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FEATURED: Forbes Women

It was about high time we created a blog for our site and what better way to start than with a feature in FORBES Women!

Bianca Barratt wrote an article - 5 Ways You Can Help Black Female Founders Build Their Legacy Right Now and I was fortunate enough to be nominated by Bonita Darkoh to feature.

Here is the original link to the full article that includes me alongside several amazing Black female founders.

I was quoted in the 'Actions over Words' section:

As the full article only includes a snippet of my full Q & A, I took the courtesy of including the whole interview with Bonita here.

What's the one thing you wish you'd know at beginning of your business journey?

Although Luxemore London is my second business venture, I wish I was more prepared for dealing with the mental effects of running a business alone. When you're sacrificing your personal life and doing all the manual labour of your business, it can take a huge toll on your mental health. Fortunately, I've established my own coping mechanisms but I believe it’s a conversation entrepreneurs should have more openly so others are aware.

What does legacy mean to you?

Legacy to me, means leaving a long-lasting, positive impact by creating value for the people around you and for those who will come after you.

I believe legacy is being intentional in changing your environment, your community, your network for the better and leaving something that you and the next generation can be proud of.

What legacy do you hope to leave behind?

I hope to leave a legacy of serving and blessing others through my work and personal relationships. We're often taught that the business world is ‘dog-eat-dog’ but as a woman of integrity, I want to be remembered as a good example of leading with love and still winning.

What's one thing non-Black people can do today to be more genuinely supportive to Black female business owners?

As it stands, Black female businesses are heavily reliant on their network spending, supporting and sharing because they usually lack access to finance and resources. Non-Black people should strive to be strong allies in our fight for successful black entrepreneurs so we can start to balance the scales of equality and representation. One major way to do this, is through their financial contributions by buying from black businesses.

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Happy reading and comments welcomed!

Annie B x

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