To mark International Women's Day 2022, which will be celebrated on March 8th, we are bringing To To mark International Women's Day 2022, which will be celebrated on March 8th, we are bringing you a series of profiles on some of the women who work at New Covent Garden Market. There are more women working each year in what is a traditionally male-dominated Market and we want to show you why and how you could be amongst that growing number. Mary Brunning at Neil Brown Herbs is one of the women who work on Buyer's Walk and she loves it
What’s your role in New Covent Garden Market?
I'm Stand Manager for Neil Brown Herbs. I've been here for 3 years. I do everything: day-to-day ordering; making sure everything is out on time and correct. There are so many different micro herbs - more than you can imagine. That's what fascinates me. Now we do 40 or so edible flowers. I'm into flower arranging.
How long have you worked here?
I've been on the Market for 22 years. I started with R&G Herbs. In Surrey, where I lived, I saw an advert in the local paper. It was the 17th May 2000 to be precise. I was working in an office for a taxi company but got bored with it. R&G was a grower and a had a stand in the old Growers' Pavilion at the Market. For the first few months, I thought I was mad to consider working nights.
I still think that! But I do love that during the day I can do all those things you need to do - the doctor and dentist. The shops are empty. I care for my mum as well.
What do you love about working here?
I like the people and the banter. It is what makes this job exciting.
What advice would you give to women who might want to come and work at NCGM?
As a woman you need to be strong - it's like a big family and a unique environment. It's good fun.