We're living during a time where technology is advancing at an extremely fast pace. Behind this lighting-fast advancement, there are some seriously creative people are thinking outside of the box and dreaming of new ways to work with this technology, often resulting in outstanding uses of technology. Here are just a few of the great minds of our time that are destined for big things in 2014.
Small Business Saturday UK (7th December 2013), born in the USA as a way to get more consumers to shop within their own communities, has now migrated to this side of The Pond, and with very good reason.
What a long way we have come. I can remember when we administered the first £1million. It seemed like a huge milestone. It seems like only yesterday we had provided loans to 5,000 businesses and now we have passed the 10,000th milestone. We should be very proud of what we have achieved, but there is still a long way to go...
One week, 3,200 events and over 300,000 participants. It's been a record-breaking Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 for the UK, with more people taking part in activities than ever before in the 10-year history of a week dedicated to enterprise in the country.
Almost half a million businesses have been set up in the UK so far this year. That proves there is a huge amount of entrepreneurial spirit in this country. I was delighted to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) with the announcement of the 10,000th loan awarded by the government-funded Start-Up Loans, of which I am chairman.We've lent £51million to entrepreneurs in under 18 months, ensuring people who are passionate about business can play their part in reviving the economy and creating jobs. But GEW has also reminded me why I want to challenge Britons to do even better.
Here is a simple truth: There would be more jobs if there were a better understanding between banks and the businesses that want to borrow from them. But this appears to be lacking, according to new research...
Having taken part in Dragon's Den this series and working closely with UK Trade and Investment, I'm now even more aware of the importance of funding and supporting the great ideas of future business leaders. What's particularly close to my heart is nurturing and growing the ideas of young people domestically and into international markets.
The Middle East is a key region of interest because although increasing numbers of women are receiving a good standard of education, the region still lags behind on the core issue of economic equality. On a global scale, the latest figures from the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report show that although the gender gap in education is 93% closed, the gap in economic equality has closed by only 60%.
moving away from corporate life to start a new venture is a big step to take, but it can be a life-changing leap forward, as those who have done it have found. And by doing the same you will have the opportunity to make your mark on the world in a way that would never be possible if you stay with a corporate organisation.
You may have problems in your life or with your business, you may have days where you don't feel that strong at all. Me too. And my message to you is that we are all like that. Do not think that the seemingly successful business people in our world are any stronger than you.
Where are we now, and where are we going? Twenty or fifteen years ago we could rely on mainstream institutions to answer these questions for us. Westminster, Fleet Street, Big Business - they told us what the good life really meant, and how to live it. Yet fast forward to 2013 and these are no longer the bedrocks of society; their legitimacy sapping in the wake of perpetual scandals, their decline accelerated by the worst economic crash in a century.
I am passionate about entrepreneurs and encouraging them to follow their dreams and start their own businesses. That's one of the main reasons I agreed to go on Dragons Den. I've been running my own business now for 37 years and gained a lot of experience which I want to share with others.
In the biggest survey of its kind in the UK, a YouGov survey for major health insurer Bupa has revealed just how stressed we are here in Britain.
I firmly believe that women with children could be unlocked as "mumtrepreneurs" if they had better state support. There is certainly plenty of evidence to suggest that more do want to create businesses than manage to do so.
The corporate employment landscape just got a whole lot bleaker. Redundancy - the silver lining shows how new business opportunities are rising.
Making Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 even more significant, this year will mark 10 years of a week in the U.K. dedicated to giving individuals and start ups the practical support to help them get set up and grow.