UK Entrepreneurship

From Small Seeds Grow Mighty Trees

Emma Sinclair | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Emma Sinclair

In a country where young people make up a significant proportion of the available labour force, yet unemployment rates for 20 to 24yearolds have been estimated to be as much as five times greater than those for older adults, Building Young Futures works hard to support hard to reach people in places where there are few jobs or prospects for the bulging youth population. What's the alternative?

Schoolboy Threatened With Suspension After Making £14k Selling Sweets

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A 15-year-old budding entrepreneur has received the support of the stars of TV's Dragons Den after he made £14,000 selling sweets, crisps and fizzy d...

Senior Entrepreneurs Are the Ones to Watch

Doug Richard | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Tech
Doug Richard

What is it about the senior entrepreneur that is so oxymoronic? Surely an older person is the most likely candidate to invent bifocals. I doubt that many 20-somethings (today as much as in the 18th century) have ever stopped to consider the greatness of a lens with two distinct optical powers.

Four Business Lessons From Ganache Macarons: The Sweet Taste of Success

Maite Baron | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

These guys should be an inspiration to anyone who has ever wanted to set up their own business doing something they love, but hasn't, maybe because they haven't wanted to borrow the funds to do it with or simply didn't know how to get sta

New EU VAT Regs Seriously Threaten Small Businesses

Soozi Baggs | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Soozi Baggs

There are several issues with the logistics of this - especially for micro businesses (a business being run by a single person) using the most basic sales software.

Creating Connections, Creating Jobs

Andrew Devenport | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK
Andrew Devenport

As CEO of a global network, I'm a firm believer in the strength of global connectivity - what people can learn, and achieve, when they connect with people from different countries.

The Magic Three: Qualities for Creating a Successful New Business

Erica Sosna | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Erica Sosna

As a business and enterprise coach I am frequently asked about the kinds of skills and qualities I think new business owners need to develop. Now, everyone is different and we all come with a unique skill set. But there are three skills I believe to be universal if you are going to flourish as a freelance, self employed person or entrepreneur.

Five Things I Need to Know Right Now (as An Aspiring Entrepreneur)

Stephanie Holland | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Stephanie Holland

The gap between the hindsight of successful entrepreneurs and the need-to-know of aspiring entrepreneurs is light years.

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.

Two Essentials for Every Entrepreneur

One Young World | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
One Young World

While I believe creativity and focus have given me success; I don't think there is a single solution to teach entrepreneurship, but we are creating tools and opportunities that will help to teach it as a skill.

How to Invest in Yourself and Your Business (And Where the Heck to Start!)

Jo Gifford | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

Fear is often the driver behind hesitation to invest, usually in the form of "what if I can't afford it" and "I don't have the time"; so let's deal with those two bad boys right now and look at how to begin investing in yourself for awesome success.

'The Foundation of Every State Is the Education of Its Youth' - Diogenes

Ian Baxter | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK
Ian Baxter

I've been fortunate to attend five educational establishments in my life; one primary school, two secondary schools and two universities...

'I am Woman, Hear Me Roar'

Jo Haigh | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Haigh

The man, the hunter gatherer. The woman, home maker and carer. It's 2014 for goodness sake this still cannot be true! With more and more women having to work, never mind wanting to, the business horizon has surely changed and for the better.

Why We're All Women of the Future

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shivvy Jervis

I for one wear the 'Alpha Female' badge with pride! To me, this stands for being highly charged, positive and a people-oriented person. It truly frustrates me that the label often carries a negative connotation - it's equated to being ruthless, nasty or needlessly combative to succeed at all costs. Those who embody the latter approach aren't setting an healthy example for the next wave of young female leaders, don't you think?

Are We on the Right Track to Supporting UK Business Growth?

David Swigciski | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK
David Swigciski

If you're familiar with the UK business market, you will be well acquainted with the fact that 99.9% of all UK companies are SMEs*. Needless to say, this over-simplifies the landscape and the differences between companies that are classed as micro, small or medium in size. From independent retailers and tech start-ups to small food chains and larger hospitality companies, their growth ambitions and challenges vary wildly...

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.

Convincing Large Corporations to Work With Your Startup

Nick Morris | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Tech
Nick Morris

Startup 101 - large corporations are the enemy; big, hulking slow-moving behemoths who could only dream of the startup nirvana of bean-bag chairs, branded t-shirts and ping-pong tables.

These Students Have Designed A 'Sleepcoat' For The Homeless - Who They're Training Up As Entrepreneurs

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A group of students have designed a sleepcoat for homeless people - and want to train up Londoners sleeping rough as entrepreneurs. Oli Slattery, p...

The Cure for Unhappiness

Maite Baron | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

It shouldn't come as any surprise to learn that children are for the most part pretty happy. After all, they have lots of play time, get everything done for them and don't have to worry about paying the bills.

Let's Go Further, Together

Paul Lindley | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK
Paul Lindley

Over recent years, the status of the entrepreneur has evolved from that of economic outcast to capitalistic rebel, the brave white knight and bold pioneer of disruption and innovation. But this vision, as mythical as it is inspiring, may soon be destined for the history books.

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.‭..

How to Channel Your Inner Richard Branson

Stephanie Holland | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Holland

When we finally break free from the 9-5 something pretty funny happens: We bring the same habits and routines into our startup, including whatever version of the 9-5 we have been living.

Why I Am an Accidental Entrepreneur

Lynne Parker | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK
Lynne Parker

Falling back on my journalistic training, a surprisingly successful 25 career as a public relations consultant followed, during which I developed the courage and confidence to promote my own business as well as those of my clients. By the time I accidentally became a 'comedy producer', I had accumulated a wealth of experience and a collection of useful skills to grow my own brand.

Four Business Lessons From a Sound Business Case

Maite Baron | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

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