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Borough Market announces a series of masterclasses to celebrate International Women’s Day 2023

To celebrate International Women’s Day (8th March 2023), Borough Market, London’s iconic food destination, has announced a raft of virtual masterclasses to celebrate the success and contribution of women to the Market and wider food industry.

Featuring successful female entrepreneurs and food writers, the masterclasses will showcase the diverse range of talented women involved with Borough Market and panellists will discuss how they got on to their career paths and the successes and challenges they have faced. They will also share their advice for aspiring female entrepreneurs and discuss the importance of female leadership in the food industry.

Each session will be led by an influential woman from the Borough Market family, who will interview two or more female guests per topic.

The guests include a number of the Market’s female business owners such as Lynsey Coughlan from The Ginger Pig and Monika Linton of Brindisa, as well as female friends of the Market including as well as female friends of the Market including School Food Matters Trustee, Alanya Francis and industry commentator Mallika Basu.

Four masterclasses will take place throughout the day, covering the following topics: Fighting Gender Bias And Growing Your Confidence, Starting Your Own Food Business, How To Build A Career In Food Writing and Creating Your Personal Brand.

Free for all and available on Zoom, anyone interested in taking part will be able to join a Q&A session at the end of each masterclass.

Borough Market CEO, Jane Swift says: “30% of businesses at Borough Market are owned by women and International Women’s Day is the perfect time to recognise their contribution. Not only are these masterclasses a chance to showcase the incredible skills of the Market’s women but they are also a demonstration of how many women support us in what we do – from running stalls to working behind the scenes. We hope these panel discussions will inspire more women to take the leap and choose a career they are truly passionate about.’’

The full schedule of International Women’s Day masterclasses, taking place on 8 March, can be found below:

Fighting Gender Bias And Growing Your Confidence


The first masterclass of the day will be led by Borough Market’s CEO Jane Swift, who will be speaking to Michelle Lam, who sits on Borough Market’s Board of Trustees, and Market traders Sharon Crane from The Gated Garden and Lynsey Coughlan from The Ginger Pig.

Starting Your Own Food Business


Lucy Charles, Borough Market’s Director of Operations will be joined by Market business owners Monika Linton of Brindisa, Samantha Wallace, From Field and Flower and Flip Dunning of Pate Moi about how they started their food businesses.

How To Build A Career In Food Writing


Author of Borough Market: The Knowledge and host of Borough Talks podcast, Angela Clutton will be joined by food & drink columnist and founder of Fowl Mouths Food & recipe Project, Melissa Thompson and Feature & Food Writer, Giulia Crouch on how they became successful food writers.

Creating Your Personal Brand


To round-off the day, Borough Market’s Director of Communication by Kate Howell will discuss how to build your personal brand with Food Writer and Culture, Diversity & Comms Consultant, Mallika Basu; Market trader Chloë Stewart from Nibs etc; and School Food Matters Trustee, Alanya Francis.

For more information on Borough Market’s International Women’s Day masterclasses and how to join visit:


About Borough Market   

Borough Market is a source of quality British and international produce, but it is more than just a place to buy or sell food. It’s a place where people come to connect, to share food and awaken their senses. Borough has long been synonymous with food markets and as far back as 1014, and probably much earlier, London Bridge attracted traders selling grain, fish, vegetables and livestock. In the 13th century traders were relocated to what is now Borough High Street and a market has existed there ever since. Many of the Markets traders also now sell their produce online, meaning those unable to make it to the Market can still access a selection of the Market’s exceptional range of artisanal produce. Details can be found through the Borough Market online directory.

In addition to the traders selling fresh produce from their stalls, Borough Market also houses a selection of restaurants and bars. Diners can enjoy Arabica Bar & Kitchen, Bao Borough, Berenjak Borough, Elliot’s, Fish! Restaurant, Mallow, Maria’s Market Café, Padella, Rambutan, Roast Restaurant, Silka, Sons + Daughters, Tapas Brindisa, Turnips restaurant and Wright Brothers Oyster and Porter House, while those looking for something to drink can head to Bedales of Borough, The Cider House, The Globe Tavern and The Rake.

Borough Market’s mission is to continue to provide a world class food market at Borough for the community of London and beyond. It is owned by a charitable trust and run by a board of volunteer trustees. The trust is committed to supporting the local community around Borough Market. We regularly run community events and we support local community projects and schemes.