UK Startups

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

Rob Tominey | Posted 09.04.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 03.04.2014 | 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 01.04.2014 | 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 01.04.2014 | 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 27.03.2014 | 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 19.03.2014 | 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.

Are We Ready to 'Steam It Up'?

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Dr Mark Esposito

Steam, as a natural element, provides a daily supplementation and mood boosters in a natural and fun way. In an age where "healthy is king", the value chain of this company has the potential to ice-break the market and add a new significant element, to the wellbeing/well-living industry, which counts for billions, just in the US.

Supporting Digital Innovation to Keep the UK Recovery on Track: It's a No Brainer

Duncan Higgins | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Tech
Duncan Higgins

What do solar charging hubs for the developing world, 3D-printable plastic satellites and printed-to-measure shoes have in common? It's up for debate... but we think they're some of the most exciting new tech ideas that have the potential to change the way we live and work for good.

New App Lets You Shop With Google Maps: Pocket High Street

Thomas Church | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Tech
Thomas Church

There's something missing on Google Maps: the ability to search by product. If I want to find the nearest shop where I can buy WD-40, or a 27" inner-tube, or a pair of  pink socks, how do I do that? I can't... not easily anyway. That is, until I download Pocket High Street.

How Important Is Experience for a Young Entrepreneur?

Nick Morris | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK
Nick Morris

Many of the people who ask my initial question clearly believe there is, but - while it shouldn't come as a surprise that as a young entrepreneur I'll be fighting the corner of the youth view - for me, dismissing the ambitions and prospects of a budding entrepreneur purely because of their age or corporate experience is at best, shortsighted, and at worst, a view rooted in envy.

The Big Benefits of Working for a Small Business

James Caan | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK
James Caan

I am a firm believer that there is no more exciting place to work than a new and developing firm. If you are somebody who enjoys a challenge and are capable of adapting, moving to an SME can be a terrific opportunity at any stage of your career.

WhatsApp Deal Shows Facebook Chasing Dominance, Not Relevance

Gavin Megaw | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Tech
Gavin Megaw

The fact that a company with a mere 32 engineers in its workforce can be valued at $19bn - more than Twitter when it went public - is extraordinary. But it is a clear guide to the power that digital media tools hold.

It's Never Too Late to Start Up

Doug Richard | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Doug Richard

You absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks. Anything to the contrary is nonsense. There'll always be those who point to age as a reason not to try something new, but this is terrible advice. When the entrepreneurial bug bites, age should be no barrier.

Performing in the Present Moment

Suranga Chandratillake | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Sport
Suranga Chandratillake

So how do the most successful sports people ensure they stay in the present moment? Here are four key techniques elite athletes use...

Why the Personal Touch Counts for Everything in Business

James Caan | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
James Caan

Nowadays I invest primarily in people who want to do what I did - become their own boss. I'm a firm believer that if you are prepared to put the effort in, there is no reason why you can't successfully run your own business... Technology has since come on leaps and bounds, which means you can access data and generate leads like never before. And the advent of social media means that building a brand and marketing yourself has become that little bit easier.

Fighting for Our place as Europe's Silicon Valley

Duncan Higgins | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Tech
Duncan Higgins

It is often said that SMEs are the backbone of the economy. They're the unsung heroes, the growth drivers, who always keep our economic engine running.

Startup Leadership Program: Experience From the Inside

Anastasia Roumelioti | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Anastasia Roumelioti

Last year, I used to be part of this privileged group of people that are called entrepreneurs and enjoy being their own boss. I was introduced to the Startup Leadership Program by a former fellow who encouraged me to apply by sharing with me her own experience.

Government's Year of Code Is Riddled With Bugs

Glynn Jones | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Tech
Glynn Jones

Many of us who are engineers, look to Germany and envy their engineering greatness. In Britain, we are quietly leading another type of engineering in Europe and after all, software engineering is the engineering of the future.

Bitcoin Needs to Change Before It Can Go Mainstream

Michael R Jackson | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Tech
Michael R Jackson

With media reports on Bitcoin's soaring price, the millionaires it has made and the growing number of businesses accepting it as a form of payment, many people are now asking whether it may become the digital currency of the future.

Celtic Tiger 2.0 - The Rise of Ireland's Entrepreneurs

Niamh Corbett | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Niamh Corbett

The Celtic Tiger is back. It is reformed, humbled and roars with less bravado, but it is no less ambitious. It may even be here to stay. The Irish ec...

Google Buys UK Artificial Intelligence Startup For $400 Million

Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Tech

Google has bought a British artificial intelligence start-up for a reported $400 million. As reported by Recode, the search giant purchased UK-base...

Escaping Burnout and Embracing the Joy of Missing Out - a Hot New Trend

Maite Baron | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Everything changes at the turn of the year. At least it feels that way having had a needed break from work and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. It also offers the chance to consider what the brand new year might bring and contemplate how we are going to make 2014 one of our best years yet.

Lessons From the Lean Startup Conference 2013

Will Ross | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Tech
Will Ross

It's mid-January. By now, festive treats have found their way down thousands of miles of digestive tracts and been replaced by as many new year's resolutions. This might be the time to touch on the art of executing upon these commitments and of thinking lean.

Startup Weekend Makes Its Way to Damascus...

Eamonn Carey | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Tech
Eamonn Carey

The conflict in Syria has not only claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and caused over two million refugees to flee the country. It has also created an economic black hole, which is one of the reasons why the weekend is taking place.