UK Entrepreneurship

The Fears Involved In Launching An App

Vana C. Koutsomitis | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Tech
Vana C. Koutsomitis

That's when we sat down with one of our mentors for lunch at our local sushi place and told him about all our issues. We told him that we were considering postponing our launch yet again. That's when he gave my co-founder, Joris, and I the most valuable advice ever. Just get on with it and RELEASE the app! It is NEVER going to be perfect.

Building The Right Team For Your Business

James Caan CBE | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
James Caan CBE

People always ask me: "James, how do I scale my business? What's the big secret?". The truth is, there is no secret. It's about taking the right steps...

Brexit And Its Effect On The European Start-Up Market

Pep Gómez | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Tech
Pep Gómez

Whichever way you voted on the 23rd of June, Brexit has left us all, particularly business-owners, with a string of unanswered questions. Will your business thrive with the pound fluctuating? Should you launch your startup in London, especially now?

From Asylum Seeker To Job Creator: Despite What Populists Think, Refugees Could 'Make Our Societies Great Again'

Maximilian Yoshioka | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Politics
Maximilian Yoshioka

Instead of seeing refugees as a one-way burden on the economy and the state, we need a different vision that celebrates their potential to improve and rejuvenate our societies - as entrepreneurs or otherwise. This isn't wishful thinking - the evidence supports it - but it will require drawing attention to inspirational success stories, reframing the negative narrative around refugees, and supporting initiatives that help fulfil their potential.

When It Comes To Business And Enterprise, What Is More Important To Your Business - Education Or Experience?

Andrew Jervis | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Andrew Jervis

Education vs experience It's an age old dilemma that employers like me have faced for many years. Should I value a candidate with a relevant qualific...

The Unexpected Loneliness Of The Business Owner

Lucy Griffin-Stiff | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Lucy Griffin-Stiff

No water cooler banter for you, business owner, just the hard graft and isolation of being the sole person in the business responsible for everything....

Startup Accelerators Need More Women

Vana C. Koutsomitis | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Vana C. Koutsomitis

Starting a company is especially tough in the early days. The learning curve is huge and the hurdles can be daunting. When I started my first company, The CityStreet, I was on my own and I was proud. I was 23 years old and ready to take on the business community with my new networking site. I rented a desk at an office near my house and tried to make it as a sole founder. I failed.

We Urgently Need More Edupreneurs

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

Higher education tends to be remarkably conservative. This is understandable as it takes decades, even centuries, to build up a reputation which can b...

Stepping Outside Your Comfort zone

Amanda Alexander | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Alexander

In my previous post here on Huffington Post I chatted about what is next, after we have decided what we really, really want.

2017 Is The Year To Be Making A Step Change - Small Businesses Need To Do It Digital

Michelle Ovens | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Michelle Ovens

It is 2017. With the unrelenting bombardment of tweets, both in the news and on our phones, one would think that the world is at peak digital and we have no further roads left to travel. Well it turns out that this isn't the case.

Urban Innovation Predictions For 2017

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

What does this year hold for the urban innovation agenda in the UK? Like many others, I completely failed to predict the Brexit vote or the Trump Presidency. But I'm having another go at the crystal ball gazing this year because I still think it's useful to speculate about - and prepare for - the future. So, here are my five predictions for UK cities in 2017.

Entrepreneurial Blurb: The Perils Of Badly Explaining Your Profession

Marina Gask | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Marina Gask

I recently saw a social media challenge to explain your profession as badly as possible, with the idea that people have to guess what you do just from reading the description. So a personal trainer's description would be "I make 'eat less, move more' really complicated." And a DJ would be 'I manipulate sound waves so that people twitch and ingest ethanol'. Descriptions that make your profession a bit tougher to fathom. And it occurred to me that this is a game I've played before. Only it wasn't a game.

How To: Work From F**king Home

Cara Mackay | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Cara Mackay

In among the spilt cat food and three day old wet washing you think: 'fuck, I've got that quote to do before 9am, follow up with that customer from yesterday, check the financial reports and get back to that guy who wants me to do some event thing...'

Working Mums And Entrepreneurs: Why We Can Have It All...

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola J Rowley

Yes it's hard work, yes there are times where you feel unappreciated, and yes it can feel as if you're wading through treacle at times, when no amount of distractions will stop a tantrum.

Keep This In Mind When Starting Something New

Amy Shefik | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Shefik

These are just four of the many notes and quotes I got from one of the amazing coaches I have worked with. She and her husband had been to the Titan Summit in Zurich which was four days of talks from some of the best thought leaders and inspirational entrepreneurs the world has to offer.

How To Beat The 'Back To Work' Blues

Juliette Dyke | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Juliette Dyke

Now a year on, I can see exactly why I felt so misaligned between 'real' me and 'work' me. Taking time off had allowed me to explore and live out some of the values which were most important to me, such as freedom, connection and discovery.

Using Technology For Investment Opportunities

Duane Jackson | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Tech
Duane Jackson

In the past, there have been countless businesses that have disintegrated as a result of toxic, uncooperative or silent relationships between those running the company and the investors backing them financially - and, in truth, no entrepreneur wants that on their CV.

Why I Support Young Entrepreneurs

Adam Bradford | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Bradford

Follow these young people. Back them. Give them all your support. They are going to inherit this earth and all we leave for them.

Getting A Graduate's Foot On The Employment Ladder

Ted Nash | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ted Nash

Don't forget too that many employers will offer graduate placements abroad - for the right person (and not every young person wants to work abroad, so don't allow yourself to be pressured) that can be a great chance to impress potential employers and see more of the world too.

How To Start A Business From Scratch

Jamal Edwards | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jamal Edwards

If you had told me at the age of 15, when I was given a video camera for my birthday to film my friends rapping, that my passion for music would result in a successful business, then I wouldn't have believed you. Through hard work, great advice and a passion and vision that I stayed true to, SBTV has resulted in me meeting some of the biggest stars from different walks of life in the world and being made an MBE for my services to music.

Last Weekend Was Small Business Saturday. Now What?

Laura Krippner | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Laura Krippner

There's a market too which I'll reserve judgement on as it might be a load of tat. The fact that we even have a need to draw attention to Small Business Saturday highlights the fact that we have a problem on our High Streets. It's all very well to focus on small and independent businesses for one weekend, but what about the other 51?

Women In Innovation: Creating Autonomous Drone Infrastructure

Siobhan Gardiner | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Tech
Siobhan Gardiner

My innovation, HEROTECH8, brings drone technology to places and people that either wouldn't have the resources, energy infrastructure, or technical know-how to reliably, and safely, operate drone systems. This is not by focusing on the vehicles (although this is a very popular topic at the moment with start-ups) - instead we create autonomous drone infrastructure.

What Lord Sugar Taught Me On The Apprentice

Vana C. Koutsomitis | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Vana C. Koutsomitis

Overall, Lord Sugar was an excellent boss. Why? Because he explained the goal of the task clearly at the beginning of each week, and then he gave us performance reviews in the board room based on how well we reached his targets.

Zaha Hadid & The BRIT Awards: Pop & Ceremony

Carolyn Dailey | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Carolyn Dailey

I wonder if anyone can fail to have their breath taken away when they lay eyes on the new award statuette for The BRITs designed by the late, great Za...

Our Entrepreneurial Environment Has Never Been Better. But There Is Still Work to Do

Annabel Denham | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Annabel Denham

The decision by the Chancellor to scrap the Autumn Statement altogether was also welcome - fewer Budgets will mean entrepreneurs can better plan for the future. We now wait for the weightier Spring Budget to see if Philip Hammond will take real action to cut the most destructive taxes and simplify incentives to boost UK entrepreneurship.