Credited with taking Fisherman’s Friend global, Fleetwood based Doreen Lofthouse is modest, decent and unpretentious. Having married Tony, the great grandson of the company’s founder, Mrs Lofthouse secured international distribution for their lozenges and built a multi-million pound business. A generous philanthropist and co-founder of The Lofthouse Foundation, Doreen Lofthouse has donated millions to her local community and after her home was raided in 2009, she donated the £500,000 insurance payout towards a car number plate recognition system for Lancashire Police to try to prevent similar ordeals for others. Of her success, she once commented: “To be a successful entrepreneur, you must be fearless. Fisherman’s Friend is our baby. It allows us to employ several hundred people. It is our responsibility to ensure that the company continues to grow”. We salute her mantra wholeheartedly.