Yasmina Siadatan
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Yasmina Siadatan is the Creative Director of The Start Up Loans Company, a government-funded initiative designed to help boost British entrepreneurship. Her personal goal is to help to inspire an entire generation and lead this country to a more rewarding and prosperous future. Yasmina won BBC’s The Apprentice in 2009.


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Female Entrepreneurs Helping to Drive the Economic Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted 24 February 2015 | (23:00)

Recently we marked a significant milestone for the Start Up Loans Company as we celebrated issuing our 25,000th loan, taking our total lending to £130million since the scheme started in autumn 2012. As the Prime Minister was making his speech in Ipswich on the economy, and the number of jobs...

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The Heroes Who Have Not Let Disability Dampen Their Ambitions

(0) Comments | Posted 13 November 2014 | (08:56)

When Nichola Pinder had her baby daughter Jasmine in 2012 she struggled to lift her out of her cot. She had battled back problems over the years and was diagnosed with reactive arthritis after Jasmine's birth. Not only was lifting her daughter excruciatingly painful, but Nichola was afraid the activity...

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Can Your Business Failure Be Another's Success?

(0) Comments | Posted 1 October 2014 | (18:02)

According to the Small Business Federation, businesses that seek support are 70% more likely to survive beyond the first 5 years. It's not rocket science - like everything in life, you're more likely to succeed with input from those who've done it before. Entire business sectors have grown based on...

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Don't Sweat the A-level Results - Today's Young People Are Taking the Business World by Storm!

(0) Comments | Posted 14 August 2014 | (17:13)

Today students across the country are either celebrating or weeping into each other's arms over their long-awaited A-level results.
While I hope that the majority are very happy with their results, it has to be said the pursuit of academia is not for everyone - nor need it be....

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What Makes a Good Mentor?

(2) Comments | Posted 8 July 2014 | (12:46)

Many years ago I was given a tip from a fellow entrepreneur. He said one of the best ways to combat stress and feelings of isolation as a business owner is to find someone who needs your help and support, and offer it out to them. Good old fashioned mentoring!

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The Benefits of Failure

(2) Comments | Posted 31 May 2014 | (00:00)

Question: What do Oprah Winfrey, Henry Ford and Walt Disney all have in common?

Answer: They have all failed at some point during their career. Before becoming one of the highest paid, most successful women in the world, Oprah was fired from a job as a television presenter because...

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Why Working Mothers Are Worth Every Penny

(1) Comments | Posted 21 January 2014 | (23:00)

So you have been through pregnancy, childbirth and the early months looking after baby. And when it is time to return to work you feel completely inadequate. All that occupies your mind is milk feeds, washing clothes, routine, and where the next unbroken sleep might be coming from.


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10,000 Businesses Started!

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2013 | (23:00)

In case you missed it last week was Global Entrepreneurship Week, a week set to bring to the fore all things to do with enterprise. Naturally, Start Up Loans seized the opportunity to highlight some of the great work it has been doing to help businesses access capital...

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Why It's Never Too Late to Start Your Own Business

(0) Comments | Posted 7 November 2013 | (23:00)

When I was growing up I thought the sky was the limit. I was lucky. My parents were both entrepreneurs. They instilled in me the knowledge that I could support myself and earn my own money. Now I'm lucky enough to be working with other people hoping to realise the...

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