UK Start Ups

Steps Small Businesses Can Take to Mitigate the Brexit Effect

Emma L. Jones | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Emma L. Jones

It may feel like everything has been thrown up into the air and we're still gazing skywards, eyes wide, watching to see where things will land so we can begin to pick up the pieces - but that feeling won't last forever.

Why Aren't More Graduates Considering Careers With Start-Ups?

Morwenna Jones | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Morwenna Jones

Six months ago, I lost my job. Sitting in an office with the CEO and Founder of the company I'd been working for, I heard the words no graduate wants to hear: "We're sorry, but we can't keep you on".

A Lazy Girl's Guide to Starting a Successful Side Project

Scarlett Montanaro | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Scarlett Montanaro

Since I started studying advertising back in 2009 I would sit in the audience of industry talks and listen intently to the speakers. These speakers seemed like the shining stars of advertising, who had everything together and had an inextinguishable amount of motivation...

How To Start a Business Successfully: Six Key Tips From a Top Business Investor in Creative Businesses

Carolyn Dailey | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Carolyn Dailey

Did you know that creative entrepreneurs are part of the wider creative industries now worth almost £80 billion to the UK economy? Have you ever thou...

What Entrepreneurs Most Need to Know

Phil Parker | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Phil Parker

Last week I was invited to give the keynote speech to some of London's brightest entrepreneurs and start-ups. There's not much I could teach them tha...

Zaha Hadid, Outside the Architecture

Carolyn Dailey | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK
Carolyn Dailey

Zaha Hadid: architect, designer, pioneer, shy beauty, mentor, rule breaker, gossip, wit, dream weaver, sweetheart. The world is emptier without her.

Taking Control, Together

Ed Mayo | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Politics
Ed Mayo

With evidence showing that people want more control over the economy, their workplace and their communities, and a new programme of support for co-operatively run organisations, is now the time for the co-operative option?

London Startups in 2016 - Diverse Founders and Industries

Sarah Drinkwater | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Tech
Sarah Drinkwater

When Google launched Campus in 2012, the stereotypes about East London tech startups probably rang true. The scene was mostly white, male, it was overwhelmingly young, and probably too separated from other sectors in its own silo. But the picture is rapidly changing with two trends emerging this year: diversity and industry convergence.

Crowdfunding Take A Bow: UK Now A Worldbeater For Start-Ups

Nicola Horlick | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK
Nicola Horlick

Of the remaining £881 million of business lending in 2015, the report estimates that loans were made to over 10,000 SMEs in the UK. The top industry sectors lent to were manufacturing, engineering, transport, utilities, finance and retail.

Dispatch from the Front Line of a Tech Start-up

Matt Lacey | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Tech
Matt Lacey

It's been a really interesting experience watching the process at close quarters right from the beginning when it was just an idea right through to it being Jamie's full time job with trips all over the world to test and construct hugely technical equipment in China.

The (Working) Benefits of Being a Millennial

Carolina Are | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Carolina Are

Sure, Millennials have it a lot harder when it comes to making their job count. We will probably have worked 100 jobs by the age of 60, all while still renting a house in the middle of nowhere and commuting to work for hours. But we will also be able to change our job titles to something outlandish and, most importantly, shape our company and its products rather than letting them shape us.

Why I Deleted Internships From My Graduate Job Search: 2016 Graduate Advice

Rebecca Tracy | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Tracy

Within the creative industry there is a perception that graduates are desperate. Certain professions like those within medical industries wouldn't dr...

When Yoga Pants Are More Than Yoga Pants: How Small Start-Ups Have a Big Role to Play in Fashion Today

Rebecca Handley | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Style
Rebecca Handley

After a decade of long, anti-social hours in digital communications, we both began to feel the same unrest with our situation. A desperate and innate need to do something more creative. Something with a 'physical product'. And something that generally bought back some balance to our lives.

24 Hours at a Sustainable Fashion Startup

Vivien Tang | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Style
Vivien Tang

At it's best, sustainability is a dry topic. At it's worst, it's downright dull and preachy. Sustainable fashion in particular conjures up dowdy hemp and patchwork princess dresses made from old curtains by Maria Von Trapp. It's hardly inspiring fodder to feed a fashion revolution with.

F*ck Ups: Business Lessons I'd Share With My Younger Self

Jonas Altman | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Jonas Altman

In the winter of 2003, I started my first business: a wholesale fashion agency. I was 27 and had no idea what I was doing. If I bumped into my younger...

Five Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Turn Their Business Idea Into Reality

Ian Mason | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Ian Mason

So you've got an idea and you want to turn it into a business. Everyone you talk to thinks it's brilliant and you spend a lot of time talking about your future plans - developing the brand, the second, third, tenth product - supporting the cause you care about with your profits. Maybe you talk about becoming a billionaire and living on a Caribbean island?!

Achieve a Massive, Life Changing Goal, in Three Easy Steps

Erica Sosna | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Erica Sosna

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. You didn't see Picasso's first drawing or Murray's first tennis game. Any significant achievement takes time and effort and practice. It requires that we begin.

Happy Birthday to Us - Business Anniversary

Lauren Riley | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Tech
Lauren Riley

Today my business is one year old and I wanted to mark this occasion with a quick blog post to you all. We are so proud of what we have achieved in twelve short months and we cannot wait to see what the next twelve hold.

A New Golden Age for UK Technology Start Ups?

Chris Ciauri | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK Tech
Chris Ciauri

How can the tech sector marry today's feeling of optimism - and the private sector cash that is aligned with that growth - with the creation of both a societal and industry infrastructure that will enable technology-orientated people and businesses to flourish and grow?

To Address Poverty, We Need Addresses

Chris Sheldrick | Posted 14.05.2016 | UK Tech
Chris Sheldrick

Let's be clear: an address is not a "nice-to-have". Without it, you will struggle to get a passport, stake a property claim, become an active consumer, take out a low-interest credit, or run a business.

Why a Conservative Majority Could Be a Disaster for the UK's Tech Industry

Mike Weston | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Tech
Mike Weston

A Conservative majority would put EU membership back on the agenda and, even if David Cameron did not intend for the referendum to actually take place, it will undoubtedly negatively affect the UK's tech industry. It is worth remembering that, if managed properly, the UK's tech industry could easily surpass financial services as the nation's main driver of economic growth.

When People Go to War... Over a Latte

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK
Vivi Friedgut

It is always interesting to take a step back from the world you live in and view it through someone else's eyes. Earlier today I had a presentation,...

Start-Ups, Entrepreneurs, Innovators - Fancy Pitching to Richard Branson?

Duncan Higgins | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK
Duncan Higgins

Today Virgin Media Business is launching '#VOOM: Pitch to Rich 2015', a nationwide hunt for the most innovative and creative business people across the UK. Finalists will have the chance to pitch their idea to Richard Branson himself for a chance to win a share of a £1m prize pot - the biggest accelerator prize in British business history.

Female Entrepreneurs Helping to Drive the Economic Recovery

Yasmina Siadatan | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK
Yasmina Siadatan

One of the most encouraging things to emerge from the scheme is the number of female applicants. A third of all our lending has gone to women, bucking the national trend which currently stands at around 17% of all business start-ups being created by women.

Giving a Leg-up to London's Start-ups with Super-fast Broadband

Duncan Higgins | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Tech
Duncan Higgins

In Tech City we've heard stories of companies choosing to deliver videos by jumping on a bicycle rather than uploading it via their broadband connection. MPs have joked about carrier pigeons being faster than the internet. It's high time things changed.