• Margaret Manchester


Margaret Manchester has been named one of the UK’s most 100 inspirational female entrepreneurs by Small Business Britain’s f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign.

Margaret Manchester founded Durham Hens Limited in the north of England in 2007. Experiencing rapid growth in recent years, this award-winning business retails quality hens and poultry supplies to the pet and smallholder markets. In addition to selling modern hybrid layers, the company has a breeding programme to help preserve traditional breeds. They post rare breed hatching eggs throughout the UK in special packaging.

As well as being a successful businesswoman, Margaret writes historical romance. Her debut novel ‘The Lead Miner’s Daughter’ received excellent reviews and quickly became an international best-seller. Her books have been likened to those of the great Catherine Cookson.

Margaret is also the chairperson for ‘Friends of Killhope’, a charity involved with industrial heritage in the North Pennines. She was instrumental in saving the last mining headgear in Durham from demolition. The headframe at Groverake is now an iconic landmark in a county steeped in mining history.

“It’s an honour to be selected to join this prestigious group of high-achieving female entrepreneurs,” said Margaret. “I’m thrilled. I would like to thank everyone at Small Business Britain for their dedication and support.”

Michelle Ovens CBE, founder of Small Business Britain and f:Entrepreneur, said, “Congratulations to all the inspiring women chosen to join this year’s #ialso100. Despite the significant obstacles thrown at them in the last year, female entrepreneurship continues to grow and flourish. We need to continue and increase our support for these incredible women and celebrate their amazing strength and success in the face of huge challenges.”

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