Small and Medium Enterprises

Small Business Saturday Turns Five Years Old

Michelle Ovens | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Michelle Ovens

Five years is a long time in the life of a small business. In five years the whole world can have changed - staff gone, new team, new office, growth, sometimes decline, changing markets, and not to forget that 40% of small businesses don't make it to five years.... It is this more than anything else that sits at the heart of Small Business Saturday. If we can stop more businesses failing, that can mean huge benefits to communities and the economy as a whole.

The New EU Funding Scheme for Startups and SMEs: Q&A With Steve Rogers

Silvia Lombardo | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Tech
Silvia Lombardo

Another feature is coaching. Everybody taking part in phase one and phase two is offered free business coaching. It is voluntary for entrepreneurs to do. The coaches are going to be recruited over the coming three months.

This Young Entrepreneur Just Raised $6 Million, Will Her Business Clean Up?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Cleaning is a hassle isn't it? It's not easy, let alone affordable, to hire someone to do the job for you, but for those who can spare the expense, a ...

Asa Bennett

This Young Chap Sold His First Business At 15, What's He Up To Now? | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Some have business ideas young, but Andrew Dewar had already built up and sold his business by the age of 15 - a social network he set up two years ag...

Secrets of the Mid-market - Forgotten Army or Stealth Warriors?

Michael Bernd Bayer | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Tech
Michael Bernd Bayer

Across the world medium-sized businesses have been fueling the economic recovery. In Germany, the core groups of around 1,400 Mittelstand firms have become the main 'stokers' of its economic firepower. In the UK, mid-sized firms grew 5% over the past five years, outperforming both small companies and large corporations.

Don't Get Stuck in the Middle

Andrew Carr | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK
Andrew Carr

'In the middle' or 'mid-tier' is rarely the most exciting place to be. If you're not an extremist, you're part of the silent majority and must fight to be heard. The middle-classes hardly ever rock the boat - and the middle-aged often say they feel invisible. It's the same in business.

Minimising the Risk of Sub-Contracting a Sole Trader

Ruth Stevenson | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK
Ruth Stevenson

When a client sub-contracts a research project they have to make decisions about who they want to work with and who they think will get the job done. Imagine you could choose a university, or an agency with hundreds of staff, or a boutique firm with ten staff. These are my competitors. And then there's me, a sole trader.

Charlie Thomas

'I Knew This Was Going To Work, And No-One Was Going To Tell Me Otherwise' | Charlie Thomas | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK

Rob Hill is the founder of The Stag Company and owner of Hen Heaven and Eventa. Having started his working life as a chef, his world was turned around...

LIVE Q&A - Financing Options For Businesses

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK

The number of mortgages granted in the UK has increased by a third since the launch of the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), the government's flagship...

Guess Where The UK's Biggest Business Growth Is Coming From?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK

Birmingham has been named as the new hotbed of business growth, following the analysis of the first 3,000 businesses who have worked with GrowthAccele...

Charlie Thomas

Motoring Ahead: Entrepreneur Interview With TeamSport's Dom Gaynor | Charlie Thomas | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK

Dom Gaynor owns karting business TeamSport, and can count the likes of One Direction, Simon Cowell, Tom Daley, Ellie Goulding and Tulisa as customers,...

Angels Helping to Bridge the Gap

Dale Murray | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK
Dale Murray

I know from my own experience that when your business is still in its infancy, there are relatively few sources of finance. Friends and family are often eager to help if they can, but to take a business to the next stage of development takes more substantial backing.

Charlie Thomas

Good For The Sole - Entrepreneur On How Bespoke Shoes Changed Her Life (INTERVIEW) | Charlie Thomas | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK

Julia Grinham set up bespoke shoe designer company Upper Street with her sister three years ago after being inspired by sister Katy's experience with ...

Charlie Thomas

Serial Entrepreneur David Gold On StartUps, Football And Lingerie | Charlie Thomas | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK

The failure rate of start ups acts as a filtering process, ensuring only those with the right experience, skills and passion survive. That's accor...

Charlie Thomas

Policy Maker Turned Entrepreneur On Why The Government Must Modernise To Help Start Ups (INTERVIEW) | Charlie Thomas | Posted 21.02.2013 | UK

Helen Keenan is the founder of toddlers and children's clothing range Little Punk London. A driven and tenacious woman, Keenan uses the lessons she le...

Guess How Much Retailers Have Lost Since 2008?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK

The cost of the recession to Britain's retailers has been calculated as a whopping £23 billion since the start of the recession. The figures, comp...

Charlie Thomas

Shock As Retail Figures Fall Despite January Sales | Charlie Thomas | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK

Fears of a triple-dip recession have been raised again after new figures showed marked changes in shopping habits. A report from the Office for Nat...

Charlie Thomas

Independent Women: How One Entrepreneur Is Helping Other Women To Run A Business | Charlie Thomas | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK

Rachel Ray spent years as a trained accountant before deciding to abandon the city and start up a housekeeping service called Bright and Beautiful. ...

Charlie Thomas

Where Are All The Female Angel Investors? | Charlie Thomas | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK

Women are generating more wealth than ever before, but when it comes to passing it forward and investing in the next generation, it seems sisters are ...

Charlie Thomas

'At 24 I thought: 'I'm Too Young To Be In Charge' (INTERVIEW) | Charlie Thomas | Posted 08.02.2013 | UK

William Hewland took over the running of Hewland Engineering, the company which invented the first commercially available racing car gearbox, in 1989....

Petrol Pump Prices Are 'Fair' Finds OFT

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK

The Office For Fair Trading (OFT) has disappointed millions of businesses by declaring petrol price increases were caused by increases in tax and the ...

Government Scheme To Help SMEs Recruits 15,000 Business Mentors

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK

Good news for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs); a government initiative to introduce more business mentor volunteers has reached its target o...

Think Companies Care About Keeping Your Data Safe?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

More than half of UK businesses expect to lose data, but won't beef up their security systems despite the threat of fines of up to hundreds of thousan...

Charlie Thomas

'It Was Lovely To Hear Customers Saying They'd Enjoyed Their First Chip Butty' | Charlie Thomas | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne is the founder of gluten-free food brand Genius. Inspired by her children's intolerance to gluten and dairy, and her love of com...

Charlie Thomas

SMEs Start Rejecting Customers Who Pay Late | Charlie Thomas | Posted 24.01.2013 | UK

SMEs are hitting back at partners who fail to pay them on time, with more than a fifth (22%) declining to do future business with customers who have p...