UK Startups

There's a Human Void in the Office - Let's Fill It

James Layfield | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK
James Layfield

Here is my challenge, to you and myself: lets not become a nation of zombie offices. Lets unplug our headphones, put down our phones, resist the urge to email and make sure we all take the time to speak to one another, share ideas and collaborate where we can everyday. Not only will this create much healthier and more vibrant offices, but we will be more productive too.

We Are Living in the Greatest Generation for Entrepreneurship

Varun Bhanot | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Varun Bhanot

It is no secret that this very moment is perhaps the most fortunate time to start a business in recent times, in Britain.

Millennial Movers: Meet the Dynamo Behind the World's Largest Offline Search Engine

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Tech
Shivvy Jervis

Selfie sticks obsessions aside (not a fan, sorry), I see the moral fibre and generosity of Gen Y first-hand. We refuse to work for brands that aren't ethical or inspiring (we won't buy from them either), rally support for community causes and have a decidedly 'global-local' mindset.

2015 Election - Let's Raise the Voice of Small Businesses

Tanya Lawler | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK
Tanya Lawler

SMEs form the backbone of our economy, making up around 99% of Britain's private sector businesses in the UK, 48% of private sector employment and 33% of private sector turnover. Over 200,000 of these businesses in the UK sell through eBay; that's a great responsibility and one which is front of mind as we continue to grow as an online marketplace.

The Flipside of Being an Entrepreneur!

Michaela Jedinak | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Michaela Jedinak

First of all I like to say that I love being an Entrepreneur and that I can't imagine now doing anything else but running my own start up fashion businesses. But I honestly can say I didn't expect it would be that hard and that challenging and such a long way to travel before you are getting some sign of rewards and success.

Tech Changes Everything

Bertie Stephens | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Tech
Bertie Stephens

Year by year more parts of our lives are becoming impacted and influenced by technology. It has made us more connected than ever but arguably also less social (in the real sense of the word). But love or loathe 'this sort of' technology it is fair to say that most of us couldn't now live without it without taking a serious drop in our standard of living.

How Do You Bring Ideas to Life?

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Being an innovator is terrifying. You're only as good as the next great idea and, if you're an entrepreneur, you'll have that inbuilt expectation and belief that that idea will be your own. But how to go from concept to outcome?

Incubator London: We are the World's FinTech Leaders and We Need to Brag About It

Ivan Massow | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Tech
Ivan Massow

We must build on our incredible financial, FinTech and technology success. We must help ideas incubate from thought to reality, then retain startups when they are a success using our incredible financial services resource.

Why I Chose to Judge Startups With MassChallenge UK

David Akka | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK Tech
David Akka

For most people, the word "startup" conjures a generic image of young people working long hours building some frothy, hyped-up social app and making a lot of money when it's inexplicably bought by a large company, but outside of Silicon Valley you get some very different startup cultures.

What Does It Take to Be a Good Leader?

Bertie Stephens | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK
Bertie Stephens

eaders are those that are happy to speak out, proactively offer new ideas, question the status quo and will always be the first to volunteer when needed.

Six Business Lessons From an Artist's Perspective

Maite Baron | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Maite Baron

Mat's artistic career has included drawing cartoons, being a commercial artist, working in advertising and as a fine artist. However, his current passion is reinterpreting discarded materials he finds in second-hand shops, in skips and in walks by the river.

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 23.05.2015 | 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 20.05.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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 28.04.2015 | 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 29.04.2015 | 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 28.04.2015 | 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 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.

Artificial Intelligence: Embrace Evolution!

Martijn de Wever | Posted 19.04.2015 | 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 14.04.2015 | 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 14.04.2015 | 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 13.04.2015 | 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 13.04.2015 | 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!