The Achievement No-One's Celebrating - UK Small Companies Outperform Germans

Nicola Horlick | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK
Nicola Horlick

BDO found that UK mid-sized companies had grown turnover by 33 per cent over the previous five years whilst the Mittelstand had grown turnover by only 12 per cent over the same period.

Ten New Year's Resolutions for Ethical Capitalism in 2015

Ian Baxter | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Baxter

The end of January is rapidly approaching, but it's not too late to adopt some good habits for the year ahead. As a small business owner I'm a big fan of capitalism. There is no other economic system that generates the wealth we need to make society work...

Sorry Russell Brand, But Capitalism Is a Force for Good and You Know It

Ian Baxter | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK
Ian Baxter

Dear Russell, You don't know me but my name's Ian and I'm a capitalist. I know you won't find it fashionable but it's true. I invest capital in my business expecting a return. The bigger the better if I'm honest.

Keeping Your Staff Motivated During Christmas

Juan Lobato | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Tech
Juan Lobato

As the holiday season creeps up, for the majority of people this signals a time of celebration and multiple social events, with friends, family, and colleagues.

Is It Time to Take Tech's Lead?

John Davis | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Tech
John Davis

It is time for SMEs to fully embrace the technology that is available to them. Many small business owners will deem themselves time poor, but there are solutions to help and enable more time to be reserved for growth and development. Technology is no longer an area exclusive to the bigger companies, it should be central to SMEs' daily activity.

Changes to the Planning System Are Leading to Thousands of Job Losses Across London

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

Boris described the planning policy as "utterly crazy" and said that "Government is totally wrong on changes to permitted development rights... It reduces the space where firms can start up". Let's hope more legislators see sense soon, and stop this threat to independent businesses that are so vital for our creative economy and community.

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.

If at First You Don't Succeed...

Paul Marshall | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Paul Marshall

Never mind that 20% of small ventures go under in the first year and 50% don't make it past their third birthday. This is presuming the owners of said companies haven't smoked or drunk themselves into an early grave before then, thanks to the gigantic amount of stress involved.

Rewiring the Channels of Finance Will Ignite Britain's 'Mittelstand'

Rhydian Lewis | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK
Rhydian Lewis

Excuse me if I'm stating the obvious but the banking system designed to lend to the beating heart of Britain's economy is clearly broken. The large banks have been beating the drum that they are 'open for SME business,' but the numbers coming from the industry show the exact opposite.

Over 3.2million UK SMEs Are Ignoring Mobile - And Will Lose Over £50bn in the Next 12 Months

Daniele Pelleri | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Daniele Pelleri

There are about 4.9 million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK: a huge and lively ecosystem corresponding to 99.9 % of private sector busin...

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...

The Funding of Micro-Businesses: Cinderella Can Go to the Ball

Sir Michael Snyder | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Sir Michael Snyder

The new £5 million Fund will provide loans to over 270 enterprises in London. The aim is to provide micro-finance to disadvantaged groups in London's deprived areas, helping small-scale entrepreneurs to get their projects off the ground.

Hiring Your First Employee

James Caan CBE | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
James Caan CBE

There are many important decisions SME owners have to take in the early stages of their business, and one of the most important is making that first hire. Depending on the individual company, this could be done immediately, within a few months, or even a year after starting up. There is no singular approach, but it must be the right decision at the right time. The key question to ask yourself is whether you can justify making a new hire, in terms of cost and workload. I experienced this when I started my first recruitment business - it was four months before I had enough money in the bank to be able to take someone on.

Bank Financing Isn't the Be All and End All for Your Start Up

Nick Tolley | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK
Nick Tolley

Britain is renowned for its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. More businesses start up here than anywhere else in Europe and encouraging enterprise has long been a top priority for the UK government.

The Budget: Let's Look to the Future Makers - the Makers of Ideas

Caroline Norbury | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Politics
Caroline Norbury

While creativity is thriving in the UK, many businesses struggle to make the step from executing successful projects to becoming fully-fledged, sustainable creative businesses. Investing and lending to many creative businesses is still a minority activity, but that may change as a result of some of the measures George Osborne introduced.

Reduce Diesel Duty to Fuel Economic Recovery

Charlie Mullins | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Next week George Osborne will announce his budget plans, and with the recovery gaining momentum I'm expecting great things. However, if we want to reap the benefits, provisions need to be made for the SMEs who pulled this country through the recession, starting with a targeted cut to the duty on diesel fuel.

It's Much Harder to Set Up a Successful Small Business Than Become a Politician

Simon Danczuk | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Danczuk

Today the Commons will debate diversity in Parliament. We all know an effective democracy is one that represents all walks of life. Small businessmen and women are the lifeblood of every community. But there are far too few of them in politics.

The Big Benefits of Working for a Small Business

James Caan CBE | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
James Caan CBE

I am a firm believer that there is no more exciting place to work than a new and developing firm. If you are somebody who enjoys a challenge and are capable of adapting, moving to an SME can be a terrific opportunity at any stage of your career.

The Rise of the Entrepreneur

Doug Richard | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK
Doug Richard

Entrepreneurs across the country are playing a vital role in driving the UK's economic recovery. Out of the mess caused by the worst financial crisis in living memory, Britain has found itself a new identity as the land of the startup.

Turning to the Bank of Friends & Family to Fund Your Start-up

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

In the last year alone one in five small business owners has turned to the bank of 'friends and family' for start-up capital, and almost three quarters launched their new business ventures with working capital of £2,000 or less.

Convert Empty Garages Into Affordable Studios and Workshops for Start-Ups

Steve O'Connell | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Steve O'Connell

Thousands of garages are estimated to be lying empty in London alone. My report, From Lock Up to Start Up has identified 3,275 empty garages owned between just ten housing associations across the Capital. Converting some of these empty garages into basic standard, affordable studios, workshops and commercial space could provide the much needed affordable space that London's start-ups and micro businesses so desperately need.

British Businesses Are Hoarding Billions That Could Be Invested in SMEs

Mark Mills | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Mark Mills

According to recent figures from the ONS UK Economic Accounts over £334billionn is currently being hoarded by British businesses. This staggering amount of money is effectively laying dormant in the bank accounts of major corporations, rather than being invested in British businesses and SMEs.

Time for SMEs to Switch on Small Business Saturday

Adrian Kamellard | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK
Adrian Kamellard

The significantly increased talk in recent years about how small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy has surprised me. It is as if the recessionary years suddenly made this so and they were somehow not the very same lifeblood before.

2014 - An Exciting Year Ahead for Entrepreneurs?

Elizabeth Assaf | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK
Elizabeth Assaf

A recurring theme in the rest of the talks was 'Taking Action' - stop talking and just do! Shaa Wasmund, founder of Smarta, explained that 'running a business is like a rollercoaster' and that she believes 2014 will be the year of video, where You Tube could drive your sales and create 'action'.