UK Startups

Nine Ways to Grow Your Business and Enjoy the Journey

Maite Baron | Posted 10.07.2014 | 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 08.07.2014 | 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 04.07.2014 | 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 30.06.2014 | 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 29.06.2014 | 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.

Introducing: Team Business Unusual

Natalie Campbell | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK
Natalie Campbell

I hold vehement disdain for the hours 9 and 5. Offices with ceiling tiles and blue carpet make me feel nauseous. Face-time work cultures just leave me baffled. Complex hierarchy and bureaucracy, well, they piss me off...

Talent Cupboard Launches CV Builder To Help Graduates Land Their Dream Job

Adam Ball | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Ball

With Talent Cupboard we're looking to help young people create a CV that's built for the 21st Century, as well making it easier for employers to find the right people by being able to intelligently search through a database of skills.

The App Which Only Lets You Say 'Yo' Raises $1 Million

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Tech

It's with a strangely odd sense of enjoyment that we see an app that lets you do nothing other then just send the word 'Yo' has raised $1m in funding....

Moo Founder Shares Recipe for Growth

Glyn Britton | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Tech
Glyn Britton

Entrepreneurs and advisers including's Richard Moross share advice on securing investment, attracting a company's first 100 customers and knowing when to give up the day job with some of Hackney's most promising start-ups at the latest Start-up Kitchen.

#Culturevist: Investing in Corporate Culture

Anastasia Roumelioti | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Anastasia Roumelioti

A few days ago, I had an interesting invitation to attend a meetup with the subject around corporate culture. After work, at 7pm, I headed towards Oxf...

Startups Welcome the Small Business Bill

Emma L. Jones | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Politics
Emma L. Jones

Today the Queen announced the long-awaited Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill which offers hope to new brands looking to trade with large ...

The New EU Funding Scheme for Startups and SMEs: Q&A With Steve Rogers

Silvia Lombardo | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Tech
Silvia Lombardo

Another feature is coaching. Everybody taking part in phase one and phase two is offered free business coaching. It is voluntary for entrepreneurs to do. The coaches are going to be recruited over the coming three months.

How to Create and Maintain Momentum After Startup

Stephen Fear | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK
Stephen Fear

For many entrepreneurs, launching a business can be the most exciting time. Putting so much effort into your ideas and seeing them take form is a great achievement. However, I have spoken to a lot of startups in the past that feel as though they have reached the finish line by simply getting their business off the ground. In reality, this is when the hard work really begins.

The Early Days of Insanity

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

A recent Essay by Paul Graham took me back to the beginnings of PeoplePerHour. I read it with nostalgia remembering those early days of insanity, of doing things that don't scale and make little sense at the time. Yet make all the sense in the world today.

Beyond The Valley: Billions Blown On Bingo?

Jay Sorrels | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Jay Sorrels

The dark thought that keeps Mark Zuckerberg and friends up at night is 'Are we the new Yahoo?'. Doubt plagues any winners. If you can print money why not salve sad feelings by wishing them away?

If You Don't Know Your Numbers, You're Screwed as an Entrepreneur

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Vivi Friedgut

And what is critical for future workers is equally critical for future business owners. How much more important is being a financially capable entrepreneur when there is no corporate safety net should productivity or mental health be impaired.

The Feminine Touch: Do Women Make Better Bosses?

Savannah Miller | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Savannah Miller

You need a bit of steel to go with the creativity but it is important to be a good boss as well as a good designer. Having Sienna in the business was obviously an amazing help because of the profile she has. We made a good team as she has incredible style and we share a fashion sensibility.

What Founders Should Think About Before They Jump In

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

So, you want to be an entrepreneur ? It's not for wimps or the delusional . It's a long term play and you need to have the stamina for it. My advice : add real value for the customer, by picking a hard problem that can change the status quo, dream up a solution for them forgetting the obstacles you'll face along the way.

Britain's Start Up Business Scene Pales in Comparison to America

Rob Tominey | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Rob Tominey

Recently, David Cameron said that he wants to change attitudes towards enterprise in Britain. Along with this, he wants to spur enterprise in the country, to create a legion of start ups. Why? Because we are at serious risk of falling behind and one only has to take a look over the Atlantic to see how good things can be.

Techstars London Diary: We Are Your Family Now

Vincent Dignan | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Tech
Vincent Dignan

"Running a startup is like being punched in the face repeatedly." I can think of no more accurate phrase to describe the process of running your own business. It's a quote from Paul Graham, founder of startup accelerator Y-Combinator.

What I Wish I Knew at the Start

Rob Law | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Rob Law

As any entrepreneur will tell you, founding your own company is far from an easy ride. Starting my business was the most rewarding thing I've ever done. I had a very clear vision of my product and what I wanted to achieve so I was lucky, but it still took an awful lot of determination and hard work.

The Budget 2014: Why Did the Budget Ignore Start Ups?

Raj Dhonota | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Raj Dhonota

For me this budget got it wrong on the start up front by ignoring the value start-ups bring to our economy and doing nothing for them. We may not realise the impact of this up to the election, which is perhaps what the chancellor is counting on, but it's clearly not in our country's long term interest. A budget for 'doers'? I don't think so!

Can You Start a Business at University?

Nick Morris | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Morris

A few months ago, I spent an extremely enjoyable afternoon at my old school giving a Careers talk about start-ups. Interestingly, the most pressing question that emerged from these 6th-formers was whether they were about to waste £27,000 and three years of their life on a University degree if what they were really passionate about was starting their own business.

Hiring Your First Employee

James Caan | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
James Caan

There are many important decisions SME owners have to take in the early stages of their business, and one of the most important is making that first hire. Depending on the individual company, this could be done immediately, within a few months, or even a year after starting up. There is no singular approach, but it must be the right decision at the right time. The key question to ask yourself is whether you can justify making a new hire, in terms of cost and workload. I experienced this when I started my first recruitment business - it was four months before I had enough money in the bank to be able to take someone on.

The Business of Young Digital Start-ups

Jessica Anuna | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Tech
Jessica Anuna

When I started my first business in 2011 there were only a handful of other young people that I knew of, that were self-employed. Most people were happy to get their degree and look for a job in the city that 'paid well'. But fast-forward to 2014, and it seems that young people have got smarter, savvier and more commercially aware.