UK Entrepreneurship

Why Most Young Entrepreneurs Don't Succeed

Stuart Maitland | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stuart Maitland

How many young entrepreneurs do you see knocking about making some serious money? When I say young, I mean people under 25? There is a reason for that and here is my opinion why...

Will our Future of Work, Work?

Jonas Altman | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Tech
Jonas Altman

Thirty-five years ago this month, Charles Handy envisioned the rise of the portfolio worker. This increasingly popular lifestyle choice favored by many, including myself, has given rise to a thriving creative class.

Six things I did right in my first startup

Will Bancroft | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

You know how low the success rates are for startups. Make yourself as valuable to your business as you possibly can and you'll end up making your self more employable outside of it. Doing so also helps drive your business forward.

Five Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

Chayya Syal | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chayya Syal

The Apprentice candidate Solomon Akhtar showed us that young people can become entrepreneurs by being passionate about an idea and utilising their knowledge and skills set. (Just don't put two pages of sailing boats in a business proposal!)

Strong Jules in Heels

Julie Meyer | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Julie Meyer

My amazing friends who are also my shareholders at Ariadne Capital and the Limited Partners in our venture capital fund, and I pioneered the 'Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs' model for the financing of entrepreneurship in Europe in 2000.

Is FOMO Making You Overwhelmed?

Jo Gifford | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Tech
Jo Gifford

In our social lives, we are über aware now of people out there, doing STUFF, having cool cocktails/cronuts/flat whites et al, while you, you saddo loner, are at home in your onesie. *glances around* Just me then?

What I Did Wrong In My First Start Up

Will Bancroft | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

What did I do wrong in my first startup? What didn't I do wrong! I probably did more wrong than right, but I got out the other side with some skills, earning power and am able to tell the tale. I'll take the hard earned lessons with me onto the next one, hopefully executing much more artfully and smartly next time.

UK Study: Do Incubated Startups Out-Survive Those Who Go It Alone?

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK
Shivvy Jervis

These talented entrepreneurs deserve to be championed in a sustainable way. They need a very carefully thought out, optimal support focused, mentor-led setup. The Government and corporates alike must help maintain this precious momentum - or risk losing real, next-gen talent.

The Apprentice - A Misrepresentation of Modern Day Business and Startup Culture

Eiso Kant | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK
Eiso Kant

As the co-founder of a startup platform that connects top talent with job opportunities at some of Europe's most exciting startups, this worries me as I believe that shows like The Apprentice are putting people off working in startups, particularly young people.

The Four Cornerstones of Success for Young Entrepreneurs

Sarah Willis | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK
Sarah Willis

Starting a business isn't easy for anyone while young people face their own disadvantages. They usually have less capital to support them, they might have student debts, and getting a business loan is going to be much harder. As unfair as it is, some people have less respect for the young and that's going to have an effect when they're competing against older people for resources when launching a start-up.

Micro Business Owners of the EU Must Stand Together

Soozi Baggs | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Politics
Soozi Baggs

The senior civil servants, politicians, and people who drafted the legislation do not understand how micro-level ecommerce works.

Make 2015 The Year of Change and Collaboration

Sara McKee | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK
Sara McKee

As we count down the days to Christmas and the New Year, many people start preparing their New Year's resolutions. It's in this spirit that we lay do...

Eight Steps to a Successful Business

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Starting a business can be daunting. Revision - Starting a business is daunting, terrifying, exhilarating, infuriating and the best thing I've ever done. But it's never smooth sailing, and newcomers need to know that a great idea does not make a great business.

Looking While Leaping: Lessons From My First Business

Nick Morris | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK
Nick Morris

I'm a strong believer in the concept of 'Learning by Doing'; the idea that "studying entrepreneurship without doing it is like studying the appreciation of music without listening to it", as Seth Godin so neatly summed it up.

Why You Should Keep Showing Up, Even When No One Else Does

Stephanie Holland | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Stephanie Holland

This morning I hosted a free online class {live webinar} to which not one of the registrants showed up. How would you respond to the same situation?

From Work Disengagement to Soul Fulfillment

Maite Baron | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Even in our technological age, people are still the best asset of any business. Unfortunately, while employers may want the best from those they employ, not all are prepared to give it. And not all companies are willing to invest in their workforce to make sure that happens.

Six Things You Need to Know to Become a Successful 'Mumpreneur'

Helen Rolfe | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Helen Rolfe

The word 'mumpreneur' was added to the sixth edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in 2011 - a tribute to the growing numbers of women in the UK who regularly don two hats, one as a business-owner and the other as a mum, usually with young families. According to research released last year, the UK is home to more than 300,000 mumpreneurs who contribute as much as £7.4 billion a year to the economy.

How to Startup With the Right Idea

Stephanie Holland | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Stephanie Holland

You have an idea, maybe more than one, so which one do you start with and how can you be sure it's the right one?

How to Attract Business Investment

Neeta Patel | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Neeta Patel

Most entrepreneurs with ambitions to start their own business generally start by either funding the venture themselves or sourcing early stage investment from friends and family. This is what potential investors expect from very early stage start-up founders.

Entrepreneurs All Have One Thing in Common... We're All Slightly Crazy

Paul Lees | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Paul Lees

It takes a certain type of person to make a business successful, not everyone is cut out to start a business. The harsh reality is that the vast majority of businesses will fail, one in three start-ups collapse within the first three years, which is often down to having an insufficient support and expertise network.

How iZettle Stunt Made Six Small Businesses Shine In The Very Heart Of London

Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK

During six days in October, iZettle helped six of Britain’s smallest businesses open their own flagship store on bustling Oxford Street in the heart...

From Small Seeds Grow Mighty Trees

Emma Sinclair | Posted 21.01.2015 | 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 19.01.2015 | 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 19.01.2015 | 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