Annie May Noonan
Features Editor, Real Business
Annie May is the Features Editor at Real Business. 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. At Real Business, Annie is passionate about highlighting inclusive and diverse business disruptors and organisations for our evolving readership. Annie 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
Social entrepreneurship: Why the ultimate goal is 'shutting up shop'

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"Mumpreneur? I prefer the term social entrepreneur"

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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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The art of teaching an 'old' industry new tricks

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Is female networking enough to plug the VC gap?

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Amazon and ex-military entrepreneurs "fight" recruitment bias

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From NetDoctor to the NHS: Healthcare entrepreneurialism defined

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Heart vs head? Why an impactful business requires both

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Is this growing SME a newer and more sustainable Deliveroo?

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Why Uber may not be guaranteed IPO success: Lessons for upscaling SMEs

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From Zipcar deliveries to Selfridges: Cru8, a Paleo brand story

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

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Will removing CEOs stop the domination of AI over human talent?

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Innovation before the internet (bubble): The Shazam story explained

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What it takes to become a unicorn status company in the UK today

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

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SMEs can lead the charge with sustainability. Here's how

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How SME owners can learn to lead from a growth mindset

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Yasmina Siadatan: The Apprentice winner 10 years on

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Awards celebrate business achievements of military veterans

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Dragons' Den entrepreneur takes on tech giants with his business

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

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Inside the mind of a serial entrepreneur

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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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"If you die rich, you die poor," says activist 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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'Chewing the fat' with The Skinny Kitchen's Joel Belchem

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The end of pollution? It's 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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From Alibaba to SMEs, this business 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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why did outdoor mega brand Fjällräven fund this new adventure business?

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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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Davos 2019: Why Brexit and Bono were this year's hottest topics

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Would you leave the comforts of a legacy family business?

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Are good sales enough to survive as a pub business? Wetherspoon boss speaks out

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These are the 4 main negotiation traits you need to identify in your opponent

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Wage growth shows resilience of the UK labour economy despite Brexit stress

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Brexit stalls surge of UK's digital startups

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What's your plan to improve employee mental health?

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Entrepreneur Marcus Pickering sells 1.2 million drinks at Christmas

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Positive profits for Primark despite high-street lull, what's their secret?

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Why there's space in the bloated booze economy for clever exporters

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A selfie transformed this SME: The co-founding couple tell us their story

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I’m not a white middle-class man: How can I get into tech?

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Retain your staff, whether they're working in the UK or overseas

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Do you have to be a militant vegan to lead a cruelty-free business?

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Are your meetings a waste of time? Here are ways to make them more productive

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Here are the reasons why you should be fearful about fraud this year

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This retail founder leads a 100% growth YoY business minus supply chains

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High-street olympics: Who were the winners, and losers from Christmas 2018?

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This founder wants to reform the cybersecurity industry, here's why

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This ex-gamer helps businesses grow in over 120 countries: Could yours be next?

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The last dinosaur in decline: 'Mothercare' stores face mass closures

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Meet the co-founder of a late-payments crusader company

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Finance expert creates company that's a 'linkedin' for holiday home-owners

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Airline's first female CEO shows us what leadership skills matter in business

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What tech trends should ambitious SMEs be jumping on this year?

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UK property prices update: Areas of unexpected growth

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Hot off the press: HR trends for businesses in 2019

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The perks of being a woman in tech revealed

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Company directors: You may be fined for not preparing adequately for Brexit

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How will rising train fares affect business owners?

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Festive debts: Why one in ten of us believe we will never be free

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Christmas miracle? This tech company helps independent retailers grow

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Reasons to make your business more charitable next Christmas

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Christmas break: Digest what's going on in the gambling industry

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Investors Diaries: Brexit is an opportunity to further scale investments

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The best Christmas adverts of 2018: Lessons in branding and messaging

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How popular was your Christmas party this year? Lessons for 2019

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The role of financial director has changed. Make sure you move with the times

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Here are the latest facts about Brexit and the markets

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Get VAT ready with our easy-to-read guide

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UK family businesses: What they are and how to run them

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Festive shopping visits decline as online retail booms

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