Every year on 8th March, the world marks International Women’s Day. It’s a global celebration of the achievements of women. The event celebrates women’s achievements and aims to raise awareness about equality for women around the world and makes the case for gender equity.

International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1911 and has grown from then to be a major event, with individuals, organisations and governments around the world observing it and holding events to raise awareness of women’s issues.

For 2022, the theme is #BreakTheBias and it aims to get everyone involved in calling out bias against women, smashing stereotypes, breaking inequality, and rejecting discrimination. 

At Create Business properties, we support the aims of International Women’s Day and we’re proud to be not only a female-led social enterprise but to support a fantastic community of businesses, many of which are also led by women. To celebrate IWD22, we’re briefly showcasing each of these businesses – starting with ourselves!

Create Business Properties

With a range of quality commercial units and a uniquely supportive approach, Create is proud to count entrepreneurs, online retailers, caterers and tech companies among our tenants, all working towards boosting the local economy and creating a vibrant business hub in East Edinburgh. 

Our smart, dynamic and close-knit team is led by our Chief Executive, Sharron Stanton, who has worked with the company since 1993 and is proud to offer support to the Create community of businesses. Sharron says “Create is not just a landlord, we are here to help, support and encourage our tenants to grow.”

Angel Face Beauty

Castlebrae Business Centre is home to this luxury beauty salon. In opening her own salon, owner Angelika has fulfilled a lifelong dream to run a beauty business. She is dedicated to offering clients a high quality and professional work and prides herself in only using the best products in the business. 

Diana Baker Photography

Specialising in newborn baby and family photography, the talented team at Diana Baker are dedicated to capturing the very best shots of parents and newborn babies in their first weeks of life. Diana truly understands the importance of capturing the very essence of the family unit in her shots.

Quirky Chocolate

Leading this successful independent business, founder Sandra Colamart took the leap from graphic design into operating a chocolate kitchen! And the secret to their beautiful designer chocolate gifts? Combining the amazing talents of in-house chocolatiers with the talents of independent illustrators, designers and creatives.

Garlands Florists

With an excellent reputation for supplying beautiful, quality floral arrangements for over 30 years, garlands are a small family run business. The female-led team are friendly, talented and realistic and their attention to detail is second-to-none.  

Twenty Seven

When Emma, founder of Twenty Seven personalised gifts, found herself redundant from her job in advertising, she found a new creative outlet in creating personalised wedding stationery and from there, Twenty Seven has grown to a thriving business that creates beautiful personalised gifts that sell online with a vision to bring happiness to customers and create special moments between people.


Monteith Personal Care

Monteith is a female-focused, quality care at home provider. They aim to provide the highest possible quality of care to their service users, working closely with a handpicked team of well-supported care workers. They ensure all their service users get the best possible standards of care, maximum choice and are treated with dignity and respect at all times.

Silk Purse, Sows Ear

A female-led, independent jewellery shop that specialises in personalized necklaces and engraved photo lockets using vintage materials. The team love using animals including birds, foxes, horses and dogs to create wearable jewellery with a sense of fun. 

Their Nibs

Create tenant Their Nibs is an organisation that produces luxury sleepwear in a range of designs that was created by Fiona Bell, founder and previous buyer in the fashion industry.

With a background in the world of fashion and print, Fiona’s career had reached a high as head of womenswear at Laura Ashley. However in 2000, following the arrival of her baby boy, she shifted her career focus and started her very own successful sleepwear brand!


This International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the women behind all of these fantastic businesses as well as every woman who works within the Create Business Community, the women who inspire them and all the wonderful women we know! And as ever, we look forward to supporting all of our brilliant tenants now and in the future.