UK Entrepreneurship

Wake Up Your Entrepreneurial Genes

Maite Baron | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

You are almost certainly well-educated, quite possibly with a university degree that has equipped you with an excellent foundation of knowledge and skills - theoretically that's a pretty good starting point

Five Ways to Encourage Your Child's Innate Entrepreneurial Skills

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

If you are the parent of a toddler or teen, the chances are you find yourself in a negotiating situation on a very regular basis. Children at this sta...

Start Smart: Ten Top Tips for Start-up Success

Anna Edwards | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Anna Edwards

Every business starts with a good idea. But turning that idea into some serious cash takes more than just thought. During our 'Entrepreneurs: Making It' series, I have spoken to business founders at all stages of the start-up journey. From living room first-timers to seasoned entrepreneurs on their subsequent adventures. Here are some lessons from our series: 10 things that might make your start-up fly.

People, Not Patents

James Caan | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
James Caan

What really matters is how the idea is executed. That's what makes the difference. Things like your brand, your marketing, the attention you pay your customers, and crucially - the passion you have for the idea - are what make your proposition unique. Success is built on people, not products or patents.

Expert Insights - Frank Dick OBE

Mac Attram | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Mac Attram

Frank currently coaches business owners and helps them to attain their personal best. My business partner Kurt Won and I caught up with him recently, and the result was the fascinating interview below.

What's Better Than Being the Boss? Being the Customer

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

I was recently at a gathering of entrepreneurs and we talked about our challenges, what we like and what we don't like about what we do. One thing struck me: no-one in the group actually enjoyed being the boss myself included. By that I don't mean that they don't value their independence, we all do, but we all see managing people as a necessary evil, a means to an end not the end itself...

Real-life Entrepreneurs Needed for Urgent Mentoring

Michelle Wright | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

Let's make sure that those wanting to take up the challenge of running a business, have the very best in support from 'real-life' entrepreneurs to make sure that they can be successful, and that our successful entrepreneurs are encouraged to spend the time to make this a reality.

Introducing: Team Business Unusual

Natalie Campbell | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Natalie Campbell

I hold vehement disdain for the hours 9 and 5. Offices with ceiling tiles and blue carpet make me feel nauseous. Face-time work cultures just leave me baffled. Complex hierarchy and bureaucracy, well, they piss me off...

Youth Unemployment: Challenge or Opportunity?

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

People, especially youth require strong vocational and business management training to equip them with the right knowledge and skills to start successful enterprises along the agribusiness value chain. Easy access to adequate and affordable financing for starting and growing enterprises must be made available. Finally, an enabling environment with strong political leadership that allows entrepreneurship to flourish and embeds the notion of entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector in the wider political and economic agenda must be supported.

Seven Things That Fashion School Can't Teach You

Flavilla Fongang | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Flavilla Fongang

The world is filled with young talented people who dream of making it in fashion. They want to be the next star designer like Alexander McQueen or the next star stylist such as Micaela Erlanger and dress fabulous celebrities. With the best will in the world, fashion school cannot teach you all the skills you need to be successful. Here is what you won't learn....but what you will need.

Motherhood and Leadership: Do They Mix?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

Lack of support can leave women "faced with the feeling like they're not enough at either home or work" and prone to dropping out, says Chivers. "These are women who know they can deliver great things at work and raise happy, normal kids if only their and their partners' employers would trust them enough to crack on in flexible fashion."

How Your Working Life Will Change by 2020

Maite Baron | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

I've been talking for some time about the changing world of work, and how traditional working life patterns of employment and doing business are increasingly less relevant in today's workplace. A combination of economics, technology and changing attitudes is forcing change upon us, like it or not.

The Launch of a Graduate Fashion Brand Unum Nulla

Katerina Zherebtsova | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katerina Zherebtsova

Marketing is both the holy grail and a nightmare of corporations and young designers alike, but especially the latter. Marketing puzzles most creative minds as an inconvenient afterthought, after the masterpiece has been produced and exhibited and much after the encouraging lights of the graduation shows have gone out.

Who Stole My Fruit?

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Tech
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

The last decade or so has been paradise for entrepreneurs mainly because as the world shifted more online and onto mobile devices, there was so much low hanging fruit up for grabs.

Asa Bennett

Ukip Talk 'Ridiculous Nonsense' About Migrants, Says Cobra Beer Boss

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip and party leader Nigel Farage peddle "ridiculous nonsense" about the impact immigrants have on Britain, Cobra Beer boss Lord Bilimoria has said. ...

7 Business Lessons From Designer Paul Smith

Maite Baron | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK
Maite Baron

Paul's worked in a men's clothing wholesalers, but his real passion was cycling and he hoped to be a professional racing cyclist. When he was 17, he had an accident that put an end to this ambition. While in hospital, he made friends with some 'arty types' and his life had just taken him in an entirely new and unexpected direction.

Asa Bennett

Migrants Rob Native Brits' Jobs? 'Nonsense', Says Dragon Theo

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Politics

Former Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis has issued a robust defence of immigrants' contribution to the UK, rubbishing claims that they take native Brit...

Moo Founder Shares Recipe for Growth

Glyn Britton | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Tech
Glyn Britton

Entrepreneurs and advisers including Moo.com's Richard Moross share advice on securing investment, attracting a company's first 100 customers and knowing when to give up the day job with some of Hackney's most promising start-ups at the latest Start-up Kitchen.

Between Crowd and Clout: Finding Your Place in the UK Tech Boom

Theo Osborne | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Tech
Theo Osborne

Have you experienced a Demo Day in Tech City? If so, you will know what we mean when we say that the excitement is palpable and contagious. Entrepreneurs showcase their latest innovations and user experience design triumphs while gossiping about the scene's latest fundraising conquests.

Five Keys to Get Job Satisfaction

Maite Baron | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Numerous research studies, including Gallup's State of the Global Workplace report into employee engagement, suggest that 'purpose' is a crucial component of job satisfaction. In other words, we want to feel that what we do has meaning, and isn't just a pointless passing of our time.

Five Ways to Stop Your Designs Getting Ripped Off

Dids Macdonald | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dids Macdonald

It happened to me. Badly. In the mid 1980s, a colleague and I created Holbein, a company producing hand painted decorative accessories for top interior designers. The business was a great success. But it came with a huge problem: theft.

Brogan Driscoll

Networking Advice From 'The World's Best Networker', Arianna Huffington

HuffingtonPost.com | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The best way to network is to stop networking altogether - at least in the traditional sense. These are the lessons from Arianna Huffington, edito...

Top Tips on Standing Out From the Crowd to Create Start Up Success

Charlie Bigham | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Charlie Bigham

Starting out can be difficult, it's hard for smaller brands to get cut through in an industry so big, especially when competing with large producers. I think it's all about making sure your brand is different enough, ensuring that quality is your number one priority and always keeping your focus on the consumer. Everyone who starts a business is different but here are a few tips that might help keep aspiring entrepreneurs on the right track...

Only Radical Action Will Make Electric Cars a Realistic Option for UK Drivers

Anthony Eskinazi | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Tech
Anthony Eskinazi

When news emerged this week that James May of Top Gear fame had announced his intention to buy an electric car, commentators were bemused. As Antony Ingram put it, isn't he the guy best known for being one of "a trio of presenters who hate fuel-efficient cars, think electric cars are useless and like to scream around airfields in gas-guzzling supercars"?

Making Creativity Profitable

Doug Richard | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Doug Richard

Many people will shudder at words like "profit" and "creativity" being used in the same sentence, finding comparisons between the Creative and Financial sectors few and far between. In reality, these sectors are more alike than previously thought.