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?

‘The curious find me,’ says shamanic business coach, Sarah Negus
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Where does Sunak’s salary pledge leave the self-employed?
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Mark Carney BoE
What did Mark Carney do for SMEs in his seven years as governor?
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remote working
The case for (and against) remote working
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business leaders of colour
What’s it like being a business leader of colour?
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diversity-inclusion
How white employers can “do diversity” better
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coronavirus-retail
How retail can win against coronavirus
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alcohol
Gen Z drinking habits could boost growth of small breweries
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Spring Budget 2020
Budget reveals “a step towards a “dynamic and low tax economy,” says Rishi Sunak
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Employers, ignore millennial burnout at your peril
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What’s on the SME wishlist ahead of the Budget announcement?
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The tricky thing(s) women have to deal with in the office
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BAME
BAME workers are overrepresented in the ‘zero-hours contract’ economy
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From weekend hobby to Liberty London: The impressive journey of illustrator Tatiana Alida
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Why are nearly 1m SMEs poised to fail this year?
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The impact of coronavirus on global and UK business
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Max Alexander
“My role is to create the spaces for brilliant people to be brilliant”, says Secret Cinema CEO
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Problems you may face running a business
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How to grow your business
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Will new chancellor, Rishi Sunak be an advocate for UK business?
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Spring Budget could include SME tax cuts and regional investment
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Scottish salmon
Will Brexit red tape choke Scotland’s salmon industry?
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Rayan
British business is “bias” free, says Atelier Zuhra’s Rayan Al Sulaimani
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Yorkshire milk business is set to go national with investment
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Why are women still being used as models at trade shows?
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coronavirus
Coronavirus: How are UK SMEs with links to China coping?
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FEATURE: Will Brexit really bring victory for small scale fishermen?
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‘Brexit Day’ may not signal the end of small business uncertainty
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Norton Motorcyles administration is a knock for heritage brands
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Harnessing the power of LGBT entrepreneurs
UK’s top LGBT employers list reveals inclusion gap in private sector
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Can the ‘grey pound’ save the high street?
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RBS makes history with 1bn fund for female businesses
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Who really is the winner of ‘buy now, pay later?’
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Don’t leave employees with dyspraxia out in the cold
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Prince Charles at Davos, ‘the biggest business challenges lie ahead’
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HS2: a timeline of pros and cons
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Deborah Meaden on animals, innovation and the sectors to watch
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Jodie & Howie
Shaken Udder: a festival forged brand that’s grown by 65%
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Boozy work culture
Is it time to take responsibility for our boozy work culture?
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Landlords
Why UK landlords are throwing in the towel this year
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Pam Tironi The Pizza Room
Success? It’s all in the ‘ingredients’ of a business, says Pam Tironi
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Have climate change fears impacted consumer spending?
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Scottish SMEs
A guide to starting and running an SME in Scotland
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Louise Macdonald
The Ex-Forces in Business Awards touches down in Scotland
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Black Friday 2019 results
Was Black Friday 2019 really just for big retailers?
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Procrastination
The terrifying truth about procrastination in business
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Voting
A business guide to the Labour and Conservative manifestos
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Black Friday 2019
Everything you need to know about Black Friday 2019
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Kim Spalding profile
Google’s Kim Spalding explains company’s SME direction
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Prince Andrew scandal
Prince Andrew scandal hits the startup community
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What the three ‘main’ parties are offering UK businesses
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Charlie Bigham profile
Charlie Bigham is still on top of the ‘ready-made’ food game
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WhatWeWant
Could WhatWeWant be the (sustainable) gift that keeps on giving?
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Boohoo
Is there a problem with women’s online fashion?
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Millennium bug
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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Mothercare pensions
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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False advertising deliveroo
Is your business advertising misleading customers?
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Black Friday 2019
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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Scotland
FINALLY: Scottish veterans in the business world get recognition
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Airbnb
What does the Airbnb tax ‘scandal’ mean for UK SMEs?
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venture capital investment
How can VCs attract diverse employees and unlock better investments?
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uk economy
An update on the UK economy (apart from Brexit)
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Donald Trump
Why Brexit isn’t to blame for US tariffs on British goods
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construction sector
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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Queen's Speech
A break down of the first Queen’s Speech in two years
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power relations
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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Will this couple run SME save the traditional travel agent sector?
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Why electric scooters aren’t smart or safe enough yet
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the city
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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How military skills can transfer into the business world
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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Why 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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Burnout working conditions
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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“Every quid counts,” – 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 fresh soup success and the win-lose rollercoaster that followed
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White Britons are no longer the best paid employees in the UK
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Why one reusable bottle can stop 1000 pieces of plastic from going into 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 entrepreneurs
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Cecilia Crossley on mumpreneurs, impact culture and building a business made to last
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How should employers tackle eating disorders in the office?
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Presenter Stacey Dooley and female business leaders discuss imposter syndrome
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Opera star Sune Hjerrild has created ‘Linkedin for the classical music industry’
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It’s mental resilience, not age that makes a leader says magazine founder, Angelica Malin
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How military skills can transfer into the business world
New awards shine a light on why military skills are good for business
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