UK Startups

Flights of Fancy: The Journey From Bar to Boardroom With Skyscanner's CEO

Heather Irish | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Tech
Heather Irish

How did a high tech startup, headquartered in Scotland's historic capital, become the global travel gateway it is today? And how does it maintain that startup culture, seemingly so crucial to its success, now that it is much more than a dream etched on a beer mat?

What to Know to Survive as a Startup

Bertie Stephens | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Tech
Bertie Stephens

Do you know why most startups fail in the first year? Because it usually takes longer than a year to build real traction and create a successful business, something many entrepreneurs totally underestimate.

How to Sell a Business

James Caan CBE | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

Be sure to think carefully about these three aspects when you're looking to sell and don't just take the first offer you get. You built this business from the ground up - exit with the confidence that it's in good hands and will continue to be something you're proud of...

A Look at the Working Landscape in 2035

Maite Baron | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

The future isn't set in stone, however it is clear that technology will highly impact the working population, in some cases for the better and in others for the worse, and the reality is that everyone is vulnerable to these changes.

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.

FinTech: Could This Be the Downfall of the Traditional Bank?

Martijn de Wever | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Tech
Martijn de Wever

why can't banks innovate from within and why do they let their bread and butter be taken away from them right under their noses?

Never Skype Naked and Other Life Lessons

Monica Parker | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Monica Parker

There have been small lessons (like learning the hard way that it isn't clever to Skype in your skivvies). And there are the big lessons that might make the difference between making it from one quarter to the next.

Employee or Entrepreneur - It's a Matter of Choice

Maite Baron | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Fortunately, being an entrepreneur has now become much easier thanks to new technologies and the internet, which have reduced the risk of setting up in business significantly. Lack of job opportunities has also driven entrepreneurial change and so made starting up your own business a much more attractive alternative.

Female Entrepreneurs Helping to Drive the Economic Recovery

Yasmina Siadatan | Posted 24.02.2015 | 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.

Artificial Intelligence: Embrace Evolution!

Martijn de Wever | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Tech
Martijn de Wever

Should we fear the speed of technological progress? We decided to not fear but embrace it. As fear is an emotion based on the disability to predict the outcome of a particular situation, we choose to become better at predicting and finding ways to assist us in making the right decision.

Want to Start a Food Business? Lessons from Oppo's Founders

Adele Barlow | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

It took 25 months of research, three different factories, two specialised food research centres, and four grants from Santander, York University and t...

How to Go from Employee to Entrepreneur

Neeta Patel | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK
Neeta Patel

If you feel stuck in a rut with your current job and think you could do better job of running a company, here is some of my top advice on making the switch from employee to entrepreneur.

Which comes First: the Heating or the Internet?

Stuart Rock | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Stuart Rock

Fast broadband means that the location of a business can now be more of a lifestyle choice. Geography simply no longer is a constraint. Today, according to the FSB, half of all Scottish businesses are home-based, for example, sustaining nearly one in five private sector jobs in Scotland.

Observe The Masses, Do The Opposite

James Caan CBE | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

In the past few years there has been a huge soar in the number of people considering entrepreneurship as a career and actually taking the leap into starting their own business. Entrepreneurs are the new rock stars!

Why the Next UK Big Digital Startup will Probably not Come from London

Damian Kimmelman | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Damian Kimmelman

The explosive growth of this sector is not confined to giants such as Google and Facebook. It is happening everywhere in companies big and small.

Can Algorithms Replace the Power of Human Intelligence?

Chris Dobson | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Dobson

You can't help but notice how algorithms are everywhere these days, and have been for a while. They track and predict how we behave in virtually all walks of life, as companies and institutions pivot to meet our needs better (or their own, depending on your level of cynicism).

How is Technology's Transformative Power Driving Social Change Around the world?

Annika Small | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Tech
Annika Small

It's an exciting time in technology and the people behind these brilliant ideas show that with passion, resourcefulness, creativity and courage it is possible to make a significant impact on the lives of others.

It's Time to Stop Your Dream Shrinkation

Maite Baron | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

The reality is that today, anybody with ambition, determination and courage can start a successful business - whatever their age. And it's true for the over-50s too. In fact, 'baby boomer' businesses are booming, as more and more of them take the entrepreneurial plunge.

Young Entrepreneurs Of The Week: Solarbox's Kirsty Kenney and Harold Craston Go Green

The Huffington Post UK | Siobhan Morgan | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

"My iPhone 5s battery is brilliant!" said no-one, ever. So we should all be extremely thankful for solarbox, the latest socio-environmental business s...

Start-ups Will Bring Consumers Higher Levels of Service This Year - Benefiting All of Britain

Chris Ciauri | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Ciauri

Word-of-mouth is still the best way to grow a business, and with social media, there's never been a better time to encourage people to share their strongly positive experiences widely. Each customer can influence tens, even hundreds of people nearly effortlessly.

What's the Point of Creating New Businesses if We're Setting Them Up to Fail?

Nash Riggins | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

With that in mind, David Cameron has vowed to treble the number of start-up loans the government is dishing out to Britain's aspiring entrepreneurs. Who wouldn't love that? There's just one little problem: if that same government doesn't make some serious changes to the level of support small businesses are currently afforded, in five years we may have about 75,000 failed startups on our hands.

Six things I did right in my first startup

Will Bancroft | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

You know how low the success rates are for startups. Make yourself as valuable to your business as you possibly can and you'll end up making your self more employable outside of it. Doing so also helps drive your business forward.

Five Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

Chayya Syal | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chayya Syal

The Apprentice candidate Solomon Akhtar showed us that young people can become entrepreneurs by being passionate about an idea and utilising their knowledge and skills set. (Just don't put two pages of sailing boats in a business proposal!)

Glitter Bomb Site Founder Doesn't Want You To Use His Company

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Tech

A company founder has urged people not to use his service after having a swift change of heart. Less than a day after news of his company, ShipYour...

Britain: A Nation of Startups

Stuart Rock | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Tech
Stuart Rock

There's a fresh generation in Britain - of all ages - who currently more likely to be determined and optimistic. Because those are the qualities you need to start and run a business. It's not about being original and inventive, it's about getting out there and doing it. And more of us are.