Category: Alumnae

Self Made Bianca publishes definitive business startup guide

Sydenham High alumna and successful entrepreneur Bianca Miller-Cole, has added ‘published author’ to her list of skills and achievements.

Bianca, who was a finalist in the 2014 series of The Apprentice and now runs both personal branding company The BE Group and Bianca Miller London hosiery, has just published her first book providing practical advice to other aspiring entrepreneurs.

Self Made: The Definitive Guide to Business Startup Success, provides a comprehensive but easy to read toolkit for anyone who wants to make a success of running their own business.

In the book, Bianca de-codes the jargon that is prevalent in business circles to provide straightforward advice on converting an innovative business concept into a commercially viable proposition. Featuring interviews with well-known entrepreneurs and industry experts, the book covers every tier of the business development process, from start-up to exit, offering implementable and global advice for success.

Having grown up in an entrepreneurial household and shown a clear aptitude for becoming an entrepreneur whilst at Sydenham High, Bianca made her business dreams a reality at just 23.  In doing so, she learned her biggest lessons.  “I witnessed first-hand the many pitfalls and potential mistakes that can be made in business.  Conversely, I also saw the success that can come from areas often overlooked in business such as networking, personal branding and mentoring.”

Bianca hopes that the book, along with a programme of Business Mastermind & Mentoring sessions that are being organised to coincide with the launch will help aspiring and new entrepreneurs to make their dreams a reality.

Self Made has been written jointly with her entrepreneur and philanthropist husband Byron Cole and is published in paperback by John Murray learning.

Sydenham High alumna’s business advice is height of fashion

Aspiring online fashion entrepreneurs have received top business tips from a Sydenham High alumna at the UK’s leading fashion trade show. founder Jacynth Bassett featured alongside some of the fashion industry’s foremost leaders, including Henry Holland and Dr Pan Hogg, at Pure London (23-25 July). Her talk was entitled: ‘Maximising your potential – creating a successful online retailer” after which she answered a stream of questions from the audience and then joined the ‘Meet the experts’ sessions for one-on-one mentoring.

Jacynth launched – the first premium online fashion boutique celebrating style at every age – in March 2016, aged 23, after seeing the difficulty that her mother and her mother’s friends were having in finding high quality stylish clothes in a retailing environment focused primarily on young fashion trends.

Although Jacynth, a Cambridge law graduate, had no previous fashion or retail experience or contacts, in true Sydenham spirit she was determined to tackle the fashion discrimination that she saw plaguing women aged 40+. In less than 18 months, her clear vision and determination have ensured that her idea has developed from concept to fully operational business with more than 20 labels, a rapidly growing national and international customer base and a forum ‘Ageism Is Never In Style’ with over 2,000 regular contributors.  Earlier this year, she also successfully opened her first pop up boutique in Greenwich Market.


Sydenham High says farewell to year 13 and hello to its latest alumnae

Staff bid a fond farewell to members of year 13 and their parents at a reception and dinner held in the school’s orangery and vaulted dining hall.

At the same time Mrs Woodcock warmly welcomed the leavers into the school’s alumnae community which will give them access to the Girls’ Day School Trust’s unique network of over 70,000 like-minded women who can help and mentor them as they develop their careers.

The evening was a moving occasion as the students look forward to the next stage in their education, life at university and a bright future. Each student received a engraved pen as a leaving memento.


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