UK Entrepreneurship

Success in Life and Business Rule #1: Learn From Mistakes

Jack Kershaw | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK
Jack Kershaw

In 2014 of course it is not really politically acceptable to assume that it was me that made a mistake. It is always someone else's fault; the bank mis-sold the endowment policy, the credit card company mis-sold the payment protection insurance, the council should have stopped me building on a flood plain, MacDonald's is to blame for my obesity and so on.

The Entrepreneur's Budget: My Wish List

Doug Richard | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Doug Richard

George Osborne should focus on three things: improving the UK's start-up environment; making education more entrepreneurial; and boosting the industries with the potential to explode.

Are You Sacrificing Your Health for Your Business?

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hanni Melnicenko

One of the biggest mistakes we entrepreneurs make when it comes to our business is we think we are 'supposed' to work 24/7. And we feel guilty when we are not! Many of us female entrepreneurs work for months on end without a single day off. What's more, many of us average 16 to 18 hours a day. Sound familiar?!

Are We Ready to 'Steam It Up'?

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK
Dr Mark Esposito

Steam, as a natural element, provides a daily supplementation and mood boosters in a natural and fun way. In an age where "healthy is king", the value chain of this company has the potential to ice-break the market and add a new significant element, to the wellbeing/well-living industry, which counts for billions, just in the US.

Making Sure Your Business Evolves and Adapts

James Caan | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK
James Caan

The best businesses are the ones which really stay in tune with their customers' needs. These days there are so many tools to analyse results, and so many ways to interact with the people who buy your products or services, that there really is no excuse for failing to grasp what they are thinking. The needs and behaviour patterns of your customers can constantly change - and your business should adapt accordingly.

Women 'Bounce Back' in Angel Investing

Zoe Cunningham | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Tech
Zoe Cunningham

As a novice investor, I am really honoured to be part of this group, which includes women from very senior roles including operational, marketing, tech and corporate finance roles as well as successful entrepreneurs - who better to trust with your money?

How to Create a $19 Billion App

Dr. Steve Garnett | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Tech
Dr. Steve Garnett

The staggering $19 billion Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp last week is not only an indication of the enormous value of social media, but also a reminder of the massive opportunity to play for in the growing app economy.

This Entrepreneur Is Bringing Brits Halal Ready Meals (INTERVIEW)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Shazia Saleem is a 29-year old entrepreneur who has started up 'ieat foods', the first British ready meals brand offering halal dishes likes pies, pas...

It's Not Just a Day in a Year, It's the difference a Day in a Year Makes

Annalisa Sarasini | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annalisa Sarasini

We all know time is our most precious commodity. We all struggle to find enough time to dedicate to our families, hobbies, interest, work and friends. So when it comes time to embark on something new, we often get scared by the time commitment involved.

Tripping Up Trunki - What Every Design-Focussed Business Should Know

Ilya Kazi | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Ilya Kazi

Having taken on the 'Dragon's Den', been sent away penniless, and gone on to develop a multi-million pound internationally-successful business, there are few that would begrudge the Trunki suitcase inventor Rob Law his success.

Migrant Entrepreneurs In UK Are 'Hyper-Productive'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK

Migrant entrepreneurs' "breathtaking" contribution to the UK economy has been revealed by new research, which found that they are twice as entrepreneu...

Asa Bennett

This Entrepreneur Turned Down ALL The Dragons And Is Doing Very Well

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK

Dragons' Den ended its latest series on Sunday with a pitch from entrepreneur James Roupell, who dramatically ended up turning down all five Dragons a...

How Important Is Experience for a Young Entrepreneur?

Nick Morris | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK
Nick Morris

Many of the people who ask my initial question clearly believe there is, but - while it shouldn't come as a surprise that as a young entrepreneur I'll be fighting the corner of the youth view - for me, dismissing the ambitions and prospects of a budding entrepreneur purely because of their age or corporate experience is at best, shortsighted, and at worst, a view rooted in envy.

Asa Bennett

How Did These Two Entrepreneurs Make Selfridges Go Cuckoo? (INTERVIEW)

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Lucy Wright and Anna Mackenzie are two old school friends who teamed up to launch their own muesli brand, driven by a passion for fine food. After...

'Merkel Should Admit The EU Was Built On German WW2 Guilt'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics

German chancellor Angela Merkel should use her visit to Britain to admit that the European Union was "built on German guilt" after World War Two, acco...

Seven Reasons Why 2014 Is the Year of the Entrepreneur

Maite Baron | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

I've been saying for a while now that I believe there has never been a better time to start up in business, so it's great to see that others agree. And not just anyone, but one of the world's greatest entrepreneurs, head of Virgin Richard Branson.

All Entrepreneurs Should Aspire to be Award-winning - Here's Why

Jan Flawn | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Jan Flawn

I've always been competitive. I was a keen sportsperson and loved the feeling winning gave me - even when we played family games around the kitchen table, I hated losing. I've taken this competitive spirit into my life as an entrepreneur...

10 Ways to Maintain Your Work-life Balance

Martin Bjergegaard | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Bjergegaard

Whatever your job, chances are you find it hard to switch off. Today, we work longer hours, at weekends, at home and on the move. The office is only ever a click away via smartphones and the Internet. We're pre-programmed to think this is the price of success, but it doesn't have to be.

This Man Produces Electricty From Your Feet

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK

Laurence Kemball-Cook is a 28-year old green energy whiz who latched onto an innovative green source of energy: our feet. While at university, Kemb...

It's Never Too Late to Start Up

Doug Richard | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK
Doug Richard

You absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks. Anything to the contrary is nonsense. There'll always be those who point to age as a reason not to try something new, but this is terrible advice. When the entrepreneurial bug bites, age should be no barrier.

Are We Wasting Entrepreneurship Education on the Young?

Michelle Wright | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

A new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Micro Business has called for better integration of entrepreneurial skills at all levels of education. It's a good report that suggests combining the best of Government, academia, the business community and charitable initiatives to achieve a coordinated programme.

Why the Personal Touch Counts for Everything in Business

James Caan | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
James Caan

Nowadays I invest primarily in people who want to do what I did - become their own boss. I'm a firm believer that if you are prepared to put the effort in, there is no reason why you can't successfully run your own business... Technology has since come on leaps and bounds, which means you can access data and generate leads like never before. And the advent of social media means that building a brand and marketing yourself has become that little bit easier.

Startup Leadership Program: Experience From the Inside

Anastasia Roumelioti | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Anastasia Roumelioti

Last year, I used to be part of this privileged group of people that are called entrepreneurs and enjoy being their own boss. I was introduced to the Startup Leadership Program by a former fellow who encouraged me to apply by sharing with me her own experience.

The Fun Side of Business

Maite Baron | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Now we have all settled into the new year, I thought its time to take a slightly different look at business, and reflects a little of the fun side ... something and which I hope will make you laugh.

What Are the Arts For?

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Margaret Heffernan

Many in the business world trivialize the arts as an optional extra. They think of the arts as 'soft' and tiptoe around artists they imagine to be fragile, weak or prima donnas. But they've got it all wrong. Successful artists are the most tough-minded people I know, able to contain and manage uncertainty, risk and experiment.