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The Skilled Entrepreneur - UK - 1

Miss M came to the UK from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a young teenager and settled in the Midlands. Her mother was a hairdresser who on arrival on the UK noted that while braiding was common in DRC in the UK black women preferred to use hair extensions. Miss M learned her skill from watching her mother and helping her with this work.

Miss M started her business to help pay her way through university. By advertising her service as a mobile hairdresser she did not need to invest in premises. This also allowed her to fit clients in round her studies. She quickly found that she had a significant number of clients, mainly because she was able to offer cheaper prices than salons. She also found that as word of her venture spread non-African girls were asking for extensions, giving her additional work. She managed to find a training course where she could develop skills in working with extensions in European hair and feels that the investment in this has been worthwhile as it allowed an expansion of her business.

Miss M plans to expand her business once she has finished at university, she thinks students' entrepreneurship has huge potential in a range of areas. Many students need to earn money to support them through university and Miss M believes through entrepreneurship students can earn good money and develop their own interests and skills. 

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