07 Sep 2017

Bianca Miller-Cole becomes Evolve Ambassador

 

Bianca Miller-Cole inspired homeless people to start their own businesses at Evolve Housing + Support’s customer conference on 5 September 2017.

Bianca is an ambassador for Evolve, the third largest provider of supported accommodation for homeless people in London. She is lending her support to Evolve’s Work + Learning Service that helps homeless people achieve their goals and ambitions and get into education and employment.

Bianca said: ‘‘I am delighted to be working with the Evolve team, the work that they do in London is imperative to the community. I hope that my experience and time will really help their customers to get back on their feet. ’’

Jeremy Gray, Chief Executive of Evolve said: ‘‘It is an honour to have Bianca joining us as an ambassador. I am delighted to welcome Bianca on board – her experience and skills are an inspiration for our customers.“

Bianca is the founder of ‘The Be Group’, a hugely successful enterprise built on the premise that everyone should have access to services that advance their career development and build their personal brand and ‘Bianca Miller London’, which specialises in nude hosiery to suit up to 45 different skin tones. Bianca was also the runner-up in BBC television series, The Apprentice series 10.

Bianca will also be launching her first book ‘Self Made: the definitive guide to business start up success’ (written with husband and fellow entrepreneur Byron Cole) on 5 October.

04 Sep 2017
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5 Steps to building your online personal brand

Personal branding has become so much more than just a buzz phrase and it is commonly appreciated that you have a personal brand whether you created it or not. Back in the day, people believed you just had to look the part, act the part and do a good job to be perceived positively.

So what’s changed? The impact of the internet and social media.

Now, as well as considering the impact of your traditional personal brand (face to face, phone, email), you also have to look at how your online brand and social media reflects your personal brand in real life.

As a firm advocate of, and expert in, personal brand creation. I have taken steps to ensure that my online brand and that of my clients accurately represents who they are, what they do and ultimately why they do it in the first place. My investment in my personal brand on LinkedIn resulted in being awarded “Power Profile” status from LinkedIn, allocated to the most influential ‘Leaders’, alongside Sir Richard Branson, James Khan and David Cameron.

Here are my top 5 tips for kickstarting your online personal brand the right way:

  1. Get on LinkedIn

If you’re not already on LinkedIn, now might be the right time to join the other 433 million members across 200 countries and territories around the world. LinkedIn exists to “connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful”.

When you register on LinkedIn, you will be encouraged to fill in a certain amount of information to populate your profile, which is effectively an online CV. You’ll have more flexibility than a couple of bits of paper though, as you can add other forms of media such as SlideShare presentations, images, videos and links to other relevant resources of yours online.

It is important that you create a ‘summary’ about yourself; This is like your online elevator pitch and provides an insight into who you are, what you do and most importantly your ‘why’. This section should where possible identify any high-profile pieces of work you have completed, numerical data/ stats on your productivity or the types of clients you have engaged.

Bring the CV section to life, don’t just list where you have worked and when, describe the attributes you have because of the position or the responsibility in that role.

Final tip: ask clients/ colleagues for a recommendation, to prove to others that other people also think you are fantastic!

  1. Network on LinkedIn

Once you’re on, link in!

Networking is the key word here, as LinkedIn is built around the concept of being a network for professionals. That means you can use the “Interests” menu in the top navigation bar to identify companies, groups and online courses that are relevant to you. You can also set preferences in the “Jobs” area that will highlight jobs that are most targeted to your interests and needs, such as location and experience level.

If you have a business, this can also be an ideal way to engage existing clients and new clients – there are many mechanisms I use to maintain the interest of my linked in network and to make the site a commercial tool.

Expand your direct network by using “My Network” to find alumni from your university, work place and people you may know (1st, 2nd degree connections), based on other people you have connected with previously.

  1. Get on Twitter

Quite different, but rewarding in its own way, is Twitter. This network won’t take you more than a couple of minutes to register to and set up. If you aren’t familiar with it, it could take a little longer to get the hang of. More about that in a minute.

When you create an account on Twitter, you’ll need to pick a username (this dictates the URL users will use to access your profile) – it will need to be something that isn’t currently registered by another user. You may need to incorporate initials or an industry term if you have a popular name.

Consider how you wish to use this tool in the future to build on your client pipeline, network or credibility as an expert on this medium.

  1. Be active on Twitter

Once you’re all set up, or you’ve managed to finally log into a profile you set up years ago, start discovering what the network really has to offer. Not sure where to start? Use the search functionality to explore topics relevant to the field you wishto get into; this way you may discover conversations and chats with a particular hashtag, as well as users who frequently tweet about that topic.

When you start following the right people, both normal industry folk and companies, you’ll find more and more relevant content delivered to your home feed. Keep your eye out for job openings shared by those you follow, as well as promoted posts which might also open up some opportunities for you. Don’t forget to follow your clients or prospective clients so you are aware of what they are doing and can think about any problem they may be facing for which you can provide the solution.

The more active you are the more followers you will have!Butbear in mind social media can be addictive and time-consuming so use it as much is appropriate to target your demographic in a positive way. Don’t let it swallow you whole!

 

  1. Build a brand beyond social media

After establishing yourself on these networks, you can go even further. Why not create a personal website where you can link out to all of your active professional social networks? Or you could identify the forums and industry publications that are most relevant to your industry and begin to engage with other users and content that is published there.

. The beauty of having your own website is that, it is your own space to create the look and feel that you want and there is no competition on your website (unlike on social media). Or like me you may want a personal website and a business website to reflect both sides of what you do – my www.biancamillercole.uk website is about me and why I created my businesses and the business sites www.the-be-group.uk and www.biancamillerlondon.com focus solely on the ambitions and product/service of the respective brand.

 

Adapted from ‘Self Made: The definitive guide to business start-up success’, by Bianca Miller-Cole and Byron Cole.

04 Sep 2017

How to create a strong LinkedIn profile :

My step by step video guide to creating a strong LinkedIn profile, that provides a professional insight into who you are and creates the perfect first impression.

For more hints and tips on building your online brand please visit www.theukdomain.uk

If you have any topics you would like to see videos on please suggest them!

21 Aug 2017

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‘Read the book, you won’t be disappointed.’Claude Littner, Entrepreneur and advisor to Lord Sugar on The Apprentice

 

 

SELF MADE The Definitive Guide to Business Startup Success

by Bianca Miller-Cole and Byron Cole

John Murray Press

Trade Paperback, 5th October 2017, £14.99

 

 

‘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

 

This authoritative, focused guide by two of the UK’s brightest young entrepreneurs – Bianca Miller-Cole and Byron Cole – is a comprehensive toolkit for anyone who wants to make a success of running their own business. Featuring interviews with well-known entrepreneurs, entertainers and industry experts, the book covers every tier of the business development process, from start-up to exit, offering practical, implementable and global advice on the start-up process. De-coding the jargon that is prevalent in business circles today, this book provides straightforward advice on converting an innovative business concept into a commercially viable proposition. It will help you to avoid the costly common mistakes of many who have gone before you, and create a sustainable enterprise that will flourish. Read Self Made and run your own business without fear of failure. 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 interests.

 

For all publicity enquiries please contact Alice Herbert: alice.herbert@hodder.co.uk / 020 3122 7332 John Murray (Publishers), Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ @johnmurrays / www.johnmurray.co.uk / www.facebook.com/johnmurraybooks

Self Made will help you learn how to:

  • start up with an alternative to a business plan
  • find information that really matters
  • form a company and create a website on a shoestring
  • stand out from the crowd
  • build a personal brand
  • communicate effectively with anyone
  • find the best deals to save money
  • find the best customers with only a computer and a phone
  • make networking work for you
  • convert social media into revenue
  • source funding
  • sell, grow and collaborate
  • manage time to make the most of every minute

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Byron Cole

20 Jul 2017

BIANCA MILLER LONDON HOSIERY WILL BE ON QVC

BIANCA MILLER LONDON HOSIERY

WILL BE ON QVC

WE ARE VERY HAPPY AND PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT ON FRIDAY 14TH JULY 2017

BIANCA MILLER LONDON HOSIERY WILL BE ON QVC.

After many months of planning and preparation, Bianca Miller London will be QVC on Friday 14th July 2017! All 8 shades from Powder through to Mocha will be featured on the show, with Founder and Director Bianca Miller-Cole talking to the presenters about the brand.

There will be 2 shows on the 14th July the first being at 09:00am and the second at 13:00pm and can be viewed on the following channels:

Sky: 650.

Virgin Media: 740
Freesat: 800.
Freeview: 16.

Online – QVC Website

Tights RRP: £12.00

“I am delighted to be extending our ambitions to redefine nude to the amazing QVC platform.

The word nude has evolved so much since I pitched it on The Apprentice in 2014, to be able to present Bianca Miller London and a diverse nude to millions of UK households is like a dream come true” says Miller-Cole “Thank you to everyone who has supported and endorsed the brand so far!”

Make sure you tune to QVC on the 14th of July and continue to assist us in Redefining Nude!

You can view the entire Bianca miller London Nude Tights Range on the QVC Page here.

07 Jun 2017

There’s a lot of advice out there about CV best practice, but something that’s not covered so much is how to write a cover letter that stands out from the crowd.

Unlike a CV, where you’re listing your experience and qualifications, a cover letter is a place where you can really introduce yourself to your potential employer. You can be persuasive, and explain why you are a perfect fit for the company and match the criteria they’re looking for.

Here are seven tips for writing a cover letter that’s sure to stand out.

Do your research

Don’t write a cover letter until you’ve spent time reading through all documentation on the job role, any requirements for the application, and completed some due diligence on the company itself. The company’s website, and LinkedIn, are great places to better understand what the company does, its work ethic, culture and gain insights on current employees.

This will help you ensure that your cover letter is appropriate for the specific application.

Make it personal with tone and wording

A lot of people use generic cover letter content which they’ve found online. While it can help to see what other people write, using these templates word for word is a sure fire way to blend into the crowd.

Even if you’re getting inspiration from a format you’ve found online, make sure that your cover letter is personalised. It needs to show off your personality, and show that you’ve understood the company, and their needs.

Be honest

Just like in an interview, there is absolutely no good that will come from lying in a cover letter. By all means present the very best version of yourself, but don’t present yourself as someone that you’re not.

If there’s a skill-set you’re missing, explain how you make up for that with other strengths, rather than try to hit every single criteria by fudging the truth.

 

For More Information and to read the rest of the blog please click the link below.

7 ways to make your cover letter stand out

07 Jun 2017

Bianca Miller London to launch Fishnet Collection in Topshop

  

BBC Apprentice Runner Up 2014, Bianca Miller continues to extend her hosiery brand by introducing a new collection to retailer Topshop.

The Bianca Miller London ‘Fishnet Collection’ will be hitting the shelves starting this Thursday 18th May 2017 at Topshop’s flagship store 214 Oxford Circus and will launch on the brand website in the following week.

 

For More Information, please click the link below.

Bianca Miller London to launch Fishnet Collection in Topshop

07 Jun 2017

INTRODUCING OUR NEW GEL NAIL VARNISH COLLECTION AT BIANCA MILLER LONDON

 

Bianca Miller London are excited to share the news that we have pushed the redefinition of nude beyond hosiery and we are launching a gel nail varnish collection to cater to a variety of skin tones.

 

The ‘Bianca Miller London’ brand was created to redefine ‘nude’ by catering to women of all skin tones. The brand started with a luxury nude hosiery collection, with 8 nude shades carefully selected to satisfy complexions ranging from English Rose to Sub-Saharan African and everyone in between. The brand was instrumental in redefining the way people view nude tights and highlighting a major gap in the market.

 

The Bianca Miller London brand signifies change and our goal of redefining nude is ever evolving. With that in mind after extensive research we are launching the Bianca Miller London Nude Gel Nail Varnish Collection. The initial offering is 5 Nude Hues and 3 classic shades in a high shine, high quality gel nail varnish finish. Our new gel collection is 100% vegan friendly and cruelty free.

 

We are an Official Member of ‘Made in Britain’, we are STILL a genuinely British brand.

Creating a solution for all women. Nude. Redefined.

 

“We love our new gel nail varnish collection,” commented Bianca Miller – Cole , owner of Bianca Miller London. “Our customers asked for us to move into beauty products that catered to a better variety of skin tones and this is our first step into that niche. Our high quality, high shine gel varnish offers you all of the high intensity colour of traditional gel varnishes without the need for a UV lamp”

 

The ‘Bianca Miller London’ gel collection has been designed with a gel effect base. Our unique formulation provides a creamy, gel like texture, with a volumizing finish and long lasting glossy shine.

 

For More Information click the link below:

Bianca Miller London Gel Collection

24 Apr 2017

When you’re applying for a job, putting together your CV and cover letter is only half of the story. If you’re busy taking care of your applications and thinking of answers to questions, you might end up neglecting some of the other important aspects of the job seeking process.

This is especially true if you’ve been studying at university for the past three or four years, as you’re likely to have grown your digital footprint online, potentially without intending to.

You can do all of the hard work on your CV and cover letter, and you can take time preparing for your interviews, but it can be a pointless exercise if you let your digital footprint get in the way of you and your dream job.

To avoid this happening, use the tips I have listed below to understand what potential employers see when they search for you online; this is something that many businesses will now do before they hire someone.

Google yourself

The very first thing you’ll want to do is to open your web browser, go to a widely used search engine like Google, and then type in your name. You’ll likely be presented with a list of website results, as well as any images that the search engine has linked with your name; there may be some of you, as well as other people who share your name.

Go through the website results first (at least the first five pages) and see what’s included. Is it links to your social media profiles? Did you write a funny or embarrassing comment on a story you read that’s managed to make its way into the search results? Maybe there’s even a video of you on YouTube.

Make a note of everything you find both in the website links and image results, whether good, bad or neutral. This will help you to discover how much work you need to do in order to present a more positive version of yourself to potential employers.

Change your privacy settings

If you’re finding that many of your results are coming through from social media profiles, it’s probably best that you spend a bit of time adjusting your privacy settings.

You may not be able to hide some things that have already been indexed by search engines, but it can help to filter out your future content. Although it might be easier to avoid adding any photos that show you at anything less than your best for the time being!

Tidy up your social media profiles

Whilst you’re on your various social media profiles, give them a good tidy up. If you tend to share lots of photos, memes and videos of the wild things you get up to at the weekend, it might be time to keep these on your phone rather than uploading them online.

Make sure you’re consistent across each of your profiles, and that the image that you use is friendly but professional. You might also want to delete some things you’ve previously shared if you think that a potential employer may deem them inappropriate.

Create additional branded assets

A bonus tip is to create more professional social media branded assets. Get your LinkedIn profile up to scratch, and take advantage of websites like SlideShare to show off your presentations. There’s also nothing wrong with engaging in some well-chosen Twitter chats to show you’re keen to get involved in the industry you’re applying for jobs in. And remember, securing your first professional role is not the end of the road. Make sure you always keep tabs on your online brand. This will help with building colleague and client relationships, as well as assisting your future career prospects.

For more articles about getting the perfect graduate job please visit: https://www.gradjobs.co.uk/grads-corner/grads-corner-articles/who-are-you-online-see-what-your-potential-employers-see

Visit the Graduate Jobs Exhibition at Birmingham NEC on the 4th November to hear my talk about my journey from graduate to entrepreneur and my top tips for online brand success.


Bianca Miller is a brand ambassador for the .uk domain names, and managing director and founder of The Be Group and Bianca Miller London. Passionate about helping others improve their personal brand, she frequently shares her expertise with students at events and forums around the country. For students wanting to boost their online brand with their own website, Bianca recommends visiting Eco Hosting; packages will be on offer to those who would like to create a .uk domain name.

24 Apr 2017

You’ve joined LinkedIn and you’ve added some basic details to populate your profile, but what do you do from there?

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with more than 433 million members in 200 countries and territories. If you’re able to make the most of your profile, you can tap into the strength of this network, which could help to land you a job, or at least connect with the right people.

In order to do this, you’re going to want to take advantage of some of the features available on the platform, and to make use of other assets and recommendations that you can access online.

Here are some easy ways to get started:

Pick the right profile picture

The LinkedIn Profile Photo help page says that “members with a profile photo on LinkedIn can get up to 14 times more profile views than members without.” Saying that, there are some guidelines and conditions that you’ll need to follow when it comes to choosing one. Essentially, you shouldn’t use a company logo, landscape, animal, words or phrases. The best option is to upload a friendly but professional photo of yourself (try and make it fairly recent), although you might want to get feedback on which of your photos best matches this description.

You could ask your friends and family, but you could get a more unbiased response by using a tool like PhotoFeeler, where you can test various photos with a wide user-base. Users will rank whether your photo makes you appear competent, likable, and influential.

Be relevant

When it comes to the experience you include on your profile, remember that it doesn’t need to be a like-for-like copy of your CV. It can include the information that you believe to be the most relevant, so you don’t have to add your GCSE results if you would prefer to share your success with your degree and A Levels results.

Personalise your profile

LinkedIn will allow you to customise your profile with a background header, different sections that may be relevant to you, as well as the all-important profile picture that I mentioned above. Make sure to use these features to distinguish your profile from others that will be competing for the same jobs as you.

Get recommendations

Whilst imagery might be a softer sell to potential employers, a recommendation on your professional or educational abilities will likely instil a bit more trust. Try and connect with your previous employer, someone who coordinated your voluntary work, or a university lecturer that you dealt with regularly.

Once you’re connected on the network, you can send a request for them to provide you with a recommendation which you can then display on your profile.

Share your slides, images and links

If you’ve created anything you’re particularly proud of, you can share it on your LinkedIn profile. Do you have a blog that you’ve created or that you’ve contributed to? You can include this as a link or as a publication. Have you uploaded a presentation to SlideShare that would be relevant? You can embed that too.

Keep it fresh

Whatever you choose to add, just make sure to keep your profile fresh. You can do this by using features such as LinkedIn Posts where you can write an article, or just by updating the content that you’ve included in your profile; it can be changed as frequently as you like.

For more articles about getting the perfect graduate job please visit: https://www.gradjobs.co.uk/grads-corner/grads-corner-articles/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-linkedin-profile


Bianca Miller is a brand ambassador for the .uk domain names, and managing director and founder of The Be Group and Bianca Miller London. Passionate about helping others improve their personal brand, she frequently shares her expertise with students at events and forums around the country. For students wanting to boost their online brand with their own website, Bianca recommends visiting Eco Hosting; packages will be on offer to those who would like to create a .uk domain name.