UK Start Ups

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...

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 17.09.2015 | 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 13.08.2015 | 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 08.06.2015 | 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 14.05.2015 | 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.

In Pursuit Of Great Work

Sebastian Nienaber | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK
Sebastian Nienaber

In this new era, we constantly need to adapt to changing circumstances and leave our comfort zone to take bold risks. Applying yesterday´s solutions to today's problems no longer works.

Parties to Take Part in Small Business Debate

Emma L. Jones | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Politics
Emma L. Jones

Do you know which political party will offer the best package of policies to support Britain's growing army of small businesses over the next five years? There are now record numbers of small firms in the UK, they account for as much as 96 per cent of the UK private sector, generating around a third of private sector turnover.

Searching for a Co-founder: The Case for a Friend

Max Henderson | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Max Henderson

The start-up roller coaster cliches are an understatement, and every facet of every person and relationship will be exposed in the process. If you already know every side of a person and a relationship - you're doing a pretty good job de-risking the chance of a personnel implosion.

Why Are We So Afraid of Failure as UK Entrepreneurs?

Michelle Wright | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Michelle Wright

I've been thinking a lot about failure recently. Over the years, I shudder to think about how much time I have wasted worrying about whether I have failed a test or haven't done 'well enough'. And when I did fail something, like my first driving test for example, it undoubtedly only served to make me a better driver in the end. The angst of worrying about the failure was pointless...

5 Tips To Help You Land A Job With An Entrepreneur

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education

So you want to work for an entrepreneur? Who wouldn’t? It’s some of the best on-the-job training you can get, no two days are the same and you’l...

Our Future Starts Here

Chris Ciauri | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Ciauri

However, while it's easy to get started, it takes more than just money or technology to build a successful business. The technology market is extremely competitive, and the core skills that new companies need to thrive in this sort of environment are still in short supply.

Can Your Business Failure Be Another's Success?

Yasmina Siadatan | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Yasmina Siadatan

According to the Small Business Federation, businesses that seek support are 70% more likely to survive beyond the first 5 years. It's not rocket science - like everything in life, you're more likely to succeed with input from those who've done it before. Entire business sectors have grown based on that premise...

Why Banks Can't Provide Finance for Start-Ups

Paul Lees | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Paul Lees

The most common route to funding in the UK is retail bank loans. Banks lend money with low interest rates to individuals, rather than to companies. This is helpful when starting a business, as it means there is a low level of repayments; however there is often a high level of personal risk.

Don't Sweat the A-level Results - Today's Young People Are Taking the Business World by Storm!

Yasmina Siadatan | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmina Siadatan

New figures reveal that 4.5 million people are now self-employed, the highest number since records began in 1992, with an increase of 404,000 over the past year alone. Although the path to economic recovery has still some way to go, the spirit of enterprise is alive and kicking among the UK's teenagers.

You Really Have to Be in It, To Win It

Wendy Tan-White | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK
Wendy Tan-White

Or do you? Several start-up businesses recently told me that they have enough 'traditional interest' to grow their companies satisfactorily over the ...

The Three Unwritten Rules of Graduate Employment

Rajeeb Dey | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rajeeb Dey

With thousands of students graduating this summer I wanted to share three rules which you should and need to follow to insure that you rise above your peers and get your dream internship or secure your ideal graduate job.

Bringing It Home: The UK is Ready for Robotics

Huw Davies | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Tech
Huw Davies

"How many robots do you encounter during your day?" The answer, I expect, is none... the great news is that we have some fantastic UK entrepreneurs ready, and inspired by the mission, to lead the RAS charge from Europe.