One fateful night sitting around with friends and a nice bottle of wine leads to one of those 'eureka' moments, that seeds a spiral of excitement and passion for your new business venture. Investment and capital flood in because, of course, your idea is brilliant and before you know it - you've turned over a million pounds.
How well business behaves should be governed not just by rule books and regulations, there needs to be an instinct for good behaviour that gets talked about. For ethics. Common sense? Apparently not. What we are seeing instead is a gradual erosion of ethical standards, or at least any sense that they represent something important to a firm or can be articulated.
When you start a business you have a million dreams and a can do attitude. Set backs are just that, and stamina and determination can defy bullshit and commercial fear. I do wish though, that I had had a small insight into what really matters.
Last week's National Apprenticeship Week was full of discussion. We heard about the productivity gains of hiring apprentices, and concerns around the gender divide. We celebrated the amazing things apprentices have achieved, and heard from business leaders who are pledging to create more apprenticeships.
To all of the 300,000 supporters of my Change.org and the tireless campaigners that protests on the streets with me numerous times over the past two years, I want to say a final huge thank you and congratulations. YOU are the ones who have changed history. Without you, this would never have been possible and generations more women may well have been subject to the illogical and overtly sexist tampon tax. For the first time in two years, I can say WELL DONE, WE DID IT!!
I have thought for a long time that the UK needs a new agenda for business. Political leaders on all sides must, clearly and unambiguously, make the case that business, for all its faults, is the sole driver of our collective security, health and prosperity.
Sometimes it's the people with whom we work most closely that end up knowing us the best. So it has proved with George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith. That's why IDS's observation in his resignation letter to the Prime Minister was so revealing. In it, he said: "I am unable to watch passively whilst certain policies are enacted in order to meet the fiscal self-imposed restraints that I believe are more and more perceived as distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest". For once IDS has hit the nail on the head. George Osborne is a man who always puts his career before his country. The nation's economic interest is not his primary concern.
Encouraging more saving is a worthy objective that public policy should be looking to achieve, and this kind of measure will help younger people save for both of these events. However, like other recent initiatives, such as Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantees, or Starter Homes, they provide an attractive product for consumers now, but may prove much less helpful in the long-run.
There has been a rise almost 10% in child hospital admissions for severe tooth decay in England over the last four years. Researchers have pointed to a strong correlation between area deprivation and the rate of tooth extraction. Which is why I find it bizarre that one of the main arguments deployed against the sugary drinks tax is that it will hit the poorest hardest. Irrespective of how much income people have, how is it morally sound to keep the prices of dangerous food low? Powerful companies spend a lot of money each year advertising to us and selling us sugary drinks that are giving us diabetes and more. They put them in front of us all day in train stations, newsagents, even leisure centres.It is time for society to protect itself and our children.
I'm talking about passion. I'm talking about doing what you love and charging people money to do it. I know it sounds like a like a pipe dream, but it's not that uncommon. As you will see from this article, there are lots of ways you can do this for yourself.
People who respect and support LGBT people are known as 'Allies'. These people help build bridges for LGBT people at work.
There are only 100 days to go until we have to make the most important political decision of a generation. It has been over 40 years since we last had a say on our membership of the EU. Now we have until 23 June to decide whether we take back control and spend our money on our priorities, or keep sending more money and power to Brussels.
Referendums are won by people getting out, talking to one another and spreading the word that Britain is stronger, safer and better off in Europe. With just 100 days to go, time is running out. Don't hesitate - play your part to keep Britain stronger in Europe.
The Government is asked to support environmentally friendly technologies every day. It's called on to invest in renewable generation and to subsidise electric vehicles. But in this case, it could actually make money while helping clean alternatives to diesel to flourish. It seems like one of the simpler decisions that the Chancellor would have to make this week.
As a mother of two beautiful girls, I've experienced first-hand the struggles of balancing work with the responsibilities of being a parent. I jumped at the opportunity to work from home, but I quickly realized I needed to set boundaries in order to maximize my productivity in a busy home. ..
It may only be March but the issue of diversity, specifically ethnic diversity, has been one of the most widely covered topics of 2016. From University admissions to the Oscars, there is an unsettling sense of regression in the number of visibly successful BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic-including Hispanic and Middle Eastern) people in both the UK and America.