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April2016

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Rasheed Ogunlaru – Coach on the Couch – April

Dear Rasheed, I have been in business for just over eight years. I’ve carved out a niche for myself in the food industry.  About 10  months ago, a friend who had never really shown an interest in setting up a business, did just that and the business she has set up is quite similar to…

Spring Clean Your Style | Zoe Huskisson

If you always wear a small selection of your ever increasing wardrobe then you’re not alone- most women only wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. Now is the perfect time to be brave and raid your wardrobe. Be ruthless and bin anything that you haven’t worn in a year. I know that…

Books| Banana Bottom by Claude McKay

In ‘Banana Bottom’, Claude McKay explores his own version of Pygmalion in the Caribbean island of Jamaica. After enjoying a European education via white missionary benefactors, Bita Plant is returning home. The missionaries, Malcolm and Priscilla Craig, have mapped out Bita’s life completely. She will receive training at the mission in Jubilee; she will serve…

An oasis of Identity in the heart of Hoxton

It was a Thursday afternoon, it was raining, but I was excited. Why? Because I had been invited to the Identity Salon in Shoreditch, London, to try out a new hair technique called Thermasmooth. Created by hair specialists Mizani, apparently it strips away the need for your usual relaxer, as it straightens the hair using…

The Quiet Powerhouse | Jennifer G Robinson

A quiet but powerful intensity inhabits Alex Wheatle which is not apparent in his stature. This author of six novels is very passionate about his beliefs; his writing; his books; almost as though they were, children. ‘Black History Month’, that annual necessary evil, has recently come to a close in the UK and Alex has…

What are the barriers preventing YOU from growing your business?|Griselda Kumordzie Togobo

“Women of mixed ethnicity are over two and a half times more entrepreneurial than white women (ibid GEM, London Business School, 2006)” Congratulations if you are one of those actively pursing your entrepreneurial dreams and looking for new ways of growing your business. It’s not easy starting a business so well done for taking the…

How to Run Multiple Businesses and Stay Sane | Sapphire Gray

Being a business owner can be exciting.  And once you have one successful business, and have mastered your processes, it becomes easier to start several ventures and run them succinctly.  So how do you run several businesses at once and stay sane? Sapphire Gray explains. Have Robust Systems Your systems are your business.  Systematising your business…

Movers and Shakers | Precious Jason | Etieno Skincare Ltd

Continuing our series profiling women of colour making their mark in the world of business.  Precious Jason is the founder of Etieno Skincare Ltd an independent retailer of natural, therapeutic, ethical and effective skin care products. What drove you to start your own business? After a cancer diagnosis in 2012, I was desperate for natural…