3 October 2013 - This story is in archive

Alumna and fashion designer Jennifer Onah talks about how she prepared herself for the world of business.

Fashion designer and entrepreneur Jennifer Onah was invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street on 12 September, to celebrate the support she received from the Start-Up Loans Company. She recently launched her women's-wear clothing line Ferona, specialising in bespoke evening, occasion dresses and cocktail and red carpet gowns. Jennifer was joined by 100 business men and women who also received support from the New Enterprise Allowance and met with government ministers and the Prime Minister.

'It was an absolute honour to receive an invitation from the Prime Minister to attend the reception at No.10 in celebration of British entrepreneurs. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of ten or so British entrepreneurs in the UK, to present my business and products to the Prime Minister, press, members of the Government and other guests in attendance.

'It was somewhat surreal to be there among the likes of other successful entrepreneurs, including James Caan and Levi Roots. I was extremely grateful for the recognition I was given that day. It's amazing what the Start-Up Loans Company and the Government are doing for aspiring entrepreneurs from all walks of life. I hope that I can inspire others to keep their dreams alive and make those thoughts and dreams a reality. I have a long way to go and this is only the beginning for me but I know that anything is achievable with hard work, dedication and self-belief.'

Jennifer was given a fantastic opportunity to tell her success story of how the Government-backed Start Up Loans Company contributed to her career whilst promoting her own business, at the reception held in the historic state rooms of 10 Downing Street.