FIVE women have made it into a list of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in the UK.

The small business campaign f:Entrepreneur has revealed its #ialso Top 100 – a list which celebrates 100 women in business who are innovating in their field.

Five entrepreneurs from Brighton and Hove are included in the list and despite working in different industries – from pet food to flotation therapy – the women coincidentally all know each other.

Hannah James owns The Pet Shed in Preston Drove, Brighton.

The shop has been open for six years and stocks natural pet food, treats, toys and accessories, which are all supplied by small businesses.

Hannah believes her independent suppliers and friendly customer service is what sets her apart.

She said: “It’s an honour to be recognised as an entrepreneur and to be included with such an amazing group of inspiring women.”

Hannah said she was amazed to discover one of the other Brighton women on the list is her old friend Chloe Bullock, an interior designer who runs Materialise Interiors in Bonchurch Road.

Chloe offers interior design to residential and commercial clients, and prides herself on environmental awareness and a sustainable approach to design, including reusing materials as much as possible.

Chloe, who counts Real Patisserie in Trafalgar Street and Japanese restaurant Kujira in Preston Street among her previous customers, said she is delighted to be included.

She said: “I’m so happy to be part of this wonderful list of women small business owners, and for there to be a strong Brighton and Hove presence as well.”

Also on the list is Emma Mills-Sheffield, a consultant who founded Mindsetup Ltd and offers business coaching in Brighton and London.

Emma also provides mentoring support for small businesses and students at the University of Sussex.

She said: “I’m thrilled to be named as one of the 100 women for 2020 and to join such an inspirational group.

“The diversity shown in what 100 women can do is amazing and if we can do it, there’ll be many more business owners we can inspire too.

“It’s a real honour and I’m so excited about the year ahead.”

Natalie Guerin also supports small businesses through her company Pebble, by providing advice on how to organise operations.

Natalie has been running the company for 14 years, but was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2008.

She kept good relationships with her clients while she underwent treatment and has now been given the all clear.

She said: “I’m so excited to be included in this list of women and I hope to inspire others that may be going through a similar experience.”

Camille Pierson, founder of The Float Spa in Third Avenue, Hove, is the fifth woman in the list.

Camille set up the wellbeing centre after suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

The Float Spa has more than 16,000 customers and offers yoga classes, massage and acupuncture, as well as flotation therapy.

Camille said she was “overwhelmed” to have made the list.

She said: “What is fantastic is the range of different women featured in this list, and that a float centre in Northern Ireland was also included.

“To see wellbeing sit so highly in the list has been my dream come true. With wellbeing, we need more people to understand the benefits of prevention as opposed to cure.”

The f:Entrepreneur campaign was launched on International Women’s Day in 2017 by Michelle Ovens, director of Small Business Saturday UK and chairwoman of the Small Business Charter.

The#ialso list was born at a breakfast f:Entrepreneur hosted for 25 people working to empower female entrepreneurs.

During the introductions, the words heard the most were “I also”, as there were so many connections between their experiences.

Michelle said: “This is a campaign that highlights the work of incredible women.

“It shows that even in the toughest situations in life, entrepreneurs are the people that thrive, creating purposeful small businesses and supporting their communities.”