Enterprise

2016 - Reasons To Still Be Hopeful

Michelle Ovens | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK
Michelle Ovens

We want to spread that message of hope and optimism to all small businesses - and that is exactly what we are going to do with Small Business Saturday this year. I have found that hope is contagious - so go and spread it around. It is exactly what 2016 needs.

Creativity to Enterprise

Professor Christina Slade | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Professor Christina Slade

The UK creative industries are worth £84.1 billion a year to the UK economy*; an incredible contribution and an area in which the UK shines on a global stage. Our creative exports span across film, music, gaming and publishing (to name but a few), continuously breaking new ground and contributing to the cultural landscape of countries across the world.

Making the Inaccessible, Accessible: How Social Tech Is Changing Lives for the Better

Vicki Hearn | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Tech
Vicki Hearn

For many people facing personal challenges, tech is the perfect enabler to make aspects of everyday life that many of us take for granted more accessible. A number of these organisations using tech for good approach us for help in reaching the next stage of their development, and our funding programmes like Social Tech Seed give them the support they need.

Loyalty Redefined - With Apologies To Her Majesty

Helen Rosethorn | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Helen Rosethorn

Many of us have experienced a great surge of pride and affection for the Royal Family, and in particular for the Queen in recent weeks. A recent poll...

Girl Thrilled Her Shopkins Toy Sold For More Than £200

SWNS | Amy Packham | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents

A five-year-old has made an impressive profit after one of her toys, which was bought for just £2.50, later sold for more than £200. Gracie Davis d...

It's Our F**king Future - Let's Reclaim It At COP21

James Crawley | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
James Crawley

Of all the media coverage surrounding the COP21 talks on Youth and Future Generation day there is one slightly alternative hashtag that fills me with excitement: #ItsOurFuckingFuture

Ask the Expert: What Is a Social Enterprise?

Dr Hinnah Rafique | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Dr Hinnah Rafique

As Director of a multi-award-winning UK social enterprise I get asked this question at least few times a week and have been meaning to write this blog...

Why More Young People Should Set Up Their Own Business

Marc Wileman | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Marc Wileman

While it's great to see an increase in entrepreneurs in these areas, I believe that young people can establish companies in any field they choose. With the right frame of mind, anything is possible. If you're thinking about becoming your own boss just remember, you don't have to do it alone.

Financial Education Is Vital - But Not for the Reason You Think

Michael Mercieca | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Mercieca

If we could turn the page, start afresh and work together; commit ourselves to financial and enterprise education across the curriculum at all stages and do whatever it takes to really engage young people, perhaps will we see a new generation free from this crippling fear of debt and unemployment. Surely we have to try?

Business Education Could Reboot the UK Economy

Michael Mercieca | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Michael Mercieca

Enterprise and financial education in schools is vital if we're to have a chance of improving our economic prospects. If implemented now, a national initiative for enterprise and financial education could help us to produce future generations of motivated, confident, work-ready young people with the skills to succeed, innovate and increase the UK's productivity. Surely this is an investment worth making.

Creating an Enterprise Culture in the Chinese Year of the Sheep‭ ‬- Beware of Sheep Dipping

Michael Mercieca | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Michael Mercieca

Sheep dipping is no longer a legal requirement,‭ ‬but for many farmers it remains a vital twice yearly event that protects their flock from diseases.‭ ‬The benefits outweigh the costs because sheep dipping works.‭ ‬For sheep,‭ ‬that is.

Translating Africa's Tech Enthusiasm Into an Enterprise Ecosystem

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

The question of how many vastly successful technology start-ups have come out of Africa might therefore not yet be one to ask. Instead, entrepreneurship takes more than the availability of technology.

How to Go from Employee to Entrepreneur

Neeta Patel | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Neeta Patel

If you feel stuck in a rut with your current job and think you could do better job of running a company, here is some of my top advice on making the switch from employee to entrepreneur.

The Bad News Is Youth Unemployment Is Rising

Michael Mercieca | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

The recent ONS figures for the September to November 2014 quarter show general unemployment is down. This is fantastic news, of course, and it rightly gained much positive coverage. But what's not so great - and was not so well-reported - is that the figures also show youth unemployment is on the rise again.

Why It's Never Too Late to Change Your Career

Tony Cooper | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Cooper

I have always worked at something I love, however this is different, as this is working for myself and with my best friend - and backing our beliefs and visions, not someone else's. It brings an extra passion and commitment to the process and, ultimately, a more fulfilling reward.

Six Things I've Learnt From Six Years in Startups

Will Bancroft | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

I never took a normal job after university. I went into tech startups instead; fin-tech to be precise, in London. Six years on, someone recently asked me what I'd learnt from choosing that path.

Sorry Russell Brand, But Capitalism Is a Force for Good and You Know It

Ian Baxter | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK
Ian Baxter

Dear Russell, You don't know me but my name's Ian and I'm a capitalist. I know you won't find it fashionable but it's true. I invest capital in my business expecting a return. The bigger the better if I'm honest.

Why 2015 Will be One Heck of a Year for Start-ups

Emma L. Jones | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK
Emma L. Jones

The British start-up culture has evolved to such an extent that we're now Europe's most entrepreneurial nation - and the fourth best in the world according to the Global Entrepreneurship Index.

Eight Steps to a Successful Business

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Starting a business can be daunting. Revision - Starting a business is daunting, terrifying, exhilarating, infuriating and the best thing I've ever done. But it's never smooth sailing, and newcomers need to know that a great idea does not make a great business.

Why We Must Bridge the Gap Between Education and Work

Fintan Donohue | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
Fintan Donohue

Growth Through People, a report recently published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, is a timely and insightful blueprint that sets out how necessary improvements in our skills system can be achieved.

How to Attract Business Investment

Neeta Patel | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Neeta Patel

Most entrepreneurs with ambitions to start their own business generally start by either funding the venture themselves or sourcing early stage investment from friends and family. This is what potential investors expect from very early stage start-up founders.

How to Hire the Best People for Your Business

Reuben Singh | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK
Reuben Singh

Often employers forget that they are surrounded by people who might just be looking to move jobs. If you do know someone, ask them if they want the job! You just never know, your perfect employee might be right under your nose!

Select Your Business Partner Like You Would Choose a Spouse

Neeta Patel | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK
Neeta Patel

It's easy to be caught up in the excitement of a new business venture, but when it comes to choosing the person with whom you will spend more hours, than your spouse, it is important not to enter into a relationship you may live to regret - there is a lot at stake if goes wrong, but plenty to gain if you get it right.

Dealing With Late Payments

Neeta Patel | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Neeta Patel

Small businesses can feel the strain more than most, when it comes to late payments, but the impact of this can be reduced by following some practical steps to managing your cash-flow and tackling late payments at the earliest stage.

Britain's Army of 2.9Million Homepreneurs Hold Key to Local Economic Growth

Emma L. Jones | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK
Emma L. Jones

Britain's booming army of 2.9m homepreneurs spend more than £40billion of their earnings in their own local economy and are on track to create over five million freelance jobs, a major new report from Enterprise Nation and Direct Line for Business has revealed today.