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Evoke.ie: Dragon’s Den investor Alison Cowzer: ‘If you want a career, marry a feminist

May 29, 2017 Profiles and Interviews

Photocall for Dragons Den Series 7 launch with two brand new Dragons, Alison Cowzer and Eleanor McEvoy, joining the other Dragons & prsenter Richard Curran for selfies outside The Residence Club, Dublin, Ireland – 13.04.16. Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM **IRISH RIGHTS ONLY** *** Local Caption *** Alison Cowzer

Dragon’s Den investor Alison Cowzer believes that women looking to get ahead in their careers should marry a feminist, who supports their dreams as much as they do.

The mother-of-two is the co-founder of East Coast Bakehouse, a biscuit manufacturing business based in Drogheda.

Cowzer, who works alongside her husband Michael Carey, joined RTE’s Dragon’s Den last year alongside Limerick businesswoman Eleanor McEvoy. The latest series of the programme saw the introduction of Chanelle McCoy on the investor panel – a welcome addition to the line-up, which is completed by Gavin Duffy and Barry O’Sullivan.

And with a majority female Den for the first time, Cowzer said it bodes well for women in business – although there is still a long way to go to equality.

‘There are a fantastic group of women coming into business, but the challenge is to get to senior level and stay there,’ she told EVOKE.ie.

‘Personally, I think if you’re ambitious for your career you have to marry a feminist, who’s just as ambitious for you as themselves. Each partner has to support the other, in whatever way that may be.

‘My husband Michael Carey and I work together, so we’re aware of the requirements to get things done for our business and that helps.’

Cowzer will be showcasing her East Coast Bakehouse produce at this year’s Bloom In The Park. And leading by example, her two daughters, aged 12 and 16, will be working with her for the weekend.

‘I think it’s we learn by experience and watching others. My mum worked outside the home in the early seventies, so I grew up understanding there’s a big bad world out there and you have to earn a crust.’

Bloom in the Park will be taking place over the June Bank Holiday Weekend, from June 1-5.

The Love Irish Food Marque will be open throughout the festival this year and attendees can sample food and drink inside it from some of Ireland’s leading producers such as; O’Donnell’s Crisps and McCambridge.

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