Two Lancashire businesswomen have been praised for helping a musician release her debut album.

Gaby Marsden and Ali King from Clitheroe are founders of The Goals Gals and have been working with singer Poppy Rose for almost four years to help her achieve her business goals.

Now, Poppy has found success as her first album 'I'M READY NOW' has been released.

Gaby and Ali recently launched The Goals Gals intending to help some of the 1.62million self-employed women in the UK reach their business goals.

The business came to fruition after they recognised that most members from across the country were like Poppy and benefited mainly from having support in achieving their business goals and having people to hold them accountable.

Gaby said:  "We are so excited that Poppy has managed to produce an album and can't wait to listen.

"It was because of women like Poppy that we decided to start The Goals Gals as we found that there were so many women running businesses, with loads of ideas of how to scale up and grow but struggling to make time to work on their business as they are too busy doing either client work or focusing on the wrong areas.

"The Goals Gals help those women carve out time each week to focus on their own goals and have the chance to report back to other members, which helps them stay on track.  We also offer virtual co-working, training, and events.

"We hope that as we grow we'll see more of our members have success, like Poppy, whatever their business."

Poppy has taken inspiration for the album from artists like Vance Joy, Kina Grannis, and Lewis Watson and has curated an album that encapsulates her journey into adulthood.

From tales of her time as a 19-year-old living in Berlin, to her evolving relationship with herself and the world around her, "I'm Ready Now" is a collection of Poppy's most cherished songs.

Poppy has played over 100 shows across Europe and her song, 'I Love My Body' touched many hearts and was featured on BBC Introducing and in several choir, theatre, and dance performances across the world credits the support of Abi and Gaby in helping her achieve her dream.

She said: "I've been performing for years and like many performers always wanted to create an album and I think that I would've done it eventually but with the support of Ali and Gaby I feel I got to where I wanted to be much quicker. 

"Each week I join other women in business for an hour-long accountability call and that really helped, speaking my goals out loud to a group of people really helped them come to fruition."