She acknowledges her own good fortune in starting her business, having founded it in partnership with her sisters, meaning she benefited from a strong family support network. Besides her big funding break in Dragon’s Den, she credits Hakkasan and Wagamama founder Alan Yau as one of the mentors who inspired her to believe in herself and her business venture.
Juliet Rogan, Head of High Growth and Entrepreneurs at Barclays, explained why she felt so strongly about the issue, and why the bank was backing female enterprise in this way: “Diversity is a key driver of innovation so it makes commercial sense to encourage more female led enterprise, and at Barclays we are passionate about making this a reality. In my experience, female entrepreneurs don’t want special treatment, they just want a level playing field when it comes to starting and scaling a business.”
The advice Lisa would give to anyone thinking of starting their own business is the same she was given when she first took the leap into enterprise: “Never give up; to believe in yourself is very important. You can be knocked down in business, and it is very disheartening, but nothing’s impossible, just keep going!”