Enterprise

How to Attract Business Investment

Neeta Patel | Posted 24.11.2014 | 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 17.11.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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 23.10.2014 | 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.

Talking Young Enterprise at the Party Conferences

Michael Mercieca | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK
Michael Mercieca

This year I attended both the Conservative and Labour Party conferences in my capacity as Chief Executive of the charity Young Enterprise.‭ ‬It‭'‬s now a couple of weeks since the conferences and I‭'‬ve had time to digest and reflect not only on‭ ‬what‭ ‬was achieved there but also‭ ‬where‭ ‬it was achieved.‭..

Why You Need a Mentor In Business

Reuben Singh | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

Every person who has ever built a successful business has had a mentor - usually more than one at different stages of the company's growth. They might not have called these people mentors or viewed them as such; they might just have thought of them as a friend.

Personal Finance Education Is a Waste of Time, Right?

Michael Mercieca | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

I know that any education about the mysterious world of money would have been gratefully received. For a start, it would have made maths lessons a whole lot more interesting - and a great deal more meaningful. Personal finance and money management is, after all, maths in action.

Why Productivity V Control Is a Simple Matter of Proportionate Force

Gary Calcott | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Tech
Gary Calcott

Picture the scene: you find yourself in a bar or pub, having a drink with some friends. Suddenly, a man you don't know comes up to you and begins aggressively shouting and shoving you, spilling your drink in the process. It's clear that you need to address the issue...but how?

Making Money With Friends Is More Fun

Reuben Singh | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

In business it pays to have a long memory and to keep a mental score sheet. Always remember those who helped you and, of course, remember those who di...

Failure Is Your Greatest Success

Reuben Singh | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

Celebrate failure, embrace criticism, learn from everyone you meet and remember - you can never spend enough money on getting good advice from experienced people.

Moo Founder Shares Recipe for Growth

Glyn Britton | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Tech
Glyn Britton

Entrepreneurs and advisers including Moo.com's Richard Moross share advice on securing investment, attracting a company's first 100 customers and knowing when to give up the day job with some of Hackney's most promising start-ups at the latest Start-up Kitchen.

Omnichannel Retailing in the Gulf - an Ongoing Challenge

Mark Artus | Posted 02.06.2014 | 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 02.06.2014 | 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 30.04.2014 | 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...