A snapshot of some notable, local entrepreneurs on International Women’s Day 2022

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Georgia Morgan

I grew up in a family where women had serious careers. My great aunt ran a ‘gastro’ pub in Hatton Garden. My grandmother was an alderwoman on Liverpool City Council and an activist whom I remember marched up and down with placards demanding more funding for hospitals (which I thought was great fun). My mother studied the law and became an assistant registrar at an art college. So International Women’s Day is a chance to remember and celebrate all those great female entrepreneurs out there and all those seeking to make it a better world for all of us. Always remembering the suffragettes too, who helped make it all possible.

Feature by Jean Hill

Candice Fonseca

Candice Fonseca

Delifonseca is an independent company based in Liverpool with a team that’s simply passionate about food. Located just south of the city centre at Brunswick Quay, Dockside, it is both a licensed retail food-hall and restaurant.

The first Delifonseca opened on Stanley Street in June 2006. Candice Fonseca wanted to create the type of delicatessen & restaurant where she would want to shop and eat herself. In the aftermath, food-halls with restaurants have become an intrinsic part of the foodie culture in Liverpool.

His & Hers has shopped in the food hall. It was a source of comfort throughout lock-down. It is an Aladdin’s cave full of tasty treats alongside staple ingredients with specialties that transform the ordinary  into something rather memorable.

There are fewer sightings of Candice Fonseca these days as the daily running of it all has become quite demanding. Yet she is still there at the heart of the enterprise.

Born in Hong Kong, Candice grew up in Bury. Food was central to her family, and they were lucky enough to have access to Bury’s historic ‘traditional food market’.

Candice’s career began in the TV and film industry and as a consequence she lived and worked in different cities across the UK. It was during her travels that she realised that her way of food shopping was different  to most people’s.

After moving to Liverpool, her dream of opening a deli was first realised and then firmly established. Following the success of the original Stanley Street venue, Delifonseca Dockside opened in 2010.

His & Hers has eaten at both venues. The last meal at a newly refurbished Dockside restaurant was something of a banquet with a grand British platter for starters. I chose Persian (Iranian) lamb stew for my main. It was described as a dry stew, with dry limes, herbs and spices. The lamb had almost a crust, was impressively soaked in rich spicy notes and was truly succulent. The fruity crème Brulée (that I could not resist for dessert) was akin to a sonnet dedicated to fine dining.

“An award-winning restaurant and food hall, Delifonseca is a decade old establishment of Liverpool’s vibrant independent food and drink scene,” says owner Candice. “It’s…renowned for an array of local produce and unusual titbits from speciality cheeses, coffee, wines and spirits, chocolate and more. Customers… will find everything they need under one roof.”

https://www.delifonseca.co.uk

Nisha Katona and the Mowgli Story

Indian street food Nisha Katona

In 2014, founder Nisha Katona had a nagging obsession to build an eatery serving the kind of food Indians eat at home and on their streets. … She gave up her 20 year career as a full time Barrister to build Mowgli Liverpool and opened Manchester Mowgli less than a year later.

Nisha Katona is the CEO, executive chef and development chef of Mowgli Street Food restaurants. She is also founder of the Mowgli Trust charity. In 2014, Nisha used all her savings to open the first Mowgli Street Food restaurant in the city of Liverpool.

The first time I stepped into the Bold Street Mowgli with friends, was an immersion into a different culture that felt totally welcoming and I knew it would be a great, fun experience. There were specialties on offer to gently explode the taste buds. It was an opportunity to sample a different kind of (inspired by home cooking) Indian food. The food is full of subtlety, with gentle spices and wonderful sauces. I wanted to trace all the ingredients in the chicken wing dish in the hope of recreating the dish at home.

Now that there is a Mowgli cook book, here’s hoping I can do some home cooking, Indian style with delicious results.

https://www.mowglistreetfood.com

Tori Rosero has founded an award winning business

Toni Rosero

Tori Rosero, 23, has been practising semi-permanent makeup for over six years but launched her very own training academy – Glow & Blade – after losing her job in cabin crew

in the first lockdown of 2020. She promptly turned her passion for semi-permanent makeup into a full time job.

Launching her very own training academy, Glow & Blade, Tori set up her own studio in ‘Oh Darlin’, a salon based in Dunes Way, Sandhills.

The 23-year-old from Prescot studied for a degree in SFX Makeup Artistry (special effects) at The Manchester College. Always creative, she enjoyed doing makeup for weddings and working at weekends for her clients. 

She undertook an additional ‘semi-permanent makeup’ course and has never looked back.  She splits her work time in half focusing on aesthetics, lip blush and micro-blading for her clients, and also teaching at her academy.

Tori explained: “…I absolutely loved being an Air Hostess and travelling the world but at the very beginning of the pandemic, this was impossible. I knew I needed to be proactive and take matters into my own hands. In March 2020 I began writing my semi-permanent makeup courses, spending the first lockdown being productive. I delivered the first course to my students just after the initial lockdown was lifted. 

“When I say I started from the bottom, I really did. I had no idea how to advertise, what to charge or how to even get clients through the door, let alone start my own training academy. When my first course dates were released, they sold out within 24 hours. I was in shock but since then, I’ve gone on to train hundreds of students in semi-permanent makeup and have loved every second.”

Tori has gone on to win Gold at the British Hair & Beauty Awards for Training Centre of Excellence. She is also a finalist in The UK Hair and Beauty Awards for ‘Semi Permanent Makeup Artist of the Year’, with the results being  announced in March 2022.

Tori added: “To have won an award and been shortlisted for a second is absolutely amazing. This time two years ago Glow & Blade didn’t even exist! I’m so grateful to have been able to work with so many clients as well as being recognised in the Hair & Beauty Industry for my efforts.”

Glow & Blade offers Lip Blush, Beginner’s Micro-blading and Brow Lamination courses.

https://www.glowbladeacademy.co.uk/

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