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Amanda Stansfield: Owner at Granny Gothards Ice Cream

Gill Donnell

Amanda Stansfield is the owner and managing director of Granny Gothards Limited and ProIce Products Limited

Amanda’s success with Granny Gothards is often used as a positive case study by Department of International Trade and Amanda is often asked to speak to Business Groups and plays an active role in South West Business Insider Panels. Amanda also works with colleges and students on food and business projects.

Amanda worked for many years as a Management Accountant for large blue-chip companies before taking a break to bring up her two daughters.  Her eldest daughter now runs her own successful children’s clothing business and her youngest is finishing her final year at Exeter University

Amanda had a complete change of direction in 2012 when she bought a small ice cream company with a great product that she could see had massive market potential, she also acquired one of her most important assets, a lady as passionate about where the business could go as she was.

Through hard work, investment in people and machinery, and a passion in what she does, she has taken the business from humble beginning to what it is today, a large export led producer of luxury ice creams, sorbets and sherbets. The business is expanding into the Far East in 2018 and the markets in the UEA are growing each month. The domestic market is also enjoying huge growth and is now sent daily to restaurants such as the Gherkin and Blenheim Palace. Granny Gothards is the ice cream of choice for National Trust Properties and Independent South West Cinema Chain, Scott.

The key factor in Amanda’s business was not to change in any way how Granny Gothards Ice Cream is made but rather up scale the production capabilities to meet the growing demand and ever increase flavours. Amanda will not compromise on the quality of the ingredients or the customer service they offer.

ProIce is Amanda’s latest project and is taking the ice cream to a different market. Amanda and her team have developed a range of totally natural Hi Protein Ice Creams and Frozen Yogurts which is aimed at the Retail Sector, a new challenge for Amanda and one that is both exciting and daunting in equal measures. There is already interest from the USA!

When not making, selling or eating ice cream, Amanda enjoys watching rugby and is an avid follower of Exeter Chiefs, enjoys walks with her husband and dogs, travelling and says her favourite role is being Oma to her 2 ½ year old Grandson Oliver.

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Alexis Bowater talks about journalism, networking and the impact of stalking

Gill Donnell

Alexis Bowater is the Director of Bowater Communications. She offers expert media advice and support on a short or long term basis. With decades of experience in the industry she and her team can offer top of the range bespoke packages whatever your need – whether PR, training, filmmaking, writing or devising a PR strategy. Alexis is an award-winning journalist and presenter who has worked in the media, on both sides of the camera, for over twenty years.

She anchored the ITV evening news in the West Country for seven years before becoming a campaigning Chief Executive of national charity Network for Surviving Stalking.

As a result of her experiences over the years she loves to help recognise Women in Business for their achievements and is a Regional Partner for the Venus Women Awards as well as hosting Women’s Networking Groups in Devon: Plymouth Women in Business and Exeter Women in Business.

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Lisa Upchurch, Head of Tax for New Look

Gill Donnell

Lisa, joined New Look in 2009 following a move to the South Coast after the birth of her daughter. Graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in Accounting and Finance, Lisa started her career with Ernst & Young in Cambridge, where she gained her tax qualifications.

After qualification, the bright lights of London beckoned and she joined Virgin, one of the world’s most recognisable brands as in-house tax accountant. With responsibility for an extensive portfolio of companies including Virgin Atlantic, Cinemas, Virgin Rail and the newly formed record company V2, she also had to collate P11D information for Mr B.

 After 3 years, Lisa returned to the accounting profession at newly merged PwC. As Tax Manager in Istanbul, Turkey, she advised some of the world’s leading blue chip multinationals before returning to the London office and gaining promotion to Senior Manager.

Combining her love of fashion, shoes, handbags and anything sparkly with extensive international finance and tax expertise made New Look the perfect next step forward. Lisa is now the Head of Tax and is responsible for the global taxes across the entire group.

In her free time, Lisa likes to travel with Greece, Spain, Finland, South Africa and Israel on the list, just for this year! She also likes to keep fit, dance – appearing in the local Weldmar charity fundraiser: Strictly dance, and enjoys time with her partner, daughter and dog Lola.

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