Yorkshire female entrepreneurs | Emma Lishman



Up on my Yorkshire female entrepreneurs blog series this week is my lovely cousin Emma Lishman. Emma runs a successful butchery business based in Ilkley called ‘Lishman’s of Ilkley’. I’m sure lots of you have heard of it! Together with her Dad she runs a busy butchers shop and they also supply many local and not so local restaurants & shops with meat & charcuterie meats. I’m sure you will have seen their name crop up on lots of restaurant menus & seen them in lots of shops including Harrods in London & Cannon & Cannon. Emma joined the family business in 2016 and is flying. I’m super proud of her!!!

Take a look at their website www.lishmansbutchers.co.uk to view their products.

I asked her a few questions about running a family business.

Name: Emma Lishman

Age: 29

Business Name: Lishman’s of Ilkley

Job Title: General Manager

Tell us a little bit about your family business: We have a butchers shop in the centre of Ilkley. My Dad started the business over 30 years ago and worked on his own, since then the shop has expanded, we have a team of over 15 people and we’ve won various awards for our produce and customer service.

How did you become involved? I wanted a challenge and I’ve always been passionate about food and customer service so I thought why not…?

What’s your working background? I previously worked in hotels in Harrogate and Edinburgh, this was after I completed my degree at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in International Hospitality Management.

What is the best thing about running the family business with your dad? We are doing something exciting together and getting results from the work we’re both putting in. I’m quite organised and get things done whereas Dad is great at creating really good and interesting products so we work well together. I like the bit’s he doesn’t, plus I learn a lot from him as he knows so much about the meat industry.

Have you ever made any mistakes? If so what did you learn from them? Loads. You need to think things through before you do them. Properly think about the process from start to finish.

How do you create a good work/life balance when working for yourself? Try to stick to working the hours I’m at the shop and take holidays. I’m not the best at this but I’m trying to be better!

What the hardest thing about running a business? The responsibility is all on you but if you can build a good team around you who are there to support you/the business then it makes running a business 10 x easier.