I have dedicated the last decade of my working life to helping young people take risks and seize opportunities. And yet, when my daughter decided to leave university early because she wanted to pursue her own path, I thought it was a very bad idea...
The continued success of London's tech start-ups is a reminder of the importance of SMEs to the nation's economy and hopes for the future. Small businesses have the potential to become large businesses, and large businesses have the power to influence and inspire countless others.
The entrepreneur has been lauded as the saviour of faltering economies, has its own social class and has even become a sex symbol. While these business leaders have dominated our consciousness, a quieter relative has been beavering away in the background, shirking the limelight.
One of the main reasons why people set up in business is a desire for independence and freedom. Often that's a reaction to the constraints of working for a large organisation where there's little flexibility to 'do your own thing'.
Last week saw the international creative community descending on the streets (and sandy beaches) of Southern France. The Cannes Lions International Festival is a yearly celebration and showcase of the work and innovations the world's creative and advertising industries have come up with.
Unconscious bias is often (rightly) blamed for its part in holding women back at work. But what about our own blind spots? Evidence suggests that people are often poor judges of themselves. Most of us like to strive for authenticity in what we do. But are we really being 'real'?
Now is the time to provide Greece with a truly sustainable aid programme that helps Greece out of intensive care. Greeks and Europeans, need a resolution, both political and economic. What is needed is a show of common sense and a move towards European consensus that would strengthen EU and unite its citizens even more but the clock is ticking.
My sister just got back from Tesco. "Something weird just happened," she said. Little did I know 'something weird' would involve a red pepper. "I ...
The post-war generation to which my uncle belongs has left us a precious legacy of democratic institutions. It is to be hoped that the current generation of politicians, diplomats and citizens can protect and build on it.
Everyone likes to call themselves an entrepreneur, but is there really truth in it? There's a big difference between someone who shows entrepreneurial skills such as innovation, creativity and competitive acumen and the guy who runs a successful car dealership franchise. Both are working for themselves, both want to call themselves entrepreneurs, but are they? Here's how to spot the difference.
Tesco was for many years a celebrated, expanding emblem of great British business success. But with that status also comes a responsibility to be an ambassador for good corporate governance.
In fact, private renters in the UK pay the highest price for housing in the entire European Union. With an average monthly rent of 902 Euros per month (the equivalent of around £730), private renters in the UK pay almost double the amount of the European average, which is 481 Euros
Managing the fallout following a public IT outage is of paramount importance and having a similar issue so soon after the 2012 fiasco will only work to further tarnish RBS's reputation. However, it's now vital the bank learns from its mistake to make sure customers are not forced to deal with similar issues further down the line.
I believe that the global apparel industry can lead change. If companies know how and where their products are made, they can take the steps needed to create fair and safe conditions for workers worldwide.
We cannot take our capital's vibrancy and economic success for granted. A future Mayor needs to champion bringing major international sporting and cultural events to London to help promote the capital in the future. I have already made clear that London should bid for the European Capital of Culture in 2023, but after Glasgow's great Games last summer, few will be in any doubt that London would benefit too from hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
Latin America is fast becoming one of the most interesting entrepreneurial environments in the world. With 8% of the world's population, even as recently as 2010 it was filing just 2.6% of the world's patent applications, but things are changing and innovation can be found in all corners.