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Octavia takes leading role

PROUD: Octavia Goredema with Year Six students at the St Matthew Academy in Lewisham, London, who received Twenty Ten Club certificates of achievement after taking part in the ‘interview an entrepreneur’ schools programme

A BIRMINGHAM businesswoman has been short-listed for a prestigious award which celebrates the achievements of female leaders across the country.

Octavia Goredema has been nominated for a Network of Aspiring Women Award, founded by Jo Cameron a former contestant in the hit TV series The Apprentice.
The married mum-of-one, who is expecting her second baby in December, has been put forward for a Leadership in the Community award after founding the Twenty Ten Club, a social enterprise which strives to connect and support black female entrepreneurs across the UK.

“I started the Twenty Ten Club last year as I wanted to create a platform to showcase the achievements of black women in business, while also helping the budding entrepreneurs out there to realise it is possible to start your own business and achieve your goals.

She added “In light of the recent statistics on youth unemployment it’s important to encourage youngsters and make them realise they can start their own businesses too.”

On its website it provides business development support and shares the success stories of more than 60 successful black female entrepreneurs.
Recent interviewees include Kanya King, founder of the MOBO awards and celebrity make-up artist Eryca Freemantle.

Octavia, a former pupil of King Edward VI Handsworth School, has also launched a teen mentoring programme, connecting nearly 80 female students with 19 entrepreneurs for guidance on their aspirations and career goals.
The awards will take place at Aston Villa Football Club tomorrow (Friday September 30th).

This year’s panel of judges includes former Dragon’s Den star Rachel Elnaugh, Secret Millionaire Gill Fielding and former rally driver and TV presenter Penny Mallory.

Octavia added: “The awards ceremony takes place just a mile away from where I went to school in Handsworth, which makes the event even more special for me.”

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