Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Technology is a catalyst for change, but never have I seen the masses come together, as I am witnessing with female entrepreneurs in the UK. When I set up my first business – bStrategic in Australia in 2004, going solo meant exactly that.  Fast forward to 2015 and setting up mySircles in the UK and it has been a stark contrast on many levels.

The collaborative infrastructure that is mushrooming from groups that inspire and motivate like BizMums with nearly 350 members across the UK, to those bringing together women in tech such as DevelopHer, are catapulting women into a space of growth and expansion. There couldn’t be a better time for female entrepreneurs to follow their passion and play the big game.

The challenge however, is to get comfortable doing it!

Like many entrepreneurs, my journey is about combining passion with purpose. It was only when I was asked to give a lecture at Anglia Ruskin University to Masters students in International Business and...

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Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs

Last week, I had the opportunity to present mySircles to a room of inspiring and awesome entrepreneurs at Infocus: Women In Innovation event, organised by Innovation UK.  There were some great pitches from wearable tech for young children from TechSixtyFour, to Do It Kits bringing ‘how to make’ inquisitiveness into the classroom. It was truly inspiring to hear so many women wanting to make a difference through innovation in the UK.

Around 200 female entrepreneurs attended Innovate UK’s networking event on 8 February 2017. The event was designed to encourage women to turn ideas into successful businesses.  The highlight was a Q&A session with Innovate UK ambassador Claire Williams, the Deputy Team Principal of Williams F1 who was quizzed not only on surviving, but thriving in a male-centric environment.  Claire has been instrumental in the successful restructuring of the Williams Group over the last 3 years and the growth of Williams Advanced...

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The A Team

If you peel back the layers of any successful company, at the heart and soul of the business you find the team that makes things happen. Great people make great companies. However, for businesses that are in early stage formation, finding the right people that share passion, fit the culture of an organisation and have the drive and determination to make things happen can be difficult.

mySircles is based in Cambridge UK, the heart of Europe’s largest technology cluster – there are 57,000 people employed in more than 1,500 technology firms. However, finding the right talent is presenting some interesting challenges. Building the ‘A Team’ is coming at a cost of slowing down product development, a sacrifice that becomes necessary if the plan is to build great product.

We have sponsored Cambridge University’s Hack Cambridge Recurse – taking place over this weekend (28 and 29 January 2017). The 24 hour Hackathon involves breaking, building and pushing...

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A new year, a new blog

Here at mySircles, we have been overwhelmed by the support we are receiving from parents that hear about our new app. Parents everywhere want an easier way to communicate with each other and we are on a mission to make that happen! As we embark on a new year, the timing seemed right to pivot our blog to take you on our journey as we prepare to launch mySircles.

My name is Babita Devi and I am the founder and owner of mySircles. The idea for the app came from a very personal need… moving my business and daughter across multiple continents, cities and schools put a large amount of pressure on me to build a strong network of friends for her. However, data protection makes it difficult for schools to share contact details of other parents. There are many ways of communicating with parents – from emails, to chat to text, but this adds to the complexity and trying to remember ‘how’ something was communicated. mySircles will make it easier by having...

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How Much Should Santa Give?

Amid the Christmas festivities, there has been one age old question circulating around Facebook…how much should Santa give? Many parents have never even considered this as an issue, however, it may be an important question to consider this Christmas. After all, Santa should give equally to all children, right?

We spoke to Emily Symeou, school teacher and mother of three: Andrew (5), Lilly (3) and Theo (3).

“My husband and I allocate £10 – £20 on stocking presents that are from Santa, but this is dependent on kid and age. The twins are younger so we can get away with less!”

The Symeou household adheres to the old Santa saying, “something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read…so, small presents go in the stocking”.

“I think at the moment we (the parents) spend more than Santa. We buy from September to help spread the cost. We also buy from eBay and charity shops if and when we can. We also...

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Have You Decked Your Halls?

There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by making your own festive decorations (with the added bonus of saving money)! So, we’ve put together a list of our favourite child-friendly DIY Christmas decorations for you and your little one to try out!

Paper Snowflakes – Let’s start with the most popular of the DIY decorations…the snowflake. These are perfect for children as they’re easy and fun to make. Top tip: Attach the snowflakes to a string and use as a festive garland.

Christmas Wreath – Honestly, this one involves some patience…but the end result is definitely worth it! Christmas wreaths are also reasonably pricey, so you’ll be saving yourself a quite few pennies.

Citrus Garland – Not only does this have a great, rustic look, but it smells amazing! Top Tip: How about adding some cinnamon sticks to the garland to create a real Christmas aroma?

Frosty Pinecones – These are...

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Have You Sent Your Christmas Cards Yet?

Are you bored of sending out the same, generic Christmas cards out every year? Well, we’ve put together a list of unique DIY Christmas cards for you and your child to make for your nearest and dearest this season!

Ho Ho Ho – This card is so simple and therefore perfect if you have lots of people in your address book. All you need is some card, buttons, and a felt tip pen! Top Tip: Using the same materials, mix things up by trying out this bauble design.

Pop-Up Tree – This 3D card can also serve as an impressive Christmas decoration! Top Tip: How about adding some sparkle by using sequins as baubles?

Christmas Trees – This card is achieved with just paint strips (which you can pick up for free at most home improvement stores), and some sequins. Top Tip: you can also turn paint strips into pretty gift tags.

Santa Hat – Although easy to make, this card looks very impressive once finished. Plus, nothing says Christmas...

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How Much Are You Giving This Christmas?

Here at mySircles, we believe it is important for children to think of Christmas as a time for giving as well as receiving. Therefore, we have put together a list of charitable activities for you and your child to get involved with this festive season.

The Giving Tree – In Cambridge, Peterborough, Kent, Spalding and Norwich, a big and bright Christmas tree has been put up in their shopping centres, and not just for decoration. Heart Radio has teamed up with a number of charities such as NSPCC, The Salvation Army, and Young Lives Foundation to deliver presents to those less fortunate. Simply pick up an extra present during your Christmas shopping and drop it off under the tree to make someone’s Christmas.

Christmas Care Package – Instead of simply giving your spare change to a homeless person, how about putting together your own care package for someone less fortunate? This can include items such as: blankets, socks, gloves, baby wipes, gift cards, water...

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Ever Tried Making Your Own Advent Calendar?

Whether you embrace or resist, the fact remains…Christmas is on its way. If you’re not reminded by the constant jingle bells on the radio or the endless Christmas ads on TV, you’re more than likely to have your own personal countdown from your child. So, to make the experience all the more enjoyable for you and your family, how about making your own, personalised advent calendar this year? These are all great fun to make and perfect for some craft time with your little elf!

Family Fun – The main purpose of this advent calendar is to create family experiences. This can include activities such as baking a cake together, putting the Christmas tree up, or simply sitting down as a family to enjoy a Christmas classic. This ensures lots of fun Christmas memories and could also encourage more family time in the future.

Sweet Treats – This advent calendar works really well with sweets, as it is sealed and contained in paper cups. It is also very...

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Is It Important For Our Children to Know About Remembrance Day?

As parents, one of our many jobs is to protect and shelter our children from the pain and suffering of the world. However, Remembrance Day comes around once a year, warranting questions from our children about what it all really means. Instead of avoiding the question this year, it may be important that you address it.

Every single day, somewhere in the world, there is a war going on. The BBC states that ‘every minute, two people are killed in conflicts around the world’. This statistic is simply too shocking to ignore and Remembrance Day gives us the push we need to acknowledge it.

Remembrance Day (11th September) is not only to pay tribute to those who died in World War One, but every war. It is a time for us all to pray for those whose lives have been affected or lost for the sake of their country. It is a time to be thankful to those who have lost their lives in order to save our own; to be grateful for the safety of our families; and to keep their...

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