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Introducing Kitsch Kandy; Home Décor And Tomboy Fashion

Kitsch Mix has been a part of your family for 18 months now, and in that time we’ve noticed a lot.

2 years ago, we formed to fill a big gaping hole in the LGBT community – that lack of real lesbian visibility in media. So often we compete in a very male dominated LGBT market. We share that space, but we seldom own it.

We looked to change this, and for the last year our ever-growing team has worked hard to re-shape this landscape and offer you something new.

As an independent brand, owned and run by women, we are looking to build a community that other women can benefit from, and feel part of. We’ve done this through this website, and our TV channel, but now we’re moving into a new arena: Fashion.

Enter Kitsch Kandy, a web store that aims to cater for those whose style and personality does not conform to the traditional thoughts of society – women and femininity, males and masculinity.

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We offer both home furnishings and fashion items that are aimed perfectly at lesbians and others in “marginalized” groups. While these gift items don’t scream “super gay”, they are designed to make you feel more comfortable in your own skin – whatever that means for you.

We believe that style and fashion are not always the same – and if we had to choose, we’d pick style every time. We believe that your personal style should be a reflection of your inner self, as opposed to covering it up. And we believe that a designer doesn’t have to be well-known to be wonderful.

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That’s why, each month, we’ll hand-select a designer that caters to our community – offering you options that don’t feel like settling. We strive to turn your shopping trip into an all-out experience – something you’ll look forward to and tell all your friends about.

We want to help you write your own story – one that doesn’t conform to society’s rules of what you should or shouldn’t dress like.

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You already know that Kitsch Mix is all about you. We opened our store with our readers in mind, and we look to improve it based on what you think – so share your opinions!

After all, this is for all of us.

Even though this store is still very new, there is a great selection of fun, classy gift ideas for the people who mean the most in your life (even if that’s yourself – as it should be!), and support from the community will help it to grow even further.

So spread the word to all the lesbians you know – Kitsch Kandy is here to stay!

Kitsch Media Group Announced as a Lloyds Bank National Business Award Finalist

Today, Kitsch Media Group has been shortlisted for the The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the 2015 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

Based in London, Kitsch Media Group is now a leading media company for females particularly within the LGBTQ community. Their emphasis is on delivering high-quality and original online products focused on diversity and inclusion. The focal point of their creative initiative is publishing an online magazine and TV channel; with ambitions of future growth include expanding their digital portfolio of products.

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Going up against other finalists, Kitsch Media Group will compete for the prestigious award, with the winner being revealed at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards Gala Dinner held on 10 November at Park Lane’s Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

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Elizabeth Eagle-Simbeye, Co-founder and CEO, says she is “delighted” to have been shortlisted for this accolade.

“For Kitsch Media Group, and myself, it is a great honour to be shortlisted for The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year award. The recognition of our hard work, ideas, and business goals is extremely important to us, and the community that we represent.”

As a business created by culturally diverse women, our aim is to support and empower other women especially in the LGBTQ community, who (up until now) have been poorly represented in the media; and who often go unrecognised, unseen; and their stories untold.

So, such recognition shows how far we have travelled in acceptance and understanding. It also proves that what we are doing is valued, not only by our ever-growing audience, but by other business minds alike.”

An all encompassing range of industries are represented in the shortlists for this year’s awards, with companies from recruitment and children’s clothing, to pet food and online marketing being selected for the chance to win a coveted Lloyds Bank National Business Award. The scale of the finalists is just as varied, with companies turning over less than a million pounds to over £25 million, employing 20 people or over 70,000 people.

Tom Broughton, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: “The quality and range of this year’s entries exceed even those of last year, which is no mean feat. The draw of being involved with the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards has seen companies from all kinds of industries submit applications, which have been narrowed down using our thorough and comprehensive scoring system. We are now looking forward to the next step in the judging process and meeting some of the finalists face-to-face.”

Finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated across 18 award categories. They will now prepare for live presentations to expert judges who will decide the overall winners that will be revealed at the awards ceremony on 10 November.

Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for a full list of all finalists or for details on how to attend the event.

Finalists announced for 2015 National Business Awards

Over 140 of Britain’s leading businesses, business leaders and social enterprises have today been revealed as finalists for the 2015 National Business Awards, including 10 companies shortlisted for the Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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The finalists for this award are:

  • Angela Wilson, Angela’s Swim School
  • Chris Underwood, Choosic
  • Pletko Plachkov, Commuter Club
  • Solveiga Pakštaitė, Design By Sol Ltd.
  • Simon Brown, ForrestBrown Limited
  • Avin Rabheru, HouseKeep
  • Sarah Bale, Kernow Ed Ltd.
  • Elizabeth Eagle-Simbeye, Kitsch Media Group
  • Joe Carnell, UGOT UK
  • Cassandra Harris, Venturespring

Focusing on the market opportunity identified, the model to capitalise on it, and how it has been executed within the first 18 months of trading, judges will look at how initial targets and KPI’s have been exceeded, the vision for growth, and the founder’s understanding of key challenges, customers and the competitive landscape.

Sarah Bale, Director of Kernow Ed Ltd, one of the shortlisted companies in this category , has said: “Kernow Ed are absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted, It has made all the hard work worth it, we are looking forward to have the chance to inspire other entrepreneurs to have a go, take the plunge get into business, it can be done, Thank you NBA.”

Finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated across 18 award categories. They will now prepare for live presentations to expert juries who will decide the overall winners that will be revealed at the awards ceremony on 10 November.

This year’s finalists represent award categories such as The Grichan Partnerships Sustainable Business Award, The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year Award and the Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year Award.

Avin Rabheru, CEO & Founder of Housekeep, another of this categories’ finalists has said: “It’s been an exciting first 18 months here at Housekeep, growing from launch to thousands of customers, and we’re pleased to see this progress reflected in our nomination for this award. We’re looking forward to scaling even more quickly in the next 18 months.”

An all encompassing range of industries are represented in the shortlists for this year’s awards, with companies from recruitment and children’s clothing, to pet food and online marketing being selected for the chance to win a coveted National Business Award.  The scale of the finalists is just as varied, with companies turning over less than a million pounds to over £25 million, employing 20 people or over 70,000 people.

Tom Broughton, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: “To recognise and reward some of the leaders of the UK’s newest, up and coming businesses is an essential category at the National Business Awards. Limiting entrants to those that have been trading for no more than 18 months ensures we are catching the most recent businesses in the UK.

Visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for a full list of all finalists and to book a table at the event on 10 November 2015.

New Online Platform Fosters Community and Creativity Amongst LGBT Women

KitschMix.com is a rapidly growing social platform developed to promote the diverse creative ventures of women in the LGBT community. Launched in early 2014 by couple Judea Bogle and Elizabeth Eagle-Simbeye, KitschMix already boasts a network in the hundreds of thousands, with an estimated reach of well over 10 million.

These numbers are growing exponentially by the month, attesting to an unmet need within the lesbian community that the KitschMix founders were eager to meet. “There is a troubling lack of media representation, visibility, and support within the LGBT community for women,” says Judea. As a black woman, lesbian, mother, grandmother and successful entrepreneur in her own right, Bogle is passionate about positive social change: “We wanted to create a platform that supports lesbian women and provides them with the tools to share their stories, showcase their talents, businesses and creativity, and have access to advice and information when needed.”

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KitschMix was established in response to the demand for lesbian social visibility, celebrating the inspiring women within the LGBT community and promoting their talents and ideas. The heart of this is KitschMix’s social networking community, which allows members to communicate, share ideas, seek support, make friends and feel included. This community is also the primary audience for the vibrant KitschMix blog.

Supported by established journalists and contributors, the blog provides daily features on relevant lifestyle, cultural and political issues. KitschMix also promotes a host of other multimedia content created by talented LGBT women, including short films, web series and more.

There are big plans for KitschMix in the coming months, including the launch of an e-Publishing house for aspiring LGBT authors, a business directory to connect like-minded professionals and a crowd-sourced funding platform to get other creative projects and causes off the ground.

“Our hope is that LGBT women will take the limelight and feel encouraged,” says Elizabeth, herself the head of a successful digital design studio in London. “Lesbian visibility is a big issue and concern for gay women, but our message is positive. We believe that fostering the talent, aspirations and ideas of LGBT women through social and digital media is the most effective way to build a community, create global awareness and inspire positive social change.”