UK Entrepreneurship

Why Protect Innovation?

Simon Webster | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Simon Webster

It is debatable whether teachers or parents would thank her for it, but Catherine Hettinger was the inventor of the fidget spinner. In 1993, Hettinger...

14 Honest #StartupLife Confessions From A Female Founder

Katie Booth | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Booth

Here's 14 things that have happened to everyone living the #startuplife, and an insight into what it's like to be broke, ambitious and a little bit crazy... (disclaimer: These confessions are to be taken as some tongue-in-cheek, light-hearted relief)

Five Reasons Why Ethical Consumerism Is Booming

Besma Whayeb | Posted 13.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Besma Whayeb

The time has finally come: ethical consumerism is going mainstream! It's exciting to have seen the ethical mindset become a more widely-recognised and accepted concept, and in ways that are natural and low-effort too.

Redefining Female Innovation: Fearless Tech

Carolyn Pearson | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Tech
Carolyn Pearson

Coming from a broken home, an only child, subjected to abandonment, rejection and lack of nurturing, I left school at 16 with few qualifications and very little going for me. I had no role models, no network and no plan. But! I did have a curious mind, a vivid imagination and a wicked sense of mischief and it seemed opportunity and luck were always by my side.

School's Out For Summer, Now What?

Tom Grayson | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Grayson

End of term is looming and the kids are excited about the summer break. The school is in a crescendo of sports day, end of term concert and fund-rais...

The Hard Fruits Of Labour

Sai Villafuerte | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK
Sai Villafuerte

As children, we are told to 'dream big'. We are told that hard work gets you to the top and that by doing so, you can lead a successful and happy life...

Meditation And Entrepreneurship

Morgan Gladwell | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Morgan Gladwell

The life of an Entrepreneur can be a very stressful one. The combination of anxiety, fourteen hour days and an inability to switch off can hinder or ...

Employing Modern Thinking Will Make The Gig Economy Work For Everyone

Michelle Wright | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Michelle Wright

The news stories around disruptive tech companies and bogus self-employment are one side of the Gig Economy story. But beyond the cabs and couriers, f...

Five Reasons Why Self-Employment Is The Way Ahead

Alexandra Johnson | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Johnson

In these uncertain economic times, striking out on your own may not seem like the most sensible option. But what if you have a product that has to come to market, or an idea that is so innovative it has to be seen through to fruition? What if you're simply like my friend who started his own Indian takeaway because he was fed up of people not experiencing authentic Indian food?

Four Steps To Optimizing An Entrepreneur's Mental Health

Dr Rachel Thomas | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK
Dr Rachel Thomas

The life of an entrepreneur is one of high risk. One risk that isn't often addressed is that to your health. The fast-paced environment of today's entrepreneur means the need to pivot or scale can lead to your health being put behind other investments and priorities. Despite your health being arguably your most valuable asset, it often isn't regarded as one.

I'm Self Employed But My Toddler Is The Boss!

Charlotte Wise | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Parents
Charlotte Wise

Let's face it, being self employed and running your own business is hard work, building your own startup is even harder, but add being a parent to the equation and any fellow mum will tell you there can be days when you will feel everything is impossible!

Small Business, Big Heart

Michelle Ovens | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK
Michelle Ovens

Has there ever been a more important time to talk about community? What brings communities together, what makes them stick, what grows, supports and nurtures them? How do communities come together when the going gets tough, and how do they celebrate and grow?

India's Female Entrepreneurs: Trail Blazing A Path Of Opportunity

Cherie Blair | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK
Cherie Blair

India has one of the lowest rates of female labour force participation in the world - ranked 120 out of 131 countries by the International Labor Organization. More alarming still, this rate is in decline. Furthermore, the dearth of women in the labour market is a heavy drag on India's GDP, with India's economic growth rate now the lowest it's been in two years.

Networking Is The Backbone Of All Business Success

Joseph Chukwube | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Chukwube

To really get the most out of networking, you have to make it a routine because the more you network, the more you uncover more tips that work. To round it up, networking is never an option for a business venture that wants to succeed in this age, but a prerequisite. Inculcate the networking tips above to watch your brand soar.

The TV Industry Needs To Accelerate Its Own Disruption, Now!

Dan Allen | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dan Allen

So what can be done? Plenty, if you get the right people involved. What's needed, first and foremost, is an entrepreneurial mindset. Replacing great managers with more great managers will simply perpetuate the status quo.

How Did Being With An Abusive Partner Inform My Methodology Of Using Kindness To Overcome Unhelpful Neurology?

Anna Pinkerton | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Pinkerton

It's no accident that I founded Kindness Incorporated™ having been in a relationship with the most unkind person I had ever met. Of course, he didn't show up that way, and this 'trick' hurt me deeply.

Starting From Scratch When You Have A Family

Alec Dobbie | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents
Alec Dobbie

Without blowing my own trumpet too much, this is exactly what I have done, and I am not the only one. Far from it, today, I think most people know someone who has started a business from home and it's gone on to charge their life for the better. So what is the key to this success and freedom?

You Are Getting Bad Career Advice From Ucas

Johnny Luk | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Johnny Luk

I hate it when students come to me and say, 'oh I want to focus on passing my exams first then I will look for jobs'. That's a worrying sign. It's not because of intellectual capacity, far from it, but because it indicates a lack of pragmatism, i.e. it's a mind set issue. A degree is a piece of paper that gives you an opening to a door, but that's it.

Can We Really Have It All?

Ruth Kudzi | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Kudzi

I really didn't think that my generation had to worry about those choices that I saw my mum making. It was only after speaking to my NCT group that I realised I was the only one who was planning to return to full time work. When I looked at my friends who had kids very few of them were working full time.

Good Things Happen When Universities And Businesses Join Forces

Professor John Raftery | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK
Professor John Raftery

Yes, universities should be globally focused. Yes, they should contribute to knowledge through their powerful research. But initiatives like the Big Idea Challenge show how those closer to home can be inspired to walk a different path. Even if they never pass through our doors.

Netflix's Girlboss - A Story Career Girls Can Identify With

Sophia Murray | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Sophia Murray

Sophia is an inspiration to all of us because she speaks to all young women who want to live their lives the way that they want to. It also challenges the notion that company founders need to be male, and that workplaces can't be feminist. Society as a whole has a responsibility and role to play in cultivating the next generation of women leaders.

Creative Play: How To Stimulate Little Imaginations In A BIG Way!

Debbie Hulme | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Parents
Debbie Hulme

You may have heard the term creative play and wondered why exactly it's deemed so important. Creative play, in which children use their imagination rather than direct instructions, has a key role in many aspects of development.

Small Business Saturday Turns Five Years Old

Michelle Ovens | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Michelle Ovens

Five years is a long time in the life of a small business. In five years the whole world can have changed - staff gone, new team, new office, growth, sometimes decline, changing markets, and not to forget that 40% of small businesses don't make it to five years.... It is this more than anything else that sits at the heart of Small Business Saturday. If we can stop more businesses failing, that can mean huge benefits to communities and the economy as a whole.

We Must Realise The Entrepreneurial Potential Of Every Young Person

Lee Sharma | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Lee Sharma

In the Spring Budget, the UK Chancellor stated that equipping young people for the jobs of tomorrow is the only way of ensuring they have real economi...

Digital Superheroes Help Entrepreneurs To Access The Magic Box

Michelle Ovens | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Tech
Michelle Ovens

Like Anneka Rice without the jump suit, like Ground Force without the mud, like Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares without the swearing, Do It Digital descends on a town to super charge small business digital skills. Like superheroes with portable Wi-Fi, the Do It Digital experts look to change the fortunes of the most cherished small businesses across the nation.