UK Startups

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 17.10.2014 | 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 03.10.2014 | 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 30.09.2014 | 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 26.09.2014 | 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 19.09.2014 | 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 18.09.2014 | 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 17.09.2014 | 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 05.09.2014 | 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 03.09.2014 | 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!

If It Matters, You'll Find a Way - Creating Healthy Boundaries

Maite Baron | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Healthy boundaries ensure that our lives are in balance, with no one area dominating another, so we feel content, and most importantly, in control.

If at First You Don't Succeed...

Paul Marshall | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Paul Marshall

Never mind that 20% of small ventures go under in the first year and 50% don't make it past their third birthday. This is presuming the owners of said companies haven't smoked or drunk themselves into an early grave before then, thanks to the gigantic amount of stress involved.

What Marque Will You Leave on the World?

Adele Barlow | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

It is also good to talk to your family and friends who will, I hope, give you an honest assessment of you as you are today. This is not always easy, but at the same time will show courage, humility and integrity. This may, in turn, be guided by what you have achieved in your schooling and early life.

The Economics of Happiness - Changing the System

Maite Baron | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

From the national data that's being collected, mostly by developed nations, one thing is clear and it's that increased GDP and higher levels of consumer spending doesn't seem to make us that much happier. So what does?

Four Business Lessons From a Coffee Hot Shot

Maite Baron | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

I love my coffee and like most people like it hot, something that Emily Savage-McGlynn understands well.

How to Recognise Your Moment of Realisation (and What You Can Do About It)

Anna Margolis | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Margolis

All too quickly those childhood dreams and aspirations ebbed away as the responsibilities of your first mortgage, meeting your partner, marriage, children, a bigger house and simply staying afloat rapidly took centre stage. And before you knew it, there you were, slap bang in the middle of the rat race.

Is the Key to Business Success Tough Love From Other Entrepreneurs?

Michelle Wright | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

So whilst a good mentor or coach might be essential to help you achieve success as an entrepreneur - let's not forget that breakthroughs might also come from actively seeking feedback from other business owners. After all, none of us has time to chase rainbows...

The Age of the Silver Entrepreneur

Maite Baron | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Whatever the reason, the economic contribution of silver professionals is significant and also necessary, as the average age of the UK and US populations continues to rise- this at least is a fact nobody can deny.

Nine Ways to Grow Your Business and Enjoy the Journey

Maite Baron | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

If you're ambitious for your business, you won't want to hang about. So here are nine growth strategies to help you get the most from your time and effort as a business owner or as an entrepreneur.

What Makes a Good Mentor?

Yasmina Siadatan | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK
Yasmina Siadatan

Many years ago I was given a tip from a fellow entrepreneur. He said one of the best ways to combat stress and feelings of isolation as a business owner is to find someone who needs your help and support, and offer it out to them. Good old fashioned mentoring!

An American Entrepreneur in London

Adele Barlow | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

When I stereotype the American startup founders I've met in London, I notice the gene that they seem to share with Penny - that American go-getter "shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" mindset. (Somewhere, my British friends are rolling their eyes at that cheesy quote.) Americans don't seem scared of their own idealism, whereas in British culture, I find brazen optimism often equated with stupidity.

Toys and Robotics Working Together

Huw Davies | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Tech
Huw Davies

The Robotics and Autonomous Systems Mission is off to a great start in sunny San Diego. My main highlight from day one was seeing the presentations from leading robotic technologists at the UCSD/Qualcomm Robotics Laboratory.

People, Not Patents

James Caan | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
James Caan

What really matters is how the idea is executed. That's what makes the difference. Things like your brand, your marketing, the attention you pay your customers, and crucially - the passion you have for the idea - are what make your proposition unique. Success is built on people, not products or patents.