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The Ethnic Non-Food Entrepreneur - UK - 1


Miss H arrived in the UK just before her second birthday and started her company at the very young age of thirteen. She loved art and began providing mehndi, a temporary henna tattoo lasting up to a fortnight, first for her school friends and then the local Asian community, specialising in weddings.


Fashion trends moved increasingly towards body art, with tattooing becoming mainstream and women increasingly prepared to use body art. Miss H was a good artist and developed designs that her English friends liked. Miss H now has a style of free-hand henna art that is related more to European pop culture and advertises her service at youth venues, clubs, markets and festivals. Miss H has more work than she can manage so is considering training others to work for her and setting up shops to offer this service. 


She feels that easy to access advice on financial planning for small businesses, especially those being run by young people would have been a great help. She did look online but found things were too time-consuming and difficult to benefit from when needing some quick advice.


Miss H had not got any language barriers but she did comment that it is older immigrants in her community that tend to run businesses that only serve their own community. She did not think it strange to start her own business so young because her father, uncle and older brother were all in business too and had never worked for an employer.


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