Annie May Noonan
Features Editor, Real Business
Annie May is the Features Editor at Real Business and Business Advice. Following her graduation from LSE, she embarked upon a freelance career in current affairs journalism. Annie has written on subjects varying from African history and contemporary politics to community business and current affairs news in London. In her current role, Annie is passionate about highlighting inclusive and diverse business disruptors and organisations for our evolving readership. She believes in fostering community inclusion and has volunteered for organisations such as Fairfield House, a UK based Rastafari centre and a senior citizen association for ethnic minority men and women.

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Likes to write about
Anything and everything to do with identity. After studying Gender Politics for my MSc, I realised how there are gendered and political dimensions to every aspect of life. This is the same in the business world, where some of the most inspirational creators have had to overcome social and economic barriers to get to where they are today.
Business idol
Nadiya Hussain. She is a prime example of how powerful and effective brand authenticity can be. She is unashamedly female, Muslim and a proud hijabi. Not only has she put British Muslim women on the map as business players, she is an ambassador for multicultural Britain through her fusion style cookery.
Industry to watch
The coaching and self-improvement sector, and in particular relationships and self-esteem coaching. Getting access to a life-coach should be paramount in all office settings. Managing good relationships with others and fostering positive self-identification is important for employees across all sectors and levels of business.
Guilty pleasure
Eating artisan pizza in bed. Delivered to my door of course.
Lessons from your first job
That a job role isn’t just about following a blueprint. There should be an element of creativity and a fresh new approach that only you, as a new candidate, can bring to the table.
Productivity tip
Come back to important projects first thing in the morning with fresh eyes and a clear head.
How do you like to be contacted?
Twitter, Linkedin or even a simple email. But what’s more important is the content. What interesting stories do you have to share and why do they have to be told?
Author posts
Could WhatWeWant be the (sustainable) gift that keeps on giving?

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Is there a problem with women's online fashion?

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What can the Millennium bug teach us about cybersecurity?

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Business leaders reflect on National Stress Awareness Day

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Will Mothercare's pension deal be a step ahead of BHS?

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Will regulations dampen the success of P2P lending?

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Is your business advertising misleading customers?

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Could new digital tools herald Black Friday success for SMEs?

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There's a 'litmus test' for good leadership, says Ryne Sherman

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Is your business suffering from workplace cliques?

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FINALLY: Scottish veterans in the business world get recognition

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What does the Airbnb tax 'scandal' mean for UK SMEs?

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How can VCs attract diverse employees and unlock better investments?

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An update on the UK economy (apart from Brexit)

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Why Brexit isn't to blame for US tariffs on British goods

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What's the future for contractor SMEs in a post-Brexit world?

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SMEs: Use the Extinction Rebellion protests to beat your competitors

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A break down of the first Queen's Speech in two years

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Why office power relations can stir up poor mental health

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Meet Team BRIT: The business that's diversifying motorsport

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Can a family run SME save traditional travel in the UK?

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Why electric scooters aren't smart or safe enough yet

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Is Brexit indecision enough to prove that a recession is on its way?

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Why ethics and brand focus could have saved Philip Green from himself

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Nominations for the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2020 are open

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Climatic disasters, generational discord and our rural businesses

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The 'vaping scandal' might secure the dominion of 'big business'

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The HR lessons we can learn from London's 'sexist' insurance sector

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What can Adam Neumann’s WeWork resignation teach us about leadership?

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Would Labour's 'four day work week' save UK businesses time and money?

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The real reasons why Thomas Cook won't 'take off' again

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Fuld + Company CEO on reaching the "nirvana" of business disruption

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Alzheimer’s disease is now an issue in the workplace

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Forget Supreme. Meet Chunk Clothing, the 'straight to consumer SME'

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Philip Morris International's COO explains its new 'smoke free' direction

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What Lord Sugar taught Skincare guru Susie Ma about business

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"Sometimes there are light bulb moments," says Unbound's Daniel Seal

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John Stapleton talks soup success and the win-lose rollercoaster of life

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White Britons are no longer the best paid employees in the UK

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This founder has saved 10m plastic bottles from the ocean

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Rapid growth over profit: Jamie Oliver's restaurant tragedy

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Fighting homelessness could mean closure of business for these two...

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Why social entepreneur Cecilia Crossley shuns the 'mumpreneur' label

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How should employers tackle eating disorders in the office?

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Strictly star Stacey Dooley discusses imposter syndrome in business

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Opera star creates 'Linkedin for the classical music industry'

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Mental resilience in entrepreneurship: Optional or necessary?

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Amazon and ex-military entrepreneurs "fight" recruitment bias

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My tech helps patients take responsibility over their healthcare

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Shift8* CEO, John Ramsay 'shines a light' on dementia in the UK

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Deliveroo, watch out. There's a newer, and healthier service around...

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Uber's IPO launch: Why investor greed means it will sink

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How Alexi von Eldik took her brand all the way to Selfridges

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Workspace: The office provider that's unphased by Brexit and big competitors

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Making the CEO redundant: Risky or an opportunity for growth?

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Dhiraj Mukherjee on why Shazam remains one of the most innovative apps

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What does it take to grow from an SME to a British unicorn?

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The land of the unicorns: Northern England's business culture in 2019

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Brexit London will "rise from the ashes," according to one blockchain...

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How SME owners can learn to lead from a growth mindset

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SMEs lead the charge in 3D printing

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Apprentice winner Yasmina Siadatan on working with Alan Sugar and James Caan

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Awards celebrate business achievements of military veterans

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Dragons' Den entrepreneur, John Buni helps SMEs compete with tech giants

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Why the $11.6bn coaching industry is being led by female entrepreneurs

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The secret to great entrepreneurship? A 'high rewards low risk' mentality...

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Charlie Mullins believes in The Independent Group, should the rest of business...

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"Keep running experiments until you’re out of ideas", says JobLab co-founder

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Proposed regulations could democratise consumer tech

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The Spring Statement is good news for SMEs (if we have a Brexit deal)

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Does the rise of the electric car economy come at the price of employment?

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What happens when a founder can't let go?

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Post-Brexit Britain: Exporters could face fines from EU companies

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New gender report could unlock £250bn for the UK economy

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Is this the next great dairy-free business? Founder Alex Wankel answers

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"The City Grump Rides Out": A collection of our columnist's best works

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Why making money wasn't enough for entrepreneur, Paul Lindley

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How can we make business a force for good? Leading entrepreneurs speak out

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What SMEs can learn from Tesla's ongoing decline

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New light technology promises higher sales and staff productivity

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The Skinny Kitchen's Joel Belchem brings the Ibizan diet to the masses

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The end of pollution is only one reusable nappy product away

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Isle of Man scheme offers higher salaries and great recruitment opportunities

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A sustainability tax could be imposed on UK clothing retailers and producers

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Forget I, Robot. This is iProov, and it's here to verify who you are

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Is this Brexit's first real casualty? Why Flybmi will no longer take off

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Ethnicity and disability based wage inequality must be addressed

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Calling all business owners: Is your corporate heart big enough?

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Here's how this entrepreneur bottled and monetised influencer marketing

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Will this new technology guide SMEs out of the cyber-security darkness?

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Fjällräven has lent support to a brand new travel company – why?

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Is your business on the angel investor wishlist this year?

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Changing landscapes: The UK's top billionaires are self-made

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A six-year rollercoaster ride from dorm room to Dragons' Den

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Illegal interview questions you should avoid asking

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What economic predictions are the world's CEOs making this year?

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Why you should stop caring about millennial employees

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UK entrepreneurs: The highest tax payers revealed

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Meet the "Next Billion-Dollar Startup" that helps babies sleep safer

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Is any brand beyond saving?

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