UK Entrepreneurship

An Open Letter to Labour

Frances Dickens | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Dickens

Dear Labour Party, The past three weeks have not been happy ones. As a previous life-long supporter of the party who voted Conservative for the first time on May 7th, I hope the following to-do list is constructive. A strong Labour party is vital to an effective, healthy democracy and to ensuring that the Conservatives deliver on their election promises. So here are five next steps:

Three Aspiring Professionals Succeeding in Greece

Nikolaos Dimou | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Nikolaos Dimou

Unemployment, nepotism, high taxes, small internal market, obstructive and dysfunctional public sector, low liquidity and lack of willing investors construe a hostile environment for professionals in a financially struggling Greece. Despite all adversities, three young people defy all odds, lead by example and serve as "beacons" of hope.

Ten Reasons Why Everyone Can Be an Entrepreneur - part two

Andrew Devenport | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Devenport

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Aliança Empreendedora, the Brazilian member of Youth Business International which has supported 19,000 low income microentrepreneurs, we have compiled 10 arguments which deconstruct myths many people have about becoming an entrepreneur.

What a Conservative Majority Means for Small Business

James Caan CBE | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

This week Sajid Javid announced new measures to support entrepreneurs and job creation in his first speech as Business Secretary. Cutting red tape by £10billion would make an almighty impact on the growth of small businesses and I hope this rhetoric has lit the flame for a future all-encompassing entrepreneurial Britain. This is the start of a very exciting journey for us all.

Staying 'Normal' As an Entrepreneur

Jo Gifford | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK
Jo Gifford

Hiding and being a pre-tech and online version of me is certainly welcome from time to time - but I would certainly miss my support team and entrepreneur family and am glad of our mutual madness.

Ten Reasons Why Everyone Can Be an Entrepreneur

Andrew Devenport | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Devenport

Eric Ries, in his book "The Lean Startup", states that mistakes are beneficial to the development process of a new business. However, he says that it is important to fail as soon as possible and to learn as quickly as possible! In other words, entrepreneurs should keep their failures small and should also eliminate them while they are not creating bigger problems..

Business Lessons From My Children

Jo Haigh | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Parents
Jo Haigh

My children are all grown up now and have their own amazingly successful careers but that doesn't stop them contributing to mine, and nor would I want them to. I want them to contribute to my own business and for good reason.

Millennial Movers: Meet the Dynamo Behind the World's Largest Offline Search Engine

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Tech
Shivvy Jervis

Selfie sticks obsessions aside (not a fan, sorry), I see the moral fibre and generosity of Gen Y first-hand. We refuse to work for brands that aren't ethical or inspiring (we won't buy from them either), rally support for community causes and have a decidedly 'global-local' mindset.

Burst Working

Jonas Altman | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Jonas Altman

It's a very interesting time. But isn't it always? Like every other generation before us, we believe that we are living in the most rapidly changing time in the history of mankind.

Social Impact Insights: Iqbal Wahhab, Founder and CEO, Roast Restaurant

Carlos Miranda | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Carlos Miranda

As much as "social enterprise" is a buzzword these days, there are people who reject this label entirely. 'Reluctant social entrepreneur,' Iqbal Wahhab is one such person. Sitting in Roast Restaurant in Borough Market, London, enjoying a delicious macchiato and the exceptional service of their highly-rated staff, I questioned Iqbal's hesitation to embrace this categorisation of his long-standing work supporting the community.

The Flipside of Being an Entrepreneur!

Michaela Jedinak | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Michaela Jedinak

First of all I like to say that I love being an Entrepreneur and that I can't imagine now doing anything else but running my own start up fashion businesses. But I honestly can say I didn't expect it would be that hard and that challenging and such a long way to travel before you are getting some sign of rewards and success.

Forget Retirement, Over 55s Are Becoming Entrepreneurs

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Forget relaxing in retirement, a survey has found that a growing number of people over the age of 55 are using their savings pots to become later-life...

15 Entrepreneurship Lessons from Running

Dmitry Dmitriev | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK
Dmitry Dmitriev

For the last year I've been in my roller-coaster developing an enterprise in training and development industry. This year I've also started practicing for a half-marathon and marathon.

Tech Changes Everything

Bertie Stephens | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Tech
Bertie Stephens

Year by year more parts of our lives are becoming impacted and influenced by technology. It has made us more connected than ever but arguably also less social (in the real sense of the word). But love or loathe 'this sort of' technology it is fair to say that most of us couldn't now live without it without taking a serious drop in our standard of living.

How Do You Bring Ideas to Life?

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Being an innovator is terrifying. You're only as good as the next great idea and, if you're an entrepreneur, you'll have that inbuilt expectation and belief that that idea will be your own. But how to go from concept to outcome?

Incubator London: We are the World's FinTech Leaders and We Need to Brag About It

Ivan Massow | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Tech
Ivan Massow

We must build on our incredible financial, FinTech and technology success. We must help ideas incubate from thought to reality, then retain startups when they are a success using our incredible financial services resource.

These Incredible Inventions May Be Lost Forever

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Tech

When divers discovered the wreck of an ancient vessel in the 1900s, little attention was given to a muddy box that was found alongside the wreckage. ...

Six Business Lessons From an Artist's Perspective

Maite Baron | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Maite Baron

Mat's artistic career has included drawing cartoons, being a commercial artist, working in advertising and as a fine artist. However, his current passion is reinterpreting discarded materials he finds in second-hand shops, in skips and in walks by the river.

Flights of Fancy: The Journey From Bar to Boardroom With Skyscanner's CEO

Heather Irish | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Tech
Heather Irish

How did a high tech startup, headquartered in Scotland's historic capital, become the global travel gateway it is today? And how does it maintain that startup culture, seemingly so crucial to its success, now that it is much more than a dream etched on a beer mat?

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.

SXSW 2015: This Slick, All-American Dream Makes Me Hate the Fact That I Live in the UK

Vincent Dignan | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Tech
Vincent Dignan

I really believe the inherent optimism of Americans is a major reason behind their cultural and business successes. Europe certainly has enough smart and talented people, but from my 10 years+ of being around creative people and three years in the startup world, I see many similarities and faults in the two groups.

Connecting With a New Generation of Entrepreneurs - The Board Is Launched!

Paul Drury | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Paul Drury

Would be great to see health, arts and the public sector take this open approach to ideas too. Business brains, go forth!

Bringing Entrepreneurial Thinking to the UAE

Andrew Devenport | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Devenport

A chance meeting with a visiting government minister of Kenya last week outlined to me just how much of a global meeting point the United Arab Emirates really is...

How to Sell a Business

James Caan CBE | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

Be sure to think carefully about these three aspects when you're looking to sell and don't just take the first offer you get. You built this business from the ground up - exit with the confidence that it's in good hands and will continue to be something you're proud of...

Addicted To Success

Malminder Gill | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

Looking at different addictions, not every habit is dangerous. You can become addicted to learning, or addicted to working out, or even addicted to working. Anything in an overabundance can be unhealthy and unbalanced.