Yuliana Topazly I invite you to “My OutSpace”  Yuliana was born in Russia and came to the UK 12 years ago. She is a co-founder and co-director of the award-winning and quality-accredited social franchise “My OutSpace Business Centre” which provides child-friendly co-working space alongside high quality business support tailored to the needs of Female Entrepreneurs. Yuliana clearly understands the challenges small businesses face and especially those run by parents’. We asked her how she would describe this journey? Her answer was, ‘Challenging, but also very exciting and rewarding.’ Challenging  It has been challenging, because I had to adapt very quickly to a new language, environment and culture. I also had to find a job in the first month. Coming from an entrepreneurial family I guess I had some of that in my DNA. One of my fellow students in the Language School was working for the silver service agency (something I had not even heard about) and she said, ‘Well why don’t you come and see if you can pass the interview? She taught me overnight (literally between 23:00 and 3:00) and my interview was at 7:00am next morning. Amazingly I passed and had my first assignment the next day. It was my first job in London. After that I worked in restaurants, concert venues, snooker halls, bookies and for the BBC Russian service and three different universities. But I was also always looking for new business opportunities. Being a professional swimmer I completed the swimming coach qualification and then coached young children to swim as my first small venture in [...]

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