International Women's Day 2022
International Women's Day
At Buyagift, women in the business are supported and empowered year round and encouraged to strive to be the best they can be, whichever department they work in.
This International Women's Day, Buyagift are celebrating some of the amazing women we partner with. Women, who not only ace what they do in their everyday life, but also break the bias when it comes to women in business and gender stereotypes. We had the pleasure of talking to five of our incredible partners, who gave an insight into what it's really like being a female in their industry and why they love it. From coffee connoisseurs and a race car enthusiast to a wing-walking sensation and pastry chef extraordinaire, these women certainly mean business!
Kirsten has been wing walking for five years and mostly flies in the lead position and adores displaying with her fellow wing walkers in the air; performing handstands, climbing around the aircraft and zooming across the globe in a whirlwind of vintage glamour.
Kirsten’s background specialising in trapeze and aerial circus helps her when she’s on the wing doing handstands and spinning in the rig. When not climbing around a vintage aircraft, you can find her teaching aerial circus, cooking, practising yoga and focusing on her artwork. She is an adrenaline junkie and loves doing aerobatics standing on top of the aircraft. She feels privileged to have had so many wonderful adventures with the team and considers herself a ‘collector’ of unique views; her most memorable being loop-the-loops over the Gobi Desert at sunset.
Toni Lee is a supercar driver originally from Coventry. She has had a passion for cars since she was 18 and has always admired beautiful cars growing up. At 19 she met a world champion racing driver and began to travel across the world where they taught road safety tours to students. Toni’s husband has been the World Hot Rod Champion four times, Truck Racing Champion once and has competed in the Paris-Dakar rally three times.
Six years ago, at a driving day, she was asked to become a supercar driving instructor due to her expertise. She has now worked for Car Chase Heroes for four years and said that the best bit of her job is seeing people’s faces light up as they drive their dream car.
Sarah Houghting is the Executive Pastry Chef at The Rubens at the Palace hotel. Born in South Africa, she moved to the UK in 2005 and worked in restaurants across the UK, working in various kitchen roles, including head chef. While doing this, she had the opportunity to demo at the Taste of London food show, as well as showing her skills on the show Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations.
Six years ago, she trained as a pastry chef and has now spent five years at The Rubens at the Palace, which is one of the most historic and prominent hotels in London, renowned for its location opposite Buckingham Palace. She is charged with developing sweet treats and creating the Royal Afternoon Tea, which draws inspiration from their royal neighbours.
She competed in series six of Bake Off: The Professionals in 2021, along with fellow pastry chef Christina, where she represented The Rubens.
Victoria and Grace Sheppard are sisters who co-founded Queens of Mayfair together. Having worked in the area for years they decided to create their dream venue of a unique speciality coffee shop and wine bar located in the heart of Mayfair. They combined their previous experience in hospitality marketing and interior design to open Queens of Mayfair in August 2020.
Queens of Mayfair focuses on artisanal British cuisine using seasonal and organic ingredients, as well as using Dorset as inspiration for their menu. To ensure a high-quality product, they work with many certified quality suppliers, including Difference Coffee, which supplies to 61 MICHELIN-starred restaurants. The sisters also made headlines for selling ‘Britain’s most expensive cup of coffee’ with their "Ethiopian Cup of Excellence Queens Coffee" costing £50 and made from Ethiopian coffee beans, which won first place in the Cup of Excellence.
Since opening in August 2020 Victoria and Grace have gained accolades such as the Commercial Newcomer of the Mayfair Awards and achieving runner-up in London Coffee Shop of the Year.
Break The Bias
International Women's Day is celebrated on the 8th March every year across the globe and is an important day where we recognise women's achievements and take action towards gender equality across every aspect of life. The theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is #BreakTheBias. Together, let’s use this day and every day to follow, to raise awareness against bias, take action for equality and celebrate women and all of their achievements.
Why not try some of these experiences for yourself?
Two Course Brunch with Bottomless Gin Cocktails for Two at Queens of Mayfair
Paying homage to the beautiful county of Dorset, Queens of Mayfair is a stylish restaurant in the heart of Mayfair, London. If you’re planning a birthday treat or perhaps a catch up with a friend, this bottomless brunch is a fantastic way to celebrate.Buy Now
Wingwalking Experience for One
Do you know someone who’s always looking to get their next adrenaline fix? This wing walking experience is certainly one to tick off the bucket list! Take to the skies with this once-in-a-lifetime experience that will see you strapped to the wing of a 1940’s Boeing Stearman Biplane.Buy Now
The Rubens at the Palace Royal Afternoon Tea for Two
Overlooking Buckingham Palace, The Rubens at the Palace brings royalty right to your table! Since Queen Victoria became hooked on the oh-so-satisfying afternoon tea it has been a quintessentially British tradition, an experience that exudes class and sophistication.Buy Now
Triple Aston Martin Driving Blast with High Speed Passenger Ride
Enjoy a stylish driving experience to remember with an Aston Martin driving blast for one. Taking place at a number of locations across the UK, you can choose the best location for you. Upon arrival, you’ll get a full safety briefing before selecting three iconic Aston Martin cars.Buy Now