thanks for all the response so far - rhona jacks are you out there - can't seem to find you on the members list - if you are in the same boat as me then it would be great to get in touch! still trying to find my way around the forum at the moment.
Personally I don't like female gardeners using their gender as a selling point. I wonder if I started a hair salon called "Hair cut, by a man" how long it would take for people to brand it sexist! As a consumer I wouldn't use a company that uses this sales technique, but by the look of things I seem to be the one and only person on this site that feels this way!
I recently started my business and it's gone well. Also speak to Rhona Jack as she is in the same boat as you. Best of luck, hope it goes really well for you! Feel free to get in touch for any newbie questions as I've probably asked the exact same ones and got answers already!