Local entrepreneur recognised for making a powerful contribution to society, the economy and communities

11 JANUARY 2021: Kathy Kyle of Surrey, England has been named as one of the UK’s most 100 inspirational female entrepreneurs by Small Business Britain’s f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign.

Kathy Kyle, who co-founded DigiKind during lockdown in 2020, is being showcased alongside 100 female entrepreneurs from across the UK, as part of the campaign’s recognition of the multi-achievements of women that have proved critical to society during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Now in its fourth year, f:Entrepreneur was launched in 2017 to highlight amazing female role models to help and inspire all small businesses, through content, stories and events. It particularly aims to showcase trailblazing female entrepreneurs that lead small businesses alongside a roster of other responsibilities, such as volunteering, mentoring and community support, activities.

Indeed, Kathy was also called out for her work as an award-winning communications expert, who is focussing her efforts on supporting the local British high street. Kathy is an entrepreneur who has co-founded a successful communications consultancy, supports and empowers local communities as a communications professional, volunteers for non-profits like Uprising UK, advises “tech for good” start-ups, spearheads community safety campaigns, and mentors communications professionals and women-owned small businesses.

She has extensive experience working with UK business improvement districts (BIDs), businesses, start-ups, schools, corporations and local and foreign governments. Having seen businesses and organisations, including many of her previous clients, across a broad range of sectors, struggle during the pandemic, she decided that she wanted to do more to help reinvigorate the high street and SMEs – and launched DigiKind.

From beekeepers to PPE, tech entrepreneurs to pole-dance-enthusiasts, this year’s campaign celebrates inspiring and resilient female entrepreneurs that have flourished despite Covid-19, with many still growing or starting new ventures.

On being listed in the #ialso100, Kathy Kyle said:

“I am honoured and thrilled to be included with these dynamic, innovative women who are making a difference in their communities. I can’t wait to feature each of their stories on DigiKind to share and promote the positive impact they are making.”

“I launched DigiKind because I believe there is something more we can do as a community to empower and support each other. Together with my team, we are creating a support network that connects and features BID managers, local councils, organisations, businesses and residents. We are shining a light on and promoting the best of British innovation – sharing fresh and creative content and ‘tech for good’ best practices. I am inspired by the people, businesses and British towns and cities who have pivoted in a crisis – and who dare to reimagine what’s possible. My goal is to help build sustainable communities and revitalise our economy.”

Both f:Entrepreneur and Small Business Britain were founded by Michelle Ovens CBE, who is also the director of Small Business Saturday UK.

“Congratulations to all the inspiring women chosen to join this year’s #ialso100,” said Michelle Ovens. “Despite the significant obstacles thrown at them in the last year, female entrepreneurship continues to grow and flourish. We need to continue, and increase, our support for these incredible women and celebrate their amazing strength and success in the face of huge challenges.”  

“We have seen so many women embracing change, generating and exploring new ideas, rallying around their communities and supporting their peers. This resilience is hugely valuable and will set them up for success as they will be at the very heart of the UK’s recovery.”

To see the full list of the 100 amazing women featured in this year’s f:entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign, visit

About f:Entrepreneur 

Michelle Ovens CBE set up the f:Entrepreneur Campaign, which launched on International Women’s Day 2017, because of the growing sense that there should be more recognition for the power women who run so many businesses in the UK.

The goal of the campaign is to celebrate the dynamic and inspirational businesses led by women in the UK.

It is aimed at both men and women, because everyone has something to learn from these stories of challenge and success. 

Through events, content and storytelling, f:Entrepreneur showcases role models to help and inspire all small businesses.

 About the #ialso100

The f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 will celebrate and showcase amazing female entrepreneurs from all over the UK and is brought to you by the f:Entrepreneur campaign, run by Small Business Britain. 


About Small Business Britain

Small Business Britain is the UK’s leading champion of small businesses, supporting all 5.8 million small businesses in the UK – no matter their location, their sector, or their ambition level. Through a series of reports, events and campaigns, Small Business Britain champions, inspires and accelerates small businesses in the UK to foster growth and increased confidence.

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About Kathy Kyle

Kathy is the co-founder of DigiKind. She is also co-founder of and partner at the award-winning US-based communications consultancy, Amplia Group. She volunteers at UprisingUK, offers pro bono consulting services to women-owned microbusinesses, and is a participant in the Parliament Project. She is an illustrator and mother to twin daughters and son. She also has a giant weimaraner called Max who features heavily on her Instagram

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About DigiKind

We empower communities through digital transformation. We work with central government, local authorities, non-profits, startups, BIDs, and companies large and small to reach more people, focus on building community and drive footfall back to the high street.

Our engagements and approaches are award-winning. In 2019, we were awarded a Comms2Point0 Best Work by an Agency and shortlisted for Campaign Live’s ‘Marketing Campaign for Good’ Digital Cinema Media Award 2019.

We believe that our communities and smart technologies are key to rebuilding our economy.