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Make It Your Business and Mumsnet launch chat forum for aspiring female entrepreneurs



Make It Your Business (MIYB), founded in 2017 by entrepreneur Alison Cork to support and encourage women to work for themselves,  announces its partnership with Mumsnet, the UK’s biggest website for parents.
The partnership will provide an online chat forum for women thinking of starting their own business.  From Jan 31st 2018, Mumsnet users can post questions and exchange ideas on any aspect of entrepreneurship or how to get started in running your own business, with the added benefit of feedback from the team at Make It Your Business and Alison Cork, who will be on hand to share their experience and advice.
Mumsnet founder & CEO Justine Roberts says: “Starting a business from scratch is challenging, but the statistics show that women face particular barriers; just one-fifth of small businesses in the UK are majority-owned by women. From having the self-confidence to go it alone, to sharing worries about balancing family life with long working days, women can benefit from the experience and support of others who have been there and done that – which, happily, is Mumsnet’s speciality. So we’re delighted to be working with Make It Your Business, and hope it will help women from all backgrounds to go for it.”
Founder of MIYB, entrepreneur Alison Cork adds: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Mumsnet, and doing our bit to address the lack of support and information currently deterring many women from starting their own business. We look forward to working with Mumsnet’s vibrant and engaged community”.
Make It Your Business is not for profit and free to join (
Members receive a monthly newsletter, get access to one on one advice from established female entrepreneurs, the chance to join local networking groups and a free ticket for one of the many MIYB seminars happening around the UK.



UNSCENT returns to Pitti Fragranze, Florence this September


SCOOP returns for its 14th edition at London’s Saatchi Gallery this July

Scoop Invite



‘The True Cost’ screening at Artisans & Adventurers


Actress Lauren McCrostie

Artisans and Adventurers invite you to an evening of film and ethically sourced nibbles and talks. There will be a screening of ‘The True Cost’ documentary in their Columbia Road store during Fashion Revolution Week together with a Q&A with charming actress and eco-advocate Lauren McCrostie. The objective is to raise awareness of the importance of ethical production processes and ways to choose responsibly as consumers, while having some fun.
THE TRUE COST documentary is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?
Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.
6.45pm, Wednesday 26th April 2017 at Artisans & Adventurers, 146 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
Tickets available via Evenbrite £15 includes ethically sourced drinks and snacks.
Link to Evenbrite ticket purchase:
Artisan and Adventurers aim is to be the go-to source for contemporary sustainable design: In addition to there in-house collections of jewellery and homeware, they champion other small brands and designer/makers with great product and a beautiful story.
Lauren McCrostie is a British actor from London who is best known for her roles in the films Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Falling and short films Second Skin and Brothers. Lauren is an advocate for ethical and sustainable living and she has created a small online website which sells products made from re-purposed materials that would have otherwise been thrown away. A costume designer who worked with Lauren on a short film initially inspired her to only buy clothing from charity and vintage shops.  She later learned about the destructive effect the fashion industry has on the environment and to humans, so she felt motivated to continue buying second hand clothing to promote the idea of conscious consumption.  The documentaruy ‘The True Cost’ also inspired her to promote sustainability in the fashion industry.
Fashion Revolution believe in fashion – an industry which values people, the environment, creativity and profits in equal measure, and it’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure that this happens.  Fashion Revolution bring everyone in the fashion value chain together and help to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, show the world that change is possible and celebrate all those involved in creating a more sustainable future.

GLOVE LOVERS exhibit: Bridging Scent & Untraditional Glove Making

photo Benjamin Taguemount - jardin dhiver

The UNSCENT Glove Lovers exhibit is scheduled to run during the Esxence Milano, beginning March 23, and will run until the end of March, 2017, connecting for the first time ever, perfumery and gloves. The exhibit will travel afterwards to other international destinations to be announced later in the year.

UNSCENT Glove Lovers combines AVERY PERFUME GALLERY’s remarkable artistic fragrance selection with Thomasine Barnekow’s untraditional gloves in memory of the successful industrial seventeenth century partnership and explores modern ideas formed from worlds of fashion, accessories and perfumery.

Thomasine’s collection of accessories for the hand is full of surprises — combinations of material, twists and fastenings that show off her technical understanding and attention to fine craftsmanship. The exhibition will also evoke Thomasine’s collaborations with designers, photographers and artists who staged and interpreted her gloves through captivating photographs and images.

In the Middle Ages, Grasse, France, the world’s uncontested capital of perfume since the eighteenth century, specialised in leather tanning. However, the leather smelled badly, so Gallimard, a Grasse tanner, came up with the idea of scented leather gloves and offered a pair to Catherine de Medici, who was enthralled with his gift. The concept then spread through the Royal Court and high society, and the seventeenth century became the pinnacle for glovers’ perfumers.   In 1656, Maîtres Parfumeurs et Gantiers, the guild of glove and perfume-makers was established, representing one of the first important perfume trade associations and surely part of the reason why scented gloves then became all the rage. Scented gloves continued their popularity under Louis XIV and Louis XV as the glove makers discovered ways to infuse leather with different scents during the tanning process.


Avery Perfume Gallery

Exhibit runs 23 March – 31 March


Excelsior Milano

Thomasine Barnekow



photo Benjamin Taguemount - flowers


photo Benjamin Taguemount - plants 1

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photo Benjamin Taguemount - plants