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Despite having hosted sixteen Midweek Mingles now, the feedback that I had from the audience about the amazing lady that I got to chat to on this week’s podcast episode, following her stint on the panel at the most recent event in London, was up there with some of the very best yet if you ask me. Not least because she was hilarious and had the whole room in stitches all night long but Dior Bediako, aka. the 28-year-old Founder of Pepper Your Talk and The Junior Network – the member’s club and career support network for young fashion professionals – is the first to admit that her path to success has been anything but easy.

It only felt right therefore that I paid her a visit at the new Soho Works space in White City last fortnight to delve into her story thus far in more detail. After attacking the complimentary snack bar (free cookies anyone!?), the two of us sat down for a good old chat!

From her advice on socialising the idea and building a network before you launch; how she’s funded the business since day one given that it was an idea that didn’t lend itself to revenue from the outset; why she’s recently scaled back to focus on learning more about business for long-term sustainability and growth; to how she deals with every day challenges like her own inner critic constantly questioning whether she’s commercially minded enough and has what it takes to be an entrepreneur; as I’m sure you’ll soon hear, I resonated with so many elements of Dior’s story and am hoping you’ll find her advice as useful as I did…

Inspiring young female business owners in the UK

Dior Bediako, 28, Founder of Pepper Your Talk and The Junior Network

Fancy finding out more about Pepper Your Talk and The Junior Network…

Take a peek at the The Junior Network website here or find Dior, Pepper Your Talk and The Junior Network on Instagram: @diorbediako @pepperyourtalk @thejuniornetwork

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