One of the most encouraging things to emerge from the scheme is the number of female applicants. A third of all our lending has gone to women, bucking the national trend which currently stands at around 17% of all business start-ups being created by women.
It's not what you know, but who you know, as the saying goes. While I lean towards a healthy combination of the two - determination and a healthy love of hard work being crucial for growing both your personal and business 'brands' - there's no doubt that getting yourself out there is important.
Dressing well however is something I do for me just as much as I do for third the parties I meet. It just makes me feel more confident, shallow you may say (and I can't disagree) but we all have our own ways of making life work for us.
At no age should someone be sold the promise of valuable work experience and then be made to sit in an unwelcoming, toxic environment and made to act as a kitchen-cleaning, lunch-making, telephone-switchboard
Why do we need such a day? Is it really still necessary? No doubt, the movement is brilliant. It's all about celebrating women's achievements, calling for greater awareness of women's equality and the advancement of women in more senior leadership roles.
Today women in business need to remain as infallible as they can at all times. If that means carrying around an arsenal of, what some might see as unnecessary items, then bring them on.
It's hard to be perfect when you are doing something new - inevitably we will make mistakes. And so our fixation with always being faultless can stop us trying new things, stop us experimenting and taking risks.
If you are feeling constantly and completely exhausted, running on empty, stretched to snapping point, and maybe even lying awake at night wondering if you can do it all again tomorrow, that's not " just stress", that is burnout.
Was her emotional outburst really so off putting? I mean, we live in a time when you can't really turn on the television without someone on screen crying, but should this be replicated in a professional environment?
Endometriosis has been at my side for 20 years, chronic fatigue for a decade, and fibromyalgia has joined the party more recently. Rather than be held hostage by symptoms which can sometimes be crippling, I am aware that my business successes have my circumstances to thank, in part, for my ability to succeed.
After 47 interviews, I've seen a multitude of ways you can build a successful wellness business online - but just a few common underlying principles. Here I'll share some of the key themes I learned from interviewing successful wellness entrepreneurs.
If the need for closeness is making itself known in your life, be aware that burnout can also find a foothold. Yes, you can burn-out on the absence of the personal in your life. Burnout feeds on starvation, so any area of your life that is feeling deprived can be fertile ground for burnout.
There is absolutely no way of escaping stress altogether, it is going to happen and we are going to have to deal, unfortunate but true. Burnout, however, happens when there is no let-up on stress and/or pressure.
As women, many of us love to put ourselves down. If we've been successful at something, we shy away from taking credit for it, attributing the success to everyone but ourselves or putting the success down to luck or coincidence.
For Lynn Bardowski, candles literally lit the way from a "successful" corporate career that was draining and unsatisfying to a multimillion-dollar revenue-generating direct sales entrepreneurial enterprise that fulfilled a personal dream.
I'm really hopeful that as we, and others, continue to build these networks we can create coaches and mentors that will bring through the next generation of budding young scientists and engineers