UK Entrepreneurship

In Partnerships We Trust - The Promise of the Sustainable Development Goals

Andrew Devenport | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Devenport

In the decade or so I have been working in development I have had more good weeks than bad ones, and this week is an especially good week that makes me more optimistic than ever regarding the future of the young people we are trying to help.

To All Young Entrepreneurs

Camilla Ley-Valentin | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Camilla Ley-Valentin

It is amazing that the proportion of young entrepreneurs is growing steadily. I choose to see this as a tentative sign that the attitude to entreprene...

Home-grown Innovation: We Ask the Experts

Loren Treisman | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

Technology innovation hubs have sprung up across Africa. These spaces provide tailored support to their communities and create a collaborative environment which can spark innovation, stimulate economic growth and help them tackle societal challenges in novel ways.

Taking the Plunge

Alice Bentinck | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Tech
Alice Bentinck

It was something I had always wanted to do, and always planned to do, but I also realised it was very easy to put it off. Would there ever be a time where I felt I had enough knowledge, connections or skill to build a startup? Simply, no. And I almost did put it off.

How Young People Are Saving the World

Philip Goodwin | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Last Saturday I had the privilege of attending the first ever Youth Summit in London, organised by the UK government's Department for International De...

Taking Time Out on the Naughty Step

Josh Taylor | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Taylor

I often take a sip of my own medicine too and just have to take a step back from everything and get away. Luckily for me I've found other places than the naughty step. And luckily for my brother, I've found other ways to get there without having to push him down the stairs.

"Tech Idol" - The New TV Talent Show?

Tim Bichara | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Tech
Tim Bichara

The life of an entrepreneur is not for everyone. The long hours, the emotional rollercoaster, the uncertainty - it all takes its toll. Behind most success stories is a familiar tale of hard work and dedication - and more than a little luck.

What I Learnt From Spending Time Away From the Internet

Lizzie Davey | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Davey

It was almost 11pm and I was responding to a client offer after a day spent hiking, eating, and dodging the rain. I never worked this late at home, so why was I still tapping away on my tiny keypad as it was nearing midnight?

Personal Character Can't Be Measured By A-levels

Michael Mercieca | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Mercieca

Every year, in the middle of August, we congratulate young people across the UK for their A-level results. That day's media is packed with stories of success and failure. There is the usual debate about whether the exams are getting easier or harder, coupled with mountains of footage of students opening envelopes and photos of despair and elation. The following day we all go back to normal. Until next year.

You Can Actually Change the World and Make Money From It!

Adam Bradford | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK
Adam Bradford

I've been taking a look into purpose beyond profit, opportunities and career paths which take you beyond the boardroom and to the heart of the world in which we live. I think you'll find it extremely fulfilling just like I did.

Facing Fear Of Failure

Bev James | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK
Bev James

Many of us can hold on to the pain and shame that can be associated with failure which derails us from pushing on. Giving yourself a timeline to accept the situation and make peace with the way things turned out is the first step to adjusting to your new reality, coping with adversity is a skill which is acquired, not one we're born with.

The Rise of the Disabled Entrepreneur

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK
Elizabeth Wright

I get a sense that there are a lot of frustrated people with disabilities, that genuinely feel that their skills and experience are disregarded in the job market because they are seen as purely a number, a tick in a tick box system.

Five Tips to Help Start-Ups Do Business With Big Business

Ian Mason | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Ian Mason

It's not hard to dream as an entrepreneur. You think your product/service is the best there is out there and you think everyone is going to buy it. It's almost mandatory to think this way - you have to be excessively confident and determined in order to drive your new business on toward success.

The UK Has a Vital Role to Play in Shaping the Future of Europe - Now Is Not the Time to Turn Our Backs

Ian Baxter | Posted 16.08.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Baxter

I believe it's incumbent on those who want change in the European Union to offer up a positive alternative vision that would benefit the whole region rather than take a "me first" approach that many Euro-sceptics take. So here is a Europe I passionately believe in, a Europe that can genuinely advance the causes of peace, prosperity and democracy for the benefit of all...

Are You a Passionpreneur?

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Kelly Hoppen

It is often said by successful business figures in the public eye that they couldn't have achieved what they did without the support of others. I am a firm believer in continually evolving and learning from people in your business community and your own team.

No-one Can Do It Alone: Open Collaboration to Power the Next Generation of African Ventures

Beatrice Pembroke | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Tech
Beatrice Pembroke

President Obama's trip to Kenya this week kicked off at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, where he joined leading figures from across the continent ...

Africa Rising from the Ground Up

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

When I started thinking about this blog, I had quite decided to write about charitable giving. Why we all need to do more and give more to support those less fortunate than ourselves because if we don't who else will?

3 Key Startup Survival Lessons

Nick Telson | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Tech
Nick Telson

According to many sources, a staggering 90% of startups fail. You might be that lucky small small majority that thinks of an idea, executes it and it ...

Battling with Belief in Business? My Top Six Ways to Power Through Doubt

Bev James | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK
Bev James

When building a business, possessing qualities such as perseverance, determination and resilience are helpful, but how can we battle on when doubtful thoughts takeover, causing us to question our abilities and lose sight of the big picture?

Dear Young Investors

Lewis Worrow | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Lewis Worrow

Though I find investing is right for me investing is not for everybody. If you are interested in investing though please seek independent advice from a qualified professional, it could be the start of something great.

An Open Letter to George Osborne

Frances Dickens | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Dickens

Entrepreneurs have played an important role in the UK's economic recovery and we are key to its continued economic success. Please ensure we are able to pay ourselves more than we shell out in taxes - if you do, I am sure that the country will prosper alongside us.

Education, Skills and the Human Face of UK Productivity

Michael Mercieca | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Michael Mercieca

Productivity. It's a word that strikes boredom into the heart of the majority of people. And I'll grant you, it's hard to get excited about a measure of input versus output value per worker, per hour. But it is a vital measure of how we're doing as a country. And since the economic crash, productivity in the UK, and many Western economies, has been absolutely dire and shows little sign of sustainable growth in the future.

How to Bag Yourself a Business Angel

Nick Telson | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Telson

Nothing ever goes to plan. Investors will know that. Be passionate, be knowledgeable, be prepared and you may well just find that business angel...

Goals That Make You Successful

Josh Taylor | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Taylor

Goals give entrepreneurs a direction and the motivation to achieve something. If we pick a goal that blocks us however, we might get there in the end but it will be a hard slog and can lead to bad decisions or inactivity. When we begin to feel overwhelmed and things feel more difficult than they should be, it's at this stage that it helps to question what really motivates us and our beliefs.

Why These Young Entrepreneurs Would Not Have Made It Without Their Mentors

Andrew Devenport | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Andrew Devenport

I have dedicated the last decade of my working life to helping young people take risks and seize opportunities. And yet, when my daughter decided to leave university early because she wanted to pursue her own path, I thought it was a very bad idea...