinks, and an intimate two-course dinner.

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Jodie Marie Rigby

Jodie said: “The event was a huge success for Preston to celebrate female entrepreneurs.

“It’s not often that women come together and openly discuss their businesses, and this event gave them a platform to showcase their work and talents.

“On International Women’s Day, it’s a day to shine a light on women and their successes and inspire others to keep chasing their dreams.”

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Participants at the event in Saladishy

Joining the dinner was Jemmala, a 26-year-old artist and designer from Preston who has worked for Steven Bartlett at Social Chain, Nike and Maison Margiela.

Jemmala left one of the UK’s biggest fast fashion companies to embark on a musical journey by releasing an EP – she performed her song, Freakin, at dinner.

She shared her journey to becoming an artist and businesswoman, discussing mental health, wellness and entrepreneurship.

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Non-alcoholic cocktails at the event in Saladishy

Amy Mantel is a 33-year-old mother of two and the founder of boutique Blessie and Baker.

She opened up about her journey into public speaking, sharing her traumatic upbringing and her passion for showing other women the possibilities of overcoming adversity.

Amy taught audiences the power of positivity and that it’s not unrealistic to look at the world through a positive lens to become the best version of yourself.

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Jojo Lawler (Miss Alderley Edge International 2021), Sarah Walmsley of Thompson Couplings Limited and Stephen Leishman of Selling Sells were all in attendance.

Sarah said: “It was a delightful way to spend the afternoon celebrating IWD22, meeting an interesting array of business owners who otherwise wouldn’t have met.

“Jemalla was excellent with a great story, and the flower-based Calyx food and drinks were delicious.”

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Jodie is visiting the UK to have a mole removed from her left index finger and sent for a biopsy.

While waiting for her surgery, she is hosting a series of events in March to support Manchester and Liverpool entrepreneurs interested in the NFT and cryptocurrency space and a meet and greet with stars from BBC TV series The Apprentice with Sir Alan Sugar.

Jodie is in talks with former apprentice candidates interested in speaking at the events.

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After her results, she will return to Dubai and launch the Women In Cosmetology and Metastoric NFT initiative.

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