Self Made

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 interest

‘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


Amanda Hart

Amanda Hart is a mum of 3 who discovered she was very different to other children during her childhood. This in itself helped her to survive a dire upbringing when taken from her mother by her father. She was invisible behind the veil of a middle class family hiding a very dark secret. Through challenging life conditions she discovered her path in life.

Amanda has been an Intuitive Consultant for over 20 years, helping people to access their power and voice. Clients have often reached Amanda as a last port of call where they’ve discovered their purpose and potential. She was diagnosed with meningococcal septicaemia and near death was told by doctors she would not survive. ‘The Guys Upstairs,’ not only showed her how to heal herself but how to access the blueprint of our best self to live our destiny.

Amanda was nominated to go on ‘Britain’s Psychic Challenge’ hosted by Trisha Goddard to find the top psychics in the country, which was on Channel 5 in 2005/2006. She was then asked to present her own radio show, The Soul Searching Show on My Spirit Radio, writing all her own material and interviewing experts in the Mind, Body and Spirit Field. Her passion for writing led her to then become a columnist for Soul & Spirit Magazine.

It was whilst at My Spirit Radio she was asked to write her memoirs because of her extraordinary life experiences. 5 years later, Amanda finally succumbed when a secondary condition from the Meningitis stopped her in her tracks from working and she finally resigned herself to sitting down and writing her book.

Her memoirs, The Guys Upstairs, are a remarkable account of how against all odds she found the key to unlock us all from our negative programs and how we all have the power within us to do that. Today this book and the campaign behind it to raise awareness, speaks volumes about the kind of determined commitment she has to make this a better world to live in.

Amanda lives with her children in Suffolk, and is now writing two further books and finally honouring her dream to leave a legacy in this world.

Sharon Gilburd

A brief history of how I’ve ended up here.

I was born in Glasgow, grew up in Shetland, studied in Edinburgh and lived in Geneva, Lisbon, Aberdeen, Carlisle, Rome, London, Cardiff, Marlborough and Llandwrog. I’m 47. No kids. 2 step kids. 1 husband. 1 sister. Both my parents are no longer with us.

I’m just starting out as a writer. But I’ve always loved writing. I had a great line in dirty limericks at school, if that counts for experience.

Most of my career has been spent working in marketing and innovation, mainly for big companies. But I’ve always struggled with commitment and rules, so permanent jobs were never really for me. I’ve been self- employed most of my working life, consulting to companies like Orange, Barclays, Visa and

I set up my own marketing agency back in the dot com days because I wanted to make my own rules. It went the way of many things in the dot com bust, but I’ve never lost the belief and desire that we should do what we love, and follow the rules that make us happy.

Fast forward a few years and I decided to take the plunge and quit working for paying clients so I could get away from budgets and corporate bullsh*t and back to doing stuff that I love.

I’ve since gained a Masters with Distinction at Central St Martins, become a Mindfulness teacher and started a new wellness business, Choose Wellth, with a fellow MA student. I’ve also written my first book, ‘Shut The F**k Up : How Talking Less Can Change Your Life.’ It’s not anti-talking, but it is pro choice. It’s a ‘how to’ manual that shares lots of tools and techniques, based on my own life-changing experiences, that help us dis-engage from dialogue with other humans for a while and re-engage with ourselves and our lives.

I’m now writing my next novel and building Choose Wellth with the aim of creating a business that will help me to make a living, not a killing. I want to make a difference. There’s more to work and life than just making money.

Kubi Springer

London born Kubi Springer is a Brand Specialist with 20 years’ experience in consumer brand marketing. Starting her career at MTV Europe, Kubi has since delivered campaigns for some of the biggest brands in the world. Her resume includes: Rolls Royce Motor Cars, Nike, Blackberry, L’Oreal Professional, Wella Professional, Justin Timberlake, Manchester United Footballer Rio Ferdinand, MercedesBenz Fashion Week, Sex & the City, MOBO Awards, and Blue Flame (Diddy’s Marketing and Advertising Agency) in New York, to name but a few!

A strategic marketer with a flair for commercial solutions, today Kubi is the CEO of SheBuildsBrands Ltd, a boutique brand management agency with its headquarters in London, England and international reps in the Middle East, USA, South East Asia and West Africa. Known for working on extremely high profile campaigns, whilst also supporting emerging businesses, Kubi directs the team at SheBuildsBrands with a focus on the Fashion & Beauty, Luxury & Lifestyle and Entertainment Industries.

Notable Projects: Roll Royce LFW 2016 Campaign! L’Oreal Professional ‘Colour Bar’ Campaign! Justin Timberlake ‘Justified’ European Tour! 11 Seasons with London Fashion Week! Sex & the City Movie, London Premier! Nike ‘Midnight Madness Campaign’!

Antoinette Holden

Antoinette Holden was born in May 1972, in London. She is married and a mother of two children and lives in Watford, Hertfordshire.
Raised in two locations, Watford and then in Wales, life was not easy. Leaving home at sixteen should have been the end of her nightmare, but life didn’t get easier until Antoinette was well into her late thirties.

Working in an office from the age of sixteen and for most of her adult life, Antoinette was always told she should write a book about her life; and that this could give hope, support and comfort to others.

Now at age 45, she has collated her memories and experiences to write her first biography, No More.

Thinking nothing would come of it, Antoinette showed some of her work to trusted friends, who in turn gave her the confidence and inspiration she needed to carry on writing; finally working on her book and life story.

Antoinette has her own business, Tinkerbell Tarot, giving Tarot Card readings to the public. Although she’s been doing readings for many years for friends and family, she finally took a leap of faith and now does readings to help others in times of stress or despair.

Rob Hemming

Born in 1956 in Birmingham, Rob lives in the Vale of Evesham and has one daughter.

Rob attended Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Evesham but feels he was not ready to be educated until his thirties. He dropped out of University and spent twenty five years in an endless stream of jobs including Local Government Officer, farmer, truck driver, salesman, patio designer, classic car restorer, personal trainer and printer, to mention a few, before finally rescuing his brain from destruction at the age of forty eight by quitting the workplace and reviving an old love affair with the quill.

In 2008 he wrote the highly successful book ‘SHAZAM! Everyone’s Theatre of Dreams’, which is credited with sparking the renovation of Evesham’s Regal Cinema. The book also led to the creation of ‘The SHAZAM! Show’ a highly regarded public presentation eulogising the magic of the old flicks. Rob also writes the monthly column ‘Hemming’s Way’ for the ‘Cotswold and Vale Magazine’ and has just finished the crime thriller ‘Noah’s Bark’, a novel about retribution for the exploitation of wildlife, a cause close to his heart. His creative juices are kept flowing by punishing sessions in the Gym and gawking at Hollywood from the back row of the Regal.

A former championship track athlete, Rob once ran four marathons in twenty one hours. Nowadays he prefers to assuage his competitive spirit by entering TV quiz shows. His numerous experiences have spawned another successful paid presentation, ‘The Trouble with Trivia.

He likes visiting mountains, deserts, jungles and metropolis’ in search of knowledge, fun and tall tales.

Richard Wall

Born in England in 1962, Richard grew up in a small market town in rural Herefordshire before joining the Royal Navy. After 22 years in the submarine service and having travelled extensively, Richard now lives and writes in rural Worcestershire.

His first short story, “Evel Knievel and The Fat Elvis Diner” (available on Kindle), was soon followed by “Five Pairs of Shorts” a collection of ten short stories, and another short story called ‘Hank Williams’ Cadillac’.

Richard’s stories reflect his life-long fascination with the dark underbelly of American culture, be it tales of the Wild West, or of the simmering menace of the Deep South, or the poetry of Charles Bukowski, or the writing of Langston Hughes, or the music of Charley Patton, Son House, Johnny Cash, or Tom Waits.

A self-confessed Delta Blues music anorak, Richard embarked on a pilgrimage to the USA to visit the Deep South, where a bizarre encounter in Clarksdale, Mississippi inspired him to write his début novel, Fat Man Blues.

Sharon Clarke

With a background in archaeology, anthropology and mental health nursing – and a years training in video production with the BBC – Sharon Clarke used her extensive knowledge to investigate the paranormal arena in Northern Ireland. Many of the cases Sharon worked on were featured frequently in the press resulting in Sharon being interviewed by newspapers, magazines and radio stations from all over the world.

Following being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and during her recovery from subsequent surgery, Sharon wrote her first non-fiction novel, Voice in the Dark. Voice in the Dark features her case studies and investigations of the paranormal throughout Northern Ireland and also interviews prominent global figures in the paranormal arena.

In addition to writing, Sharon also works as a producer and photographer and has produced several short films in Ireland. Sharon’s photography, particularly of Donegal, Ireland is featured on many tourism websites.

Sharon has also written several screenplays, mainly psychological horrors which will go into development in the near future.

In the past, Sharon has worked with celebrities such as: singer and Westlife band member, Garth Brooks; Bear Grylls; and stage crew for Irish band, U2.

Sharon is a devoted mother to 8 children and a keen horse-rider; she owns her own thoroughbred mare called Molly, who she adores.

Sharon is currently working on an anthology of fictional horror short stories.

Vivien Heim

Born to Oscar and Susan Heim on 9 October 1947 in London, UK, Vivien was an only child and spent a large part of her childhood living in Malta, returning to London in the 1950s. Married at 24, Vivien pursued a career in education. The untimely death of her mother in 1976 came as a huge shock to the family, a sorrow from which it took years to recover from. Vivien gave birth to her only daughter, Harriet, in 1988. The years between 1995 and 2001 took their toll and following the death of a dear friend and her father within days of each other, the conclusion of her marriage, redundancy and battling breast cancer, life was hard. In order to support herself and her daughter, Vivien seized every opportunity that materialised – from taking in lodgers to share their home, to teaching, training and management consultancy. She is even an official wedding registrar.

It was through the support network of her friends that she survived with her head held high; a group of women (and the occasional man) who hold strong and true to each other to this day.

Through all of this, Vivien made a promise from which she never faltered. She strongly believed that she should not enter into any relationship until Harriet had reached the age of 18. Her dalliances into the world of dating in her late 50s, having shied from it entirely for over a decade, left her fearful, exposed and self-conscious, yet excited, comforted, and courageous. It is these feelings that inspired her first novel – It’s Just Not Good Enough. She is currently working on the second of her heroine’s trilogy as well as an accompanying cookbook, Good Enough To Eat.


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