UK Startups

The Apprentice - A Misrepresentation of Modern Day Business and Startup Culture

Eiso Kant | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK
Eiso Kant

As the co-founder of a startup platform that connects top talent with job opportunities at some of Europe's most exciting startups, this worries me as I believe that shows like The Apprentice are putting people off working in startups, particularly young people.

The Impact of 'Incompletes'

Erica Sosna | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
Erica Sosna

Ah, it's that tax return time of year, rolling round once more. Hands up if you have been studiously avoiding completing your accounts and submitting your return?

Eight Steps to a Successful Business

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Starting a business can be daunting. Revision - Starting a business is daunting, terrifying, exhilarating, infuriating and the best thing I've ever done. But it's never smooth sailing, and newcomers need to know that a great idea does not make a great business.

Looking While Leaping: Lessons From My First Business

Nick Morris | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Nick Morris

I'm a strong believer in the concept of 'Learning by Doing'; the idea that "studying entrepreneurship without doing it is like studying the appreciation of music without listening to it", as Seth Godin so neatly summed it up.

From Work Disengagement to Soul Fulfillment

Maite Baron | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Even in our technological age, people are still the best asset of any business. Unfortunately, while employers may want the best from those they employ, not all are prepared to give it. And not all companies are willing to invest in their workforce to make sure that happens.

How to Startup With the Right Idea

Stephanie Holland | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Stephanie Holland

You have an idea, maybe more than one, so which one do you start with and how can you be sure it's the right one?

Keeping Business Overheads Low With the Help from Public Libraries

Stephen Fear | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK
Stephen Fear

For newly launched businesses, keeping control of finances is a necessity and those that act nonchalantly about expenses will often pay the price later down the line. Many start ups fall into the mistake of taking on too many overheads...

Entrepreneurs All Have One Thing in Common... We're All Slightly Crazy

Paul Lees | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Paul Lees

It takes a certain type of person to make a business successful, not everyone is cut out to start a business. The harsh reality is that the vast majority of businesses will fail, one in three start-ups collapse within the first three years, which is often down to having an insufficient support and expertise network.

To Get Up, You Need to Be Knocked Down

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

There are no certainties in an entrepreneur's path, apart from one: you are bound to have a roller coaster ride. No matter how successful you end up being. It's never a straight line to success or failure

How to Survive the Early Days of Restaurant Opening

Liv Sibony | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Liv Sibony

It's notoriously challenging to open a new restaurant. Tough competition, high cost of real estate, managing staff and fit-out of the premises. Thankfully movements such as the Sharing Economy have enabled food entrepreneurs to creatively survive where they may have failed in other times.

Four Business Lessons From Ganache Macarons: The Sweet Taste of Success

Maite Baron | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

These guys should be an inspiration to anyone who has ever wanted to set up their own business doing something they love, but hasn't, maybe because they haven't wanted to borrow the funds to do it with or simply didn't know how to get sta

Can We Make Tech Hiring Less Spammy?

Imriel Morgan | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Tech
Imriel Morgan

Start-up companies affinity for 'hiring rock stars', 'ninjas', 'jedi's' and other super-inflated job titles from popular sci-fi franchises has gotten out of hand. I think it's safe to assume that, this superfluous jargon likely originated somewhere in Silicon Valley...

Five Things I Need to Know Right Now (as An Aspiring Entrepreneur)

Stephanie Holland | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Stephanie Holland

The gap between the hindsight of successful entrepreneurs and the need-to-know of aspiring entrepreneurs is light years.

The Perfect Partner - Choosing A Co-Founder For Your Start-up

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Get out there and find your perfect co-founder. No matter how you find them, remember this first and foremost... Always go with your gut and take recommendations. Then enjoy the ride.

Convincing Large Corporations to Work With Your Startup

Nick Morris | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Tech
Nick Morris

Startup 101 - large corporations are the enemy; big, hulking slow-moving behemoths who could only dream of the startup nirvana of bean-bag chairs, branded t-shirts and ping-pong tables.

Why News Apps Should Stop Biting the Hands That Feed Them

Matthew Hussey | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Tech
Matthew Hussey

While there are more eyes on stories, the amount of cash these stories generate in terms of ad revenue, is getting smaller. Almost £400m in print advertising is forecast to be lost from the UK newspaper market by the end of 2014, with digital revenues only able to make up about 25 per cent of this decline

The Cure for Unhappiness

Maite Baron | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

It shouldn't come as any surprise to learn that children are for the most part pretty happy. After all, they have lots of play time, get everything done for them and don't have to worry about paying the bills.

Four Business Lessons From a Sound Business Case

Maite Baron | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Spurning the standard speakers that most of us are familiar with, they opt instead for what is a functional piece of art made out of vintage suitcases. With stylish personalised designs, each Bass Trunkies speaker is unique and handcrafted.

Experimenting With Democracy: The Big Democracy Project

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Gwalchmai

Are we asking for radical change to the constitution of the UK? No - we're asking for a truer democracy, one where everyone gets and feels involved in the creation of their community. By returning the power to change things to those that need it most, this could well be seen as a great change so the question becomes 'Are we asking for radical change?' Yes - we're asking for a truer democracy.

Money Rich, Time Poor: How to Make Work a Labour of Love

Maite Baron | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

How much leisure time do we actually need? I ask the question because new research suggests that we are starting to think differently about our 'time off'.

The Domino Effect of Self-Employment

Maite Baron | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

520,000 new businesses were created in the UK last year, with nearly 73,000 of them (14%) set up by former corporate employees - as a nation we're clearly becoming increasingly entrepreneurial and maybe even recapturing something of our "bulldog spirit" when it comes to trade and innovation.

An Entrepreneurial Scotland May Not Be a Scotland for Entrepreneurs

Doug Richard | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK
Doug Richard

Yogi Berra, the famous baseball coach once said, "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." Scotland is free to choose its identity; but the rhetoric in support of the Yes vote conflates two very different courses of action, which are at odds with one another.

25 Reasons Why Small Businesses Are Better

Emily McLaren | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK
Emily McLaren

So why should you work in a start-up and what makes this dynamic so appealing? Here are 25 reasons that I could think of in list form..

How Small Businesses Can Go Head-to-Head With the Big Players

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Shivvy Jervis

What's keeping small business owners up at night in this digitally driven marketplace? Given small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 90% of businesses and 50% of employment worldwide, I wanted to explore this area with the Digital Futures series. Hit play and tell me what you think?

Finding the Right Investor for YOU

James Caan | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK
James Caan

I'm often asked by people how they should make the perfect investment pitch. They want to know all manner of things from what material to bring along, what financial figures are most important, right down to how many Powerpoint slides they should use!