Three weeks ago we let our new podcast loose on the world. We’ve had an amazing response so far, with lots of you listening in and some amazing feedback.

On the show, host Hester talks to people from all areas of the grocery industry to learn about them and their careers. From intern to CEO, we’re asking how people are managing during this period of rapid change and uncertainty. We’re discussing daily routines, lessons learned and hopes for the future. We’re also exploring how we adapt and flex to make our professional and personal lives work together, all the while embracing the fast-paced, ever-changing environment of this industry.

We think the podcast’s working really well, because being open and authentic is key to The Grocery Girls. By sharing honest stories from people who’ve been there before – or might be there right now – we hope to help build the confidence of our listeners and members.

If you haven’t listened yet, here’s a rundown of what to expect:

Episode 1: Laura Ryan, MD of Lavenpark and Chair of Meat Business Women

Laura Ryan’s an inspiring figure, running her own marketing consultancy and spearheading gender diversity in the meat industry with Meat Business Women, the network she founded. She was the best first interviewee we could have asked for; incredibly patient as we grappled with technical difficulties, and so open and honest with her answers to our questions.

Episode 2: Michaela Moss, National Account Manager at Speedibake

Michaela moved to Speedibake in March, entering a temporary office and lots of unknowns as a huge fire had just wiped out the business’ permanent premises. Then, after five days meeting her new colleagues and getting the lay of the land, the country went into lockdown. Michaela talks about working from home, embracing the unknown and settling in.

Michaela’s role model: Ally McBeal. ‘I just loved that she was a professional woman who owned it. It’s a funny comedy, she has such a great personality and she does a really good job. I loved the outfits and that she didn’t care what anyone thought about her.’

Episode 3: Anna Harris MBA, Strategist and Researcher on Female Ambition

Anna spoke at one of our earliest events, sharing the research she was about to undertake as part of her MBA. A year later, her dissertation on female ambition is complete and she’s got some fascinating findings. Alongside her studies, we discuss lockdown life as a mother of four and the change she hopes this period to inspire.

Anna recommends: Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights by Helen Lewis. ‘It’s a really great window into the history of feminism in a non-simplistic way. These people weren’t all really lovely, kind, generous heroes; they were mixtures of good and bad.’

The podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Pocket Casts. If you listen on Google Podcasts, we’ll be appearing on there very soon.
We’ll be live with new episodes every Thursday!
If you have any ideas on how we can improve or you’d like to appear on an episode, email us at We want to hear stories from across the industry, the more diverse the better.

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