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Today is International Women’s Day, and the best way for Torquay Online to celebrate this is by celebrating some of the area’s best local business women.

We have the same amount of female members as we have male, and from the looks of it, they are all doing an amazing job!

Here are some of Torbay’s most inspirational business women.

Becky Forte

What is your business?

Forever Beautiful

What do they do? 

Forever Beautiful hair salon offers all aspects of hairdressing from colours to extensions. They also offer beauty treatments, Botox, fillers and laser hair and tattoo removal.

Favourite thing about Torbay?

I love Torquay! I’ve lived here all my life and my favourite part is definitely all the beautiful beaches.

Jess B

What is your business?

Jessica Tanning

What do they do?

Specialising in Spray Tanning but also expanding to other treatments such as brows, lashes and skin care.

Advice for anyone looking to start a business?

Advertise everywhere, believe in yourself and don’t let anyone get you down. Also connect and network with other local businesses in a positive way.

Favourite thing about Torbay?

It looks beautiful in the Summertime.

Alexis Robertson

polished all over torquay

What is your business?

Polished All Over

What do they do?

Polished offers all kinds of beauty treatments. This includes microblading, hair, nails, botox, lip fillers and laser lipo.

Advice for anyone looking to start a business?

Don’t ever give up or think you can’t do it. With hard work and determination, you can do anything.

Favourite thing about Torbay?

The seafront, beaches and bistros.

Eve Holleran

What is your business?

Fresh Look Aesthetics

What do they do?

Aesthetics. Mainly botox and lip fillers.

Advice for anyone looking to start a business?

My advice is keep motivated and stick to your goals. Keep on top of your game and embrace knowledge and learning. Seek mentorship from the experienced business people in your sector.

Favourite thing about Torbay?

Our beautiful scenery and the fact that we have beaches all around us.

Clare Gay

What is your business?

CG Bookkeeping and Accountancy

What do they do?

Accounts, payroll vat and tax returns.

Advice for anyone looking to start a business?

Plan, research and ask for professional advice.

Favourite thing about Torbay?

Walking on the beautiful seafront on a Winter’s day.

Jenny Barnes

What is your business?

Cheeki Monkeys

What do they do?

Baby and Children’s preloved Markets.

Advice for anyone looking to start a business?

Do your research, set your goals and don’t be afraid to go for it

Favourite thing about Torbay?

The beaches and the views.

Joanne Gunning

What is your business?

Move Southwest

What do they do?

Removals company in Torquay. They cover the entire South West doing anything from light local deliveries to full house moves.

Advice for anyone looking to start a business?

Do your homework first and try and find a gap in the market. Expand your business as your business grows and not beforehand. Reputation is everything so you need to be 100% committed.

Favourite thing about Torbay?

I love everything about Torbay! The sun, the beaches, the pace of life. It’s a great place to live & work.

Joanne Harman

What is your business?

ACM Garage & Tyres

What do they do?

We offer vehicle repairs, mots, mot fails, modifications, tyres , engine replacements, clutches, headgaskets, timing chains, Powerflex & welding.

Advice for anyone looking to start a business?

Make sure you stay enjoying what you do & have enough help & support! From experience I believe customer service is the most important thing to make your business grow & word of mouth soon spreads.

Megan Field

What is your business?

Muddy Paws Dog Grooming

What do they do?

We offer pamper appointments for your beloved pets nail clipping, de-shedding , wash & pamper to the full works

Advice for anyone looking to start a business?

My advise would be if your passionate about something so much then go for it you can make it work if you put the work and effort into your business.

Rachel Hewitt

What is your business?

Hummingbird Photos

What do they do?

Provides families with professional photographs in the comfort of their own home.

Advice for anyone looking to start a business?

Do your research and make sure you check out the competition around you.

Favourite thing about Torbay?

The business community and how many people are willing to offer help.

Katherine Hancox

What is your business?

The Daisy Foundation Torbay

What do they do?

Offers support to mothers to be and their growing families from bump – two years post birth.

Advice for anyone looking to start a business?

Advertise, advertise, advertise! You may not see results for your advertising for a few months, so don’t lose hope, just keep plugging away.

Favourite thing about Torbay?

I love the Coast and the gem that is Cockington!

Kez Brownen

Kez Brownen Torbay

What is your business?

Kez’s Creature Comforts

What do they do?

Experienced, local and friendly dog walking and pet sitting service in Torbay and Newton Abbot.

Advice for anyone looking to start a business?

If you’re passionate about what you do then go for it and believe in yourself, you can do anything you want to if you have the motivation. And advertising is everything. It may not give immediate results but give it time and it’ll come.

Favourite thing about Torbay?

I was born and bred here in Torbay and we are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country. The coastline is breathtaking.

Katie Barbara Petzing

KP Hair Design Torquay

What is your business?

KP Hair Design

What do they do?

Affordable hairdressing at home.

Advice for anyone looking to start a business?

If you have a passion and the drive I would 1 million percent invest time and love into building your own business!

Favourite thing about Torbay?

My absolute fave part or Torbay is how supportive we are of local businesses! And the views

Gabriella Clarke

What is your business?

Mind Health Movement

What do they do?

Psychotherapy, Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Nutritional Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Hand Reflexology

Advice for anyone looking to start a business?

Advice to other women would be to join some virtual and face to face groups where support, encouragement and ideas can be shared.

Favourite thing about Torbay?

The scenery.

Clare Vaz

What is your business?

Pattys Piece Of Cake

What do they do?

A self taught home registered bespoke cake and cupcake decorator.

Advice for anyone looking to start a business?

Don’t see others in your field as enemies. It’s a big enough world to offer the same. Make yourself unique and add your own spin on things. Most importantly have fun and enjoy what you do.

Favourite thing about Torbay?

The beaches on my doorstep and the events put on in Brixham and on Paignton green.


Thanks to all these amazing women for taking the time to answer our questions.

And an extra special thank you for helping Torquay Online become the platform it is. We are nothing without our members, so we’re very grateful to all of you!

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