In conversation with… Alison Benney

In conversation with… Alison Benney

With MIYB coming to Torquay next month, we caught up with one of our speakers, Alison Benney, Director of enlightenHR to get a glimpse into her business story so far and what she will be discussing at the event…
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In conversation with… Dayo Akinrinade

In conversation with… Dayo Akinrinade

With just one day to go until Make It Your Business returns to London to discuss the all-important question, “When should you leave the corporate world to pursue entrepreneurship?” we caught up with our fourth and final panellist, Dayo Akinrinade, for a quick fire insight into what she will be discussing on the panel this Friday…Read more…

In conversation with… Sophie Pycroft

In conversation with… Sophie Pycroft

With MIYB coming to Wales next month, we caught up with one of our speakers, Sophie Pycroft, otherwise known as the ‘Chief Mermaid’ of Spectrum Collections to find out what inspired her and her sister Hannah to launch ‘the world’s most Instagramable make-up brushes’ and what she’s most looking forward to about speaking at the event in Cardiff in April… Read more…

In conversation with… Jennifer Ison

In conversation with… Jennifer Ison

With Make It Your Business coming to London at the end of this week to discuss the all-important question, “When should you leave the corporate world to pursue entrepreneurship?” we caught up with one of our esteemed panellists, Jennifer Ison, for a quick fire insight into what she will be discussing on the panel this Friday…Read more…

In conversation with… Virginia Stagni

In conversation with… Virginia Stagni

With ‘Make It Your Business’ coming to London at the end of this week to discuss the all-important question, “When should you leave the corporate world to pursue entrepreneurship?” we caught up with the one panellist who is currently juggling her start-up with her corporate career, Virginia Stagni – for a quick fire insight into what she will be discussing on the panel this Friday…
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In conversation with… Jacqui Shaw

In conversation with… Jacqui Shaw

With MIYB coming to Torquay next month, we caught up with one of our speakers, Jacqui Shaw, Senior Partner and Director of Coralline Health Limited to find out the story behind her business so far and what she will be discussing, along with her business partner Pauline Neal, at the event… Read more…

In conversation with…Gail Laser

In conversation with…Gail Laser

After applying for a pot of money in 2012 from the Mayors Fund to spend on improvements to the local high street with a few other local residents, Gail Laser started the ‘Love Barnet’ Facebook group to encourage local businesses and the community to engage with each other. Read more…

In conversation with…Dr Mandy Kent

In conversation with…Dr Mandy Kent

Having decided to make the all-important leap and launch her own dental practice once her children had grown up, Dr Mandy Kent knows a lot about the highs and lows of setting up a business.
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Newsletter 2

  Dear Aspiring Entrepreneur, It’s all go here at MIYB. The new year has already seen us hold our first event, and on Jan 31st we launched our online advice forum with Mumsnet! But there’s much …

A Spotlight On Alice Wingfield-Digby

A Spotlight On Alice Wingfield-Digby

Talking all things country-inspired and launching a successful business from your kitchen table, to the complexities of recruiting and leading a team when you have only ever been in junior roles previously (plus relationship changes en route, juggling motherhood and the unglamorous reality of retail that rarely gets seen); it’s safe to say there was alot to discuss with Alice Wingfield-Digby…
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Mentoring 101

Mentoring 101

Once you have worked your way to a profitable business it’s very easy to maybe sit back, relax and enjoy your life. Maybe if no-one gave you a helping hand in life, it’s easy to think that people should learn the hard way, or on their own. But if you’re a female founder, I strongly encourage you to spend time researching mentorship programs, so you can spread your knowledge and help other women up the ladder. Read more…

A Spotlight on Ada Yi Zhao

A spotlight on Ada Yi Zhao
With the first Make It Your Business event fast approaching on January 23rd, our very own Fiona Grayson, Founder of She can. She did. sat down last week with the incredible Ada Yi Zhao – one of our panellists – to find out what went on behind the scenes to create her two ever growing businesses! Read more…

Alison Cork Q&A

Alison Cork Q&A
I always advise would be entrepreneurs to be a student of markets. It’s important to have a passion but you also have to be sure that there is a demand for your passion. Leave your heart at the door and engage your head. Read more…

A Summary: The Budget and Industrial Strategy

A Summary: The Budget and Industrial Strategy
Over the past week we’ve had the Budget and the Industrial Strategy released. The Budget is a financial plan of the Government’s outgoings and incomings. The Industrial Strategy is an attempt by the Government to apply a coherent and consistent set of policies that are designed to improve the performance of the economy. Both of these have important implications for entrepreneurs. Read more…

3 Reasons Entrepreneurship Is the Best Career Path for Women

3 Reasons Entrepreneurship Is the Best Career Path for Women

Jane Austen is now emblazoned on Britain’s £10 note. Back in Austen’s day, women were entirely reliant on their fathers, brothers and husbands. Luckily, times have moved on and it would appear that women have shaken off the patriarchal shackles of the 19th century. But we still hear of the gender pay gap issues and sexism in the workplace. Read more…

The Story of Elizabeth Arden

The Story of Elizabeth Arden

20 years after she set up her first salon on Fifth Avenue (which had a red door, which can be seen on her products today), she owned 150 upscale salons across the United States and Europe. At this time, her 1000 luxury products spanned 22 countries and at her prime, she was one of the wealthiest women in the world. Read more…

How To Start A Business With No Money

How To Start A Business With No Money

Lack of money to fund a new business, can often feel like a hurdle too high to overcome, but it’s important to remember that you are not alone and very few entrepreneurs have had the good fortune to start out with a pot of gold or a generous benefactor, but this has not stopped them from following their entrepreneurial dreams and it shouldn’t deter you either. Read more…

Welcome to Make It Your Business

Welcome to Make It Your Business

It seemed appropriate that in our first blog, we should set out our stall. So who are ‘we’ and what are we trying to achieve? Well, we are a group of female entrepreneurs who want to help other women fulfill their dream of starting their own business. Read more…