Belfast entrepreneur named one of 2022’s most inspiring female founders

Ellie McBride, an American expat who made Belfast her home 5 years ago, has been named as one of the UK’s most inspirational and dynamic female entrepreneurs by the f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign. 


Ellie who founded Calibrated Concepts, a website design business that specialises in helping women solo-entrepreneurs, in 2017, is being profiled alongside 100 female entrepreneurs from across the country, as part of the campaign to celebrate the multi-achievements of women running businesses in the UK today. Now in its fifth year, the growing campaign attracted a record number of applications for this year’s ‘#ialso100’ line-up.


Delivered by Small Business Britain – the leading champion of small businesses in the UK –  f:Entrepreneur was launched in 2017 to highlight the stories of amazing female business owners and help provide inspiration and role models across the wider small business community. Now in its fifth year, the campaign offers a host of events and training and networking opportunities to boost skills, capability and confidence. 


The f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ line-up particularly sets out to showcase trailblazing female founders who lead businesses alongside a roster of other responsibilities, such as volunteering, mentoring and community support. Many of the businesses featured in this year’s campaign also demonstrate a huge commitment to the environment by championing sustainability.


Indeed, Ellie was also called out for her additional work with The Capable Collective, which she started during the pandemic, which aims to help women and non-binary people through a podcast — providing tips to their businesses with more ease, by utilising tools, systems and templates.


From quantum computer engineers, and vegan fruit farmers, to sustainability advocates and inclusive fashion designers, this year’s campaign celebrates inspiring and resilient female entrepreneurs that have flourished despite the challenges of the past years, with many still growing or starting new ventures.


On being featured in the #ialso100 lineup, Ellie McBride said: “I feel honoured to be included in a group of such accomplished women! I love my work and having it recognised in this capacity is absolutely incredible.”


Both f:Entrepreneur and Small Business Britain were founded by Michelle Ovens CBE, who is also the director of Small Business Saturday UK.


“Congratulations to Ellie McBride, and all of the brilliant female entrepreneurs featured in this year’s #ialso100,” said Michelle Ovens. 


“It is so vital that we recognize and celebrate the phenomenal contribution that women running businesses are making across the UK, and the far-reaching, positive impact they are having, not just on the economy, but on wider communities too. The last few years have been hugely challenging for small businesses, yet despite this female entrepreneurship continues to grow and flourish in the UK, and is very much at the heart of the UK’s recovery.”


To see the full line-up of the 100 amazing women featured in this year’s f:entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign  visit https://f-entrepreneur.com/ialso-100-2022

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