07 Mar 2018

South London Entrepreneurs Bianca Miller Cole & Byron Cole COMPETE FOR LONDON’S BIG READ 

London’s BIG READ, a new campaign to encourage Londoners to read books that have a positive impact on society and culture, which launched on World Book Day on 1st March. A group of the capital’s most exciting authors working today will take part in the initiative, including television presenter June Sarpong; star of The Apprentice Bianca Miller-Cole and fellow entrepreneur Byron Cole; writer, journalist and broadcaster Afua Hirsch; historian and broadcaster David Olusoga; former boxing champion Kevin Lueshing; and actor Paterson Joseph.

Organised by LIBRARY, London’s BIG READ will comprise a month-long programme of talks and panel discussions with authors and literary figures as well as special events in partnership with local libraries.

The BIG READ will focus on six non-fiction titles by London-based authors, all of which have been nominated for their relevance in society today, and their bold approach towards topics such as identity, equality and entrepreneurship in the UK.

The six nominated books include:

Self Made by Bianca Miller-Cole and Byron Cole (Published by John Murray, 2017)

Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsh (Published by Penguin, 2018)

Julius Caesar and Me by Paterson Joseph (Published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018)

Belt Boy by Kevin Lueshing and Mike Dunn (Published by Austin Macauley, 2016)

Black and British by David Olusoga (Published by Pan Macmillan, 2017)

Diversify by June Sarpong (Published by Harper Collins, 2017)

Each of the authors will be ‘In Conversation’ as part of the programme of live events at LIBRARY during March, including June Sarpong on the 9th, David Olusoga and Afua Hirsh on the 13th, Kevin Lueshing and Mike Dunn on the 20th, Bianca Miller-Cole and Byron Cole on the 22nd and Paterson Joseph on the 29th. The events are free and tickets will be available to reserve on LIBRARY’s website.

The six nominated books will be available to buy from LIBRARY throughout the month of March, with £2 from each sale going to two children’s charities: Room to Read, a non-profit organisation supporting girls’ education and literacy, and Ndoro Children’s Charities, which supports education for children in underprivileged parts of the world.

LIBRARY will open its doors to non-members during the BIG READ to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the programme and every book purchased or collected from the club will include with a free cocktail.

Londoners are also invited to vote online for their favourite of the six books, to assist in crowning the winner of London’s BIG READ 2018.

Founded by Ronald Ndoro in 2013, LIBRARY is a hub for creativity and innovation, and draws inspiration from literature, theatre, local community and sustainable design. LIBRARY has a complete focus on tailoring and enhancing the member experience through the provision of a lifestyle service, fine dining and dancing completed by an exciting cultural events programme, including live music events, art exhibitions, film screenings to author-led book clubs and special talks.

For more information please visit: www.bigread.london

Notes to Editors

Self Made by Bianca Miller-Cole and Byron Cole (Published by John Murray, 2017)

An inspiring, wide-ranging handbook for anyone who wants to start or make a success of running their own business with practical tips and energetic advice on personal branding, networking, funding, social media and how to thrive in business.”

Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsh (Published by Penguin, 2018)

We are a nation in denial about our past and our present. We believe we are the nation of abolition, but forget we are the nation of slavery. Brit(ish) is the story of how and why this came to be, and an urgent call for change. In this personal and provocative investigation, Afua Hirsch explores a very British crisis of identity. Now in the Sunday Times top ten bestsellers list.

Julius Caesar and Me by Paterson Joseph (Published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018)

For Paterson Joseph, his experience of playing Brutus in Julius Caesar was a defining point in his career, and a transformative experience. Joseph serves up details of the rehearsal process; his key collaborations during an eclectic career; as well as his experience of working with a majority black cast.

Belt Boy by Kevin Lueshing and Mike Dunn (Published by Austin Macauley, 2016)

A harrowing – and yet ultimately inspirational – account of childhood cruelty and how one of its most unlikely victims, a tough British boxing champion, courageously confronted the hideous scars inflicted during a tortured upbringing.

Black and British by David Olusoga (Published by Pan Macmillan, 2017)

Black and British is a vital re-examination of a shared history. A rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Black and British has won, the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize and it was accompanied by a BBC television series.

Diversify by June Sarpong (Published by Harper Collins, 2017)

In this fierce, empowering call to arms, June Sarpong MBE puts the spotlight on groups who are often marginalised in our society, including women, those living with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. Diversify uncovers how a new approach to how we work, learn and live can help us reach our maximum potential, lessen the pressure on the state, and solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face.

ENDS

For enquiries, please contact Naomi on:

Naomi Greaves 0208 667 9519 |E: Naomi@selfmadebook.uk |W: www.selfmadebook.uk

02 Mar 2018

Bianca Miller-Cole, Ambassador for Evolve Housing + Support launched an entrepreneurship course on Tuesday 20 February 2017.  The aim of the course is to empower homeless people to create their own businesses and to equip them with the skills to become their own boss. The course was enabled through a grant from Hammerson PLC, administered through Centrale in Croydon. This funding be used to enable the Work + Learning team to deliver this eight week programme for homeless people who are interested in starting or resuming a business.

The course will last for eight weeks and each week will feature a guest speaker from local Croydon entrepenuers. Evolve residents (known as customers) will learn important business skills such as: branding, networking, social media, presentation skills and how to write a business plan.

Bianca Miller-Cole is lending her support to Evolve’s Work and Learning Service that helps homeless people achieve their goals and ambitions and get into education and employment. She launched the entrepreneurship course as the first guest speaker with a session on personal branding and networking. Bianca said: ‘‘As ambassador for Evolve, I was delighted to kick-start this Entrepreneurship Programme with a personal branding and networking for business workshop. I know from the questions and enthusiasm within the group that we are going to see some exciting business ideas come to fruition over the next 8 weeks.”

You can read the full article by clicking the link HERE

22 Jan 2018

Bianca Miller-Cole and Bianca Miller London Featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 List

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We have the pleasure of announcing that Bianca Miller-Cole and Bianca Miller London have been featured on Europe’s 30 under 30 Forbes List for Retail and ECommerce!

Forbes unveiled today its third annual “30 Under 30 Europe” list, featuring 300 young innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders across Europe under the age of 30 who are transforming art & culture, entertainment, industry, technology, finance, media & marketing, law & policy, retail & ecommerce, science & healthcare, and social entrepreneurship. Among those featured on this year’s list are boxer Anthony Joshua, pop stars Little Mix, Dua Lipa and Rita Ora, and 28-year-old French MP Hervé Berville, a member of Emmanuel Macron’s ruling En Marche party. The list was curated by a panel of accomplished and acclaimed individuals in each of the 10 categories, including filmmaker Edgar Wright and businesswoman Arianna Huffington.

30 Under 30 honorees are judged on leadership and disruption; entrepreneurial mind-set and results; and the likelihood of changing their field over the next half-century. To qualify for the list, honorees must have a strong connection to Europe. Their connection to the continent is determined through citizenship, birth or residence. This year’s list is the most diverse Forbes has ever released geographically, with 69 countries represented. Notably, it is the first-time citizens from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, Belarus and Macedonia have appeared on the list.

“I am honored to be featured on the 30 under 30 Forbes list for my contribution to retail and ecommerce, Bianca Miller London has worked to change the nude landscape for the fashion industry. I am proud for our achievements as a brand to be celebrated by such an amazing publication. To be frank, being on the Forbes list is the stuff of dreams” Bianca

Read about Bianca’s category here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/hayleycuccinello/2018/01/21/30-under-30-retail-and-e-commerce-2018-meet-the-millennials-changing-how-we-shop/

You can read the full article here; https://www.forbes.com/30-under-30-europe/2018/

To celebrate this tremendous success  we are offering our next 30 orders on the Bianca Miller London website a free bottle of Bianca Miller London ‘Power’ Nail Varnish. For those of you who have read Bianca’s book “Self Made: The Definitive Guide to Business Startup Success” you will know that this is a serious ‘power move’ hence a powerful nail colour for our customers! www.biancamillerlondon.com No promo code needed !

08 Jan 2018

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We are happy to Announce that Bianca Miller-Cole’s recently Debuted book is now a best seller on Amazon!

The Book is a #1 Best Seller for Product management on the ECommerce site and Bianca, Byron and Team are all thrilled with the book’s success.

“I read a lot of self-help books so there is a fair amount of content in this book that I am familiar with. However, I have still found fresh content and benefited from a fresh perspective on content I have already been familiar with. I particularly found very helpful, the ‘Build Your Brand, ‘Advertising Your Business’ and Social Media Marketing (comprehensive and full of great tips).”

“As a number one best-seller you can’t really find anything better to read if you want to get a business idea off the ground. Concise, clear and written UK self made entrepreneurs, it shows how the everyday citizen can become a self made success”

“A motivational guide that gives any budding entrepreneur the inspiration and advice needed to succeed . Definitely worth the purchase and highly recommended”

This authoritative, focused guide by two of the UK’s brightest young entrepreneurs – Bianca Miller-Cole and Byron Cole – is a comprehensive toolkit for anyone who wants to make a success of running their own business. Featuring interviews with well-known entrepreneurs, entertainers and industry experts, the book covers every tier of the business development process, from start-up to exit, offering practical, implementable and global advice on the start-up process. De-coding the jargon that is prevalent in business circles today, this book provides straightforward advice on converting an innovative business concept into a commercially viable proposition. It will help you to avoid the costly common mistakes of many who have gone before you, and create a sustainable enterprise that will flourish. Read Self Made and run your own business without fear of failure. Bianca Miller-Cole is the hugely successful entrepreneur and finalist from The Apprentice 2014 who went on to major business success, founding the BE group and hosiery brand, Bianca Miller London. She is an in demand public speaker and was awarded a Power Profile by Linked in 2016. Byron Cole is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, public speaker, investor, philanthropist and mentor to entrepreneurs and students. He runs the BLC Group, an umbrella company that look after his many business interests.

If you are interested in purchasing the book, or would like to find out more about Self Made Book, Please visit the links below.

Buy Self Made Book from Amazon

Visit Selfmadebook.uk

05 Jan 2018
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A Time for Giving

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All year round we should be giving our time and money to help those less fortunate, but Christmas in particular feels like a time when most people (who can) over indulge (food, drink and gifts).

As I get older I realise more and more, how very fortunate I am and its important to not only be grateful but to help others where possible.

So this year I reached out to Evolve (and one other charity, who sadly didn’t respond) to see how I could assist them by serving homeless people over the Christmas period.

Although you may know that I am an Ambassador for ‘Evolve Housing and Homeless’ charity, my position as ambassador was created to help those who wanted to start a business. More about the business programme this year coming soon.

But I reached out and asked if they needed help serving their customers Christmas dinner or anything else and they said they needed help with Christmas present deliveries at their centres.

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Now I am not saying that it took a huge effort but I took half a day out on the 22nd delivering gifts to ensure they did not go without a present on Christmas day.

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Sometimes it is the little things that matter, and if we all made a small contribution to charities like Evolve it would make a huge difference to society as a whole!

Want to see how the day went, take a look at my video here:

05 Jan 2018
Goals

So it’s the new year and you want to start 2018 off with a bang, but you don’t want to make any new years resolutions because you break them 3 days in?

 

We have all been there…

 

Well here are my top tips for setting goals, not resolutions, goals that you can (And want to) conquer throughout the year !

 

Think about what you want in every key area of your life and Write it down!

 

Writing goals activates the subconscious mind and starts to make your ‘dreams’ more of a reality. Have each goal committed to paper, it also helps you to plan around the goal !

 

These goals may include improvements to your career, financial status, health, work life balance, family, romance etc.

 

Regardless of what it is you need to think about what you really want from the one life we have .. before you can start to work on it!

 

Allow yourself to think outside of the box

 

Don’t create any limitations during the creation of your goals, write as many as you can think of and then work out which ones are the most important for you to focus on initially. No goal is silly! Remember you are writing goals for yourself, you do not have to share them with anyone so its important to accept at this point that there is no box!

 

Create SMART goals

 

Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Relevant. Time Specific

 

S – Be clear about what the goal is

M – Define the goal in financial or numerical terms

If you have material goals, its time to quantify those goals i.e. how much money do you need to make the purchase of that material goal a reality. E.g. if you wish to purchase a large item like a house or car that requires a deposit, how much deposit  do you need, when do you need it and what do you need to do to save or earn that amount of money.

 

A – It is possible to achieve the goal, with consideration to time, skill, ability, money, environment etc.

 

R – The goal needs to be realistic and reflect reality.

 

T – Create a deadline, so you know what you are working towards and within which time frame.

 

 

Understand potential obstacles:

 

Identify what you need to make your goal a reality; this might include a gap in your knowledge or skill. If you need to upskill to get to the next level start to source the training you require.

 

Visualise and Plan

 

Visualise your goals and how you would feel if the goals were met. Imagine the goal as if it were already achieved and talk about it in the present tense. Then start to plan exactly how you are going to go about

 

Then reward yourself for success, for major achievements not every incremental step.

 

(e.g. if your goal is to loose weight and you go the gym everyday, it wouldn’t make sense to reward yourself daily with chocolate. But a end of week or end of month sensible reward might keep you on track!

 

Best of Luck..

 

2018 Here we Come !

07 Sep 2017

Bianca Miller-Cole becomes Evolve Ambassador

 

Bianca Miller-Cole inspired homeless people to start their own businesses at Evolve Housing + Support’s customer conference on 5 September 2017.

Bianca is an ambassador for Evolve, the third largest provider of supported accommodation for homeless people in London. She is lending her support to Evolve’s Work + Learning Service that helps homeless people achieve their goals and ambitions and get into education and employment.

Bianca said: ‘‘I am delighted to be working with the Evolve team, the work that they do in London is imperative to the community. I hope that my experience and time will really help their customers to get back on their feet. ’’

Jeremy Gray, Chief Executive of Evolve said: ‘‘It is an honour to have Bianca joining us as an ambassador. I am delighted to welcome Bianca on board – her experience and skills are an inspiration for our customers.“

Bianca is the founder of ‘The Be Group’, a hugely successful enterprise built on the premise that everyone should have access to services that advance their career development and build their personal brand and ‘Bianca Miller London’, which specialises in nude hosiery to suit up to 45 different skin tones. Bianca was also the runner-up in BBC television series, The Apprentice series 10.

Bianca will also be launching her first book ‘Self Made: the definitive guide to business start up success’ (written with husband and fellow entrepreneur Byron Cole) on 5 October.

04 Sep 2017
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5 Steps to building your online personal brand

Personal branding has become so much more than just a buzz phrase and it is commonly appreciated that you have a personal brand whether you created it or not. Back in the day, people believed you just had to look the part, act the part and do a good job to be perceived positively.

So what’s changed? The impact of the internet and social media.

Now, as well as considering the impact of your traditional personal brand (face to face, phone, email), you also have to look at how your online brand and social media reflects your personal brand in real life.

As a firm advocate of, and expert in, personal brand creation. I have taken steps to ensure that my online brand and that of my clients accurately represents who they are, what they do and ultimately why they do it in the first place. My investment in my personal brand on LinkedIn resulted in being awarded “Power Profile” status from LinkedIn, allocated to the most influential ‘Leaders’, alongside Sir Richard Branson, James Khan and David Cameron.

Here are my top 5 tips for kickstarting your online personal brand the right way:

  1. Get on LinkedIn

If you’re not already on LinkedIn, now might be the right time to join the other 433 million members across 200 countries and territories around the world. LinkedIn exists to “connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful”.

When you register on LinkedIn, you will be encouraged to fill in a certain amount of information to populate your profile, which is effectively an online CV. You’ll have more flexibility than a couple of bits of paper though, as you can add other forms of media such as SlideShare presentations, images, videos and links to other relevant resources of yours online.

It is important that you create a ‘summary’ about yourself; This is like your online elevator pitch and provides an insight into who you are, what you do and most importantly your ‘why’. This section should where possible identify any high-profile pieces of work you have completed, numerical data/ stats on your productivity or the types of clients you have engaged.

Bring the CV section to life, don’t just list where you have worked and when, describe the attributes you have because of the position or the responsibility in that role.

Final tip: ask clients/ colleagues for a recommendation, to prove to others that other people also think you are fantastic!

  1. Network on LinkedIn

Once you’re on, link in!

Networking is the key word here, as LinkedIn is built around the concept of being a network for professionals. That means you can use the “Interests” menu in the top navigation bar to identify companies, groups and online courses that are relevant to you. You can also set preferences in the “Jobs” area that will highlight jobs that are most targeted to your interests and needs, such as location and experience level.

If you have a business, this can also be an ideal way to engage existing clients and new clients – there are many mechanisms I use to maintain the interest of my linked in network and to make the site a commercial tool.

Expand your direct network by using “My Network” to find alumni from your university, work place and people you may know (1st, 2nd degree connections), based on other people you have connected with previously.

  1. Get on Twitter

Quite different, but rewarding in its own way, is Twitter. This network won’t take you more than a couple of minutes to register to and set up. If you aren’t familiar with it, it could take a little longer to get the hang of. More about that in a minute.

When you create an account on Twitter, you’ll need to pick a username (this dictates the URL users will use to access your profile) – it will need to be something that isn’t currently registered by another user. You may need to incorporate initials or an industry term if you have a popular name.

Consider how you wish to use this tool in the future to build on your client pipeline, network or credibility as an expert on this medium.

  1. Be active on Twitter

Once you’re all set up, or you’ve managed to finally log into a profile you set up years ago, start discovering what the network really has to offer. Not sure where to start? Use the search functionality to explore topics relevant to the field you wishto get into; this way you may discover conversations and chats with a particular hashtag, as well as users who frequently tweet about that topic.

When you start following the right people, both normal industry folk and companies, you’ll find more and more relevant content delivered to your home feed. Keep your eye out for job openings shared by those you follow, as well as promoted posts which might also open up some opportunities for you. Don’t forget to follow your clients or prospective clients so you are aware of what they are doing and can think about any problem they may be facing for which you can provide the solution.

The more active you are the more followers you will have!Butbear in mind social media can be addictive and time-consuming so use it as much is appropriate to target your demographic in a positive way. Don’t let it swallow you whole!

 

  1. Build a brand beyond social media

After establishing yourself on these networks, you can go even further. Why not create a personal website where you can link out to all of your active professional social networks? Or you could identify the forums and industry publications that are most relevant to your industry and begin to engage with other users and content that is published there.

. The beauty of having your own website is that, it is your own space to create the look and feel that you want and there is no competition on your website (unlike on social media). Or like me you may want a personal website and a business website to reflect both sides of what you do – my www.biancamillercole.uk website is about me and why I created my businesses and the business sites www.the-be-group.uk and www.biancamillerlondon.com focus solely on the ambitions and product/service of the respective brand.

 

Adapted from ‘Self Made: The definitive guide to business start-up success’, by Bianca Miller-Cole and Byron Cole.

04 Sep 2017

How to create a strong LinkedIn profile :

My step by step video guide to creating a strong LinkedIn profile, that provides a professional insight into who you are and creates the perfect first impression.

For more hints and tips on building your online brand please visit www.theukdomain.uk

If you have any topics you would like to see videos on please suggest them!