Enterprise

Omnichannel Retailing in the Gulf - an Ongoing Challenge

Mark Artus | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Artus

This stems from a major difference between the Middle Eastern and Western cultures; in the UK, ecommerce leads the way, with consumers preferring the convenience and speed of browsing and ordering online to the hustle and bustle of the high street. In the Gulf, however, 'mall culture' remains dominant.

Charity Entrepreneurs - Do They Exist?

Michelle Wright | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

In a changing economic context, most charities are being asked to be more entrepreneurial, but I'm coming across more and more CEOs that are tired of hearing the term and Chairs of Trustees that don't seem to know where to start. So what does 'entrepreneurial' really mean in the charity sector?

Let's Say 'No' to Careers Advice

Erica Sosna | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Erica Sosna

Universities and colleges are a little more interested, but they still struggle to integrate self discovery and career coaching into the core curriculum. And until they do, careers advice is meaningless.

It's Never Too Late to Start Up

Doug Richard | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK
Doug Richard

You absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks. Anything to the contrary is nonsense. There'll always be those who point to age as a reason not to try something new, but this is terrible advice. When the entrepreneurial bug bites, age should be no barrier.

Why I'm Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

James Davenport | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Davenport

We create art with a variety of participants such as homeless or vulnerably housed people, to disabled people. Through workshops, events and performances we provide a platform which offers a voice for the voiceless.

Reading This Can Make You Rich in 2014

Malcolm Bell | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Malcolm Bell

People don't really read, but if they did, they could be a lot richer. I have realised that downloading a new book to my kindle, isn't the same as actually reading it. (Does anyone else do this?)

Best Business Books 2014 - My Top 5

Malcolm Bell | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Malcolm Bell

These 'best' business books, are maybe not the 'best', as in 'best sellers', but the 'best' in the sense of great books that have been recommended to me that are particularly useful, insightful and relevant for anyone who works in the business world.

How to Make a Good Video Interview

Neeta Patel | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Neeta Patel

We are about to start using video interviews as an integral part of our screening process at the New Entrepreneurs Foundation. We have done this in order to increase significantly the number of people we can see (albeit virtually) before making an initial shortlist. As we are about to open applications for this year's group of New Entrepreneurs Foundation students, I thought it would be helpful to provide some tips on how to do a good video interview.

Are We Shrugging Off Survival Mode and Gunning for Growth?

Andrew Devenport | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Andrew Devenport

You know things are starting to look up with the economy when debate turns to possible interest rate rises. With recent unemployment and GDP figures suggesting the long-awaited upturn may well be here, it was with great pleasure that we were able to announce, at the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013, that entrepreneurs agree a new era is afoot.

Routes to Entrepreneurship

Neeta Patel | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Neeta Patel

In early September, 36 eager young aspiring entrepreneurs gathered at a location in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, to start their year long journey learning about entrepreneurship. The cohort is the Class of 2014 specially selected to join The New Entrepreneurs Foundation programme from nearly 1000 applicants.

Data For All: The Enterprise Revolution

Sean Farrington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Sean Farrington

Imagine a world in which you need to get hold of the latest information immediately and it's there - at your fingertips, without you having to go through the IT or data team for access, or for them to get the information for you.

Why Saving Is Not a Luxury

Pauline Ngari | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Pauline Ngari

If you are poor, living at the margins of society and excluded from financial institutions, can you really save? Do you have any 'spare' money? And if you do, can you save enough to make a difference? We often assume the answer is 'No', but I speak from personal experience when I say that the answer to these questions is emphatically 'Yes'.

Why We Need a Manifesto for Youth Enterprise

Benedict Dellot | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Politics
Benedict Dellot

Young people are flocking in droves to become entrepreneurs. In 2010, 5 per cent of those under the age of 30 were starting up in business. By 2011 this had increased to 7 per cent. And last year, we'd reached 9.5 per cent - effectively a doubling of enterprise activity in the space of just a few years (see the graph below). Quite a remarkable feat by anyone's standards...

Universities Must Keep Their Wits About Them When It Comes to Impact

Stephen Caddick | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Caddick

In a nutshell, the Review was full of sensible proposals with few surprises. This was a welcome recognition of the potential we have to drive growth through engagement with universities. It lacked any real "big bang" surprises, but if properly implemented, it's just possible that we will look back in this as a watershed moment.

When Collaboration Results in Sustainable Solutions

Andrew Devenport | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Devenport

As world leaders gathered last week for the G20 Leaders' Summit in Russia, it emphasised the importance of countries coming together, particularly in ...

One Year On as a 'Woman of the Future'

Joanna Montgomery | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Joanna Montgomery

This time last year, I was announced as a finalist for a Woman of the Future Award in the Science and Technology category. As the press descended on me for interviews and quotes, I realised I was asking myself all the same questions.

My Top Five Business Mantras

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Hoppen

Starting your own business is a personal journey you take that makes you question who you are and what you are doing it for. We all question out decisions and tend to overthink our intentions, but I believe that if you follow these five mantras, you can achieve great things for you and your business.

Mobilising the Workforce Securely

Chris Boorman | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Tech
Chris Boorman

Today's workforce no longer expects to be kept within the confines of the four walls of the office; people expect to be able to work from home and on the go and if their employers won't provide them with the technology to do so, they'll simply use their own. Unfortunately, this has opened a can of security worms for IT departments worldwide.

IT Professionals in 2050 - Their New Avatar

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

Making predictions is never wise especially if you live to see your predictions failing (remember Y2K?) , but looking at numbers there are evidences that some of these predictions will definitely come true. For example, demographic changes across the world are a certainty.

Who Deserves to Receive the Queen's Honours?

Jenny Garrett | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK
Jenny Garrett

Lets face it we all know someone who deserves the Queens honours, doing great work, and making a difference, nominate them now, especially if they are from one of the under represented groups.

Adonis Must Learn the Lessons on LEPs

John Lehal | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
John Lehal

LEPs are a great innovation and are already helping local communities build on their strengths to deliver growth, but they must have the right resources and structures in place to enable them to reach their full potential.

Is Our Immigration Policy Ensuring that Britain's Got Talent?

Heather Rolfe | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Politics
Heather Rolfe

Earlier this year, in a landmark speech on migration, David Cameron stated: 'We want the brightest and best innovators and entrepreneurs to choose Britain as the best place to start their next businesses'... How well is this route working?

The Social Economy Alliance: A New Hope

Dan Gregory | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Gregory

If you sense a disturbance in the force, then that's because this week has seen the launch of the Alliance for the Social Economy. The Alliance aims to radically affect the way political parties think about the economy in the lead up to the next election. It includes Co-operatives UK, the Young Foundation, the New Economics Foundation, Social Enterprise UK and many more.

Resilient Youth: Using Psychology to Prevent a Lost Generation

Ed Pinkney | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ed Pinkney

Switching on the news last night, I heard a young graduate telling a reporter, "I've done everything that society told me to do, and I'm still not finding employment." As his words trailed off, the despair in his voice seemed to capture a generation that's feeling let down and unsure where to turn.

Don't Get Caught Up in an E-mailstorm

Ian Emery | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Tech
Ian Emery

There is a hidden menace lurking at the heart of many large organisations today. It can lie dormant for many years and senior managers may be blissfully unaware of its presence. Major enterprises have evolved complex email architectures that frequently connect to a web of applications stretching back decades.