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Role models for success

‘Why women still can’t have it all’

This is a really interesting video –  just as relevant to women business owners, as those seeking success in a ‘career’. It shines a light on the struggle women face as they try to be the best they can be, in their work and their home life (wherever that takes place). Anne-Marie addresses the choices we all face, as the ‘women we think we should be’ as opposed to the ‘women we really are’. Grab a cuppa for this one… Public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter made waves with her 2012 article, “Why women still can’t have it …

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Kanya King’s top 5 tips for succeeding as a woman in business

Kanya King is one amazing lady. The founder and CEO of the MOBO Awards and is an amazing example of persistence over adversity.  She was one of our Extraordinary Entrepreneurs at an event we held back in 2009 and is such an inspirational female entrepreneur. Her father died when she was 13 and his final words to her were “be the best you can be”. She certainly took those words to heart. She is one of nine children and grew up in a household with very little money to spare. …

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Maggie Semple: Dancer, Teacher, Inspiration

When I arranged to interview Maggie Semple, I had no idea what a force of nature she was.  She is frequently described as formidable, but I also found her style to be extremely gentle and gracious.  There is no way that she could have achieved all that she has without being formidable, but I love that she has not lost her feminine energy along the way. Maggie and her sister grew up as two black girls in London in the 60’s and were very much in the minority. But she …

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Inspiring female entrepreneurs

There are so many inspiring women in business who are balancing their home, family and work lives and who are a shining light to other aspiring people. Last week I went to the We Mean Business conference run by Business Link. The aim was for women to come together, meet, support, encourage, befriend and connect with each other. There were several keynote speakers whose passion, determination and courage were infectious.

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Inspiring Startup: Karen Peters, Iceblading

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending the North London Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business lunch.  They featured three women, all inspirational in their own way (watch out next week for an Inspiring entreprenur article on Laura Tenison, founder of JoJo Maman Bebe), but Karen Peter’s story is full of personal tragedy, challenge and inspiration, so we have decided to focus on her today. The death of her husband from a rare form of cancer in 2007, caused Karen to re-think her life.  She was an experienced Leisure Manager …

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Natalie Ellis – inventor of Road Refresher

There is one item that President Obama doesn’t leave home without when taking his dog, Bo, on a trip.  That item is the Road Refresher, which was famously rejected by the panel on Dragon’s Den in 2008 as they felt it was too challenging to crack the American market.  But Natalie Ellis, undaunted by their brutal criticism and her desire to succeed, forged ahead and has become a bonafide entrepreneur with a £1 million turnover.

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Extraordinary Entrepreneur: Karen Hanton – founder of Toptable

Toptable.com is the brain child of Karen Hanton, a truly daring entrepreneur with a passion for British cuisine.  Toptable is an online restaurant booking site which she created in 2000, and it is now the UK’s leading restaurant booking website, which allows diners to choose from around 5000 restaurants in 12 countries.  Karen, like many online entrepreneurs, started her business during the dotcom heyday, but unlike many other enterprises, not only is her business still around it is still flourishing.

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Saira Khan – Miamoo: Extraordinary Entrepreneur

Many will remember Saira Khan as the runner up on the first ever series of The Apprentice in 2005.  She made quite an impression on the British public as the fiercely ambitious, free-spirited Muslim woman who continuously kicked against cultural constraints.  She has come a long way since then, and in October 2006 she created Miamoo, the organic skin care range for babies.

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Polly Gowers – Founder of Everyclick.com: Extraordinary Entrepreneur

Polly Gowers is on a quest of epic proportions.  She wants to encourage people to rethink their traditional methods of using the internet, such as using Google as a search engine, and switch to everyclick.com so that every time they click online, they are donating to a worthwhile cause. She is succeeding in her mission – so far 147,539 people have helped raise over £900,000 for charity.  As well as individuals, schools, colleges switching to a more ethical way of using the internet Cadbury Trebor Bassett, MTV, AXA and the …

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