11 episodes

Welcome to the W-Power Podcast.  Created to share the stories of business women from across the Arctic rim and hear from them about growing and running businesses in some of the most remote regions of northern Europe.
Our series will feature amazing women who have overcome the challenges posed by their remote geography to set up thriving small businesses.  All of them have received support of one kind or another from W-Power, a project funded through the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme of the European Regional Development Fund.

W-Power Inspiring Women in Business W-Power

    • Entrepreneurship
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Welcome to the W-Power Podcast.  Created to share the stories of business women from across the Arctic rim and hear from them about growing and running businesses in some of the most remote regions of northern Europe.
Our series will feature amazing women who have overcome the challenges posed by their remote geography to set up thriving small businesses.  All of them have received support of one kind or another from W-Power, a project funded through the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme of the European Regional Development Fund.

    Interview with Anna Kuhmunen, owner of Silba Siida

    Interview with Anna Kuhmunen, owner of Silba Siida

    Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in sparsely populated communities across northern Europe.
    W-Power works with women entrepreneurs in sparsely populated areas across northern Europe and the Arctic rim, encouraging them to set-up, develop and grow their businesses. The project seeks to achieve this through capacity building and providing opportunities for transnational connections and learning.
    W-Power Inspiring Women in Business Podcast shares the stories of some of the amazing women who are part of this project and their journeys in business.
    My guest today is Anna Kuhmunen, owner of Silba Siida.
    Anna and her partner Erik are a young indigenous Sami couple and created an experience where guests enjoy real Sami hospitality, from food to stories around the fireplace. They live the traditional lifestyle based on reindeer herding and love to share this with visitors.
    For more information on today’s guest Anna and Silba Siida http://silba.se
    For more on the W-Power Project visit:
    http://w-power.interreg-npa.eu
    Join the International LinkedIn Group
    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8725639/
    Find out more about the W-Power Online Network for Businesswomen in Argyll by following the Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/W-Power-Online-Network-for-Businesswomen-in-Argyll-105554437838181/
    And to join the W-Power Female Entrepreneurs Online Network in Argyll, Scotland visit:
    https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/w-power/
    With thanks to the following organisations for their support with this project:
    · Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme of the European Regional Development Fund http://www.interreg-npa.eu
    · Highlands and Islands Enterprise https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/w-power/

    • 28 min
    Interview with Lyne Chantal Boudreau, a social entrepreneur and founder of Bibilyn Designs

    Interview with Lyne Chantal Boudreau, a social entrepreneur and founder of Bibilyn Designs

    Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in sparsely populated communities across northern Europe.
    W-Power works with women entrepreneurs in sparsely populated areas across northern Europe and the Arctic rim, encouraging them to set-up, develop and grow their businesses. The project seeks to achieve this through capacity building and providing opportunities for transnational connections and learning.
    W-Power Inspiring Women in Business Podcast shares the stories of some of the amazing women who are part of this project and their journeys in business.
    My guest today is Lyne Chantal Boudreau, a social entrepreneur and founder of Bibilyn Designs. Founded through Lyne’s passion for international fashion and creating bespoke dresses she wants to restore women and children’s confidence who have been affected by violence by donating a percentage of her profits to projects aimed at curbing violence and social injustices among women and children..
    For more information on today’s guest Lyne and Bibilyn Designs https://bibilyndesigns.com
    For more on the W-Power Project visit:
    http://w-power.interreg-npa.eu
    Join the International LinkedIn Group
    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8725639/
    Find out more about the W-Power Online Network for Businesswomen in Argyll by following the Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/W-Power-Online-Network-for-Businesswomen-in-Argyll-105554437838181/
    And to join the W-Power Female Entrepreneurs Online Network in Argyll, Scotland visit:
    https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/w-power/
    With thanks to the following organisations for their support with this project:
    · Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme of the European Regional Development Fund http://www.interreg-npa.eu
    · Highlands and Islands Enterprise https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/w-power/

    • 18 min
    Interview with Aveline O'Sullivan, founder of Bloom in a Box

    Interview with Aveline O'Sullivan, founder of Bloom in a Box

    Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in sparsely populated communities across northern Europe.
    W-Power works with women entrepreneurs in sparsely populated areas across northern Europe and the Arctic rim, encouraging them to set-up, develop and grow their businesses. The project seeks to achieve this through capacity building and providing opportunities for transnational connections and learning.
    W-Power Inspiring Women in Business Podcast shares the stories of some of the amazing women who are part of this project and their journeys in business.
    My guest today is Aveline O'Sullivan, founder of Bloom in a Box. Her aim is to make ordinary moments feel extraordinary and has come up with a plan to reinvent the gifting of flowers, whilst also solving a nationwide flower delivery problem in Ireland. Her aim is for everyone to share a special moment in time through the gift of flowers.
    For more information on today’s guest Aveline and Bloom in a Box https://bloominabox.com
    For more on the W-Power Project visit:
    http://w-power.interreg-npa.eu
    Join the International LinkedIn Group
    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8725639/
    Find out more about the W-Power Online Network for Businesswomen in Argyll by following the Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/W-Power-Online-Network-for-Businesswomen-in-Argyll-105554437838181/
    And to join the W-Power Female Entrepreneurs Online Network in Argyll, Scotland visit:
    https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/w-power/
    With thanks to the following organisations for their support with this project:
    · Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme of the European Regional Development Fund http://www.interreg-npa.eu
    · Highlands and Islands Enterprise https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/w-power/

    • 32 min
    Interview with Marianne Hoppu, founder at Narskuttelu Oy

    Interview with Marianne Hoppu, founder at Narskuttelu Oy

    Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in sparsely populated communities across northern Europe.
    W-Power works with women entrepreneurs in sparsely populated areas across northern Europe and the Arctic rim, encouraging them to set-up, develop and grow their businesses. The project seeks to achieve this through capacity building and providing opportunities for transnational connections and learning.
    W-Power Inspiring Women in Business Podcast shares the stories of some of the amazing women who are part of this project and their journeys in business.
    My guest today is Marianne Hoppu, founder at Narskuttelu Oy based in Kitee, Finland.
    Marianne has a background in Engineering and has lived in Kitee for over 10 years, before that spending time in the USA. She is now the manager of the family business Narskuttelu Oy which manufactures Xylitol nature’s own sweetener, which tastes like normal sugar but has much lower glycemic index. The main market for the products is surrounding Nordic countries and exporting to central Europe.
    For more information on today’s guest Marianne and Narskuttelu Oy https://www.narskutteluoy.fi
    For more on the W-Power Project visit:
    http://w-power.interreg-npa.eu
    Join the International LinkedIn Group
    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8725639/
    Find out more about the W-Power Online Network for Businesswomen in Argyll by following the Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/W-Power-Online-Network-for-Businesswomen-in-Argyll-105554437838181/
    And to join the W-Power Female Entrepreneurs Online Network in Argyll, Scotland visit:
    https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/w-power/
    With thanks to the following organisations for their support with this project:
    · Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme of the European Regional Development Fund http://www.interreg-npa.eu
    · Highlands and Islands Enterprise https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/w-power/

    • 20 min
    Interview with Kate Suopajärvi, founder at Arctic Cherry

    Interview with Kate Suopajärvi, founder at Arctic Cherry

    Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in sparsely populated communities across northern Europe.
    W-Power works with women entrepreneurs in sparsely populated areas across northern Europe and the Arctic rim, encouraging them to set-up, develop and grow their businesses. The project seeks to achieve this through capacity building and providing opportunities for transnational connections and learning.
    W-Power Inspiring Women in Business Podcast shares the stories of some of the amazing women who are part of this project and their journeys in business.
    My guest today is Kate Suopajärvi, founder at Arctic Cherry. Kate is a fashion designer and model based in Finish Lapland. Kate first started in 2016 as a freelance model to show that plus size women can be equal in the fashion business too. Kate has had a career in the theatre and beauty industry and this year she has launched her own fashion brand Arctic Cherry Designs.
    For more information on today’s guest Kaye and Artic Cherry https://www.facebook.com/arcticcherrykate/
    For more on the W-Power Project visit:
    http://w-power.interreg-npa.eu
    Join the International LinkedIn Group
    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8725639/
    Find out more about the W-Power Online Network for Businesswomen in Argyll by following the Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/W-Power-Online-Network-for-Businesswomen-in-Argyll-105554437838181/
    And to join the W-Power Female Entrepreneurs Online Network in Argyll, Scotland visit:
    https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/w-power/
    With thanks to the following organisations for their support with this project:
    · Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme of the European Regional Development Fund http://www.interreg-npa.eu
    · Highlands and Islands Enterprise https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/w-power/

    • 17 min
    Interview with Cheryl Jamieson, founder at Glansin Glass

    Interview with Cheryl Jamieson, founder at Glansin Glass

    Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in sparsely populated communities across northern Europe.
    W-Power works with women entrepreneurs in sparsely populated areas across northern Europe and the Arctic rim, encouraging them to set-up, develop and grow their businesses. The project seeks to achieve this through capacity building and providing opportunities for transnational connections and learning.
    W-Power Inspiring Women in Business Podcast shares the stories of some of the amazing women who are part of this project and their journeys in business.
    My guest today is Cheryl Jamieson, artist at Glansin Glass. Cheryl was born and bred on Shetland and her fused glass products reflect the environment she lives in, which as she describes is stunningly beautiful, and also has a rich heritage, archaeology and geology. Cheryl’s pieces reflect this and the sea around Shetland.
    For more information on today’s guest Cheryl and Glansin Glass http://www.glansinglass.co.uk
    For more on the W-Power Project visit:
    http://w-power.interreg-npa.eu
    Join the International LinkedIn Group
    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8725639/
    Find out more about the W-Power Online Network for Businesswomen in Argyll by following the Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/W-Power-Online-Network-for-Businesswomen-in-Argyll-105554437838181/
    And to join the W-Power Female Entrepreneurs Online Network in Argyll, Scotland visit:
    https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/w-power/
    With thanks to the following organisations for their support with this project:
    · Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme of the European Regional Development Fund http://www.interreg-npa.eu
    · Highlands and Islands Enterprise https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/w-power/

    • 41 min

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Kelly-Sue ,

Loved this podcast!

The clue is in the name ... this is a genuinely *inspirational* listen. Rachel’s business journey is fascinating, and the context, a remote Scottish island, one of the most celebrated whisky destinations in the world, makes it even more so. Can’t wait to see what future episodes bring. Highly recommended.

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