Women Entrepreneurs

There Is No Such Thing as a Typical Tech Entrepreneur - Here's Proof

Neela Bettridge | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Tech
Neela Bettridge

It's the classic entrepreneur's dilemma: the bank has called in its loan, and you have two weeks to find a sizeable sum of money. What do you do? If you're Rebecca Harding, you take the dog for a walk. The irony of where she ended up that day -- at Beachy Head, a famous spot for suicides -- was not lost on her.

New EU VAT Regs Seriously Threaten Small Businesses

Soozi Baggs | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Soozi Baggs

There are several issues with the logistics of this - especially for micro businesses (a business being run by a single person) using the most basic sales software.

Successful Woman Entrepreneurs Give Back: Marie Forleo

Dr Monique Y. Wells | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK
Dr Monique Y. Wells

The Successful Woman Entrepreneurs Give Back article series focuses on women who have mastered the art of creating and maintaining a business that sus...

Five Things I Need to Know Right Now (as An Aspiring Entrepreneur)

Stephanie Holland | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Stephanie Holland

The gap between the hindsight of successful entrepreneurs and the need-to-know of aspiring entrepreneurs is light years.

Successful Woman Entrepreneurs Give Back: Jessica Herrin

Dr Monique Y. Wells | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK
Dr Monique Y. Wells

'I want to continue the conversation about women and work, success, and happiness. I want to create solutions and cultivate a joyous, supportive, and energizing community. I want to make as much of a positive difference in the lives of other women as possible during my own precious time on this planet...'

Mobile Phones Drive Women's Economic Empowerment in Developing Countries

Sevi Simavi | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Tech
Sevi Simavi

Businesswomen in developing countries face countless barriers on their path to economic and social empowerment. However, SMS on mobile phones can literally transform lives as it is a cost effective and efficient way to deliver information and skills to women entrepreneurs in rural areas.

A Manifesto for Every Woman

Magdalena Bak-Maier | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Magdalena Bak-Maier

I have carried our the same research with over 1200 participants and the answer is clear! reveals that success for women definitely includes the Third Matrix as much as career and financial success. Here's a few examples:

Successful Women Entrepreneurs Give Back: Bernadette Coleman

Dr Monique Y. Wells | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Dr Monique Y. Wells

Bernadette confesses that she sometimes feels swallowed up by all of the responsibility of her business and the rest of her life. She says she can become so exhausted that she can't sleep, and yet when the next day comes and presents its new challenges, she looks forward to it - each day is different, exciting, and fun!

How to Channel Your Inner Richard Branson

Stephanie Holland | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Holland

When we finally break free from the 9-5 something pretty funny happens: We bring the same habits and routines into our startup, including whatever version of the 9-5 we have been living.

Why I Am an Accidental Entrepreneur

Lynne Parker | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK
Lynne Parker

Falling back on my journalistic training, a surprisingly successful 25 career as a public relations consultant followed, during which I developed the courage and confidence to promote my own business as well as those of my clients. By the time I accidentally became a 'comedy producer', I had accumulated a wealth of experience and a collection of useful skills to grow my own brand.

What My Mentors Taught Me

Frances Dickens | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frances Dickens

The bottom line is that you've got to be tough if you're leading a company -people's livelihoods and careers depend on you making cool, calm decisions. Christine and Annie are both very calm under pressure. Come to think of it I've met way more panicky blokes at the top than panicky women.

Mobile Technology Overcomes Barriers to Financial Inclusion for Women

Cherie Blair | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Cherie Blair

Research shows that if you empower a woman, you empower a family, a community, and indeed a nation. This is because women invest 90% of what they earn back into their families' health and education, making a lasting difference. Yet while there are so many smart and hard-working women out there, many of them struggle in particular with access to banks and loans. Today, more than 2.5 billion adults in the developing world are considered 'financially excluded'. This means that they do not have access to basic financial services, such as savings, bank accounts, or credit. The majority are women.

Adding Girls Into the Tech Equation

Anne Marie Neatham | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Tech
Anne Marie Neatham

The technology industry constantly pushes boundaries. Unfortunately we have not succeeded in removing the perceived boundaries that stop women from opting to work in technical careers.

Thrive - a Commentary

Dr Monique Y. Wells | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Monique Y. Wells

Mindfulness - the concept of being present in the moment and appreciating each moment - is something I believe is essential to living an ideal lifestyle. It is another theme that Arianna thoroughly explores in Thrive

How to Recognise Your Moment of Realisation (and What You Can Do About It)

Anna Margolis | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Margolis

All too quickly those childhood dreams and aspirations ebbed away as the responsibilities of your first mortgage, meeting your partner, marriage, children, a bigger house and simply staying afloat rapidly took centre stage. And before you knew it, there you were, slap bang in the middle of the rat race.

You Really Have to Be in It, To Win It

Wendy Tan-White | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK
Wendy Tan-White

Or do you? Several start-up businesses recently told me that they have enough 'traditional interest' to grow their companies satisfactorily over the ...

Spices and SMS: How Mobile Phones Transform the Lives of Women

Sevi Simavi | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Tech
Sevi Simavi

When done right, mobile technology truly transforms lives, particularly those of women... women's economic empowerment is so much more than just increased incomes. It's more meals being cooked, healthcare being paid for, pensions saved and children being sent to school.

An American Entrepreneur in London

Adele Barlow | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

When I stereotype the American startup founders I've met in London, I notice the gene that they seem to share with Penny - that American go-getter "shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" mindset. (Somewhere, my British friends are rolling their eyes at that cheesy quote.) Americans don't seem scared of their own idealism, whereas in British culture, I find brazen optimism often equated with stupidity.

Cups, Campaigns and Marmalade: Emma Bridgewater Shares the Ingredients of Good Business

Francesca Gosling | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Francesca Gosling

Often, when I sit down and try to decide on an opening sentence to an article, or a blog, or even a tweet, I sometimes wish I had just been able to dream up some marvellous idea for a single, best-selling product that would run like clockwork and make me lots of money forever.

The Digital World - When It Comes to Sport, Women Are Leading the Way

Alexandra Chalat | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Sport
Alexandra Chalat

When I'm speaking to my friends who are also women in the sport industry, we often find ourselves reflecting that we work in a sector that's predominantly male. It's not a new realisation. And it's not surprising. Sometimes it's a rant, sometimes it's a complaint, and other times it's just an observation of a meeting we had where we were the only woman in the room, or at an event where very few women were present.

The Benefits of Failure

Yasmina Siadatan | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Yasmina Siadatan

As long as we learn from our mistakes and continue to take risks, it will help us reach our full potential. Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, made 1,000 prototypes before finally coming up with a concept that worked, as he famously said; "Many of life's failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up."

Ten Things Highly Confident People Don't Do

Annie Ashdown | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Highly confident people are their own master and are best friends with their inner voice. They are comfortable being in charge of what they think, do and say, as they trust themselves. They ask for guidance, support and often flesh things out with advisers, coaches, and mentors but at the end of the day they trust their intuition as they know it will never let them down.

More Women on UK Boards - Yet There's Still a Way to Go!

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Society as a whole needs to work harder to help women to be seen and heard, and forward-thinking organisations must take bolder steps to show they are not only giving women opportunities but proactively promoting them and their work.

Do You Want to Increase Personal Effectiveness to Reach Your Goals?

Annie Ashdown | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK
Annie Ashdown

Do you set goals and feel frustrated when you don't reach them? That's what I used to do. I was never smart with my time and never resourceful. I di...

Why the Woman Who Does Not Require Validation from Anyone Is the Most Feared Individual On the Planet

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

My view is that a woman who goes through life without taking any notice of society's perception of her becomes the most feared individual on the planet. This is because patriarchy wants to reduce her to an insecure, submissive female and as long as she rejects the notion of validation, she is perceived as a threat to the status quo.