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CONTENTS P4 Mavis Amankwah, P9 CELEBRITY FEATURES CEO of Rich Visions and Kanya King; Levi Roots Founder of Be Mogul 2016 P12 BUSINESS FEATURES P5 Rubi Das 7 Steps to Grow Your Business Editor of BE Mogul 2016 P16 BE Mogul 2016 P6 Daniel Thompson Featured Finalists Enterprise Director, Natwest P54 P7 BE Mogul 2016 Host ONE TO WATCH Jackson Ogunyemi Bianca Miller CEO of Fixup Seminars P55 P8 Mayor of London UNDER 21 CATEGORY Boris Johnson Hayley Mulenda

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WORD FROM THE FOUNDER

Mavis Amankwah

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to the BE (Black Enterprise) Moguls of 2016! BE Mogul recognises the most influential and inspirational black business owners in Britain today, in a new publication that celebrates their contribution. Having ran my own business - Rich Visions - for over 13 years, I have seen the highs and the challenges that being a business owner/entrepreneur can bring, and that it’s sometimes hard to carry on and stay motivated. However, when I receive recognition for my work, it keeps me going. Running a business is like running a marathon over and over again; it’s never ending and with a few hurdles along the way! The idea of creating BE Mogul was to highlight and acknowledge the movers and shakers in Britain’s black business community, and to ‘shout’ about them where possible. There are not many platforms to portray positive black business role models and entrepreneurs who may have or may not have been recognised in the mainstream business arena or media.

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I am so proud of everyone who has taken that step towards starting their own business. Today, BE Mogul celebrates and champions black British moguls doing amazing things in the world of business. You have made a contribution to the economy and to society as a whole, as well as inspiring the next generation. The positive contribution that black-owned businesses are making in Britain today is worth celebrating every day, not just during Black History Month. It is my hope that this publication will pave the way for similar initiatives that assist in keeping our legacy going, and also showcase legendary entrepreneurs in our society, in the 21st Century. I want to say to every person featured in this publication: Well done and keep going! I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who assisted in making ‘this initiative happen’. A special thanks to NatWest for their continuous support, especially to Daniel Thompson, who saw our vision. Thank you to my husband Rich, my family, friends and supporters. Last but not least, a big thank you to the Rich Visions team - Rubi, (I don’t know how to thank you), Dami, Michela, Wendi, Sheila and Leyla. You are all ‘phenomenal’!

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[Left To Right] Wendi Bekoe Sheila Kayuma Mavis Amankwah Dami Abajingin Rubi Das

WORD FROM THE EDITOR Rubi Das When Mavis asked me to get involved with BE Mogul, I was truly honored and excited to make this happen! I have a background in Business and Education, so this was an incredible opportunity for me to use my expertise to bring this project together. Furthermore, I wanted to create a platform for positive role models to encourage and inspire the new generation of entrepreneurs. As there aren’t many magazines dedicated to Black businesses in the UK, we wanted to acknowledge and promote some of most successful African & Caribbean entrepreneurs contributing to the UK economy. All the features we read were truly inspiring and humbling, so having to create a shortlist from the hundreds of applications we received was not an easy task! We could not have made this happen without the support of Natwest, The Mayor of London and 10 Downing Street who have all believed in our vision and as a result, we have been able to create a legacy publication showcasing successful Black businesses in the UK. I want to thank everyone who has been involved in this project, because it hasn’t just been about doing a good job well-done, we had the opportunity to experience real personal journeys, discovering the passion and commitment involved in building strong business foundations and celebrating their success stories in our publication. Please meet the rest of the team, who along with me and Mavis, worked day and night and poured sweat, blood and tears to exhibit the amazing talent of our BEMogul 2016 finalists.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Deborah Marie: Publishing Designer Michela Pascucci Dash & Wendi Bekoe: Project Manager Sheila Kayuma: Marketing Dami Abajingin: Public Relations Leyla Mehmet: Sales 5


Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the UK economy and NatWest is delighted to have the opportunity to partner with BE Mogul to celebrate the important contributions made by the black business industry. The business owners profiled will provide inspiration for budding entrepreneurs both in the black community and across the UK. As the UK’s biggest supporter of SMEs and start ups, NatWest is committed to identifying ways to help and support entrepreneurs.With more businesses in the UK than ever before – more than 5.2 million – it is clear that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. Our research has found that nearly half of Britons would love to be self-employed, but NatWest’s recent Entrepreneurship Monitor found that 60 per cent of people are held back by the fear of failure, with only a very small number of people actually taking the plunge. The research further revealed that one of the biggest reasons is that they don’t think there’s enough support in their local area in terms of advice, knowledge and funding, with just one in 10 people considering going to a bank for business advice. This demonstrated to us that despite the improving economic conditions and a widely held desire to be self-employed, there was much more we could be doing in terms of supporting entrepreneurs. And as a bank we want to try to help and support them. At NatWest, we are determined to help entrepreneurs by making available to them our reach, expertise, knowledge, buildings and infrastructure, finance, mentoring, connectivity and know how. All vital ingredients to a successful start-up business.

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From Our Sponsor

Daniel Thompson, Enterprise Director, NatWest BE MOGUL MAGAZINE

So in partnership with Entrepreneurial Spark, we are launching an additional six free business accelerator hubs in our buildings across the UK in 2016. Hubs in Manchester, Belfast and Gogarburn in Edinburgh will open in February, with Cardiff, Newcastle and Milton Keynes opening later this year. These will join our existing network of hubs already in operation in Ayrshire, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Glasgow and Leeds. This will give us a total of 13 hubs once London is opened in 2017. Our plan is to support 7,000 entrepreneurs over the next five years through this partnership. As part of the programme we are providing aspiring entrepreneurs free facilities, free business advice, mentoring and support networks and access to the local region’s wider business ecosystem. Our Entrepreneurship Monitor has clearly shown that starting your own business is more popular than ever. There are now more businesses registered with zero employees. And last year was the first time that there has been over five million businesses in the UK, of which, more than 99% are SMEs. As the largest supporter of small businesses in the UK, at NatWest we believe that when UK businesses do well, we all do well. Entrepreneurs are significant wealth creators and the lifeblood of the UK economy so supporting entrepreneurships must be a key national priority going forward.

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ABOUT Action OUR HOST Jackson

Jackson Ogunyemi better known as “Action Jackson” is a motivational speaker and youth empowerment expert. He loves running and making people feel amazing.

He founded a company dedicated to empowering UK Youth called Fixupseminars.co.uk in 2001 whilst studying Mechanical Engineering at Middlesex University, where he developed a passion for public speaking. He ran motivation workshops on topics such as Procrastination, goal setting and other life changing strategies, and after a positive response he continued the classes. After graduating with a 2:1 degree Jackson decided to pursue a career in Motivation and Personal Development. Action Jackson is now a motivational speaker and a life coach who has worked with a vast range of people, from students across the UK, management teams of major corporations to individuals from different walks of life. He is now recognized as an expert in motivation and success strategies, called upon by companies like BE MOGUL MAGAZINE

Morgan Stanley, Saudi Aramco, the NHS, Schools ,Colleges and Universities, he has assisted thousands of people to achieve their goals and live their Dreams. His seminars are described as mind blowing, entertaining and life changing. He has competed in 8 marathons over 7 years for charities across the UK. He recently released his first book, called “Shut Up & Take Action“. Jackson is always challenging himself with new skills such as playing the guitar, swimming and learning Spanish. He combines passion, energy, humour and inspiration to equip you with the necessary tools to live your dreams. He has embodied what he teaches and desires to pass them onto the next generation. His mission is to MOTIVATE EQUIP & EMPOWER UK Youth with his presenters (TheFIXUPteam) touring the UK, inspiring and motivating young people, parents and teachers. Action Jackson is not stopping until he makes you feel AMAZING about yourself. His ultimate goal is to see our youth fulfill their god given talent, for them to be leaders of change and impact.

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CELEBRITY FEATURE

— Kanya King MBE

Kanya King MBE is an internationally renowned entrepreneur, and living proof that a genuine leader moulds, rather than seeks consensus. She founded the MOBO Awards in 1996, when a broadcast slot with Carlton Television arose. She was given just six weeks to set up the very first awards show. Many thought there was no audience that would be interested in a celebration of the diverse genres, ranging from RnB and Hip Hop to Reggae and Gospel, but 20 years later the award show still holds the distinction of being one of the most televised urban music awards shows in the world today, reaching in excess of 400 million viewers across over 200 countries.

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The youngest girl of nine children born to a Ghanaian father and Irish mother, Kanya grew up in a crowded council flat in Kilburn, North London. She was heavily influenced by her father’s advice to “be the best you can be,” which motivated her to start contributing to the household financially, from a young age. Work as a TV researcher gave her the courage to take forward her convictions that there was a place for a mainstream British award ceremony that celebrated the music genres originating from black culture, that were not recognised at the time. When she could not find a financial backer, or many supporters in the wider music industry who agreed with her at a time when Britpop was at its peak, she put her money where her mouth is and remortgaged her property (which she acquired at a very young age) to fund the production herself. She not only persuaded Carlton TV to broadcast the 1996 event but, also managed to organise and book the talent in a very short period of time.

The first MOBO Awards ceremony starred Lionel Richie as its Lifetime Achievement recipient, and a soon-tobe Prime Minister and his wife, the Rt Hon Tony and Cherie Blair as guests. MOBO has become much more than just an awards ceremony – it is now an iconic, year-round, agenda-setting brand, encompassing everything from a live tour to a TV channel and website, while offering training and guidance to several generations of aspiring singers, MCs, DJs and producers. Kanya was awarded an MBE in 1999 by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. She was invited back to the Palace in 2004 for an historic lunch with the Queen, to celebrate exceptional achievements by British women. Kanya has also been acclaimed as one of London’s ‘Most Influential People’ by the Evening Standard newspaper, and also as one of Britain’s ‘Most Entrepreneurial Women’ by Real Business. ‘Women’s Hour’ on BBC Radio 4 selected Kanya as part of their 2013 power list of the top 100 Most Influential Women in Britain, and she has also been listed in the Guardian Music Power 100. In addition, Kanya has received numerous honours for her business and community achievements, including an Honorary Fellowship at Goldsmith’s University and a Doctorate of Business at both London and Leeds Metropolitan Universities. She is also an honoured patron of Music, at the City of Westminster College. Kanya is a board member of the E2E 3 Exchange, an entrepreneurial network, along with Richard Branson and Duncan Bannatyne, and also starred alongside Duncan Bannatyne and Jacqueline Gold on ITV’s “Fortune – Million Pound Giveaway”, giving financial backing to worthy causes and ambitious young people. As an iconic inspiration to budding female entrepreneurs and music lovers worldwide, Kanya has created a brand that recognises, motivates and inspires talent on an international scale. Kanya King – BE Mogul salutes you!

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A MESSAGE OF Support I would like to congratulate everyone featured in the 2016 BE Mogul publication. It serves as a fitting reminder that in business there are no barriers between you and the success you seek, except the ones you set for yourself. More love, LR

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For years Levi made the sauce from his kitchen in Brixton, with the help of his seven children, selling his overwhelmingly popular sauce out of a bag on his back. At 1991’s Notting Hill Carnival, Levi created a fusion between the food he was cooking and the music he was playing, opening the ‘Rasta’raunt’, which was so popular it is now an annual fixture at the Carnival. Despite the sauce’s popularity, it took another 16 years of rejection from banks and businesses to invest in the product they thought looked and sounded “too black”. In 2006, Levi was spotted at the World Food Market by a BBC researcher, and invited to appear on the programme Dragons’ Den. Levi had never even heard of the show, and went home to his kids asking them what Dragons’ Den was. They begged him not to appear saying; “Dad, don’t go on that show, they’ll just tear you to pieces!” Although he was doubtful about the programme, Levi’s mother encouraged him to come back as a ‘Dragon Slayer’. Levi put his faith in Reggae Reggae Sauce and won over the fiery Dragons. The sauce was an instant hit. In exchange for a 40% stake in his business, he secured the support of millionaire ‘Dragons’, Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh for £50,000. Peter Jones helped to get the sauce stocked in Sainsbury’s, turning Levi’s dream into a reality. Levi’s success has been nothing short of a whirlwind, and he has even been invited by Prime Ministers to No.10 in recognition of his notable success as a black man in Britain, attaining financial achievement through enterprise. Levi equates his success to putting himself into the product.

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— Chef, Musician, Entrepreneur, ‘Restaurateur’ & Dragon Slayer! Keith Graham (Levi Roots) was born in a tiny little village in Clarendon, Jamaica. As a young boy, Levi helped his grandmother in the kitchen, where she taught him the secrets and subtleties of mixing Caribbean flavours, herbs and spices. During this time, Levi also discovered his love for music at the church his grandmother sung at. While Levi lived with his grandparents in Jamaica, his parents were in Brixton, South London, working hard so that Levi and his five older siblings could move to England. Every year they would send for another child from the eldest to the youngest. Eventually it was Levi’s turn to leave Jamaica. In London, Levi went to school for the first time, and also visited the Notting Hill Carnival. Little did he know that he would later have his own stall at the festival, selling the Reggae Reggae Sauce that would make him his fortune!

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The Levi Roots range continues to grow, with Caribbean inspired cooking sauces, ready meals, soft drinks, desserts and more. Numerous high profile restaurant chains have signed deals with Levi to use the sauce on their menus, including Wetherspoons and other high street franchises In 2008, Levi hosted his debut TV series ‘Caribbean Food Made Easy’ in which he aimed to make the vibrant tastes and healthy ingredients of Caribbean food more accessible, and it was accompanied by his iconic book of the same name. In 2013, he launched his School of Life Tour, taking his message to children all over the country, inspiring them to follow their dreams and showing them how to make tasty, healthy food. He has published six cookbooks and a business book, released an album, and most recently, Levi realised his ultimate dream of opening a Caribbean restaurant. In December 2015, the Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse opened its doors to the public in Westfield Stratford City, bringing authentic sights, sounds and tastes of the Caribbean to the masses. Levi Roots – BE Mogul salutes you!

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BUSINESS FEATURE

Ways To Grow Your Business by Mavis Amankwah

1. Get yourself a mentor

Mentors are really important in business. They have the experience and skills, they’ve been there before and they’ve worn the t-shirt. They can give you the advice you need to sustain your business. Business isn’t just about money – money to invest here or pay for that. Some things can’t be bought, which is where your mentor comes in. For me, having a mentor has been one of the most important elements in the success of my businesses. My mentor can see loopholes and gaps, provide advice, encourage me, motivate me, and let me see the bigger picture.

2. Have a sound grasp of business finances

Business is about money, and one of the most important elements is understanding the financial side of your business. That means keeping tabs on your cashflow, your profit and loss, and your balance sheet. Understand your finances and where you are with them. It’s so easy to shrug and say, “Yes, my accountant has my books,” or “I have an accountant or bookkeeper.” But, your business is your responsibility. If you’re the business owner, you need to have those accounts with you at all times. You need to know whether you’re making a profit or a loss and know where you can increase sales and revenue. Your finances should be robust.

massages or head massages, too? If you’re a photographer, consider providing video services as well. Or perhaps, if your industry is quiet at the moment, you need to look at a different market, rather than closing your business down because you think there’s no market for your product or services right now. Instead, think: who else could be interested in your offerings in a different market? How do you get into that market? In today’s markets, diversifying is one way of spreading the risk, adding another income stream or simple increasing your sales. You have three options – you’ll need to find: • Products or services for existing customers. • Customers for existing products/services. • Services or products for new markets. To an extent, diversification can protect you from threats you can’t control (social and economic), but it can also have a negative effect on your business. You need to plan strategically and not just rush into things without weighing the risks against the benefits. So, get out of your comfort zone and look at different markets and sectors. There’ll be a need for your product or service somewhere in the market. There are always opportunities for new markets. It’s just a case of researching and identifying where new opportunities lie.

4. Always conduct competitor 3. Get ready to diversify in hard analysis times Conducting competitor analysis can help you assess the strengths In tough times, it’s diversify or die. Your industry might have been struck by a recession, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up. The key is to diversify. Let’s imagine you’re a beauty therapist offering just one service to your clients. Why not look at what other services or products you can offer? They don’t have to be anything needing an investment of much money or time; they can simply be an add-on. If you offer back massages, why not offer hand

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and weaknesses of your existing and potential competitors. This can help you identify opportunities and threats in your industry sector. A detailed competitor analysis will play several important roles in your strategic planning. You’ll better understand your competitive advantages and disadvantages in relation to your competitors. You’ll also get a grasp of your competitors’ past, present and (most importantly) future strategies. Your analysis should give you an informed basis on which to develop strategies 12


As a general rule, you should charge as much as possible for your product or services. But there are many factors to consider before deciding on your price, for example: • The type of customer you’re targeting. • Competition in your industry or marketplace. • Whether you’re selling for cash or credit. • Whether you accept returns, or give guarantees. Of course, you can offer the lowest prices on the planet. But that will probably mean giving up the attractive services that your competitors offer. These could be personal attention, free delivery, replacement of faulty goods, refunds, and/or easier credit terms. If you don’t offer such services, you might lose the customers or clients who want them and are happy to pay for them. Being cheaper is not always the best option. You may also be perceived as having a poorer-quality product or service, which can deter some buyers. Consider your target audience, your level of skill, your experience or the quality of your product and price accordingly.

to achieve competitive advantage in the future. You’ll also be able to forecast the returns that can be made from your future strategies and investments. As a starting point, try answering the following questions: Who are your competitors? / What threats do they pose? / What is your competitors’ profile? / What are your competitors’ objectives? / What strategies are your competitors using and how successful are they? / What are your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses? / How much are they charging for their products or services? / How are your competitors likely to respond to changes in the way you do business? Don’t base your analysis on industry gossip or assumptions. This kind of competitor analysis gives you concrete facts to base your marketing strategy on. Over the years, I’ve seen lots of companies (big and small) not doing enough of this analysis. With patchy or incorrect information, you might have some major ‘blind spots’ on your competitors, which can put you at a distinct disadvantage.

Adopt what’s known as a ‘pull strategy’, in which you carefully explain what your products and services can do for your clients, before you tell them what they’ll cost. Later in this book (under SWOT Analysis), you can read about my company’s weaknesses a few years ago. When we carried out our SWOT analysis, we discovered one of our weaknesses was that we were undercharging for a long time to win business. This resulted in not being able to make a profit for a very long time. Some potential clients also decided that, because we were too cheap, our service must not be the bee’s knees, so decided to try out our competition instead.

6. Always set yourself marketing budget

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No matter what type or size of business you run, I always say to organisations that you need to invest in some type of marketing and promotion. Whether it’s a budget of 2% or 5% of your sales revenue, it’s critical that you invest and consistently market your business. Evaluate and re-evaluate what’s working and what’s not working. Constantly throw money at your marketing. And always think: BHAG.

5. Make sure you’re charging the 7. Build on social media right price or fee We’ve built recognition on the social-media platform for A lot of research shows that many business owners underprice their products or services. In theory, you might think the company operating at the lowest price will do the best business. But, in truth, the highest-priced business might be selling the highest number of units or doing the most business.

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all our brands. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn have now become fundamental tools in the business environment. If you’re not utilising it to its’ full potential in 2016, you could be missing out on a huge number of new opportunities for increased brand awareness and generating revenue.

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Facebook There is no denying that Facebook is a phenomenal tool to connect with consumers across the globe. Ensuring your business has a company Facebook page, which is always kept up-to-date will ensure you don’t lose likes on your page and it keeps your fans engaged. It is definitely worth considering Facebook Ads to increase the engagement on posts and increase your brand awareness and fan following; this can be done for as little as £1. YouTube Video content marketing is the next big thing and YouTube is the key to it. For your business you could upload a 30-second advert or even feature your events, workshops or seminars. It would be best to put up two- to three-minute clips to keep your audience engaged. But it is not all just about posting content and hoping for the best, it is just as important to see how well your videos are performing by utilising YouTube analytics, to help you build better video content. Twitter Twitter is a great way of keeping your audience abreast of new developments in the business and aids in constructing your brand’s tone of voice. We recommend tweeting about 2-3 times a day, but remember Twitter is all about real-time, so make sure you consider the time of when tweeting. TweetDeck is perfect for scheduling in future tweets, if you cannot post in real-time. A handy way of capitalising on your tweet engagement and increasing your number of followers, is to tweet about trending topics and using trending hashtags when appropriate.

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Instagram Instagram is one of the fastest growing platforms within the social media oligopoly. It is a perfect way to show potential customers another side to your business; it may be snapping a photo behind the scenes at an event or even showcasing glimpses of new products. Instagram is all about taking attention-grabbing photos and video content, and utilising the relevant hashtags all in order to reach and gain more followers. This can contribute towards creating desirability and even craft a personality in your brand’s persona. I am a big fan of Instagram as it really aids with increasing brand awareness. LinkedIn LinkedIn is a great tool for reuniting with clients, customers and business associates and keeping each other informed of work, projects, events and campaigns especially from a business-to-business perspective. To keep your associates and customers engaged, there are opportunities to publish articles and regularly share updates on trending and interesting topics. From a brand perspective you can set-up a company profile to showcase the key information about your business. LinkedIn is also an effective tool for headhunting potential candidates for your business at your own control, without the need of an agency. Blog One thing is a business blog isn’t is a diary of daily activities. That’s the territory of a personal blog. Instead, think of your business blog as another arm of your online marketing. You can use it in a number of ways, but the key element is mutual communication with clients and potential clients, as well as business development. One happy side-effect of your business blog is that Google will thank you for it. The search engines love to see a site that’s alive and being populated with new, relevant content. For anyone for whom search-engine optimisation is a factor, a blog is a must. So start one today and pepper it with relevant keywords. 14


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2016 Featured Finalists


Magdalene Adenaike — Music Relief Foundation

Farid Ali — Addvertise

Description of business We are a service-based business, running empowerment training workshops using music as our core tool. Operating as Music Relief, we specialise in running experiential and creative workshops for youths and young women, aged 13-30, working with them to develop confidence and self-esteem, to unearth and achieve their potential, equipping them with practical skills to do so.

Description of business A creative Graphic & Web Design studio in Yiewsley. We’re here to help you effectively engage with your customers and encourage them to take action. We do this through impactful marketing, branding and graphic design.

How did you get into the business? 17 years ago I fell pregnant with my son whilst still in school. It was a really difficult time, I was stigmatised and felt very isolated and depressed. However one thing that kept me going even in those dark times was, and still is, my love for music. Fast forward 13 years later, after having another child, divorced, remarried, completing of my degree, and more children, my husband came up with the name Music Relief, which embodies all that I wanted to do. What has been the highlight of your career? Seeing people come in very withdrawn, shy and troubled, then seeing them over a period of time gradually coming out of their shell and becoming more involved with the activities. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Know what it is you really want to do and don’t follow others; be yourself. Develop and equip yourself further to become the best in your field. Never give up if you are passionate about achieving your dream.

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How did you get into the business? I’ve been designing for over 15 years now, and initially concentrated on event marketing materials, i.e. flyers, posters and tickets. I later moved on to doing more corporate work, which brought a new dynamic to the business. Design has led me on an amazing graphical journey, meeting lots of really interesting people from different cultures along the way. My style of work, which is quirky and unique, is inspired from the many different sources I come across. It brings me great satisfaction and pleasure to produce something the client has envisioned, by bringing it to life for them. What has been the highlight of your career? Revolutionising the UK urban flyer design scene and designing some of the most creative theme based flyers in London. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Never get too engrossed in running your business that you neglect your admin, paper work and accounts, as this is without a doubt the cornerstone of any successful business. Always make sure that you maintain a clear understanding of your clients’ and customers’ needs. Last but not least - do your best to establish a healthy work life balance

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Dentaa Amoateng – GUBA Enterprise

Jacqueline Ani – Empowered Woman Ltd

Description of business The Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards is an organisation set up to reward hard-working and successful Ghanaians and Africans in the UK and Ghana. Inaugurated in October 2010, we help to build solidarity by identifying individuals who bring about significant changes to their communities.

Description of business We empower women to think beyond their present limitations. Our services are carried out through mentoring, coaching, teaching, and weekend activities away from familiar surroundings.

How did you get into the business? I was impressed by the work and talent of various individuals and groups within the Ghanaian and African community in the UK, and wanted a platform to acknowledge them. After realising how under-represented they were, I decided to set up GUBA Awards to serve as a platform for highlighting and rewarding the individuals that are positively improving the image of Ghana and Africa worldwide. We recently hosted the first GUBA Expo to fulfil the aim of encouraging business growth through SMEs, and encourage the needs and significance of start-ups. What has been the highlight of your career? GUBA Endorsements from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Ghana High Commission in the UK, British High Commission in Ghana, Ghana Ministry of Tourism and Lord Paul Boateng. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Plan accurately and be prepared to work hard. Pay great attention to branding, as what you project is what you will be remembered for. Work diligently with your team, and ensure that you reinforce your aims and goals frequently.

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How did you get into the business? I wouldn’t call what I have a business - rather an establishment, a foundation, something I am hoping to pass on to my own children. I got started through identifying my own story and how my story is crucial for others, especially women. The areas that women go through in their search for significance, success and achievement is mainly through the issues that pose as a barrier, and it’s these issues that women and men should face to achieve success, and to build something greater than a business. What has been the highlight of your career? Seeing that lives have been transformed, that what I deliver brings about change - this change is actually seen when they also develop motivation, encouragement and strength to do what they thought they couldn’t do. Challenging them to identify their thoughts, traditions and culture that limit the success that is purposeful. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Be prepared to graft. Be persistent, that’s where the success and opportunities come from. Be passionate about your idea and push through - don’t wait for somebody else to push your business. Create opportunities for others to benefit - this is a very good networking edge.

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Nefateri Asantewa – Nsaa Nefateri

Esther Austin — Esther Austin Global

Description of Business It is a creative business that specialises in designing and creating celebration cards and gifts that reflect the African-Caribbean community.

Description of business I offer a range of services which transform, empower and facilitate healing on a 360 holistic level, working on the emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological level. My services bring about a sense of peace, calm, clarity; releasing stagnant and negative emotions and reducing emotional, psychological and physical pain. I’m also a keynote speaker, an author and I run an internet radio station, which offers information about health, healing and well-being.

How did you get into the business? I started hand making greeting cards in my conservatory in 2007 after giving birth to my third child, because I wanted to find a way to start working for myself. My creations were seen by a friend who encouraged me to expose my creations to the public. The response was fantastic and people started asking for more of my work. What has been the highlight of your career? The highlight of my career has been seeing my creations accepted by independent gifts shops around London; the feedback from their customers has been very inspiring and encouraging. Since 2012, after creating a line of printed African-Caribbean inspired cards, I now have seven regular gift stockists who support me and my work. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Believe in yourself without doubt and follow your passion. Seek a Business Mentor or Coach who understands the entrepreneur journey. Never stop learning and developing yourself. Continue to update your knowledge and skills.

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How did you get into the business? I wanted to make a change in people’s lives. It was a calling in my heart. I also was not made to do a 9-5 job; it stifled my spirit and creativity, and the freedom to create. I’ve always been able to reach out to people in a very personal and deep way, and I knew I had to follow my heart to make this dream become a reality. What has been the highlight of your career? The testimonials from my clients about the profound, positive and transformational experiences they have received in their lives. Oftentimes, for the first time in their lives, someone is able to reach out, touch and understand their pain and they experience immediate release and results. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Do something that you love. You’ve got to have the determination of a pit bull. Find a place to go to exhale.

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Tobi Awoyemi – Earnest Consulting

Sophia Bailey – Sophia Bailey

Description of business Training & Consultancy in the areas of Entrepreneurship and Online Marketing for Home and Small Businesses; Project and Information Management Services for Corporate Clients.

Description of business Wealth Creation Mentor - I help brilliant entrepreneurs turn their ideas into streams of income, so that they can make a bigger impact.

How did you get into the business? I got started in business out of wanting to make an impact. I wanted to help entrepreneurs start and make an income from what they enjoyed doing. This gave birth to my first educational business product, known as the “Knowledge to Cash System”. What has been the highlight of your career? The highlight of my career has been hosting my own training workshops helping entrepreneurs start their own businesses and make an income from what they love, using the “Knowledge to Cash” System. It makes me happy to see people’s eyes shine with joy and excitement, knowing that it is possible to achieve their dreams of making an income through that thing they love doing, are passionate about and want to use as a vehicle to impact others. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Be willing to start small. Build relationships. Have business goals and work towards them.

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How did you get into the business? I’ve been an entrepreneur since 2006, when I was unexpectedly made redundant, but I’ve had an entrepreneurial spirit my whole life. Years down the line my focus turned to helping people who are facing the challenges I did when I first got started in my own business. It was after building a global organisation in direct sales that people began to approach me for advice about growing their business, and it felt as though all my challenges had led to that time. Now, as their mentor, I’ve always wanted to share in a real and honest way, not just the results, but the experience of a successful entrepreneur’s journey. What has been the highlight of your career? I was honoured with an award for my contribution to ‘Business and Wealth Creation’ in UK’s black community by the NOI and the achievements of my daughters. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Be clear on exactly what you want from your business and set a date for achieving it. Be clear about who your ideal customer is, learn as much as possible about what they really want from you. Take action towards achieving your vision and being of service, every single day. No matter what.

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Janice Beckles – B Consultancy Ltd

Jacalyn Belgrave – Ndulge

Description of business B Consultancy Limited provides a range of business support services including: Business Coaching; Mentoring; Business Strategy; Neuro Linguistic Programming Training and Project Management. I specialise in Young People, NEETS, Women, BAME and hard to reach groups. I’m also currently a sub-contractor providing mentoring support for the New Enterprise Allowance.

Description of business Ndulge is a handmade natural skincare remedy company. Based on a holistic approach, expertly blended, using the potency, and where certified organic plant, oils and herb extracts give you 100% pure formulations for that flawless, honest skin and lifestyle. Ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients, with no nasty chemicals and never tested on animals.

How did you get into the business? I initially worked as a marketing assistant for an organisation providing ICT support to business owners when I ‘caught the enterprise bug’. This led to joining a project run by Newham College of Further Education designed to help women start their own businesses. I received coaching and help with my business plan for launch in 2004 after being made redundant in 2003. Additionally I was selected for the New Entrepreneurship Scholarship, which helped with start-up funding.

How did you get into the business? Being brought up in a natural environment, my parents’ and grandparents’ cupboard was always full of fresh herbs, fruits, oils and other ingredients that would be infused or pounded to release their high potency effect.

What has been the highlight of your career? The highlight was being selected as a subcontractor to help job seekers start their business (New Enterprise Allowance). What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Ensure you get advice from a credible source. Invest in personal development. Plan your business and personal time.

Having family members who suffered with skin conditions for many years prompted the need to create a natural remedy, something other than the usual pharmacist chemically-related product, which eventually had no effect on the skin, causing the need for the medication to be increased to a higher dosage. What has been the highlight of your career? The highlight of my career is being recognised by the brand name of Ndulge, and not just my own birth name, Jacalyn, which reinforces to me that the brand is out there whether I think it is or not. Being asked to speak in schools to young people on entrepreneurship is also now on the agenda with a local MP and also of my own accord. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Know your customers. Branding is crucial. Cashflow.

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Jak Beula – Nubian Jak Community Trust Ltd

Kwame Badu – Blueprint Recruitment Group

Description of business My business is a heritage provider of products and services.

Description of business Blueprint Recruitment Group is a Public/Private recruitment company that works with the general public and private organisations, as well as London-based housing associations and welfare providers, to provide a bespoke recruitment service to aid in the social inclusion of long term unemployed residents or benefit claimants.

How did you get into the business? I created an award winning diversity board game, after discovering a cultural void while working as a social worker. What has been the highlight of your career? The highlight has to be having my friends and family see the board game on sale in Toys R Us and Hamleys, and having “Nubian Jak” forever inscribed on the Foreign Office, after installing the first Black Plaque in Whitehall! What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Believe in yourself. Find a niche market and believe in making it successful. Enjoy the ride in fulfilling it and your potential.

How did you get into the business? I graduated from London Metropolitan University in 2002 and began working for public sector recruiter Morgan Hunt in Central London. Working there taught me the skills of the trade and the high intensity work ethic that is essential for working in the field of recruitment. In 2007, Blueprint was born and I have never looked back. Working with a variety of sectors and candidates alike we have placed over 1000 people into sustained employment, and our work within the government funded sector and residents within some of London’s larger housing associations has placed us as one of the top support networks and recruitment companies across UK. What has been the highlight of your career? My highlight would have to be the number of candidates and lives we have changed over the years. We have assisted many individuals who have struggled with employment and helped both them and their families find independence and improve their lives. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Have a plan, believe in yourself and rehearse your craft, because you can never stop perfecting and learning.

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Miranda Brawn – Pluto Law Limited

Courtney Brown – Father 2 Father

Business Description A legal consultancy company in association with investment banking legal contract work. In addition, we provide mentoring, CV and career advice for those wishing to enter the legal and finance fields.

Business Description Our mission is to support, promote and educate fathers and their families, by providing information, advice and guidance that will enhance their own and their families’ personal, social and economic well-being.

How did you get into the business? I started in investment banking at the age of 18 years old after completing my A Levels. I worked within Operations and worked my way up to middle office management roles and then onto the front office’s trading floor as a sales trader, whilst studying part-time evenings to complete all my graduate and post-graduate studies at the same time.

How did you get into the business? I’ve gotten involved in many activities in my community, and it has been an extremely enjoyable and fulfilling experience. However, it was through voluntary mentoring and youth work that I recognised the need for role models - especially males. It was this need that created the Father 2 Father wave to find a solution to the ever growing problem.

Today, I have a successful portfolio career built upon my extensive experience within investment banking where I have managed teams and clients for the largest global investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Deutsche Bank. I am now managing the legal risk in Europe for derivatives, regulations and securities financing within an investment bank in the City of London.

What has been the highlight of your career? Following a Father 2 Father event where we had invited Prostrate Cancer patients to speak, I was approached by a gentleman who was in attendance. That man was prompted to get his prostrate checked after hearing the talk. Unfortunately, he had the disease. He was quickly operated on, and although he was in intensive care followed by lengthy treatment, he is now fit and well and cancerfree. Had he not attended the event, he would have not known of the need to be checked, and valuable time would have been wasted.

What has been the highlight of your career? In 2016, I launched the “Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship” to help ethnic minority students become future leaders while increasing race diversity in Britain’s workplace. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Network, network, network! Learn from your mistakes and try not to repeat them. Start small by saving on outgoing costs.

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What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Pray and believe in yourself. Stick to your vision. You don’t always need to be the lead; sometimes just being that link is more powerful.

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Andrea Campbell – ACT Training Services

Anastasia Chikezie – Purely Natural

Business Description ACT Training Services enables people to develop skills and competencies that will position them to compete in the increasingly competitive work environment. ACT Training Service is now the home of the Pocket Learner - an educational development system aimed primarily at enabling children with special educational needs to build vocabulary and learn to read.

Business Description PURELY NATURAL is one of London’s first and biggest natural hair salons specialising in contemporary natural hairstyling, without the use of harsh chemicals!

How did you get into the business? I started the business with two colleagues, we saw gaps in the existing training provision for unemployed people, and thought we could improve on it. After incorporating ACT Training Services in 2006, we started trading and slowly built our reputation in Hackney, East London, and further afield in London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Haringey, Lewisham, Newham and Greenwich. It took a lot of tenacity to break into a market which was dominated by big names. We have trained over 6,000 people during our tenure, assisting 80% of them to gain marketable qualifications, and over 60% to secure sustainable employment within 3 months of completing their respective training programme. What has been the highlight of your career? I am pleased to say that the development system has, to date, won three international innovation awards and is set for release to the public in 2016. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? You’ve got to have passion for what you do. There is no perfection in life. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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How did you get into the business? PURELY NATURAL is one of the first natural hair salons to open in the UK. The first branch was opened 26 years ago - June 1990 to be exact! From as far back as I can remember, my life was centered on healthy natural living. I was a vegan and mostly ate organically! That extended to what I put on my hair and skin and my three children. I looked and felt amazing, and wanted to share this with anyone that would listen, so my husband and I opened up a small salon in Leytonstone, East London. People used to pop in and ask for chemical relaxers, but when they found out that chemicals were not welcome at Purely Natural, they would laugh and walk out. We were persistent! In November 2005 we moved to bigger premises in the heart of Stratford, East London, and we now boast a huge celebrity clientele, with five awards under our belt and major recognition within the industry. What has been the highlight of your career? Working on the expert panel for HABIA, and writing the new NVQ level in Afro hairdressing, including natural hair as a unit. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Stay focused, every disappointment is a blessing.

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Rebekah Chimfwembe – Light Foundation Business Description Light Foundation is a dynamic, rapidly growing enterprise, established in 2012. As a non-profit organisation we work in collaboration with the Job Centre, Business 2 Business, Employment Agencies and other enterprises to reduce local unemployment. How did you get into the business? The Foundation was established out of the desire to reach out to children, youths and women from very disadvantaged communities in Africa, Zambia and the UK, with the ultimate aim of eradicating poverty. I started Light Foundation during my second year at University, because I had this idea of helping the communities in my native country, by training the locals and giving them tools to set up their own small businesses. I started working from home with very limited resources - a desktop, small printer and a mobile phone. After months of hard work, I managed to secure start-up funding in July 2012, which helped the organisation move into a bigger office. What has been the highlight of your career? One highlight has been working with very high and influential people such as DWP Community and the District Manager, the Start-up Loan Company Partnership Coordinator, Metro Bank Manager, Barclays Bank, and recently approached by the Chair and Director of Global Disaster Relief Funds and owner of GKP Partnership to work together.

Eldridge Cooke – Satnav Educational and Motivational Systems Description of business I am a serial entrepreneur; I have a property management company, an online retail business and Satnav Educational and Motivational Systems. I am also a business coach and speaker for start-up businesses. How did you get into business? My motivation for getting into business was firstly for money, and then when I understood the principles, it was being able to live a life where I controlled my own destiny. What has been the highlight of your career? The story is still unfolding; I have had many highlights so cannot name just one. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Tune into your vision. Believe in your vision. Have the right attitude and invest in knowledge. Action, action, action.

What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Trust in God for direction. Have passion in your chosen industry. Get a good mentor.

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Mark Dalgety – Dalgety Teas

Rioch Edwards-Brown – So You Wanna Be in TV?

Description of business Manufacturers of 100% natural, strong flavour herbal teas, condiments and natural drinks.

Description of the business ‘So You Wanna Be In TV?’ is a solution driven, award winning London-based social enterprise, addressing the lack of diversity and skills gap in TV through campaigns, training and consultation to reach and engage diverse talent. We raise sponsorship from TV, brands and corporates to fund our free employability skills program for financially disadvantaged and diverse young people in London, who are interested in a career in TV.

How did you get into the business? I observed that the European tea market was not presenting flavours and tastes synonymous with the palette of people from the Caribbean, Africa and the Asian sub-continent, thus used that USP to launch my own distinguished brand. What has been the highlight of your career? Getting Dalgety Teas products listed in Sainsbury, Tesco and Asda and exporting to China. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Be focused, determined and have a good unique selling point.

How did you get into the business? I started ‘So You Wanna Be In TV?’ after my son was shot and stabbed whilst in school. Rather than seek revenge, I decided to reach out to the community by going out and listening to young people. Two things came out of that - the lack of economic and social mobility. My first big break came in May 2010 when ITV sponsored ‘So You Wanna Be In TV?’ program, in recognition of our expertise in engaging a particularly hard-to-reach group; diverse youth. What has been the highlight of your career? Over 2000 diverse and disadvantaged young people from the community have benefitted from our free employability skills program. 65% of those mentored have entered TV. Winning the National Diversity Awards (2014) and the European Diversity Awards 2015. What three pieces of advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Jump! Smile! Embrace failure!

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Glorianne Francis – Base Africa Ltd/Gloramo PR and Concierge Company Business Description Gloramo is a leading, full service global event management agency that delivers live international events to the African continent. Our mission is to ensure that these events generate a positive impact and motivate our clients’ audiences. Gloramo is also a concierge, lifestyle management and events management company. How did you get into the business? I was homeless when I initially came to the UK; I started as a promoter in 1995, doing African Independence events to celebrate our cultures away from home. Eventually it grew into a wider audience. Registering the company as Base Africa, I then went on to bring The Temptations, Jodeci, Evander Holyfield and other American artists and prominent sportsmen. We then started to create platforms for young talents of African or Afro-Caribbean descent to get involved in events, through modelling, dancing and singing. I realised that when these artists came, we had to find a way to facilitate their accommodation and PR etc and so I decided to set up Gloramo Concierge Company. What has been the highlight of your career? Going to Ghana to pitch to a boardroom of men to agree for me to organise Uruguay Vs Ghana part two games, after Ghana lost in a controversial match against Uruguay in the World cup in RSA. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Invest in your passion. Embrace your failures. Take some time out.

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Janice B Gordon – Problem Solving Company Ltd Business Description We offer business consultancy and training, business mentoring and business insight keynotes. How did you get into the business? I first launched into the business when I was 15 years of age. I would sew outfits and wear them to ‘Soul music All-day-ers’, and secured clothing orders for the next month’s event. After my BA (Hons), I started a sample design business, selling along the east-coast of America, and in European trade fairs. My business opportunities led me to live and work in South Africa. When I was growing and running my restaurant and bar, I started campaigning for other companies suffering the effects of regeneration and prolonged roadwork. I enjoyed supporting other businesses whilst running my enterprise. I gave informal business advice, cumulating in the founding and constituting of the Cultural Quarter Business Association, CQBA. Then, following the illegal capture of my business assets, I continued to advise companies, then formed the Problem Solving Company Ltd. What has been the highlight of your career? Starting and growing an award-winning restaurant and bar. The business turnover doubled every year, and the team was recognised with annual awards and accreditations. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Be decisive. Business growth is as much about the connections in your circle as it is your customers. Your greatest lessons are in your failures, not your successes.

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Sapphire Gray – SG Business Consultancy & Training Ltd

Sonia Greyson-Newman – Bright Now Coaching

Business Description SG Business Consultancy and Training service are based in London and Kent. We focus on pushing businesses towards real sustainable growth, through improving performance and lowering risk. Our services are tailored to respond effectively to the ever-changing problems commonly faced by business owners - irrespective of the size or industry of their business. Using our experience and expertise we are able to deliver world class insight which is designed to take your business to new levels and greater opportunities.

Business Description Bright Now Coaching is a company that was launched to be a platform to empower, inspire and support individuals to live the life of their desires. I do this through coaching, workshops and though my blog/website.

How did you get into the business? I started my family at a very young age and wanted to make sure that I could provide for my daughter, I knew that working a 9-5 would not enable me to do the things I wanted to do for her. I know how tough it can be to get a business off the ground, especially if you’re also juggling the demands of family life and the need to keep money coming in. That’s why I’m passionate about helping other women and men fulfil their business aspirations without compromising on other aspects of their lives. What has been the highlight of your career? I was given the opportunity to co-author a book in 2013 entitled, “New Rules of Success” – where I wrote about “Work Life and Family Balance for women in Business”. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Time-management. Refresh your Business Plan. Don’t procrastinate.

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How did you get into the business? The first thing I did was register the company. I then started working with a business mentor for the first six months of my business, who helped me work out who my ideal client was, what their biggest problems were, and how I was going to serve them. With that information we designed my website, logo etc. I tried to keep the cost of my start-up low. I thank the internet; I have used the internet and social media to build my business. I set up systems to automate my posts on a number of social media platforms, and also an email system to automate, grow and manage my database. My aim was to have a low cost start-up. What has been the highlight of your career? It’s the emails I receive and the comments from the women who say that they have been inspired or empowered by something I have shared. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Have a clear vision - identify your ‘why’. Don’t let the desire for perfection prevent you from starting or moving forward. Make sure you are enjoying the journey.

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Paul Gumbs – I Sell Solutions / Sales & Marketing Company

Julian Hall – Ultra Ltd

Description of business At I-Sell Solutions, we assist clients with a range of marketing and sales activities to support your business growth, whilst you can get on with running the business.

Description of business Education, Technology and Consultancy.

How did you get into the business? I attended College to complete a Business course and started my sales career at age 17, working for a company called Square Grip South Ltd. I worked for many companies including; Norton Antivirus, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Trend Micro, Subway Foods, Sharp Electronics and Hays DX. The major shift came when I was the top internal sales person for an international sales/call centre. The company became liquidated, but several of my clients over the years had been impressed with my work and asked for me to be on their projects, and said that if I ever set up a company they would support me. That’s what I did, and I haven’t looked back since 2001.

How did you get into the business? I bought a small dot.com in 2002, lectured in Universities and grew my knowledge of the industry from there. What has been the highlight of your career? I published my own ‘Ultrapreneur’ book, creating and producing the ideas behind it, and launching a business in education. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Do what you love. Get a mentor/business coach. Build a dream team. Focus on the customer.

What has been the highlight of your career? My career is not over, but my highlight has always been in helping others. The pinnacle of my life is yet to come, as every stepping stone is to reach the milestone. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? You are the BRAND. Practice makes perfect. A good business is one whose structure/foundation stands up without you having to being there.

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Tony Harrison – Youth in Excellence CIC / Dysfunktional Management Ltd / QK Consultancy Ltd Description of business Youth in Excellence CIC (YiE) is a social enterprise that works with young people, families, schools and communities. Dysfunktional Management Ltd is a creative hub that identifies and develops artistic talent. QK Consultancy is a training consultancy “Where Excellence is the Standard,” specialising for over 10 years in the delivery of soft skills and life skills. How did you get into the business? Some say it’s because I’m unemployable and maybe they are correct! After spending the first 10 years of my life working within the Civil Service as a government official, it was clear to me that I needed a bigger challenge. Being told to do things that went against all logic, this was the beginning of my love affair with business. Becoming a founding member of 100 Black Men of London (100BMOL) completely transformed my life.

Charmaine Hayden – Face4music Description of business Model agency specialising in curves How did you get into the business? It started as a hobby. I enjoyed helping people, and then it began taking up a lot of time, so I sat down with my business partner and best friend Lina and we decided we would team up and make it a business. What has been the highlight of your career? Winning the following awards: Afro model awards ‘Best Model Agency ‘; Beffta Award ‘Best Model Agency’; USHH ‘Best Model Agency’ This was great, and it’s always nice to receive recognition for your work. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Be prepared to fail a few times.

What has been the highlight of your career? If I was to identify one highlight it would be my daughter thanking me for the things in life that I exposed her to, that have now sparked an entrepreneurial drive within her. To me this represents legacy. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Do not over think your decisions. Have a business motive and a personal motive for what you do. Never look at the things that do not work out for you as failures.

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Victoria Hornby – Piece of Cake

Terry Igharoro – Entrepreneur Alchemy

Business Description At I-Sell Solutions, we assist clients with a range of marketing and sales activities to support your business growth, whilst you can get on with running the business.

Business Description Entrepreneur Alchemy is a personal growth and professional development company that specializes in unlocking and enhancing an individual’s entrepreneurial mind state. We do this by providing resources such as; books, online courses, training programs and seminars through our publishing company, online training academy and mobile applications.

How did you get into the business? We have been bespoke cake makers of distinction for more than 20 years, as well as providing cake making and decorating supplies. I am a Motivator, Trainer and Mentor. How did you get into the business? I started my business after I was made redundant from the company that I used to work for as a cake designer and decorator. I approached some of the shops that the company used to supply cakes and mornings goods to. Since the company no longer existed, they were in need of a supplier, so I introduced myself to them. They were very happy to know that they did not need to change the brand they usually sold, and that is how my business started. What has been the highlight of your career? The highlight of my career so far has been being able to pass on my knowledge to others, in ways of training both as self-employed and for Essex County Council as a tutor in Adult Community Learning, teaching my knowledge on my terms, and also advising and mentoring like-minded people. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Do thorough research and seek expert advice on the business you want to do before starting. Start small - don’t go into too much debt to start with. Start little and grow. Diversify - make sure you have something else to fall back on if things do not go as smoothly or quickly as expected.

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How did you get into this business? I got into this business as a result of discovering that my purpose in life is to assist people to unlock more of their potential, by helping them to think like entrepreneurs and see their careers as their business. This journey started when I decided that I wanted to improve my chances of business success. I dedicated myself to personal, professional and business development, and along the way I came to the conclusion that they are all one and the same. This made me seriously question the notion of entrepreneurship. What has been the highlight of your career? The highlight of my career was publishing my book, ‘Think Like an Entrepreneur and GROW RICH’. This book enabled me to put all of my years of research and experience into an easy-toexecute framework that could enable anybody to become more entrepreneurial in their pursuit of personal achievement. What three pieces of advice would you offer to entrepreneurs starting out today? Discover the thing that makes you come alive. Don’t be afraid of failure. Treat the start-up process like an experiment.

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Mark Johnson – The House of Esther

Mark Jones – GMMA Global Ltd (t/a The Vine)

Business Description We design and manufacture red carpet and bridal gowns.

Business Description Direct Sales - We market a Specialist Healthy Cookware called Saladmaster. We cook with NO OILS & NO WATER keeping the maximum amount of nutrition in our meals. We educate people that food is a true medicine for our bodies.

How did you get into the business? Although I have been into fashion for a long time, I wanted to make clothes for people and one day stumbled upon an ad for office space. I decided to take the office and set up. I had tried many times to start my own business, but since mid-2014, having been told about Virgin start-up, I have been able to take the business to another level. What has been the highlight of your career? It would have to be taking part as a designer at Geneva Fashion Fayre - the only designer to have done so. Also, working for Lustre Products and the fashion and dramatisation shows they used to have at 5* hotels in Mayfair. My clothes were on the same stage as fashion designers, such as Paco Rabanne and Christian Dior. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Focus. Passion. Watch ‘The Apprentice’ and read about others who, although they have made it, have made mistakes along the way and suffered setbacks.

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How did you get into the business? In January 2006, an ex colleague of mine called Ayo Olaseinde cooked me a meal and I was blown away. The information within the presentation I can only describe as LIFE CHANGING. There was some valuable information given that stimulated my thoughts, such as “Why do we use oil?”, “How does the microwave work?” Etc. I was in my early thirties at the time and couldn’t cook. I was not interested in health matters, yet by the end of this presentation I was full of zeal. What has been the highlight of your career? I don’t think that I have one particular highlight, but here is one - Saladmaster operates in 68 countries worldwide and has 500+ branches. Our branch has been in the top 20 annual performers, five times in my 10 years. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Stay GREEN and GROWING, not ripe and rotten. Accept there is no positive without negative, and no success without failure. Have a heart to give back while on your success journey.

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Washington Kapapiro – Association for African Owned Enterprises Description of the business The Association for African Owned Enterprises celebrates 10 years of service in 2016. The AAOE is the leading organisation that represents professional and entrepreneurial Africans in the UK; representing ALL African nationalities including ALL races, without prejudice. The AAOE is also the leading gateway to Africa for UK and international companies and investors. How did you get into the business? I began this business in 2004, living in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. I wanted to set up a start-up business selling job vacancy advertising space in the North East, but all the business support I received assumed I had friends and family to help me get started. I struggled to get loans from the bank, and I felt very alone in my struggle. I soon realised that there was no support available in the UK at the time that could understand my difficulties and situation, as a first generation African in the UK. I was determined to show that not all Africans conformed to stereotypes, and to raise the overall profile of Africans in the UK. What has been the highlight of your career? My highlight has been to see the work we do impact scores of people. Through our work we have seen increased engagement by policymakers with our communities. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Learn what you are bringing to the business early. Hire suitably qualified experts. Save! Save! Save!

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Temi Koleowo – Business First Steps Description of business Business First Steps is an idea catalyst consultancy that supports businesses both new and existing to expand their vision, reach and revenue through development of innovative ideas, products and services. We also offer a personalised and practical program to help individuals package their passion and ideas into viable and solution-based products and services. How did you get into the business? I knew I had a variety of talent, passion and interests that were not being fully expressed in my job at the time. Therefore, I was prompted to start thinking of how to maximise my talents and passion. This prompted me to start my own consultancy business – Business First Steps, so I could determine how I use my time and resources to make a positive impact. I have always delighted in helping people find solutions to complex problems. My business management and accounting background made it an easy route to pursue. What has been the highlight of your career? Being the recipient of the Most Inspirational Woman of the Year Award at the Black African Woman Event 2014 and Women 4 Africa, Business Woman of the Year Award 2015. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Be true to yourself, your passion, talents, gifts and personality. Be proactive. Step out and be bold.

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Patience Kumalo – QINUS Integrated Management Systems Limited Description of business QINUS is a firm of international consultants and has been trading since July 2002, providing a comprehensive range of support to private and public sector organisations in the UK and worldwide in the development, implementation and maintenance of internationally recognised standards. QINUS also provides its clients with a variety of Auditing Services for various management systems. How did you get into the business? I started following the vast experience working with the London Borough of Newham Housing Department in the Quality Assurance Section and managed 50 Internal Auditor during the development. Through the training programmes, I came across Managing Directors from different companies who didn’t have a clear understanding of the implantation and systems developments. This is where I identified this niche market and had more experience compared to fellow trainees and so I took this opportunity to form my own consultancy initially covering only one standard, that I quality manage. What has been the highlight of your career? The highlight of our success is integration of quality into the heart of successful businesses that need to prove consistency in delivering value embedded in their business operation and also winning major contracts on an international basis as a result of a good management system in place. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Identify something that you are passionate about. Do your research. Identify how your delivery would make a difference.

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Justine Lutterodt – The Centre for Synchronous Leadership Description of business The Centre for Synchronous Leadership (CSL) is a pioneering leadership consultancy and think-tank based in London. CSL was established to support the evolution of corporate and non-profit sectors, through innovative approaches to leadership development. How did you get into the business? When I left the world of management consulting, I was determined to apply my talents to improving the state of the world around me. Given that I had experience in this sector, and specifically with this audience, I felt an obligation to focus on ethical leadership in business. However, I found the discourse around ethical leadership to be overly simplistic and blame-oriented, lacking empathy for our human limitations and our natural responses to contextual factors. The goal was to start a consultancy and think tank afterwards that combined what I had learnt with years of prior consulting experience. From this inquiry, the concept of “synchronous leadership” was developed - building on earlier leadership models and integrating an ethics and systems thinking perspective. What has been the highlight of your career? The highlight of my career has been witnessing clients that inspire me (as individuals or as teams) undergo massive transformation as a result of our work together. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Get the balance right between self-belief and responding to feedback. Stay connected to the broader market. Remember what you are doing it all for.

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Epi Mabika – Epiphany Business Solutions

Malachi McPherson – Mally Media

Business Description Providing business and publishing consultancy services for entrepreneurs, in the form of coaching, training, keynote speaking, workshops, books and online courses. An extension of this is our book coaching service that helps aspiring authors to get published, earn extra income and build a business from their book and associated products.

Business Description Digital Marketing Consultancy - I am an entrepreneur, social media and digital marketing consultant for clients across the FMCG, charity, web, events and medical industries.

How did you get into the business? A passion to leave the 9-5 job ritual in Dentistry, and follow my dreams to make a significant impact helping others do what they love, and create multiple income streams from it. I did a Postgraduate in Business Management Studies, graduating with a Distinction, then invested in coaching and personal development through attending conferences, seminars, courses, mentorship and hiring a coach. Having been approached by countless people who wanted help in writing and publishing their own books after reading mine, I decided to respond to what the market clearly demanded, and began providing consultancy services. What has been the highlight of your career? Publishing and launching my book, ‘Success Gravity - 7 Keys to Unlock Your Dream Lifestyle’, and now helping several aspiring authors and entrepreneurs to publish their own books, and create freedom-based businesses. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Get a coach/mentor and join a mastermind group. Start before you are ready, because you’ll never really be “ready”. Start thinking like a CEO.

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How did you get into the business? In 2009, I stumbled into the world of social media while studying at Brunel University. I was asked to work on an online marketing campaign for the launch of a product by the luxury brand Goldgenie, and the Teenage Cancer Trust. After its successful completion and attending the launch event, I was able to network and secure an ongoing placement at PR & lifestyle agencies Essence Communications (now part of the Surgery Group) and GTA Advertising, alongside my degree. During this role, I gained a wealth of experience working on digital marketing campaigns for Lotus, Malta tourist board and a number of high-profile bars and clubs. After graduating, I worked with Digital Marketing Agency Julian Hall on campaigns for companies from tech startups to large corporate client. At just 22 years old, I found myself overseeing teams, campaigns and strategy-making decisions that affected the success or failure of campaigns. I then set up own company. What has been the highlight of your career? Working on a campaign with premiership footballers to raise funds for the Ebola crisis and Sierra Leone. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Strive to be ‘excellent’ and perfect your craft. Always do your very best. Have downtime. Step out and be bold. 35


Sonia Meggie – Inspirational YOU Business Description Inspirational YOU delivers workshops, training and master classes for women, young people and black and Asian professionals. We focus on career progression, personal development and up-skilling via professional seminars and one-to-one training. How did you get into the business? I had previously worked in the city and also ran an entertainment company, but felt unfulfilled as I wanted to inspire others to accomplish their career aspirations. I felt frustrated by the lack of visible senior women or black professionals. I therefore decided that I would provide a network and forum for us all to connect and learn from one another. I wanted young people to meet inspirational leaders and know that they too could achieve. As a mother, I wanted to be a positive role model for my daughter and so I started my business (Inspirational YOU), when she was old enough to understand that she will one day take over, as she has seen it grow from inception. What has been the highlight of your career? Holding an event at the UK Supreme Court shortly after it opened. This was one of the first external events that had been delivered in partnership with a social enterprise. We focused on getting ahead in the legal profession and had a diverse panel. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Do your research. Have at least six months’ worth of savings. Ask for help.

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Joanne Mitchell – Powder & Blush Beauty Group Business Description There are three core business activities: (1) Provision of educational training services, including NVQs and in-house diploma courses to learners. (2) Provision of a beauty salon incorporating nails and beauty treatments, as well and make up services. (3) Manufacturing and provision of own brand professional nails and beauty products. How did you get into the business? It wasn’t until 2004, following bereavement, my life began to change. I became ill and was not able to work. This in turn led to some life changing decisions, and in 2005 I set up my first real solo venture - The Lingerie Company - mixing lingerie with beauty services. This was my baby and I nurtured it for approximately 18 months before deciding to expand on the beauty side of the company. At this point I decided to undertake beauty training in various areas and re-branded the company as Powder & Blush and shortly afterwards I gained premises within a national gym. I then expanded into independent high street premises. What has been the highlight of your career? There have been many highlights along my journey, but one is filming for a pilot reality TV show about life in my salon, which made me the star of my own show!!! What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Believe in yourself. Surround yourself with like-minded people. Have a vision and take one day at a time.

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Ngozi Muoneke – M3 Cosmetics Ltd

Willy Mutenza – The Promota

Description of the business Formulate and manufacture own brand of cosmetics as well as white label manufacturing.

Description of business Magazine publication, events management, private equity bridging, printing and design, web and multimedia design, and property in Uganda.

How did you get into the business? Having a pharmaceutical background, my skills included making creams, ointments etc. My family has sensitive skin and so it was difficult to get a cream or lotion that was right for them, which is when myself and my husband Victor began to develop a natural skin care range for my family. Friends and family began to ask for samples and the word spread. I realised that there was a gap in the market for a product like mine and decided to go into business. What has been the highlight of your career? I have met some amazing people through networking. I also get a buzz when people try my products and hear the “Ooh this smells nice/feels nice,” etc, the awards I received at the British Invention Show, and being at the World Invention Awards held at the Savoy Hotel, sponsored by the Bahrain Royal Family. Products being in the UK, South America, West Indies, Nigeria and USA including working on projects regarding our business in Slovakia. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Plan. Stay focused. Network.

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How did you get into the business? I started my business after graduating in 2002 with a BA in Digital Arts and Multimedia Computing from Thames Valley University, London. What has been the highlight of your career? In 2010, I founded an innovative Bluetooth and Wi-Fi mobile marketing device (ePRO Bluetooth Long Range advertising transmitter). The device has now been deployed and bought by top companies, like MoneyGram International. In 2011, I initiated and championed the annual Uganda UK Convention, a Trade and Investment event which has been highly successful and continues to grow from strength to strength every year. Over the past 12 years, I have engaged the UK business community as a trade and investment consultant and advisor for the Ugandan Government and Uganda Private Sector. I became a Marketing Ethnic Consultant for Western Union from 2005 to 2010, and subsequently for Brussels Airlines. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Understand your market and seek business support and training whenever needed. Surround yourself with the best talent you can, and those who positively motivate you. Have a business plan to guide you and have a financial model in place.

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Lina Naima – Face4music

Lisa Newton – Boogles

Description of business Modelling agency celebrating and empowering women with curves.

Description of business We help clients to do their accounts and bookkeeping. We run bookkeeping training courses and we publish books and help fellow authors turn their books into audio books.

How did you get into the business? My best friend started this company as a hobby, and I gave my input to help it grow as a business. I couldn’t miss out on an opportunity to make a positive difference all round. What has been the highlight of your career? Making a difference in young women’s lives, helping them to find their confidence and watching them grow. Making sure they stay on the right path, and stay close to make sure they don’t forget to use their brains before their beauty. My girls know their worth, and I hope I played a small part in that process. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Never give up if you know it’s in you.

How did you get into the business? I am the Finance Director for 14 UK companies. I got started in my first business (of bookkeeping) in 2004, in the same month of graduating from City University when I finished my MSc in Investment Management. My background is in Accountancy and I spotted a gap in the market so I got started by making business cards and leaflets, and putting up a poster for 25p a week on my local college notice board. The following week, I noticed someone had copied my advert.That same person introduced me to my first client, a Jewish property multi-millionaire who provided me with continuous weekly work for at least 5 years. We refer work to his accountant to this very day! What has been the highlight of your career? The highlight was getting our first office on Old Street and an Office Manager. That was in July 2007. In November 2007 I won my first award – Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and in January 2008 I won an Enterprising Business award. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Think of a business that can function without you. Have more than one income stream. Do five pieces of marketing every day.

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Fredi Nwaka – Gridloc Enterprise Ltd

Mo Obadina – Mos MOJO

Business Description Creating Role Models in Media Enterprise (non-profit). I run several businesses which deal in film production, script writing and screenplays. We also manage events. Our company, Creating Role Models, works with young people who may be at risk of youth violence and violent crime, and we do this through the use of film and media.

Business Description Speaker. Business Coach, Trainer and Author.

How did you get into the business? I decided that instead of waiting for opportunities to present themselves, I would create my own. As an actor, it was hard to get the roles and castings I desired, so I decided to write and produce my own films, giving me that control. Gridloc went from strength to strength, and I have won several awards for my short films and the work that I have done with young people. What has been the highlight of your career? Being able to invite my parents to a sold out red carpet premiere of my last short film ‘AWOL’. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Dream big and follow that dream. Think about what challenge you face daily, and make sure you strive to tackle that challenge before moving on to the next. There is never an IF….only WHEN!

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How did you get into the business? I was a chartered accountant and for many years met businesses that only sought out services for compliance. By the time I finalised the accounts it was often too late for them to be used as a management tool to grow their business, and they had lost their mojo. I set up Mo’s MOJO in May 2014 for small and medium business owners who lack motivation and need some extra training and coaching to achieve success. I use a number of tools to put the MOJO back into our clients’ businesses by helping them put their vision and strategies down on paper using our One Page Business Map which is designed so that our clients have clarity and focus in their business, which will ultimately lead to increased profits. What has been the highlight of your career? I was able to secure a permanent slot on Sky TV Channel 182 to reach small and medium sized businesses and I am also on the BBS show every Thursday morning between 11am and 12 noon, giving tips and advice on how to be successful in businesses.Currently I am writing my first book with the working title “Unleash Your Business MOJO”. It will be out later in 2016. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Have a plan. Do not procrastinate. Get a coach.

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Jennifer Ariowa Obaseki – Supply to My Door Ltd, part of the Legal PAAL GROUP Business Description Online supply of goods and services tailored for the decision maker or care-giver in the household. How did you get into the business? I am a busy mum and also have to care for my disabled mother - it is very difficult to balance and create spare time. I have to manage my home, help my children and work as well. I realised that there was a clear demand for this type of service, as it helps the care-givers and decision makers in the home. It is also a service that supports senior citizens, which is important, allowing free time and tailored support for the day-to-day and emergencies in life.

Femi Okutubo – Trumpet Media Group Business Description A Media Group targeting the Diaspora African Community through its Newspaper (Print & Digital),Website, Email Newsletter, Social Media and Events. How did you get into the business? I have always had a flair for writing from a very young age, and had articles published in Nigeria’s national newspapers from my teenage years. I also started campus newspapers at Polytechnic and University in Nigeria. Having observed the negative stereotypes that were being reported about the community in the UK, I decided to present ‘our story’ via The Trumpet.

What has been the highlight of your career? Owning and running an award winning law firm!

What has been the highlight of your career? Growing the newspaper from humble beginnings to the force it is today and still growing - especially online and via social media.

What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Plan. Review your plan regularly – forecast strategy, try to futureproof your plan. Don’t give up! Get tough and surround yourself with skilled and positive people.

What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Believe in your dream and be passionate about it. Listen to feedback - as your product or service is not for you primarily, but for your end users. Hang in there, innovate, reinvent - it will get better.

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Dayo Olomu — Dayo Olomu & Associates UK Description of business A purpose driven company dedicated to training and development. How did you get into the business? I started out in 2004 with the sole aim of inspiring and empowering people and organisations to higher levels of achievement and peak performance. The business model I used was FREE to FEE. I started out by training and speaking for free, and after establishing credibility, I started charging for my services. What has been the highlight of your career? Winning awards and speaking at Central Hall, Westminster on 2nd September 2009 Mentoring and coaching up-and-coming speakers What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Invest in yourself Leverage social media Leverage networking

Biodun Olusesan — Biodeb Beauty Ltd (Radiant Glow Botanical) Description of business Biodeb Beauty Ltd is a manufacturer and distributor of Radiant Glow Botanical, and has created a brand concept consisting of both skin and facial care, utilising multiple channels of global distribution. It is available at all major beauty stores in UK and exported to other EU countries and Africa. How did you get into the business? With an Honours degree in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Science, a love for commerce and entrepreneurship led me to start a distribution and retail outlet called ‘The Dark and Beauty Ltd’ based in East London in the late 90’s. I grew Dark and Beauty, over a period of 11 years, from a small outlet in East End of London, into one of the biggest and best known wholesalers and distributors of afro hair care products in the UK and around the world, serving over 500,000 customers a year. I also worked as a marketing consultant with many leading cosmetics and beauty companies, such as Soft Sheen, Dark & Lovely, Avlon, etc, and helped set up various businesses in the cosmetics market. What has been the highlight of your career? It was when we finally secured an export contract to the African market and our orders multiplied thereafter. What three pieces of advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Passion Dedication Resilience

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Bernard Omalafe – AtHashtags.com

Joash Osena – Kenya Coffee House Ltd

Description of business Enabling shoppers to discover and buy products from online and high street retailers, using hashtags.

Description of business A coffee house and restaurant specialising in Kenyan cuisine. We import our coffee directly from farmers in Kenya and also partner with SACOMA where we sell sweet potatoes imported from farmers in Kenya. Our business model is geared towards promoting Kenyan products, and we plan to grow to be in a position to compete with companies like Starbucks and Costa, with the added advantage of being a full restaurant.

How did you get into the business? Having worked with big retailers on our lifestyle and fashion discovery project, my business partner and I saw a need to make it easier and faster for shoppers to discover and purchase retailers products. Our knowledge of machine learning, using hashtags, helped make this the next step. What has been the highlight of your career? Being featured on Bloomberg and Dow Jones. Being listed as one of the Top 5 e-commerce platforms to look out for in 2016 What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Disrupt the status-quo with your idea and execution. Improve your idea as often as you can, also let your solution improve people’s lives and well-being. Scale - always think bigger; don’t let anything kill your ambition.

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How did you get into the business? Years of experience in business and extensive research in the industry. A realisation that huge companies in Europe and America have grown based on products grown in Kenya, and yet there is not much return to the country. What has been the highlight of your career? Setting up a high standard restaurant in London that has received acceptance by all races, and seeing the business developing in line with the developed business model. An invitation to cater for the House of Commons on the 9th of December 2014. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Thoroughly research your business idea Excellence Patience

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Lola Owolabi — ProudToBeMe

Edmund Owusu — KM Removals & Shipping Ltd

Business Description A social enterprise which empowers teenage girls (13-18) to aspire, achieve and acquire in a holistic manner, using fun, interactive methods which the young women enjoy.

Business Description Logistics providing six services: storage, removals, courier, packing, shipping and waste disposal.

How did you get into the business? I had the opportunity, through my community work, to be involved with many young women in their teens. I could identify with them at that age, I could see myself through their lives and I wanted to see if I could help them boost their confidence levels. As a young woman, no one had ever told me that I had potential, or that I was good at anything. I embarked on a long journey of self-discovery. The young women I was in contact with were exactly the same, they were loaded with gifts and talents, and they were intelligent, entrepreneurial and beautiful, yet they were not aware. I wanted to help them on a journey of self-discovery and empower them to aspire, achieve and eventually acquire. What has been the highlight of your career? Seeing the young girls I initially started working with in 2008 become graduates and kick start their careers. There are at least 7 who can attest to this.

How did you get into the business? I wanted to work for myself. What has been the highlight of your career? Winning International Business of the Year 2015, and Highly Commended Logistics Business of the Year. Having partnerships with branded companies. Going from just myself, to 5-10 staff members. What three pieces of advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Have faith Be patient Engage in consistent action

What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Passion and fulfillment. Persistence. Shout out about your goods and services.

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Duro Oye — 2020Change

Hannah Oyewole — Young Ladies Club

Business Description A youth empowerment organisation engineered to produce social impact leaders. Our aim is to build the next generation of community, business and political leaders.

Business Description Young Ladies Club is a platform to empower young ladies in four core areas: Entrepreneurship, Employability, Personal Development and Careers. We conduct a variety of seminars, workshops and events to empower and develop young ladies’ mindsets.

How did you get into the business? I produced a feature-length documentary in 2012, following the lives of six ex-gang members from two rival gangs, documenting their change. During the 18 months of production, I found that these young men had skills they were not aware of - the same skills as some of the most successful business giants of our time. I thought there must be youth organisations that would teach them how use these skills as transferable skills. After months of searching, I found none, so I decided to create my own. What has been the highlight of your career? It’s difficult to pin point one highlight, but if I had to choose one, it would have to be seeing one of our first graduates successfully set up a business which now employs five young people he used to run the streets with. Since inception in 2013, we have had 85 young people graduate our ‘Goldmine’ Programme. Eighteen of them have launched businesses, 14 of them currently at university, 36 currently in full-time employment, and 17 have their business ideas in development stage. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Patience. Plan. Focus.

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How did you get into the business? I have always had a passion for working with young women since the age of 17. I was always keen to understand the issues that face young women at the time and find a way to provide a solution to the problem. The most common issues that I was able to identify amongst young women were employment issues, educational assistance (particularly in the area of examinations), personal development and entrepreneurship (business start-ups). This prompted me to start Young Ladies Club. What has been the highlight of your career? One of the biggest highlights of my career so far was strategically organising a partnership between Young Ladies Club and Microsoft. We were able to provide this opportunity to over 100 young ladies who registered for the Microsoft Employability Conference. In this time, we have been able to establish greater partnerships with other corporate organisations to provide more work opportunities for young ladies. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Invest in yourself. Understand the sources of finance in your business. Network.

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Nathaniel Peat — GeNNex Business Description Gennex is an innovative, renewable energy company that operates with a deep social foundation. We produce solar products that charge phone devices and provide power to homes and businesses using our off grid systems. We also teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in schools, where young people who are disengaged with science are taught how to build solar lanterns. These are then shipped out to partner schools in Africa whose pupils have no light. But this is just an overview – we are combining technologies to create greater impact in lots of other areas too. How did you get into the business? Met my business partner through the Virgin Media Pioneer platform and just started to talk about energy poverty in the developing world. I am a qualified engineer and she was in international business, so we fused our skills together, built a team of engineers and made it happen! The organisation has impacted over 8000 young people in the UK and has done international work in the Caribbean, and I have attended global meetings around both G20 & EU. What has been the highlight of your career? My business was recognised by Richard Branson and I spent a week with him and his family on Necker Island. We have taught youths in Africa and the Caribbean how to build solar lanterns and empowered a village that has never ever seen electricity. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Believe in yourself!

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Philip Poku — Young Graduates Day Nursery Business Description Day nursery How did you get into the business? I started my journey into Early Years studying Level 3 Childcare and working as a practitioner. I proceeded to complete my BA Honours in Business Management. I found working as a nursery practitioner rewarding. My ambitious nature and believing in my own ethos led me to create my own nursery. I opened the first Young Graduates Day Nursery in Beckton 2009, with an important mission in mind - ‘Nurturing Tomorrow’s Leaders’. Watching them grow and strive has always been massively humbling for me. I decided I wanted to create a vision based on love, engagement and empowering young minds. Since my first setting in 2009, I went on to open three more. What has been the highlight of your career? My biggest achievement to date has got to be in July 2013. It was the 2nd year doing our nursery graduation ceremony. A parent of one of the kids came up to me and said, “Thank You Philip, for you and your staff looking after two of my kids, and now seeing them confident and willing to learn, makes me a proud dad.” What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Life will throw everything at you to give up. Your business has to be your vision, your goal, and your dreams. Someone you know knows someone, who knows someone else, who has exactly what you need.

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Claudine Reid MBE — PJ’s Community Service Business Description PJ’s Community Service is an award-winning Social Enterprise, which delivers quality in: Home Care Services to vulnerable adults; Recruitment opportunities & Employability development and Training & Career development. The organisation employs 30 staff, and offers a range of innovative and transformational services to BAME communities, young people, women, men and faith communities. How did you get into the business? The idea originally started with my husband, the founding director, in 1992. I joined the company in 1995. With a passion to add value to the changing needs in society, our work has captured in four thematic strands – fitness, faith, family, and finance. What has been the highlight of your career? I enjoy my work and the privileges that come with serving. One of the highlights has been going to Buckingham Palace three times in one year, rounding off 2008 receiving my investiture from HRH Prince Charles.

Dr Diahanne Rhiney – Diahanne Rhiney Consultancy Business Description Specialist consultancy in PR and Personal Reputation. How did you get into the business? My mum always told me ‘’God bless the child who has his own.’ ’ This is one of my biggest inspirations in life. What has been the highlight of your career? The opportunity to speak in Washington to over 5000 women was a phenomenal experience. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Be authentic / have integrity. Your word is your bond / you are your own brand. Have fun / enjoy the journey - the highs and lows.

What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Ensure you have a robust strategy. Ensure you have a great story or reason for starting your business - this will help you through the dark days. Try to maintain a balanced state of mind - it will help keep your priorities in check.

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David F. Roberts — CaribDirect Multi-Media Limited Business Description A young and vibrant company run by passionate and committed people providing a unique and crucial service. Responsive and conscious of its environment, it fills an intellectual gap for the Caribbean Diaspora (particularly those in the UK) and provides a critical 3-way bridge between Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. How did you get into the business? When I was a Communication student at the University of Guyana in 1989, I rode around on a bicycle selling printing products (business cards, flyers, calendars and so on) to businesses in order to earn money to pay for my studies. I’ve since sold radio, TV, online, outdoor and newspaper advertising in Grenada, Saint Lucia, the British Virgin Islands and the UK. What has been the highlight of your career? Pitching to BBC ‘Dragon’s Den’ series 7 in August 2007.The judging panel at the time were, Duncan Bannatyne, James Caan, Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis). Though my pitch was unsuccessful, the experience was invaluable and life changing. The experience enabled me to secure the funding elsewhere to erect two platforms in Grenada, and subsequently establish valuable location contracts across the Caribbean. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Establish a business idea that people want. Stay true to yourself and your business idea. Never give up… but know when it’s time to change direction.

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Laban Roomes — Goldgenie Business Description Luxury gift and Customisation Company. How did you get into the business? After going through a period of introspection, then pursuing my passions and strengths as an entrepreneur, I began creating a business that has been able to fulfill my personal and business aspirations. What has been the highlight of your career? This is a close call between buying my shares back from James Caan, and being invited to the 2015 Oscars and personally gifting Lee Daniels a 24k Gold iPhone from my company, for his amazing accomplishments as a director and creator of the hit show ‘Empire’. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Take time out to know who you are, what you want, and the best business vehicle that will allow you to accomplish your hearts desires. Follow your gut instinct and develop your intuition in regards to decisions that can potentially make or break you. For instance, when I first started out I was asked by a so-called “business advisor” what market research I had done in regards to if my gold plating services would be in demand. I told her that I hadn’t done any research; I just had a gut feeling it would work, and that my instinct told me it would be a huge success. The advisor told me in no uncertain terms that my business would not get very far! Visualise and meditate on your goals.

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Michelle Safo — Timewise Consulting Marketing Services

Akin Salami – OH TV

Business Description Timewise Consulting Marketing Services specialises in helping small and micro businesses to grow, by implementing clear, focused and structured marketing strategies and delivering low-cost, innovative and tested marketing activities consistently, enabling our clients to raise awareness of their business, product or service and attract customers.

Business Description OH TV is renowned for its family friendly ethical programming, which is innovative, inspirational, authentic and entertaining; speaking directly to people from across the international black Diaspora. Launched in 2008, the OH TV Network reaches in excess of 25million viewers per month.

How did you get into the business? After graduating, I quickly settled into the private sector and climbed the ranks to senior marketing level. Several years later, I was married with two children and had reluctantly slipped into the rat-race and security of employment. Illness, then forced me to take time out. Not feeling content, I approached The Prince’s Trust for advice on starting a business. The guidance and mentoring from The Prince’s Trust encouraged me to gain confidence and go it alone…in 2005, the business was born. The business enabled me to be there for my family and fulfill a childhood passion to grow a successful business. What has been the highlight of your career? There have been several highlights over the years of running the business from completing projects successfully on behalf of clients to securing procurement tenders and receiving recognition. I would say the highlight of my business career has been the ability to give back by encouraging and supporting young people in their business as this defines success for me. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Keep an eye on the pennies. To enable business growth, be clear on goals and objectives and devise a strategy with an action plan of step by step activities. Understand that marketing is an investment and not a cost. BE MOGUL MAGAZINE

How did you get into the business? After graduating and serving in the National Youth Corps in Nigeria, I became a part of a Foundry start-up, which eventually got the attention of the World Bank. I then started the first indigenous Nigerian company to build satellite dishes. I immigrated to the UK in 1994 to focus on building a technology services consultancy for financial institutions. OH TV now has many expressions, which include a global production company, a media training facility, a studio, a TV channel, a Media and Technology services company, a live-broadcast services company and an IPTV platform partnership. What has been the highlight of your career? Seeing the young interns we trained becoming world-class producers, respected on at least 3 continents. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Know your business Have a strategy you believe in Get a mentor good enough to help you track and manage the strategy in good and bad times

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Paul Sesay — The Diversity Group

Dr Yemi Shode — Yess Essentials

Business Description Founded in 2006, The Diversity Group was set up, with the aim of eliminating barriers within employment, education & training for diverse groups throughout the UK. The Diversity Group is a one stop shop that delivers a wide range of multimedia services to reassure and encourage people from the most deprived areas to further their careers.

Business Description Yess Essentials is involved in the research and production of ethical and sustainable, natural skincare products, based on African sourced natural ingredients, for maintaining healthy beautiful skin and preventing acne, eczema, blemishes and other skin problems. Our mission is to build sustainable communities, through inspiring good healthy skin maintenance for people of colourusing natural ingredients.

How did you get into the business? I first started off with the Diversity Group, which is primarily a directory and a website aimed at increasing the numbers of individuals from diverse backgrounds into careers, education and training. However, I didn’t want to just concentrate on one particular strand of diversity, at the end of the day discrimination is discrimination no matter what background you’re from. I came up with the concept of The Excellence in Diversity Awards, these awards were set up to celebrate organisations that include people from every single strand of diversity, in senior management roles and at boards level. What has been the highlight of your career? At The National Diversity Awards 2012 I was in a bubble of happiness! This was the highlight of my career. I knew that I had the determination to make it a success, but to witness what winning the awards meant to the very inspirational individuals that the awards are centered around, felt amazing. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Never give up. Believe in yourself. Think big!

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How did you get into the business? As a graduate of Applied Chemistry with an Industrial chemist father, and brought up in an environment of cosmetic and toiletry manufacturing, the passion of starting my own cosmetic business has been in me since my youthful days. My main journey to the heart of creating Yess Essentials stems from my extremely sensitive skin in my younger days, which was evident in continuous breakouts of eczema, rashes and pimples. I spent a fortune on skin products without effective results. Whilst working in an industrial research institute, l discovered the wealth of potentials that exist in the natural materials used by the indigenous West African women, to sustain their beauty and prevent skin irritation, and provide a lasting solution to skin problems. What has been the highlight of your career? The successful launch of the Yess Essentials products in the UK and Greece markets, and the acceptance of the products all around the UK through online sales. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Be passionate. Have a good mentor. Be creative and innovative.

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Vanessa Skah-Oluwole — LVLV Events Ltd Business Description Event management, planning, training and workshops, and venue styling. How did you get into the business? It started as a home business and grew from family support, with extra savings I had, and now has a corporate head office in Gravesend, Kent. What has been the highlight of your career? Meeting people I never thought I would meet and working with the Nigerian embassy for the London 2012 Olympics, and receiving recognition for my business as an events planner. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Follow your dreams through, with a mentor by your side.

Alistair Soyode — Ben Television Media & Communications Business Description Television, broadcasting and production of programs/PR services. How did you get into the business? After working in telecommunications, selling and retailing mobile phones, I started BEN TV after trying and failing to find an appropriate production company to create shows for a Nigerian television station. I couldn’t find a black TV station where I could go and ask them for programs, so I thought that if I set up a production house, I’d be able to produce a program and supply it to African TV stations, and that’s how the idea of BEN Television started. What has been the highlight of your career? The main highlight is surely seeing the impact of BEN Television in changing lives, creating opportunities and showing to others that things can indeed change progressively. With us around, it opened the door to the emergence of so many media related services and companies. I am currently Chairman and CEO of BEN Television, Europe’s first Ethnic Satellite Company, and also a former member and Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDOE) in Europe. I was also named among the top Black leaders in the UK and have met the Royal Family on many occasions. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Realise the way you want to be treated. Believe and get your business idea right. Use social media.

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Kubi Springer — She Builds Brands Ltd

Asari St-Hill — ActionCoach

Business Description She Builds Brands is a boutique Brand Management Agency that specialises in the Entertainment, Fashion & Beauty and Luxury sectors. With offices in London and New York, I have had over 20 years of consumer brand marketing experience.

Business Description Business coaching for business owners. From micro to SMEs; training for staff, managers and business owners – customer care, sales training, marketing, winning teams and leadership and management.

How did you get into the business? I started my career in 1996 as an intern working on the MTV ‘Lick’ Campaign. After graduating from university I then went to work and live in New York City and gained experience working for P.Diddy’s marketing agency Blue Flame. Whilst in New York I gained my foundation in effective brand marketing.

How did you get into the business? In 2010, the Coalition Government announced the abolition of the Audit Commission, leading to my redundancy in February 2011. I set up Just Leverage in 2010, looking to train and coach local businesses using the skills from being a public services inspector at the Audit Commission and executive Director for the NHS. I had a crazy first year living off my redundancy money, earning very little. Then in 2011, I received an e-mail from Ian Christelow – UK Franchisor for ActionCOACH. With the support of my mother with £20,000 and a loan from the bank, I was on a plane to Las Vegas by November 2011. I struggled to sign many clients and in July 2012 my mother passed away. However, joining ActionCOACH has been one of the best decisions of my life.

What has been the highlight of your career? I have a number of highlights throughout my career including being appointed as Head of Marketing for the MOBO Awards at the age of 26 years, working with L’Oreal Professional on the ‘Colour Bar’ campaign, working on the launch of the ‘Sex and the City’ movie premier in London and most recently working on the Rolls Royce London Fashion Week Party 2016 with Barrus, a fashion house from Turkey. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? I would tell them that there are two things you get in business; money and experience. Use other people’s money to gain your experience and then use your experience to secure your money.

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What has been the highlight of your career? Signing 3 top clients in November 2014, which ensured I met my final quarterly targets through acquaintances I had kept in touch with. Nurturing quality business relationships in professional services businesses is by far the best route to success. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? To understand their target market. To develop their business knowledge based on scientific and proven methods.

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Richard Tezo — Living Well Group

Elaine Tsopotsa — Tsopotsa Publishing t/a Setseno.com

Sadly Richard passed away on Sun day 24th January 2016. On behalf of Be Mogul, we would like to pass on our sincere condolences to his family.

Business Description Publishing e-books and currently developing a platform for short e-books. The project will provide publishing opportunities for writers and artists in untapped markets by creating new outlets.

Business Description Nicknamed “The Miracle Supplement” by consumers, our Formula One Xtra is a unique, highly medicinal herbal product made from a robust blend of 16 leading natural ancient medicinal ingredients (like ginseng, kiwi, spirulina, pomegranate, flaxseed, maqui berry, African mango, etc) with dozens of health outcomes. How did you get into the business? I guess business has always been in my genes and DNA. I am originally from Cameroon in West Africa, and come from a tribe where the majority of people earn their living from businesses more than jobs and in fact, to date people from my local region in Cameroon continue to dominate business generally in-country. I am also excited naturally by the idea of creating opportunities for myself and others, more than just holding a 9 to 5 job. What has been the highlight of your career? Turning one major business challenge into a new successful opportunity and future. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Be self-motivational. Do your due diligence well in advance. Like a pilot, be ready with excitement to navigate through impending turbulence.

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How did you get into the business? I’ve had a book and several works published, and I have a passion for writing and art. So I’ve combined the two things I love most into a business. When I first started to plan for this business, I had quite a different vision to what it is now. Somehow it has mutated as a result of my interaction with the writing and art communities. What has been the highlight of your career? Establishing a public relations office for the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe. Presenting a paper to the UN Aids conference. Writing and publishing my first book. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Market research is crucial if possible. Piloting your service/ focus group discussions should give you a clear indication of what to do next. Get a mentor, someone who understands your business or has some business experience is essential. Always keep an eye on your finances. Get a grip of your business model and have support if you need it.

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Patrick Vernon OBE – Every Generation Media

Paulette Williams – Launch HQ

Business Description Develops and produces educational programs, publications and films on cultural heritage and family history.

Business Description Launch HQ is a social enterprise that works with businesses to provide leadership development opportunities for young people. We work with young people aged 11 to 18 to deliver projects that encourage and facilitate youth leadership in local and global communities.

How did you get into the business? In 2002 I established Every Generation whilst working as a senior manager for the NHS. It was based on my experience as volunteer mentor working with African and Caribbean boys and young men in Brent and Hackney, throughout 1997-2002. I decided that I wanted to develop a resource around family history, identity and black heritage to improve confidence and belonging to young people and families. With the support of a Millennium Award, I launched my website. I then established my social enterprise as limited company in 2004 with an initial bank loan from HSBC. I subsequently remortgaged my house to fund the initial development of my company for the first 5 five years, developing web content, designing websites and running workshops. From 2005 I moved to publishing, film-making and consultancy work for the heritage sector. I have advised the BBC, The National Archives, The National Trust, the Royal Geographic Society, The V&A, British Council and local archives and museums.

How did you get into the business? I have worked in the youth and education field for over 10 years, mainly in an educational setting. I saw the opportunity to offer activities that supported young people to develop the skills that could increase their social capital and get them thinking about the importance of their learning outside the school setting. I co-founded Elevate Learning with Serene Yeboah-Jackson in 2012, which offers supplementary education workshops in an interactive, energetic environment and have now developed Launch HQ, a project focused specifically on nurturing young leaders.

What has been the highlight of your career? In 2012 I was awarded an OBE for my work tackling health inequalities for ethnic minority communities in Britain.

What has been the highlight of your career? The highlight of my career so far was being awarded a travelling fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Through that opportunity I found myself standing outside the United Nations Secretariat Building in New York, about to go in to have a meeting with a member of the ‘UN Focal Point on Youth’ team to discuss my research and my work at Elevate Learning.

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Bianca Miller – The Be Group & Bianca Miller London Business Description The Be Group is a personal development organisation where we ensure our clients are future ready and understand the value of marketing themselves appropriately to advance their career trajectory or business opportunities. Our clients consist of HSBC, Olswang LLP, AMEX, BT, EY, Accenture, Universities, Schools and individuals.

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Bianca Miller London is a fashion brand which has been created to redefine ‘nude’ by providing products in a diverse range of 8 nude shades to cater to women of varying skin tones and ethnicity. The current nude collection of hosiery is stocked online and in store at Selfridges (London and Birmingham). How did you get into the business? My first official business ‘The Be Group’ started in 2012 when I saw a gap in the market for a niche personal branding service where we help our clients with communication skills, networking, online personal brand creation via social media, CV writing, interview skills and image etc. What has been the highlight of your career? Finalist on The Apprentice 2014. Winning an award for the Top 10 Power Profile as one of the most viewed ‘Leaders’ on LinkedIn out of 20 million members and being on that list with Richard Branson. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Find something you are passionate about. Be innovative. Have a dream that you are prepared to make a reality.

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Hayley Mulenda — Inside A Dream Business Description A Motivational Speaking Company for the young by the young. We take dreams and make them reality. Through talks, seminars, interviews, workshops and much more, we aim to accelerate young people to greatness. Inside A Dream is here to empower young people and ensure them that their age is nothing but a number; age shouldn’t be a factor that stops you from achieving your aspirations. Inside A Dream aims to spark a brain that will teach others how to use their dream or story to make a positive impact or change.

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How did you get into the business? I wanted to be a motivational speaker when I was 16, after being inspired by motivational speakers Alim Kamara and Action Jackson. Working at Fix Up Seminars for a year allowed me to gain confidence in myself to start my own business to motivate and unite young people, by enforcing the importance of young people uplifting other young people. What has been the highlight of your career? Registering my company at 18 has not just been a highlight of my life. I used myself as a living example that dreams really do come true. This was not just the start of my career, but a way to also motivate, inspire and empower other young people. What advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Believe in yourself. Get yourself a mentor. Be patient.

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