UK Startups

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

Chris Ciauri | Posted 26.01.2015 | 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 21.01.2015 | 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 20.01.2015 | 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 18.01.2015 | 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 14.01.2015 | 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.

Why It's Never Too Late to Change Your Career

Tony Cooper | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Cooper

I have always worked at something I love, however this is different, as this is working for myself and with my best friend - and backing our beliefs and visions, not someone else's. It brings an extra passion and commitment to the process and, ultimately, a more fulfilling reward.

Why I'm Saying 'Goodbye London' and 'Hello to New York'

Will Bancroft | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

Whilst I'd been thinking about America for a while, it felt as if I needed a catalyst to spur me into action. I was also taking a little time to just breathe, after an intense few years in my first startup.

Silicon Savannah - How Start-ups in Africa are Taking on Some of Humanity's Biggest Challenges

Matthew Hussey | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Tech
Matthew Hussey

The adoption of new technology in and around Silicon Savannah has helped the region leapfrog many of the hurdles faced by Europe and America's digital overhaul. The use of mobile phones for the purchase of goods in Africa is way ahead of other counterparts.

Why I Love Volunteering in Startups

Will Bancroft | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

Volunteering is a great thing. In search of a little more meaning and reconnecting with with my country boy, Devon roots, I volunteered for Trees for Cities in London, for a time. Planting trees is a therapeutic process in its own right, but the best thing is watching what you planted, grow, take shape and become a part of the landscape.

What I Did Wrong In My First Start Up

Will Bancroft | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

What did I do wrong in my first startup? What didn't I do wrong! I probably did more wrong than right, but I got out the other side with some skills, earning power and am able to tell the tale. I'll take the hard earned lessons with me onto the next one, hopefully executing much more artfully and smartly next time.

UK Study: Do Incubated Startups Out-Survive Those Who Go It Alone?

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK
Shivvy Jervis

These talented entrepreneurs deserve to be championed in a sustainable way. They need a very carefully thought out, optimal support focused, mentor-led setup. The Government and corporates alike must help maintain this precious momentum - or risk losing real, next-gen talent.

Six Things I've Learnt From Six Years in Startups

Will Bancroft | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

I never took a normal job after university. I went into tech startups instead; fin-tech to be precise, in London. Six years on, someone recently asked me what I'd learnt from choosing that path.

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 26.01.2015 | 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 21.01.2015 | 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 21.01.2015 | 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 19.01.2015 | 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 19.01.2015 | 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 17.01.2015 | 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...