UK Startups

Want to Equip Students for the Creative Industries? Teach Them How to Care About the World and Each Other

Charlotte Webb | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK
Charlotte Webb

It's not certain how this kind of experiment can be scaled or replicated on a long-term basis. But I could see students transforming before my eyes as they saw how their practices could make an impact on society. Yes, they learned skills that will help them get a job, but they also learned to care about each other and the world. Now that's worth it.

Seven Tips for Older Entrepreneurs-To-Be

Camilla Ley-Valentin | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Tech
Camilla Ley-Valentin

Usually, when I am invited to speak about entrepreneurship, the focus is on young entrepreneurs who are ready to rule the world. However, you don't have to be young to become an entrepreneur. I was in my late thirties when we started Queue-it, and I was actually the youngest of the founders.

Starting Your Own Company in 2016? Burnout Is Good

Vincent Dignan | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Tech
Vincent Dignan

When you're burned out, you have a voice in your head which will tell you "I just cannot do anymore work." Now we're getting somewhere! At this point you'll examine everything you do to see what can be gotten rid of e.g. low paying clients/unnecessary work/anything else that takes up more time that it should (remember what I said earlier about getting drunk?).

Six Entrepreneurs Kicking Enough Ass to Inspire You For All of 2016

Adele Barlow | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" These words from Mary Oliver never fail to inspire me. When I think of my favourite responses to that question, the stories behind the following entrepreneurs would top the list...

Why Successful Entrepreneurs Should Back British SMEs

Justin Peters | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Tech
Justin Peters

Investing in small firms is risky business. But with the right strategy - and a bit of luck - rewards can be unlimited. British business investors can now benefit from government schemes which focus on tax breaks to help plough funding into unlisted firms.

The Existing Social Network Model Is Broken, Interest-Based Networks Could Fix That

Anthony Rose | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Tech
Anthony Rose

Most posts on social networks these days are effectively spam. Between sponsored posts, cat photos, those BuzzFeed-style "6 amazing things you never knew about Hull" headlines and people live tweeting from events you're not at and don't care about, your social media feeds are becoming less and less relevant.

Profit Only a Byproduct to the Real Purpose Behind Social Innovation

Danny Bartlett | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bartlett

Ever heard of a 'start-up accelerator?' For the uninitiated, a start-up accelerator is what Mark Zuckerberg would have needed if he hadn't had acce...

What the Autumn Statement Means for SMEs and Entrepreneurs

Maximilian Yoshioka | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics
Maximilian Yoshioka

All in all, the measures announced in George Osborne's latest Spending Review made it a positive one for entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs in the UK.

Global Entrepreneurship Week: How Startups Can Disrupt Industries

Theodora Clarke | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Tech
Theodora Clarke

In the last fifteen years the world has been irreversibly changed by technology. People do jobs today that did not even exist when they were at school. You can now be a social media manager, a specialist on search engine optimisation or a sales executive for online advertising.

Seven Lessons I Learned to Become an Entrepreneur

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Have you always wanted to do something meaningful? Are you longing to lead a life that will really make you feel truly fulfilled? Want to build your business, or make a real change in the world? Do you know deep inside what you really wish for, and yet sense that something is holding you back? Here are seven lessons I've learned from the first year of being a solo entrepreneur.

How to Leave Law and Raise $1.3Million for Your Startup

Adele Barlow | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Adele Barlow

Many lawyers dream of starting a business and I met a lot of them while working with Escape the City, which was an early-stage startup itself when I j...

My Number One Tip to All Start-ups

Tom Cridland | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Tom Cridland

I have been asked many times what advice I would give other start-ups and it simply boils down to one thing: don't get ripped off. Not everyone will share your vision or think your idea makes sense. If fact, you might even be ridiculed for your product by some (I still remember abuse about my green trousers being hurled out of a taxi window by a middle aged Bristolian man)! This doesn't matter, provided you stick to your guns and hold onto your cash.

Day 1 at WebSummit

Steve Loynes | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Tech
Steve Loynes

"It's like science fiction is about to happen," said one of the stutterers on the main stage. It may not be that elegant, but it's true.

Planning for London's Future

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

Next week MPs will vote on legislation which could make it easier to convert offices into residential properties. The Government is hoping that its ...

Eight Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

James Gupta | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Tech
James Gupta

When it comes to raising seed investment for your startup, Crowdfunding, is all the rage right now. But what exactly is it, what are the advantages an...

Looking Outside the Valley: Why British Tech Companies Can Make It Outside the US

Vanessa Whiteside | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Tech
Vanessa Whiteside

Most businesses dream of going global, and British tech companies are no exception to the rule. But while it seems obvious that the latest crop of Silicon Roundabout trailblazers (tech firms based in London's Tech City) should expand to their Silicon "sister" in California, that might not always be the right choice.

Global Fashion Battle Results in 'Kickstarter for Fashion': ModeForMe

Brooke Roberts-Islam | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Style
Brooke Roberts-Islam

There is an immense amount of data to be gained by understanding the preferences of customers for certain styles, colours, quantities, so there is a huge potential for industry "intelligence" with this platform too.

I'm Not Perfect...But I'm a Female Inventor and Proud Anyway

Simona Vignudelli | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Tech
Simona Vignudelli

I'm not perfect. My mother told me that when I was young. Now I have a family of my own and I'm still not perfect. As a self-employed mother with two children, I don't have time to go shopping by myself, let alone with friends.

Sustainable Business - These Are The Startups You Need To Know About

The Huffington Post UK | Shihab S Joi | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

At a time of austerity when big businesses are being judged for crossing the line, there’s something heartening happening in the world of startups. ...

F*ck Ups: Business Lessons I'd Share With My Younger Self

Jonas Altman | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Jonas Altman

  In the winter of 2003, I started my first business: a wholesale fashion agency. I was 27 and had no idea what I was doing. If I bumped into my...

Perfect Productivity - 5 Tips for Start-Up Success

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

As your business grows, you'll find your own ways of working, but these are some of the things that I've found useful in my own career. I'm doing well - but there's always so much more to learn!

Five Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Turn Their Business Idea Into Reality

Ian Mason | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Ian Mason

So you've got an idea and you want to turn it into a business. Everyone you talk to thinks it's brilliant and you spend a lot of time talking about your future plans - developing the brand, the second, third, tenth product - supporting the cause you care about with your profits. Maybe you talk about becoming a billionaire and living on a Caribbean island?!

Big Data and Expanding Into the Mobile Market - Skyscanner's Next Transition

Heather Irish | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Tech
Heather Irish

To any non-technical person out there, the large and varied tech sector can be intimidating. So when I arrived at my interview with the Chief Technology Officer of Skyscanner, who has a doctorate from Oxford University, I was a bit apprehensive of sounding like an ignorant fool to say the least.

To All Young Entrepreneurs

Camilla Ley-Valentin | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Camilla Ley-Valentin

It is amazing that the proportion of young entrepreneurs is growing steadily. I choose to see this as a tentative sign that the attitude to entreprene...

The Death of the University Lecture

James Gupta | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Gupta

Methods of studying for students have changed very little for many years - though The Internet has given us access to a wealth of unfiltered information, traditionally the university experience has revolved around sitting in lectures, sitting in the library, cramming revision in, re-writing notes and highlighting textbooks.