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First Steps To Starting Your Own Business

Sarah Willingham | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Sarah Willingham

As an entrepreneur, investor and starter of many businesses, I have learned a lot of lessons over the years. Not everything works and it is easy to m...

Got Money to Burn?

Mark Young | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Mark Young

14 years into my journey as business owner I've learned a lot, but never so much as in the last few years. Even back when I started all this and work...

A Sense of the Absurd

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

When parents and those in-charge of small children are asked what it is that they have done all day, the answer can be hard to quantify. The exact details may be hazy, some of it may sound like nothing much at all and there are probably moments they've forgotten to account for, but it covers a great deal.

Scarves Up To My Ears

Caitlin Charles-Jones | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK
Caitlin Charles-Jones

Since getting back in the studio I have been super motivated, I'm working on a range of men's socks for a brand - they're going to be simply fabulous so watch this space.

Week Three in the Studio

Caitlin Charles-Jones | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Caitlin Charles-Jones

Working from home is pretty blissful in most respects, I'm lucky enough to have a space which I have been given free reign (by my incredibly supportive parents) to make my own.

Why I'm Leaving My Job to Start an Online Business

Richard Batt | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Tech
Richard Batt

My resolution this year was to leave my job, which was a very stable job managing a mobile phone shop, and start up my own business online.

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.

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.

Business Development Must Be Everyone's Concern

Sara Benwell | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK
Sara Benwell

I've recently noticed two key trends in communications. Firstly, more agencies seem to be either hiring a specific person responsible for business development or relying more heavily on 'pitch' teams, and secondly, I've seen more companies asking for reassurance in new business meetings, that the team that they see is the one they will be working with...

How to Set Up Your Own Business AND Make Money

Richard Denny | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Denny

The majority of people come out of the "so-called" security of employment into setting up their own business and then becoming their own boss. Being one's own boss requires many different disciplines and skills coupled with courage and ambition. Yes, it takes courage to take on ownership of one's self, life-style and future.

The Business of Young Digital Start-ups

Jessica Anuna | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Tech
Jessica Anuna

When I started my first business in 2011 there were only a handful of other young people that I knew of, that were self-employed. Most people were happy to get their degree and look for a job in the city that 'paid well'. But fast-forward to 2014, and it seems that young people have got smarter, savvier and more commercially aware.

A New Deal for New Business

George Freeman | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Politics
George Freeman

Every good business knows that you can never let a crisis go to waste. To turn this crisis into our opportunity we must, like Mr Meyer and his fire station, start from the basics. The first flagship and most daring policy of an entrepreneurial public sector would be making Britain the best place on earth to start a new business.

Why Sales Training Doesn't Work

Mark Young | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK
Mark Young

When it comes to honing your silky skills as a new business person you have some choices. Let's say you want to get even better on the phone, get more control of conversations and get what you need from the person you're talking to on a more regular basis...

What Kind of Networker Are You?

Lisette Howlett | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK
Lisette Howlett

One of the reasons networking is the new business activity most people prefer is because it does not feel salesy. You meet people, get to know what they do and then - over time and when you've built trust - set meetings and share contacts.

Ten Things to Do Tomorrow

Katie Hopkins | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK
Katie Hopkins

All SMEs are restrained by time and resource but seldom by enthusiasm or energy. Here are my top ten things I would advise you to do tomorrow. They won't cost you a penny.

It Only Takes a Minute

Michael Hayman | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK
Michael Hayman

Today in the UK around 1,800 businesses will register to start trading. Put it another way, that's 75 an hour or just over one a minute. And by setting up, these young firms join the wave of entrepreneurs starting a phenomenal odyssey of adventurous independence and a life lived on their own terms.

Coping With Failure Is as Important as Coping With Success

Neeta Patel | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Neeta Patel

Robert F. Kennedy famously said "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly' and in the case of young entrepreneurs this is absolutely true. Most start ups fail. That doesn't mean your own start up will never succeed, but it probably won't be your first and possibly not your second either.

Phone Rage - How to Defuse Initial Negativity on New Business Calls

Mark Young | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK
Mark Young

Sure big business types have had slanging matches in the course of business history and most of us will have put the phone down at some point and gone 'what a t***' but that's not what I'm talking about here.

Why Life Values Are So Important in Business

Mark Young | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK
Mark Young

Being straight down the line, open and business-like is always positive. That way people don't feel like you're being pushy or trying to drag them kicking and screaming towards something they don't want and didn't ask for in the first place.

Why Creative Agencies Need a Sex Change to Win Business

Shaun Varga | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK
Shaun Varga

If you run an agency, I would urge you get in touch with your feminine side and give your new business process a sex change before it's too late.