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.
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.
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.
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'.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think it is true that the current economic climate poses challenges that are very different to those faced by the school and university leavers of previous generations. There might not be a queue of companies waiting to give graduates a job, but there are plenty of young people out there with the drive, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit to help themselves.
There is a role that we all have to play in responding to the changing skills needs that we will continue to face, and the diversity of the sector will mean that different organisations will need to reflect on these broader themes and identify priorities and appropriate solutions that work for them.