UK Entrepreneurship

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

Spurning the standard speakers that most of us are familiar with, they opt instead for what is a functional piece of art made out of vintage suitcases. With stylish personalised designs, each Bass Trunkies speaker is unique and handcrafted.

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.

Money Rich, Time Poor: How to Make Work a Labour of Love

Maite Baron | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

How much leisure time do we actually need? I ask the question because new research suggests that we are starting to think differently about our 'time off'.

Why Now Is a Great Time to Start a New Business

Reuben Singh | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

I've met so many people with great business ideas who have never had the confidence or courage to just do it. It's so very easy to keep telling yourself that you'll start a business one day but in the end, never even try. Everyone has the ability to start a business and these days everyone can use a second or third income stream.

So, do you think you know Generation Z? Well think again - meet The Gen-erators Z: They are Self-Starters, not just Selfie-Takers

Paul Drury | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Paul Drury

I've always been intrigued about what makes young people tick, so was great to see so much hype around a new Gen-erators Z report released this week. ...

How the #TottenhamRiots Changed My Life for the Better

Franklin Boateng | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Franklin Boateng

I'll always remember the riots. I was just leaving my office in the Bernie Grant Centre in Tottenham when messages started flooding through on my mobile. "A police car's on fire", one read. My phone didn't stop ringing for the rest of the evening... Next thing I know, I've set up a communications firm and I'm lecturing on the importance of social media - teaching individuals and companies how to make the most of one of the most powerful platforms on the planet.

How Does Failure Help Us Grow?

Adele Barlow | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

"I think we're taught in the system that failure is something that you should be ashamed of. Failure is for the dumb kids. You get an 'F'. You get a 'D'. You didn't comply. You didn't create the evidence of your worthiness," he says. Eckō probably didn't realize it, but he was indirectly referencing the work of mindfulness researchers.

The Domino Effect of Self-Employment

Maite Baron | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

520,000 new businesses were created in the UK last year, with nearly 73,000 of them (14%) set up by former corporate employees - as a nation we're clearly becoming increasingly entrepreneurial and maybe even recapturing something of our "bulldog spirit" when it comes to trade and innovation.

An Entrepreneurial Scotland May Not Be a Scotland for Entrepreneurs

Doug Richard | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK
Doug Richard

Yogi Berra, the famous baseball coach once said, "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." Scotland is free to choose its identity; but the rhetoric in support of the Yes vote conflates two very different courses of action, which are at odds with one another.

Are the Streets of Silicon Valley Paved With Entrepreneurial Gold?

Michelle Wright | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Tech
Michelle Wright

Developing a company culture need to be intentional, thought about and acted upon, and if you are not happy as a founder with your culture, then take a long-hard look in the mirror, as creating the culture is your principal responsibility. Cue cringeworthy self-reflection...

When Process Overtakes Content

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Hiring is one of the most important skills in being an entrepreneur. And no one ever gets its all right. I've now been an entrepreneur for years and d...

The Economic Pitfall of Child Marriage

Payal Dalal | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

The lesson here is that child marriage does not "only" affect fourteen million girls a year; the consequences are far reaching. Early and forced child marriage not only violates the universal declaration of human rights, but it also prevents us from having an inclusive and prosperous global economy. Something that even the most conservative economist or demanding shareholder can agree is bad news, indeed.

How Small Businesses Can Go Head-to-Head With the Big Players

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Shivvy Jervis

What's keeping small business owners up at night in this digitally driven marketplace? Given small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 90% of businesses and 50% of employment worldwide, I wanted to explore this area with the Digital Futures series. Hit play and tell me what you think?

Stress the Silent Killer - 4 Ways to Beat Stress at Work

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

Stress is the silent killer that offers very little sign until it's too late. It's important to practise a healthy way of living to ensure that stress isn't something that is going to affect you or those closest to you.

Finding the Right Investor for YOU

James Caan | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
James Caan

I'm often asked by people how they should make the perfect investment pitch. They want to know all manner of things from what material to bring along, what financial figures are most important, right down to how many Powerpoint slides they should use!

If It Matters, You'll Find a Way - Creating Healthy Boundaries

Maite Baron | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Healthy boundaries ensure that our lives are in balance, with no one area dominating another, so we feel content, and most importantly, in control.