UK Entrepreneurship

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

New EU VAT Regs Seriously Threaten Small Businesses

Soozi Baggs | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK
Soozi Baggs

There are several issues with the logistics of this - especially for micro businesses (a business being run by a single person) using the most basic sales software.

Creating Connections, Creating Jobs

Andrew Devenport | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK
Andrew Devenport

As CEO of a global network, I'm a firm believer in the strength of global connectivity - what people can learn, and achieve, when they connect with people from different countries.

The Magic Three: Qualities for Creating a Successful New Business

Erica Sosna | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Erica Sosna

As a business and enterprise coach I am frequently asked about the kinds of skills and qualities I think new business owners need to develop. Now, everyone is different and we all come with a unique skill set. But there are three skills I believe to be universal if you are going to flourish as a freelance, self employed person or entrepreneur.

Five Things I Need to Know Right Now (as An Aspiring Entrepreneur)

Stephanie Holland | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
Stephanie Holland

The gap between the hindsight of successful entrepreneurs and the need-to-know of aspiring entrepreneurs is light years.

Select Your Business Partner Like You Would Choose a Spouse

Neeta Patel | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK
Neeta Patel

It's easy to be caught up in the excitement of a new business venture, but when it comes to choosing the person with whom you will spend more hours, than your spouse, it is important not to enter into a relationship you may live to regret - there is a lot at stake if goes wrong, but plenty to gain if you get it right.

Dealing With Late Payments

Neeta Patel | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Neeta Patel

Small businesses can feel the strain more than most, when it comes to late payments, but the impact of this can be reduced by following some practical steps to managing your cash-flow and tackling late payments at the earliest stage.

Two Essentials for Every Entrepreneur

One Young World | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK
One Young World

While I believe creativity and focus have given me success; I don't think there is a single solution to teach entrepreneurship, but we are creating tools and opportunities that will help to teach it as a skill.

How to Invest in Yourself and Your Business (And Where the Heck to Start!)

Jo Gifford | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

Fear is often the driver behind hesitation to invest, usually in the form of "what if I can't afford it" and "I don't have the time"; so let's deal with those two bad boys right now and look at how to begin investing in yourself for awesome success.

'The Foundation of Every State Is the Education of Its Youth' - Diogenes

Ian Baxter | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK
Ian Baxter

I've been fortunate to attend five educational establishments in my life; one primary school, two secondary schools and two universities...

'I am Woman, Hear Me Roar'

Jo Haigh | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Haigh

The man, the hunter gatherer. The woman, home maker and carer. It's 2014 for goodness sake this still cannot be true! With more and more women having to work, never mind wanting to, the business horizon has surely changed and for the better.

Why We're All Women of the Future

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shivvy Jervis

I for one wear the 'Alpha Female' badge with pride! To me, this stands for being highly charged, positive and a people-oriented person. It truly frustrates me that the label often carries a negative connotation - it's equated to being ruthless, nasty or needlessly combative to succeed at all costs. Those who embody the latter approach aren't setting an healthy example for the next wave of young female leaders, don't you think?

Are We on the Right Track to Supporting UK Business Growth?

David Swigciski | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK
David Swigciski

If you're familiar with the UK business market, you will be well acquainted with the fact that 99.9% of all UK companies are SMEs*. Needless to say, this over-simplifies the landscape and the differences between companies that are classed as micro, small or medium in size. From independent retailers and tech start-ups to small food chains and larger hospitality companies, their growth ambitions and challenges vary wildly...

Britain's Army of 2.9Million Homepreneurs Hold Key to Local Economic Growth

Emma L. Jones | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK
Emma L. Jones

Britain's booming army of 2.9m homepreneurs spend more than £40billion of their earnings in their own local economy and are on track to create over five million freelance jobs, a major new report from Enterprise Nation and Direct Line for Business has revealed today.

Convincing Large Corporations to Work With Your Startup

Nick Morris | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Tech
Nick Morris

Startup 101 - large corporations are the enemy; big, hulking slow-moving behemoths who could only dream of the startup nirvana of bean-bag chairs, branded t-shirts and ping-pong tables.