21 Aug 2017

self made book cover


‘Read the book, you won’t be disappointed.’Claude Littner, Entrepreneur and advisor to Lord Sugar on The Apprentice



SELF MADE The Definitive Guide to Business Startup Success

by Bianca Miller-Cole and Byron Cole

John Murray Press

Trade Paperback, 5th October 2017, £14.99



‘Successful entrepreneurs learn fast. Self Made is a fantastic way to learn an incredible amount of hugely practical information very, very quickly.’ Dhiraj Mukherjee – co-founder of Shazam, investor and business consultant

‘This book offers practical advice for anyone thinking of starting, growing or scaling their own business.’ Gordon Merrylees – Head of Entrepreneurship, Royal Bank of Scotalnd, Natwest and Ulster Bank

“They share their in advice in an easy to read, easy to apply format, that will have you up and running your business in no time.” Melanie Eusebe, Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of the Black British Business Awards


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 indemand 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.


For all publicity enquiries please contact Alice Herbert: alice.herbert@hodder.co.uk / 020 3122 7332 John Murray (Publishers), Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ @johnmurrays / www.johnmurray.co.uk / www.facebook.com/johnmurraybooks

Self Made will help you learn how to:

  • start up with an alternative to a business plan
  • find information that really matters
  • form a company and create a website on a shoestring
  • stand out from the crowd
  • build a personal brand
  • communicate effectively with anyone
  • find the best deals to save money
  • find the best customers with only a computer and a phone
  • make networking work for you
  • convert social media into revenue
  • source funding
  • sell, grow and collaborate
  • manage time to make the most of every minute


Byron Cole

20 Jul 2017






After many months of planning and preparation, Bianca Miller London will be QVC on Friday 14th July 2017! All 8 shades from Powder through to Mocha will be featured on the show, with Founder and Director Bianca Miller-Cole talking to the presenters about the brand.

There will be 2 shows on the 14th July the first being at 09:00am and the second at 13:00pm and can be viewed on the following channels:

Sky: 650.

Virgin Media: 740
Freesat: 800.
Freeview: 16.

Online – QVC Website

Tights RRP: £12.00

“I am delighted to be extending our ambitions to redefine nude to the amazing QVC platform.

The word nude has evolved so much since I pitched it on The Apprentice in 2014, to be able to present Bianca Miller London and a diverse nude to millions of UK households is like a dream come true” says Miller-Cole “Thank you to everyone who has supported and endorsed the brand so far!”

Make sure you tune to QVC on the 14th of July and continue to assist us in Redefining Nude!

You can view the entire Bianca miller London Nude Tights Range on the QVC Page here.

07 Jun 2017

There’s a lot of advice out there about CV best practice, but something that’s not covered so much is how to write a cover letter that stands out from the crowd.

Unlike a CV, where you’re listing your experience and qualifications, a cover letter is a place where you can really introduce yourself to your potential employer. You can be persuasive, and explain why you are a perfect fit for the company and match the criteria they’re looking for.

Here are seven tips for writing a cover letter that’s sure to stand out.

Do your research

Don’t write a cover letter until you’ve spent time reading through all documentation on the job role, any requirements for the application, and completed some due diligence on the company itself. The company’s website, and LinkedIn, are great places to better understand what the company does, its work ethic, culture and gain insights on current employees.

This will help you ensure that your cover letter is appropriate for the specific application.

Make it personal with tone and wording

A lot of people use generic cover letter content which they’ve found online. While it can help to see what other people write, using these templates word for word is a sure fire way to blend into the crowd.

Even if you’re getting inspiration from a format you’ve found online, make sure that your cover letter is personalised. It needs to show off your personality, and show that you’ve understood the company, and their needs.

Be honest

Just like in an interview, there is absolutely no good that will come from lying in a cover letter. By all means present the very best version of yourself, but don’t present yourself as someone that you’re not.

If there’s a skill-set you’re missing, explain how you make up for that with other strengths, rather than try to hit every single criteria by fudging the truth.


For More Information and to read the rest of the blog please click the link below.

7 ways to make your cover letter stand out

07 Jun 2017

Bianca Miller London to launch Fishnet Collection in Topshop


BBC Apprentice Runner Up 2014, Bianca Miller continues to extend her hosiery brand by introducing a new collection to retailer Topshop.

The Bianca Miller London ‘Fishnet Collection’ will be hitting the shelves starting this Thursday 18th May 2017 at Topshop’s flagship store 214 Oxford Circus and will launch on the brand website in the following week.


For More Information, please click the link below.

Bianca Miller London to launch Fishnet Collection in Topshop

07 Jun 2017



Bianca Miller London are excited to share the news that we have pushed the redefinition of nude beyond hosiery and we are launching a gel nail varnish collection to cater to a variety of skin tones.


The ‘Bianca Miller London’ brand was created to redefine ‘nude’ by catering to women of all skin tones. The brand started with a luxury nude hosiery collection, with 8 nude shades carefully selected to satisfy complexions ranging from English Rose to Sub-Saharan African and everyone in between. The brand was instrumental in redefining the way people view nude tights and highlighting a major gap in the market.


The Bianca Miller London brand signifies change and our goal of redefining nude is ever evolving. With that in mind after extensive research we are launching the Bianca Miller London Nude Gel Nail Varnish Collection. The initial offering is 5 Nude Hues and 3 classic shades in a high shine, high quality gel nail varnish finish. Our new gel collection is 100% vegan friendly and cruelty free.


We are an Official Member of ‘Made in Britain’, we are STILL a genuinely British brand.

Creating a solution for all women. Nude. Redefined.


“We love our new gel nail varnish collection,” commented Bianca Miller – Cole , owner of Bianca Miller London. “Our customers asked for us to move into beauty products that catered to a better variety of skin tones and this is our first step into that niche. Our high quality, high shine gel varnish offers you all of the high intensity colour of traditional gel varnishes without the need for a UV lamp”


The ‘Bianca Miller London’ gel collection has been designed with a gel effect base. Our unique formulation provides a creamy, gel like texture, with a volumizing finish and long lasting glossy shine.


For More Information click the link below:

Bianca Miller London Gel Collection

24 Apr 2017

When you’re applying for a job, putting together your CV and cover letter is only half of the story. If you’re busy taking care of your applications and thinking of answers to questions, you might end up neglecting some of the other important aspects of the job seeking process.

This is especially true if you’ve been studying at university for the past three or four years, as you’re likely to have grown your digital footprint online, potentially without intending to.

You can do all of the hard work on your CV and cover letter, and you can take time preparing for your interviews, but it can be a pointless exercise if you let your digital footprint get in the way of you and your dream job.

To avoid this happening, use the tips I have listed below to understand what potential employers see when they search for you online; this is something that many businesses will now do before they hire someone.

Google yourself

The very first thing you’ll want to do is to open your web browser, go to a widely used search engine like Google, and then type in your name. You’ll likely be presented with a list of website results, as well as any images that the search engine has linked with your name; there may be some of you, as well as other people who share your name.

Go through the website results first (at least the first five pages) and see what’s included. Is it links to your social media profiles? Did you write a funny or embarrassing comment on a story you read that’s managed to make its way into the search results? Maybe there’s even a video of you on YouTube.

Make a note of everything you find both in the website links and image results, whether good, bad or neutral. This will help you to discover how much work you need to do in order to present a more positive version of yourself to potential employers.

Change your privacy settings

If you’re finding that many of your results are coming through from social media profiles, it’s probably best that you spend a bit of time adjusting your privacy settings.

You may not be able to hide some things that have already been indexed by search engines, but it can help to filter out your future content. Although it might be easier to avoid adding any photos that show you at anything less than your best for the time being!

Tidy up your social media profiles

Whilst you’re on your various social media profiles, give them a good tidy up. If you tend to share lots of photos, memes and videos of the wild things you get up to at the weekend, it might be time to keep these on your phone rather than uploading them online.

Make sure you’re consistent across each of your profiles, and that the image that you use is friendly but professional. You might also want to delete some things you’ve previously shared if you think that a potential employer may deem them inappropriate.

Create additional branded assets

A bonus tip is to create more professional social media branded assets. Get your LinkedIn profile up to scratch, and take advantage of websites like SlideShare to show off your presentations. There’s also nothing wrong with engaging in some well-chosen Twitter chats to show you’re keen to get involved in the industry you’re applying for jobs in. And remember, securing your first professional role is not the end of the road. Make sure you always keep tabs on your online brand. This will help with building colleague and client relationships, as well as assisting your future career prospects.

For more articles about getting the perfect graduate job please visit: https://www.gradjobs.co.uk/grads-corner/grads-corner-articles/who-are-you-online-see-what-your-potential-employers-see

Visit the Graduate Jobs Exhibition at Birmingham NEC on the 4th November to hear my talk about my journey from graduate to entrepreneur and my top tips for online brand success.

Bianca Miller is a brand ambassador for the .uk domain names, and managing director and founder of The Be Group and Bianca Miller London. Passionate about helping others improve their personal brand, she frequently shares her expertise with students at events and forums around the country. For students wanting to boost their online brand with their own website, Bianca recommends visiting Eco Hosting; packages will be on offer to those who would like to create a .uk domain name.

24 Apr 2017

You’ve joined LinkedIn and you’ve added some basic details to populate your profile, but what do you do from there?

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with more than 433 million members in 200 countries and territories. If you’re able to make the most of your profile, you can tap into the strength of this network, which could help to land you a job, or at least connect with the right people.

In order to do this, you’re going to want to take advantage of some of the features available on the platform, and to make use of other assets and recommendations that you can access online.

Here are some easy ways to get started:

Pick the right profile picture

The LinkedIn Profile Photo help page says that “members with a profile photo on LinkedIn can get up to 14 times more profile views than members without.” Saying that, there are some guidelines and conditions that you’ll need to follow when it comes to choosing one. Essentially, you shouldn’t use a company logo, landscape, animal, words or phrases. The best option is to upload a friendly but professional photo of yourself (try and make it fairly recent), although you might want to get feedback on which of your photos best matches this description.

You could ask your friends and family, but you could get a more unbiased response by using a tool like PhotoFeeler, where you can test various photos with a wide user-base. Users will rank whether your photo makes you appear competent, likable, and influential.

Be relevant

When it comes to the experience you include on your profile, remember that it doesn’t need to be a like-for-like copy of your CV. It can include the information that you believe to be the most relevant, so you don’t have to add your GCSE results if you would prefer to share your success with your degree and A Levels results.

Personalise your profile

LinkedIn will allow you to customise your profile with a background header, different sections that may be relevant to you, as well as the all-important profile picture that I mentioned above. Make sure to use these features to distinguish your profile from others that will be competing for the same jobs as you.

Get recommendations

Whilst imagery might be a softer sell to potential employers, a recommendation on your professional or educational abilities will likely instil a bit more trust. Try and connect with your previous employer, someone who coordinated your voluntary work, or a university lecturer that you dealt with regularly.

Once you’re connected on the network, you can send a request for them to provide you with a recommendation which you can then display on your profile.

Share your slides, images and links

If you’ve created anything you’re particularly proud of, you can share it on your LinkedIn profile. Do you have a blog that you’ve created or that you’ve contributed to? You can include this as a link or as a publication. Have you uploaded a presentation to SlideShare that would be relevant? You can embed that too.

Keep it fresh

Whatever you choose to add, just make sure to keep your profile fresh. You can do this by using features such as LinkedIn Posts where you can write an article, or just by updating the content that you’ve included in your profile; it can be changed as frequently as you like.

For more articles about getting the perfect graduate job please visit: https://www.gradjobs.co.uk/grads-corner/grads-corner-articles/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-linkedin-profile

Bianca Miller is a brand ambassador for the .uk domain names, and managing director and founder of The Be Group and Bianca Miller London. Passionate about helping others improve their personal brand, she frequently shares her expertise with students at events and forums around the country. For students wanting to boost their online brand with their own website, Bianca recommends visiting Eco Hosting; packages will be on offer to those who would like to create a .uk domain name.

24 Apr 2017

Every one of us will have a different journey when it comes to finding a job after university, but I’m a firm believer that personal branding can play a supporting role when it comes to getting interviews and offers.

I’m a graduate of the University of Sussex where I studied Business Management Studies with Global Economics, but I’m probably mostly widely known for my time on BBC’s The Apprentice. Now, I’m a busy entrepreneur working on my personal branding consultancy, hosiery brand (which I revealed on the show) as well as many other exciting projects (but there’s too many to list here!).

Whilst you may not want to kick-start your career by throwing yourself into the limelight of primetime TV, there are some other ways to develop your personal branding, one of which is by having your own website.

Here are my reasons why having a website can be so effective……….

To continue reading go to: https://www.gradjobs.co.uk/grads-corner/grads-corner-articles/find-out-why-having-a-website-can-get-you-a-job

24 Apr 2017

If you’ve recently graduated, or you’re expecting to this year, you’ll probably be thinking of how to land your dream job. It’s a very exciting time when your whole career is ahead of you to pursue and you have many directions and opportunities to choose from. To get the most out of your job search, and ultimately, the career path you choose, there are some things to think about before you start applying.

Having been there myself, I thought I’d share some tips with you in the hope that you’ll find them helpful during your job hunt.

  1. Know your personality

Sometimes your skills and experience isn’t what makes a job the perfect fit for you, it can actually come down to your personality and how it would fit in with the ethos of a company and their existing team.

You might not properly understand the way a company operates until you start to engage with them, but you can pick up some clues to this through job advertisements; look for things like working hours and perks that would be made available to you.

In the meantime, you could try to get to know yourself a bit better. There are plenty of books on personality types and business, or you could take a Myers-Briggs personality test (the Guardian says this is the most prevalent test used by British businesses). There is a fee, but more basic, personality test available online on 16personalities.com.

2. Consider their size

Another important aspect to think about is the size of business you would prefer to work for. You should get some insights into this based on doing a personality test, but you can also consider other areas of your life and how you prefer to work and live.

Do you like spending time alone, in a small group, or do you prefer the energy of a big team pulling together to achieve something? There is no right answer here, it should just help you to learn whether to approach either a small start-up, SME or a larger business.

3. Think about your degree

Take cues from how you worked during your degree course at university. Did you prefer projects where you got to spend time researching and writing alone, or was it the group work that got you out of bed in the morning?

Away from that, also think about how you worked with deadlines. Were you really organised and got things done in plenty of time so you could make room for revisions and changes, or did you like the thrill of working up until the last possible minute?

It’s this type of analysis that will give you insights into how you will deal with stressors in your potential workplace going forwards.

4. Figure out your work/life balance

Practical life questions now: where do you live, and where do you want to work? Maybe you’ll be happy enough to move for your dream job, but you might also want to stay put. If the latter is true, will you only apply for jobs that are nearby, or will you be able to commute to where you need to be?

Thinking about this now can save you a lot of stress later down the line. Think about the costs associated with each of these scenarios, but also how it will affect your work/life balance. Will you still be able to do the things you enjoy outside of work after accepting a job offer that could change your living or travelling circumstances?

5. Contemplate your three-year plan

Finally, try and map out a rough three-year plan. You might not end up following it to a tee, but having an idea of where you want to go can help you to make decisions in the coming months.

For more articles on achieving success as a graduate visit: https://www.gradjobs.co.uk/grads-corner/grads-corner-articles/5-things-to-think-about-before-you-start-applying-for-jobs

Bianca Miller is a brand ambassador for the .uk domain names, and managing director and founder of The Be Group and Bianca Miller London. Passionate about helping others improve their personal brand, she frequently shares her expertise with students at events and forums around the country. For students wanting to boost their online brand with their own website, Bianca recommends visiting ecohosting; packages will be on offer to those who would like to create a .uk domain name.

24 Apr 2017

In 2012, I founded The Be Group to provide a service that would help people to build and develop their personal brands. The Be Group focuses on three main areas: personal branding, image consultancy and employability skills training. This means that I get to speak at many events and facilitate workshops about personal branding on a regular basis – I love it!

I always say there is at least one element of your personal brand that you can address from the comfort of your home, a coffee shop or the library on your university campus, and that’s your very own website.

You might be wondering why you should bother with a website if you already use something like LinkedIn, but put it this way: it’s your own space on the web to do what you want with it. That means you’ll always have a piece of real estate online to link to all of your other professional networks, share examples of your work, and host your CV.

Not only that, but it should appear in the search results when a potential employer looks for you on Google and other search engines. If you’re convinced that there could be some advantages of having your own website, the first step will be to register a domain. So how do you go about choosing it? Read on to discover my top tips…

Personalise, if you can

Potentially the best option for choosing a domain name for your website is to simply register your own name. This ensures that you can own the real estate on search engines when potential employers, recruiters, and other industry folk look for you online.

Despite this being a sensible option, it’s not always possible. What happens when someone has already registered that domain name? You can try other variations other than your first and last name; try using your middle name, or even using initials. If you have no success, a professional nickname or industry related term attached to your name could be equally effective.

Get location specific

Don’t just think about the main part of the domain name, you should also consider the top-level domain (TLD). This is the part of a URL that you’ll recognise as .com or .co.uk, but these aren’t the only options available.

My website for The Be Group is www.the-be-group.uk; this is the new, shorter, snappier domain for brands and individuals in the UK. You can also register domains for .wales, .cymru, and plenty of others too!

You might choose to register a couple domains with different TLDs to stop other people from registering your name at an alternative domain. If you register more than one domain, that doesn’t mean you need more than one website. All you have to do is have your website sit on your preferred domain i.e. uk and have other domains pointing to is. Not sure what I mean? Type in www.the-be-group.com and you will see it redirect to wwwthe-be-group.uk or www.asos.co.uk you will see it redirect to www.asos.com because they are a global marketplace.

Go short

If you’re going to be sharing links from your website on social media, you could think about registering a shorter URL. This is something that works really well with a .uk domain as it cuts down the number of characters you need to include in your posts. Not only that, but a short URL can be a good addition for your CV or cover letter; people might be more likely to remember it if it’s more succinct!

To read more of my blogs about personal branding and online branding for the graduate community please visit:https://www.gradjobs.co.uk/grads-corner/grads-corner-articles

Bianca Miller is a brand ambassador for the .uk domain names, and managing director and founder of The Be Group and Bianca Miller London. Passionate about helping others improve their personal brand, she frequently shares her expertise with students at events and forums around the country. For students wanting to boost their online brand with their own website, Bianca recommends visiting ecohosting; packages will be on offer to those who would like to create a .uk domain name.