UK Startups

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 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 27.02.2015 | 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 22.02.2015 | 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 22.02.2015 | 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.