We live in an age where more people than ever aspire to start their own businesses – and nowhere more so than within the creative industries, which have always been characterised by original thinkers and people who want the freedom to realise their own creative visions. Female entrepreneurs in particular are also becoming a more dominant force - 80% of the newly self-employed during the last UK recession were women, and it feels like female entrepreneurs are finally getting their turn in the limelight. Given that, it seemed fitting to hear the stories of the women behind some of London’s most exciting creative brands and businesses, which is exactly what we did at last week's Make Your Own Job event.

Speaking to a room full of women lounging very comfortably on the sofas at the gorgeous Soho Works, panellists Missy Flynn (co-owner of Rita's/Quilombero), Anna Murray (co-founder of Patternity) and Lana Elie (founder of Floom) covered the ins and outs of setting up and running a successful business during a 90 minute (!) discussion that could have gone on for much, much longer. Check out photos from the evening below, then swot up on the useful resources they shared for budding entrepreneurs.



  • The British Library Business and IP Centre – a good resource to find the necessary statistics for your market research (very important!), without being charged a fortune.

  • The London Small Business Centre – which was also mentioned by Pip Jamieson at our Money Matters forum.
  • Hackney Business Venture - a government-funded resource, they have several useful templates for cashflow and P&L projections.
  • F6S.com – a network for startups and founders, where you can also get connected with accelerators, funds and investors. They have a comprehensive database of fundraising opportunities and competitions, which you can also apply for through them.