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GLOBAL7

Medina Ashabi Ajikawo

GLOBAL7 was created by Medina Ashabi Ajikawo (Actress & Motivational Speaker), a vibrant dynamic agency representing talented versatile Actors from across the globe for Film, Television, Theatre, Commercials, Voice-Overs, Radio and Stills Photography.

We are rapidly growing, developing contacts within the industry, and are already generating a high level of interest among industry professionals from casting directors to talent seeking representation and promotion of their talents. In addition to representation we deliver groundbreaking Acting for Film & Television short evening courses in Soho, designed for adults who are passionate and have an interest in developing their screen acting skills. These short courses will inspire and motivate you and build your confidence in acting. Students learn how to develop a character, how to approach a script and screen techniques in a supportive and creative environment. Further screen acting training is encouraged at intermediate and advanced levels for those wanting to pursue an acting career.

GLOBAL7 is now providing a great showreel service that will take the actors career to the next level, think GLOBAL!

GLOBAL7, with the experience, competence, commitment and cultural understanding, coupled with a strong can-do approach, will not lack in energy in inspiring their clients to succeed in what is generally perceived as one of the most challenging industries to break into. We are in the business of making things happen.

We represent professionally trained and experienced actors from all quarters of the world and social backgrounds, and also provide opportunities for the development of aspiring actors with the drive, confidence and energy to succeed.

GLOBAL7 is committed to Inclusion and Equality Of Opportunity.

Make Do And Mend

Sarah Bennett

After 10 years of working in theatrical costume in London’s West End, Sarah combined her lifelong love of vintage fashion and practical sewing skills to set up Make Do and Mend: a beautiful treasure trove of unique vintage & retro fashion and accessories, handpicked and sourced from around the world by Sarah herself.

She now has a physical shop in Pop Brixton along with their own in-house reworked label – MDAM – creating more trend led pieces whilst ensuring nothing ever goes to waste!

Sarah joined the FFA to gain confidence growing her business in the way she wanted including how to manage a team and finding funding opportunities.

Air Peace of Mind

Emily Bruce-Watt

Emily is a qualified lawyer and mediator.  She has a degree in Social Anthropology which she studied because of her interest in people and their cultures.  She is a keen traveller, has visited over 38 countries and has a particular love of Africa. Through her travels she has had the opportunity to meet a great number of people and now enjoys hosting visitors to London! Air Peace of Mind represents the two aspects that she believes is important in the home sharing economy: hospitality and making guests feel at home. Air Peace of Mind was founded in early 2016 with the view to managing and hosting central London properties for both home owners and guests alike.

Big Mouth Gets

Maria Christophi

Big Mouth Gets is a London based social enterprise run by young graphic designers, who work to simplify political content to make it appeal to new audiences. Our aim is to increase political engagement by making democracy approachable, accessible and inclusive for everyone. We do this by producing graphics and data visualization to creatively showcase policy and better explain political output.

Position Dial

Mariam Cook

PositionDial is a free to use web application that helps you explore where you stand on issues you care about, see views from all sides and live your values. Position Dial’s goal is to support deeper democratic engagement, mutual understanding and stronger accountability. We build civic confidence and capacity in citizens, help people see the different sides of issues (bursting their filter bubbles) and frictionlessly collect, reveal and help people navigate data on meaningful (vote, campaign, buy) actions they can take in line with their positions: driving up trust and empowerment.
”What I liked that I haven’t got from other accelerators is more of a focus on designing your life and how business fits into your life. It made me feel I have more PERMISSION to be where I want to be and live the LIFE I WANT TO LIVE.’’

Bella Lash Brow

Debbie Cotti

Debbie moved to China in 2013 to teach English but ended up training in Eye Lash Extensions and quickly becoming well known as the new UK expert! Since returning to the UK she set up her own company in Clapham, catering for career-driven woman who understand the of looking and feeling amazing with treatments that are non-invasive, classy and natural looking.

Bella Lash Brow is heading towards becoming a Training Academy training ambitious women in specialists skills and also setting them up as successful entrepreneurs.

Grenadine Escape

Lara Cowan

Lara’s started Grenadine Escape when on holiday at 19 years old, by building a website which enabled her to earn money as a villa and yacht rental agent and visit the Caribbean during her French studies at Bristol University. She is in her element in natural surroundings, by water and has a very creative, imaginative mind, which means she’s happiest when fulfilling creative roles (strategic thinking, property photography, content creation, writing, website design) and building partnerships. She is also commercially driven to create a career/life through which I can protect plants and people.

 

Lara joined to FFA to pivot the business to become an aspirational lifestyle brand, which is more connected to wellbeing and nature.

SoleShare

Theresa Douthwright

Theresa is an aquatic ecologist and sea-foodie. After several years at sea as a research diver in her native Canada, she moved to London and has become increasingly involved in London’s sustainable food movement. In 2013 Theresa co-founded SoleShare, London’s first sustainable fish box scheme (think veg box scheme but for fish). She hopes SoleShare will continue to boost London’s appetite for local seafood and encourage public interest in protecting our seas and coastal communities.

LITTLE BUD

Georgie Duffin

LITTLE BUD is a flower company with a conscience. Through innovations in their supply chain, LITTLE BUD minimises their part in the huge environmental and social impact of the flower industry. Sourcing from British and Fair Trade growers, they supply flowers that are wild, seasonal, and fresh from the farm.

Georgie is an experienced strategy consultant, having worked across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia delivering agricultural development programmes and research for organisations including DFID, USAID, and the UN. She set foot on her first commercial flower farm outside Nairobi in 2015, and the seed for LITTLE BUD was planted.

Georgie joined the FFA to gain help with digital marketing strategy, investment raising, and platform development.

EXRE

Reedah El-Saie

EXRE is an education platform offering subjects from the National Curriculum through gamification and Augmented/ Virtual Reality immersive technologies.

Fieri Consort

Hannah Ely

Hannah read Music as an undergraduate at the University of Manchester before studying piano as a postgraduate at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Hannah is a founding member, soprano and manager of the Fieri Consort. She also sings with a range of ensembles including The Sixteen, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Siglo de Oro, Musica Secreta and Erebus Ensemble.
Although living in London and studying voice with Yvonne Kenny and Gary Coward, Hannah spends part of her time in Basel, Switzerland on the Advanced Vocal Ensemble Studies with Anthony Rooley and Evelyn Tubb. Hannah specialises in 16th-18th century solo and consort singing and made her opera debut at the Brighton Early Music Festival in 2015 as Sirena in ‘La Liberazione di Ruggiero’ by Francesca Caccini, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Performing without a conductor, Fieri presents innovative and engaging programmes, and specialises in the rich and varied tradition of 16th and 17th-century Italian repertoire. Performing a cappella, accompanied by early instruments, with guests and even, memorably, with members of their audiences, Fieri’s interpretations are always ingenious and informed by the collective experience and knowledge of the group. In 2014, The Brighton Early Music Festival selected the Fieri Consort to participate in their prestigious Young Artist’s Programme, BREMF Live!, and in the same year, the group embarked on its first international tour to Australia, where they will be returning in 2017. Fieri has featured on BBC Radio 3 several times, performing in their lunchtime concert series and live on ‘In Tune’ and ‘The Choir’. Fieri were delighted to be awarded the Cambridge Prize at the prestigious York Early Music Festival in 2017.
Sahar Millinary

Sahar Freemantle

Welcome to the world of Sahar Millinery, whose purpose is to spread and inspire beauty and creativity. We do this by specialising in handmade hats for women; Hats which have great shapes, compliment the wearer, and are comfortable to wear. Sahar Millinery hats are traditionally made, with a contemporary finish, and handcrafted in London. We also offer workshops with the purpose of teaching the craft of millinery, and bringing out creativity from our participants. Sahar Millinery was founded by Sahar Freemantle after she completed her degree in Performance Costume at Edinburgh College of Art. We also have a sister company called UglyLovely. UglyLovely is a playful exploration at what beauty is, taking inspiration from nature and surrealism. Sahar has been exhibited at the V&A, featured in The Guardian, The Independent’s list of best Ascot Hats, on Screen in Downton Abbey, and on celebrities such as Ellie Goulding and Paloma Faith.

Hypnobirthing Works

Rosie Goode

Rosie Goode is a clinical hypnotherapist, hypnobirthing expert, founder of Hypnobirthing Works, and teacher/trainer.  With over 13 years in clinical practice, creating and delivering group and private courses throughout London, she has helped countless clients (over 2500 couples) achieve their dream of a positive birth.

http://www.hypnobirthingworks.co.uk/us-rosie-goode/

Rosie is hoping to become the Headspace of Hypnobirthing and is looking at ways to put her expertise on line.
‘’I leave every session highly motivated, with new ideas and new ways of looking at my business.  I’m very much enjoying the 1 to 1 business coaching, the female entrepreneurs sharing their journeys,  and the inspiring women in the group – and we’re having fun!’’

Elletrepreneur

Elle Hosie

Elle trained as lawyer at a leading tech law firm in the City, and specialised in advising tech and media companies of all sizes (Snapchat, Apple & Amazon to name a few) during which she developed a passion for advising companies in their early stages as she felt she could really add value to their businesses.

Elle founded Elletrepreneur in 2015 to simplify legal services for startups, providing affordable contracts and a solid legal structure for early-stage businesses. Elletrepreneur uses technology to streamline what goes on behind the scenes in providing legal services, without compromising on valued personal service. The end result: startups have bespoke legal documents tailored to their businesses at a fraction of the price.

Elle joined the FFA to gain help with developing tech, investment and marketing strategy.

Oilixia

Alexandra Jansons

Oilixia is a natural beauty brand that features potent and high performance ingredients sourced from all over the world. We support the local environment and communities from which our star ingredients are sourced. Our products are cruelty free, vegan and they work!

MarketOrders

Sukhi Jutla

Sukhi Jutla left a decade of corporate life to become a serial entrepreneur and author. She is now the Founder & COO of MarketOrders, the online global marketplace for the gold jewellery trade industry.

As a Female Techpreneur Ambassador, Sukhi is a regular speaker at entrepreneur and start-up events & conferences and passionate about supporting female entrepreneurship. She is also a mentor and judge at various accelerator and start-up programs.

Sukhi is the author of 2 books: ‘Escape The Cubicle: Quit The Job You Hate. Create A Life You Love’ and ‘The FinTech Book’. She is also a blockchain advocate and is a finalist in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (2018), a celebration of leading British Asian women who are helping to shape a better Britain with their ideas, example and talent.

Sukhi Jutla- Short Bio

Sukhi Jutla left a decade of corporate life to become a serial entrepreneur and author. She is the Founder of MarketOrders. As a Female Techpreneur Ambassador, Sukhi is a regular keynote speaker and passionate about supporting female entrepreneurship. Sukhi is the author of 2 books and is a finalist in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (2018).

Common Vision (CoVi)

Caroline MacFarland

Caroline is the founder and director of Common Vision (CoVi), a millennial think tank championing positive ideas for our shared future. She was previously a special adviser at the Big Lottery Fund, one of the founding team members of the foundation Power to Change, and managing director of think tank ResPublica. She studied at the University of York, the University of Copenhagen, and the London School of Business and Finance. Caroline is a board member of the UK Cohousing Trust and a British Council Hammamet Fellow. In 2015, she was named one of Management Today’s 35 women under 35.

Nude Nutrition

Katherine Kimber

“I am on a mission to end nutrition nonsense and free you from dieting and food guilt. I provide the most up-to-date evidence-based nutrition information and empower you to make changes to your health and lifestyle via personalised nutrition coaching”

One Dear World

Winnie Mak

One Dear World is an award-winning family business with the vision of nurturing future global citizens, they produce multicultural rag dolls and storybook that introduce diversity to young children.

Founder Winnie Mak, mum of a toddler boy and a business professional from Hong Kong, is passionate about cultural diversity. Inspired by the multicultural environment in London and her parenting experience, she was inspired to make changes in the toy and children’s book market. They believe all children, both boys and girls, deserve a doll that represents them so that they can appreciate themselves as they are. Seeing dolls that look different from them ensures that children can grow up with a broad worldview, preparing them to make friends with people from around the world.

Tokyoesque

Natalie Meyer

With diverse experience rooted in Tokyo, San Francisco and London, Natalie Meyer heads up Tokyoesque, an insights agency enabling companies to expand globally. Her mission is to promote mutual understanding and connections across markets. With Tokyoesque, she does this via a mix of market research, professional support and culture-centred insights. Originally from Silicon Valley, and having obtained her MSc in Global Media & Communications at The London School of Economics, Natalie now works on a range of market entry and research projects throughout Europe and Asia, often dipping in and out of the startup scene, corporate Japanese world and Major Events industry. She has a keen interest in the impact of global cities, yoga, meditation, blockchain and cultural differences!

Blake House

Ieva Padagaite

Ieva Padagaite is a filmmaker at Blake House Filmmakers Coop making video for charities, social enterprises, academics and artists. Ieva is a storyteller dedicated to collaboration and the building of social, economic and environmental alternatives. She has written and directed a couple of award winning short films and is an active advocate and contributor in the cooperative movement. Her aspirations are to grow Blake House as a meaningful, dignified and democratic workplace for creatives and eventually make a move into fiction film and TV directing.

Ieva joined the FFA to grow the creative side of herself and the business and learn how to navigate the creative industry world.

A blog post if relevant: From bullshit jobs to solidarity
Ieva made the promo video for the FFA – check it out here.

Chit Chaat Chai

Tania Rahman

Tania launched Chit Chaat Chai as a street food market stall across London and Hampshire which went on to receive critical acclaim from the Independent and the BBC before opening the first Restaurant site in Wandsworth, South London.

Soon after the International Design Awards recognised Chit Chaat Chai as “Best Designed Restaurant”. Tania is currently a mentor for food start-up accelerators in both London and Singapore, and has also has been a panellist at the House of Commons empowering minority leaders in the UK workforce. She has been nominated for the Young Hospitality Entrepreneur Of The Year and recognised in the British Bangladeshi Top 100, a celebration of 100 leading British Bangladeshi figures who are helping to shape a better Britain with their ideas, example and talent. She is also a keen marathoner having ran the London, Paris & Milan marathon and has recently taken up martial arts.

Canvas Café

Ruth Rogers

Ruth Rogers is the founder and Creative Director of The Canvas Café, a social enterprise café and creative venue that launched as London’s first Happy Café in 2015 and supports creative and social innovation in emotional health and well being.  Ruth is also the founder and trustee of Body Gossip, a positive body image charity that has produced sell out theatre shows in London and Edinburgh, has collaborated with the Southbank Centre on the world’s first Body Love Flashmob, and has reached over 20,000 young people all over the UK with a unique programme of body confidence education programmes.  Ruth was previously an actress, most notably puppeteering Joey’s Head in War Horse in the West End, and co-presenting CBeebies Radio for the BBC.
One of the reasons Ruth joined the FFA was to reshape her role within the business, so it allows her to spend more energy on the things she loves doing.

Haven’t Stopped Dancing yet

Nikki Spencer

Former C4 and BBC reporter, Nikki Spencer, started her disco events company Haven’t Stopped Dancing yet ( www.haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk) after a failed attempt to go out clubbing in London’s West End when she was in her 40s. She decided to start the kind of club she wanted to go, where they played 70s & 80s soul, funk and disco, and people could dance their socks off and feel welcome whatever their age. Eight years on thousands of people a year party at HSDY events in London, and more recently Brighton, and they have also brought a bit of disco sparkle to numerous festivals, and private events for everyone from EE to St Pancras International. Nikki also teaches Events Organising and Press and PR day courses at City Lit.

Acacia

Natalie Taylor

Founded in 1995 Acacia has grown from strength to strength building a reliable reputation within the flower and plant industry. Acacia combines a wealth of interior and exterior landscaping experience with creative design and flair. By having a real passion and belief in the many benefits of flowers and plants, we are able to provide a high-quality service to meet your needs. Within recent years it has become apparent that flowers and plants improve a company’s corporate image in the eyes of customers and enhance the working environment for staff. Acacia is dedicated to the integration of nature into everyday living. We firmly believe that the presence of living flowers and plants at work, home, and in public places improves life and benefits society. Operating from a modern floral studio we are able to allow for creative innovation at all times. Offering unique floral and plant designs for weddings, events, and all occasions in London and throughout the UK area. Acacia creates fresh and organic designs inspired by nature, whimsical gardens, and nostalgia. We are dedicated to providing a healthy and beautiful alternative to traditional floristry and landscaping, whilst always considering the environmental impact and damage, ensuring this is kept to a minimum at all times. Through the growth of our brand and reputation, Acacia has been able to extend its services into contract cleaning and other service solutions nationally for a wide variety of public and private sector organisations including offices, retail and leisure.

Particle 6

Eline van der Velden

Particle 6 is an award-winning fully integrated media company in London. With a science background, we make complex stories accessible and entertaining, with factual and emotional integrity. Creating engaging content that drives results for your needs. For we are creative perfectionists.

pebble magazine

Georgina Wilson-Powell

Georgina Wilson-Powell is the founder of pebble magazine – a platform of information and inspiration for sustainable, stylish living. She has been an editor and publisher for 15 years, working with BBC Good Food, BBC Travel, Time Out, Lonely Planet Traveller and many more. After sensing a gap in the market as consumers shift to support more ethical brands and ask for more transparency in every industry, she launched pebble in November 2016. Building on her former roles, Georgina has fast become an expert in ethical fashion, sustainable living and food provenance. She now offers content strategy and sustainable consultancy and is a speaker and panel moderator on topics such as ethical fashion, zero waste and good food.

Bam Bam Boogie Dance Fitness

Bami

Our Tech Professional/ Certified Personal Trainer Founder Bami Kuteyi moved to Dublin in September 2015 from London/ Toronto. A young bubbly professional passionate about fun, fitness and female empowerment but with no real options for her to express all of these passions in one place she took it on herself to create a program that is not only fun but effective. Celebrating diversity and encouraging participants to support each other all the while.

Zimbayoga Ltd

Caroline

Empowering you to find your inner strength both mentally and physically through the practice of Yoga.

For Working Ladies

Elizabeth

For Working Ladies is a digital media platform producing practical, actionable content that’s easily digestible with focus on career, entrepreneurship, and lifestyle to help women create a more stylish, successful, brighter life. We voice the stories of diverse, smart, and successful women to share with a growing readership of aspiring career and business women.
January 2018 marked our second year in existence as a brand, and also the month in which we launched our events to further educate, support, and equip women as they build successful, stylish and brighter lives.

Barbell Brunch Club

Eni

Sometimes with fitness events, you end up going alone and the experience is not the same! Founder Eni, especially found this the case as she loves keeping fit and sometimes had to go alone because none of her friends were able to come. Naturally loving to go out to brunch, she thought to create an experience where ladies of London would be able to meet other ladies and socialise through fitness and food! Hence, the birth of Barbell Brunch Club.

Barbell Brunch Club is an all female fitness collective, celebrating women of all backgrounds and fitness levels!

Cocktails & Conversation

Gaia

London’s premier events and matchmaking club where you can meet hand selected professionals in some of the capital’s most prestigious venues. We offer access into some of the most exclusive member’s clubs for mixers with London’s elite, as well as a premium matchmaking service where we make personal introductions from our extensive network of successful and attractive singles.

Hep Audrey Ltd.

Hema

An online jewellery brand. The Hep Audrey product range is eclectic, versatile and suited for all days. What’s more, you can even mix and match individual pieces across the collections to complete your look. My vision is to support you as a trusted friend through all the key life events.

BeLifted

Jennifer

BeLifted promotes a Mind & Body workout with powerful Gospel music. Come as you are, but don’t stay as you are!

Solocal Travel

Joly

There’s nothing quite like your first taste of freedom travelling alone. It’s more than the wind in your hair, the sun on your face and the unlimited choices in front of you, it’s the knowledge that the world is your oyster and no one is going to hold you back. It’s more than just a journey to new and unexplored destinations, it’s also a voyage within, discovering who we really are as women.

Just pack your bags and go solo!

On-Screen JM London

Joy

ON-SCREEN helps film productions off-set their costs by providing them with complimentary and discounted products for their cast and crew:
For brands ON-SCREEN provides the opportunity to be seen by producers and production professionals looking for products to place in the actor’s trailers as well as on-screen in their next project. The production saves costs by not having to buy or hire the products and the brand gets free product placement.

Plenaire

Namrata

The skincare products that women as young as 13 use were created in the 1970’s. Emotional well being is ignored altogether; technology/data are relatively unexploited. Despite 3/4 of younger consumers saying they want alternatives- their needs are not being met.

With Plenaire we are building beautiful and sustainable products for the next generation of skincare users that believe that beauty is a two way conversation. Plenaire will disrupt a multi- billion euro industry using data, content and artificial intelligence to develop more personalised, immediate solutions while ensuring that our footprint meets the the sustainable, social impact and clean ingredient requirements that younger consumers see as essential.

Skin Mama Ltd.

Sahra

Organic, Natural and Vegan Skincare line that loves your face! Africa’s age-old, best kept secret is out!

Adorli

Saidat

A global one-stop marketplace shop for the latest natural, cruelty-free and indie beauty.

Serious Datum

Yasmine

Making virtual reality experiences that change people’s behaviour. Using VR as a tool to address subtle forms of behaviour and biases which can effect productivity and the way another person feels. Main topics of interest are implicit biases, cross-cultural understanding and innovation. I have a background in biomedical science and documentary film and enjoy inter-disciplinary collaboration as a way to solve problems. I produce experiences and consult via my company Serious Datum Ltd.

Yana Binaev

Yana

Raising awareness towards equality and diversity through creative direction and photography.