UK Start Ups

Can Your Business Failure Be Another's Success?

Yasmina Siadatan | Posted 02.10.2014 | 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.

Tinder: A Start-up that Went from Frying Pan to Fire

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

When they created this app called Tinder - with their dreams of Silicon Valley rose and their tinted glasses on - they probably thought they were binding the world with love and all nice things around it... Now, what an irony of time, that the founders of the app that was meant to bring people in love together, are going to slug it out in the court.

Why Robotics and 'Open Innovation' Go Hand in Hand

Huw Davies | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Tech
Huw Davies

To the roboticists of course, potential practical applications for such products are endless - including within business, education and security.

Unicorn Hunting

Paul Lees | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Lees

Why don't we have the big ideas that the U.S. seems to capitalise upon so instantly? ... Britain's hesitant risk-taking culture, lack of venture capitalist funding availability, and lack of established mentors in the high tech area are what put Britain at a distinct entrepreneurial tech disadvantage.

Want To Set Up Your Own Food Truck? Here's How

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The food industry is a particularly tricky beast to tackle, especially when you’re dying to get involved but are find it increasingly frustrating th...

Start Smart: Ten Top Tips for Start-up Success

Anna Edwards | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Anna Edwards

Every business starts with a good idea. But turning that idea into some serious cash takes more than just thought. During our 'Entrepreneurs: Making It' series, I have spoken to business founders at all stages of the start-up journey. From living room first-timers to seasoned entrepreneurs on their subsequent adventures. Here are some lessons from our series: 10 things that might make your start-up fly.

The Robots Are Coming - UK Mission to the States Is a Go!

Huw Davies | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Tech
Huw Davies

Its 8am on a Friday morning and I'm sitting in a busy airport lounge waiting for my flight to San Diego. Why? Because this week is the kick off the week-long entrepreneur Mission to California for UK companies working in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) - and it's destined to be an inspiring one.

Will Silicon South-East Seize the Digital Day?

Sarah Wood | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Tech
Sarah Wood

South-East England employs more people in tech than the whole of California, but the talent pipeline must be built if the UK is to seize the digital day.

5 Years Old? Put Down That Game Boy. The Coalition Wants You To Start Your Own Business

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Politics

Children as young as five have been urged to start up their own businesses as part of a raft of proposals from David Cameron's enterprise adviser Lord...

Top Tips on Standing Out From the Crowd to Create Start Up Success

Charlie Bigham | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Charlie Bigham

Starting out can be difficult, it's hard for smaller brands to get cut through in an industry so big, especially when competing with large producers. I think it's all about making sure your brand is different enough, ensuring that quality is your number one priority and always keeping your focus on the consumer. Everyone who starts a business is different but here are a few tips that might help keep aspiring entrepreneurs on the right track...

Australia Needs a Killer App

Alex Malley | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Tech
Alex Malley

How do you develop a culture of innovation? This is the question vexing governments the world over as they struggle to harness the potential of changes in the global economy and seize the opportunities of technological and biomedical advancements.

Back to Reality - How to Find Creative Work After Having a Baby

Lou Mensah | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lou Mensah

It may or may not be true that we become our parents, but I want to be careful of the example I set. These choices are more far-reaching than my own sense of satisfaction. I want my daughter to see me as someone who provides, and someone who is available for her.

The STEM Skills Shortage Is Even More Apparent for Start-Ups

Mansoor Hamayun | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mansoor Hamayun

The work undertaken by STEM companies - both large and small - is extremely important, not just to our economic future, but to the development of our world. Only by ensuring an increased supply of high quality engineering talent will companies like ours be able to flourish.

How I Raised £300k Investment for My Start-Up

Tom Raffe | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Tech
Tom Raffe

Raising money for your start-up is difficult, particularly in the UK where "tech city" is still in its early stages of development. The whole process can be time consuming and stressful, particularly when you have a business to run at the same time.

Why Graduates Should Consider Working For A Start-Up

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Britain has a thriving startup and small business scene with more 140,000 new startups launched this year alone, so why do so many students only consi...

Thea Green's Top 10 Tips For Starting Your Own Business

Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In 1999 Thea Green was a Fashion Editor in London. She was just 23 years old. After achieving such an established role at such a young age, no one...

New App Lets You Shop With Google Maps: Pocket High Street

Thomas Church | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Tech
Thomas Church

There's something missing on Google Maps: the ability to search by product. If I want to find the nearest shop where I can buy WD-40, or a 27" inner-tube, or a pair of  pink socks, how do I do that? I can't... not easily anyway. That is, until I download Pocket High Street.

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.

Performing in the Present Moment

Suranga Chandratillake | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Sport
Suranga Chandratillake

So how do the most successful sports people ensure they stay in the present moment? Here are four key techniques elite athletes use...