Petar Agbaba and Christine Blundell, who has won both an Oscar and a Bafta award for her make-up work, started their Make-up Academy in Camden 10 years ago.
Angels & Cookies
Karen Cappetta launched Angels & Cookies in 2016, and her company makes gourmet cookie dough specially formulated to be enjoyed by everyone, particularly including those who have food intolerances or allergies.
Mendia’s Raw Food
Larraitz Garmendia launched her new business, Mendia’s Raw Food, in June 2016, and it’s based in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Tonic – Phil Bickley
Established on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Portobello Road in November 2000 by Phil Bickley, Tonic has become a local landmark and a destination clothes shop for men with a sophisticated sense of style.
Nilufer Kizilkaya – GfG Jewellery
Nilufer Kizilkaya originally had her dream of starting up a jewellery business a decade ago but it was only in October 2014 that she launched GfG Jewellery, based in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
Jason Bull is a newcomer to the world of fashion, although not the world of business. Before he set up his Eversbrook label selling stylishly sophisticated menswear with an unmistakably English sensibility, he ran a successful electrical contracting business for many years.
Using her own name for her brand, Rose Rankin launched her premium footwear label, which majors in beautifully designed, colourful sneakers, in May 2015.
Originally from Sweden but resident in London for the last nine years after some time living in Belgium, Louise Körner runs a contemporary womenswear brand with a unique look that’s based on striking statement prints, often of subjects not usually connected with the fashion industry.
Eight Hour Studio
After studying in Australia for an accounting qualification, Sonia worked first in Australia as an accountant and then in the same role in London after moving there in 2007. But by 2013, she’d decided on a complete change of direction – setting up her own business.
Ethical Collection London
Giovanna Eastwood’s company, Ethical Collection London, is a fashion business with a difference. All of the items sold from the company’s website are ethically made by small, companies from countries like Brazil, Bangladesh and India.
Sanjit Vallance founded her company, Nui Ami, in January 2014 and it’s a luxury brand selling contemporary sleepwear for women. Nui Ami has already exhibited at the Lingerie Edit show at the London Savoy in June 2015 and Sanjit is planning a formal launch of the label in autumn 2015.
Maria Nilsson – Party food
When Maria Nilsson arrived in London in 1991 from the western Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, she had little English and started work as a cleaner. But that was not how she saw her future in life – studying and self-improvement were the key for her.
Melanie Porter’s online business sells a wide range of furnishings and accessories, all of them handmade by her. She uses traditional skills like knitting, sewing and crochet to create unique pieces.
If you’re living or working space has become so cluttered it’s actually difficult to find a square foot of floor space, then you probably need the services of Stream Organising.
Veronica Dementeeva and Luke Rudd opened their first branch of Organica Pizza in 2009 on Gillespie Road in the Highbury area of Islington, and in 2014 they opened their second branch in Camden on Royal College Street.
BLANC Naturally Cleaner
Ludovic Blanc, founder and CEO of Blanc Naturally Cleaner, is a man with a mission. He wants to eliminate the toxic chemicals which are both unhealthy and environmentally damaging from the commercial laundry world, and he wants to dramatically improve standards of service in the industry.
A Woman on Purpose
The multi-talented Alexandra Gold is an author, poet, spiritual teacher and speaker who uses her own life experience to empower others and to help them become spiritually, financially and personally independent. Her book A Woman On Purpose has been at the number one spot in the ‘Women and Spirituality’ section of Amazon’s Kindle paid bestsellers chart.
Alex Ferreira Fitness Trainer
The Portobello Business Centre helped Alex Ferreira on her path to self-employment as a fitness trainer, and she continues to work with them as she plans her future. For the moment, she works for a variety of organisations as an independent trainer, but her ambition is to set up her own fitness studio.
Howard Carter had powerful personal reasons for founding Incognito Anti-Mosquito after a successful business career in magazine publishing. In 1997 he came down with malaria in India, only to then contract dengue fever the next year in Thailand.
If you’ve not yet heard of argan oil, then Dana Elemara’s company Arganic is working to make sure that you soon will. Argan oil is made from the fruit of the Argan tree and has been used in Morocco since time immemorial, especially by the Berber people. In modern times it’s used both as a cooking oil and in the preparation of cosmetic products.
Mark Farhat is the founder and creative director of MARK/GIUSTI which produces a luxury range of accessories including bags, luggage, wallets and iPad covers. The goods are made to the highest standard of Italian craftsmanship using natural materials ranging from leather to hemp. Bags and luggage are lined with quality fabrics printed with patterns inspired by Byzantine mosaics, a particular interest of Mark’s.
Karen Karam started her fashion business in 2008 and already she’s had lots of press, helped by the fact that Lily Allen and Natalie Imbruglia have worn her clothes at high-profile public events.
The Pure Package
Jennifer Irvine (pictured) launched The Pure Package in 2003 from her own kitchen. The company delivers freshly prepared meals direct to the doorstep with the food prepared by a team of nutritionists, dietary therapists and chefs.
When we shop at the supermarket, many of us are all too conscious of the amount of waste that is created by unnecessary packaging. Instead of moaning about it, Catherine Conway (pictured) decided to act by setting up Unpackaged.
When Innocent Drinks first came to the Portobello Business Centre in 1999, they were three men with a good idea and little else apart from their own enthusiasm and commitment.
Lorella Belli Literacy Agency
Lorella Belli (pictured), who moved to the UK from Italy 13 years ago, started her literary agency in 2002 after a career working for other agencies and publishers.