UK Entrepreneurship

Employee or Entrepreneur - It's a Matter of Choice

Maite Baron | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Fortunately, being an entrepreneur has now become much easier thanks to new technologies and the internet, which have reduced the risk of setting up in business significantly. Lack of job opportunities has also driven entrepreneurial change and so made starting up your own business a much more attractive alternative.

A 15-Year-Old Has Made £240,000 From Babysitting

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Noa Mintz is a savvy schoolgirl who is already worth an estimated $375,000 (£243,000) after starting her own babysitting service. Nannies By Noa i...

The Importance of the Intrapreneur

Nick Morris | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Tech
Nick Morris

Startups are often run by teams with little conventional experience; large corporations often boast a remarkable array of established, proven and immensely talented teams.

Want to Start a Food Business? Lessons from Oppo's Founders

Adele Barlow | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

It took 25 months of research, three different factories, two specialised food research centres, and four grants from Santander, York University and t...

How to Go from Employee to Entrepreneur

Neeta Patel | Posted 12.02.2015 | 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 Four Reasons Caring Professions Should Stay Away From Business (And the One Reason They Shouldn't)

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Ashworth

When talking with other birth professionals about how they can grow their business', I frequently notice the passion poured into their work, far outweighs the profits taken out. Alongside how common the same self-limiting beliefs prevent amazing women (I tend to work with women) from stepping up to be viewed as the valuable specialists they are.

How is Technology's Transformative Power Driving Social Change Around the world?

Annika Small | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Tech
Annika Small

It's an exciting time in technology and the people behind these brilliant ideas show that with passion, resourcefulness, creativity and courage it is possible to make a significant impact on the lives of others.

It's Time to Stop Your Dream Shrinkation

Maite Baron | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

The reality is that today, anybody with ambition, determination and courage can start a successful business - whatever their age. And it's true for the over-50s too. In fact, 'baby boomer' businesses are booming, as more and more of them take the entrepreneurial plunge.

Young Entrepreneurs Of The Week: Solarbox's Kirsty Kenney and Harold Craston Go Green

The Huffington Post UK | Siobhan Morgan | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

"My iPhone 5s battery is brilliant!" said no-one, ever. So we should all be extremely thankful for solarbox, the latest socio-environmental business s...

Why Most Young Entrepreneurs Don't Succeed

Stuart Maitland | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stuart Maitland

How many young entrepreneurs do you see knocking about making some serious money? When I say young, I mean people under 25? There is a reason for that and here is my opinion why...

Will our Future of Work, Work?

Jonas Altman | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Tech
Jonas Altman

Thirty-five years ago this month, Charles Handy envisioned the rise of the portfolio worker. This increasingly popular lifestyle choice favored by many, including myself, has given rise to a thriving creative class.

Six things I did right in my first startup

Will Bancroft | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

You know how low the success rates are for startups. Make yourself as valuable to your business as you possibly can and you'll end up making your self more employable outside of it. Doing so also helps drive your business forward.

Five Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

Chayya Syal | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chayya Syal

The Apprentice candidate Solomon Akhtar showed us that young people can become entrepreneurs by being passionate about an idea and utilising their knowledge and skills set. (Just don't put two pages of sailing boats in a business proposal!)

Strong Jules in Heels

Julie Meyer | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Julie Meyer

My amazing friends who are also my shareholders at Ariadne Capital and the Limited Partners in our venture capital fund, and I pioneered the 'Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs' model for the financing of entrepreneurship in Europe in 2000.

Is FOMO Making You Overwhelmed?

Jo Gifford | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Tech
Jo Gifford

In our social lives, we are über aware now of people out there, doing STUFF, having cool cocktails/cronuts/flat whites et al, while you, you saddo loner, are at home in your onesie. *glances around* Just me then?

What I Did Wrong In My First Start Up

Will Bancroft | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

What did I do wrong in my first startup? What didn't I do wrong! I probably did more wrong than right, but I got out the other side with some skills, earning power and am able to tell the tale. I'll take the hard earned lessons with me onto the next one, hopefully executing much more artfully and smartly next time.

UK Study: Do Incubated Startups Out-Survive Those Who Go It Alone?

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK
Shivvy Jervis

These talented entrepreneurs deserve to be championed in a sustainable way. They need a very carefully thought out, optimal support focused, mentor-led setup. The Government and corporates alike must help maintain this precious momentum - or risk losing real, next-gen talent.

The Apprentice - A Misrepresentation of Modern Day Business and Startup Culture

Eiso Kant | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK
Eiso Kant

As the co-founder of a startup platform that connects top talent with job opportunities at some of Europe's most exciting startups, this worries me as I believe that shows like The Apprentice are putting people off working in startups, particularly young people.

The Four Cornerstones of Success for Young Entrepreneurs

Sarah Willis | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK
Sarah Willis

Starting a business isn't easy for anyone while young people face their own disadvantages. They usually have less capital to support them, they might have student debts, and getting a business loan is going to be much harder. As unfair as it is, some people have less respect for the young and that's going to have an effect when they're competing against older people for resources when launching a start-up.

Micro Business Owners of the EU Must Stand Together

Soozi Baggs | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Politics
Soozi Baggs

The senior civil servants, politicians, and people who drafted the legislation do not understand how micro-level ecommerce works.

Make 2015 The Year of Change and Collaboration

Sara McKee | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK
Sara McKee

As we count down the days to Christmas and the New Year, many people start preparing their New Year's resolutions. It's in this spirit that we lay do...

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.

Looking While Leaping: Lessons From My First Business

Nick Morris | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK
Nick Morris

I'm a strong believer in the concept of 'Learning by Doing'; the idea that "studying entrepreneurship without doing it is like studying the appreciation of music without listening to it", as Seth Godin so neatly summed it up.

Why You Should Keep Showing Up, Even When No One Else Does

Stephanie Holland | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Stephanie Holland

This morning I hosted a free online class {live webinar} to which not one of the registrants showed up. How would you respond to the same situation?

From Work Disengagement to Soul Fulfillment

Maite Baron | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Even in our technological age, people are still the best asset of any business. Unfortunately, while employers may want the best from those they employ, not all are prepared to give it. And not all companies are willing to invest in their workforce to make sure that happens.