Welcome to Silver Upstarts – a podcast interview show sponsored by Made4U 

Growing numbers of fabulous older female entrepreneurs are challenging the stereotype of women their age and launching their own businesses. 
 
But they receive scant official encouragement – certainly, that is, in the UK. 
 
In 2017, women-only teams looking to fund new businesses were given £32 million in investment, while male-only teams received more than £5 billion, according to the British Business Bank. 
 
Silver Upstarts aims to enthuse older women to set up in business for themselves. 
 
Each Silver Upstart episode features an interview with an older female entrepreneur who, far from being grey and invisible, is a trailblazer setting a fine example to those considering taking the entrepreneurial plunge. 
Episode 0 - The Future Is Silver! 
 
An introduction to the Silver Upstarts series of podcasts... 
Episode 1 - Louise Jenner: The Dream Job Coach 
 
After a near-fatal accident, sofa saleswoman Louise Jenner found herself reassessing what she wanted out of life. She chucked in her old job and launched The Dream Job Coach and The Dream Biz Coach businesses and has never looked back. Find out how she set about it on her podcast here... 
Episode 2 - Dordie Ketley: Farming for the 21st century 
 
Dordie runs a small farm near Newent in Gloucestershire, almost single-handedly raising beautiful and well cared for Jacob sheep and geese. She embarked on this challenging role in 2013 with no previous farming experience and admits there have been some tough, and sometimes quite tragic, times. But there have also been some truly joyful moments along the way, and if anyone can inspire you into this line of work, Dordie can! Listen to her podcast here... 
Episode 3 - Boze Durston: The publisher with fire in her belly 
Boze was never going to take early retirement – she had far too much energy and ambition. She came up with the idea of publishing a quarterly magazine and directory for the smaller rural areas in and around the Cotswolds. It was a clever concept because, up to that point, this region had been neglected by the business directory industry. The only problem was, she had no idea where to start. Did that stop her? Hell no! 
Episode 4 - Mia Woodford: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs 
 
Mia is a serial entrepreneur who took a long break to raise four children before her fund-raising activities for Diabetes UK led to her developing a strong philanthropic drive in her future business ventures. She nows runs a fashion stylist franchise for US-based clothes company Cabi which, in addition to selling clothes, encourages and empowers women entrepreneurs in the developing world to work their way out of poverty. Find out more about Mia and the company she works for by listening to her podcast here... 
Episode 5 - Nikki Godding: Becoming Someone Whose Opinions Count 
 
Nikki is co-founder and editor of the very successful “Business and Innovations Magazine” which covers Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire. Clearly her opinions count for a great deal these days, but she didn’t always feel that was the case and it took gaining a degree much later in life for her to develop her entrepreneurial confidence... 
Episode 6 - Belinda Wilson: Winner of the 1st Gloucestershire Entrepreneurs Business Award 
 
Belinda is a woman of many parts – an entrepreneur, a local business and community champion and a charity fund raiser. She co-owns and manages Gloucestershire’s largest online job advertiser glosjobs.co.uk and its popular news and events site, glos.info. Belinda is a great role model for all women, let alone budding entrepreneurs, and her advice is well worth listening to. 
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