New Entrepreneurs Foundation

Marianne Hughes

Founder, KnowLabel

The Determined Entrepreneur

Marianne had her eye on the NEF programme for a while. She had seen others go through the NEF journey and was attracted by NEF’s focus on encouraging more female entrepreneurs. Having launched a social enterprise at university she was keen to get involved in a host company to develop her skills further.

Her NEF experience gave her the confidence to launch KnowLabel, a digital clothing label which shows the environmental and social impact of what you are wearing. In 2016 she was selected by as one of the UK’s young entrepreneurs to watch. Very much deserved – we think Marianne will go very far.


NEF gave me unprecedented access to start-up life. Shadowing a CEO who knows the sector I wanted to work in meant a great deal and provided me with a valuable mentor. I was involved in almost every aspect of the business from pitching to customers to technical know-how and sourcing new premises. It was a unique experience that helped give me the confidence and drive to speed up getting KnowLabel off the ground.

Marianne Hughes
Founder, KnowLabel

The programme

We are on a mission to develop the entrepreneurial leaders of the future. We are here to give you the confidence, training, skills and access to networks to help you launch game-changing businesses.

We have designed a unique 12-month programme that will help you fulfil your potential. For many, the NEF year has been transformational – we look forward to taking you to the next level.  

Work placement

Learning & development

Coaching & mentoring



Your NEF year - What to expect

Brands without Borders: From Humble Beginnings to the Global Stage

Thinking of applying to the NEF programme? Please join us for our next Speaker Series event and find out how the New Entrepreneurs Foundation can help you realise your entrepreneurial potential and take you to the next level.

On 16th March we’ve invited entrepreneurs who made it onto the global stage to discuss how building an international brand takes time, determination, vision and and immense drive.

We will be joined by Nick Wheeler, founder of Charles Thyrwitt, and multiple BAFTA award winner, Phil Davies, the creator and producer of major animation films and TV series (including Peppa Pig).

There will be plenty of opportunity for you to network with our speakers, NEF alumni and the NEF team.

Come and listen, question, network and leave inspired.

Tickets available!