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Launch Success Stories – Elyshia Cantrill

In the lead up to our fifth Launch Business Incubator Cohort (commencing Autumn 2020), we wanted to take this time to showcase and celebrate some of the 42 most recent businesses from Cohort 3 and 4.

Today we’re writing about Cohort 4 member, Elyshia Cantrill who owns Pillar of Women, a female and community empowerment enterprise.

As a highly energetic and positive community activist, Elyshia has brought energy and initiative to many successful projects. Attending Launch has helped Elyshia to harness these qualities and develop a clear vision and goals for her own organisation – Pillar of Women. Elyshia’s organisation seeks to empower and enable women to develop and harness their own abilities to bring about positive change in their lives and communities through workshops, events and associated initiatives. With support from Launch Elyshia has been able to develop a range of resources and projects that are effective and flexible. Overcoming recent restrictions was always going to be a key challenge for a community focussed organisation. Launch funding has also helped Elyshia to invest in printing and portable promotional equipment. This means that Pillar of Women is now self-sufficient and highly flexible to the fast-changing needs and demands of running community events. Elyshia has developed an eye-catching brand identity and range of merchandise to promote  Pillar of Women and is about to launch a series of outdoor socially distanced workshops in her own community. Watch this space! read more

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Launch Success Stories – Carole Guilmard

In the lead up to our fifth Launch Business Incubator Cohort (commencing Autumn 2020), we wanted to take this time to showcase and celebrate some of the 42 most recent businesses from Cohort 3 and 4.

Today we’re exploring the world of Black hair care and beauty products from Cohort 4 member, Carole Guilmard who owns Black Venus Beauty.

Carole Guilmard had always struggled growing up trying to find the right products for her curly hair. Living in a small town in France, where there was not a lot of black people in her community, Carole found shops weren’t selling suitable products for her hair type. 

This inspired Carole to create her online store contacting small brands to offer their products on her store, so they could get the recognition they deserved. As a result of some initial funding from Launch, Black Venus Beauty was officially launched in June 2019 as a platform giving customers access to products made by people who understood the needs of curly hair. read more

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The 10 top tips for getting your freelance language teaching career off to a flying start

The 10 top tips for getting your freelance language teaching career off to a flying start

So you’re looking for something to help you get your foot up on the teaching ladder?

We’ve come up with some 10 top tips to help you get your foot up on the ladder and shine as a freelance language teacher. Thanks to UK Language Project for the inspiration for these tips.

Here we go…

Tip 1: Make sure you know which language you want to teach

A good place to start is your native language of course. You may also consider continuing on with a language you studied or are studying at Uni as a way to give back, and also to keep your skills up to date.

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Tip 2: Decide what’s for you (Online vs offline) and your target market read more