Porker6 months ago

Founded in 2006 with the help of the Prince’s Trust, Thirst Solutions’ drink dispensing backpacks are already all over concerts, football games and festivals up and down the country. Joe believes that banks are doing little to encourage young entrepreneurs. “I found it very difficult to get a loan,” he says. “Banks pride themselves on been able to do ‘startups’ but all they do is open a bank account. You have to have large collateral and guarantees – they take no risks on new businesses nowadays.”

Corrie19995 months ago

>Instant Offices is part of The Instant Group. We’re a fast growing, entrepreneurial business with a vibrant atmosphere. We’re driven by our values, and all our people live and breathe our vision to support clients while they grow and succeed.

Gary19964 months ago

Mark Homer started his first business at the age of 15 and went on to find success in the property industry; buying and selling over 350 properties. Here, the property entrepreneur and author offers up his five-step ‘uncommon sense’ philosophy on how budding business owners can generate lasting revenue and sustained results by breaking with convention: 

Col Minessota4 months ago

The differing attitudes of entrepreneurs aren’t recorded – but perhaps they should be.

Mary4 months ago

After financing, two of the biggest reasons that new businesses fail are a lack of suitable knowledge and the failure to plan correctly. Decisions that can affect start-ups several years into the future are made early in the process and can be based on poor advice, hearsay or a guess! The One Day Challenge was created to guide trainee entrepreneurs through the maze of requirements, obligations and obstacles that most will meet on their journey. In the form of an eight hour Bootcamp, participants are presented with and taken through all of the key startup and growing issues with the guidance and direction required to remove or reduce the chance of potential failure due to lack of knowledge. The One Day Challenge Bootcamp not only gives intensive guidance and advice, but also leads participants into constructing a Bootcamp Business Blueprint. A focused style of business plan, the Blueprint can then be entered into the One Day Challenge Award, where the best written Blueprint, most likely to succeed, receives over £2000 of support. This unique award differentiates the One Day Challenge from other courses or training seminars. Devised and presented by working entrepreneurs, not consultants or people without practical experience, most of the guidance is offered after first hand experience. The first Bootcamps have been confirmed on August 10th, September 10th and November 3rd at the O2 Workshop, Tottenham Court Road, Central London. Costing £20 for the day, bookings can be made at www.onedaychallenge.co.uk  

MechExp4 months ago

Sorry for the slow response on this one. @Don Smith We don't pay contributors. The entrepreneurs that write for the site use it as a marketing exercise and/or a way to give back to the community, much as they would a post on the site. We include a link(s), which provides SEO benefit and potentially a route to generate leads and sales. We share on our social accounts (27k+ followers) and @ you on Twitter, which should help build your following. And, there's some unquantifiable kudos from being featured in a publication. As with any marketing activity, it requires a time commitment and you need to weigh up the time spent here versus other potential routes (building a facebook group, posting on LinkedIn, writing funny signs for your shop front etc.). I believe there's value to doing it (or I wouldn't be asking), but the best judge if you're unsure is to talk to other members about their experiences. @NickGrogan Traffic varies wildly between articles. The starting benchmark for a successful article is 200 pageviews, but it can go into the thousands. That said, it's also worth thinking about how niche the target and, therefore, the quality of the traffic. You could get thousands of clicks on a Buzzfeed-type article like The top 57 things that annoy entrepreneurs (not that we'd run that), but you wouldn't get the value from potential leads/ branding. This article is a good example of fit. I'm also really keen on looking at dwell time (aka is it valuable piece of information?!) and whether we get comments. Let me know if you have any other questions!  

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

The small business experts and entrepreneurs who will judge your business at the Startups Awards

Gary19964 months ago

The world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship returns this week – Monday November 16 to Sunday November 22 – with a series of inspiring events, workshops and debates taking place across the UK.

Col Minessota4 months ago

The networking festival offering advice, support and services for female entrepreneurs…

Watergirl4 months ago

Bad timing, poor leadership, and cruel market forces are just some of the main reasons why even the best ideas can go bust. Many of the start-ups we feature below didn’t stand a chance to survive past the dot-com crash. Some of the best ideas, like online grocery delivery and cloud storage for the masses, were resurrected by astute entrepreneurs in the late noughties and turned into the successful businesses we recognise today. After all, it’s no secret that Google, iTunes, and Facebook all came after other entrepreneurs had similar ideas that just couldn’t make it in the real world.

Gary19964 months ago

2015 sees the introduction of a brand new addition to The Pitch live events, as The Pitch team hit the road to visit as many small businesses, entrepreneurs and startups around the UK on our brand new Pitch Road Trips! Between April - July this year we'll be dropping in to various different hubs, incubators and business networks around the country to spread the word of The Pitch, share our knowledge and that of our expert supporters, and of course to meet all of you lovely people! You can find a full listing of the locations we'll be visiting and the dates we'll be there below: Impact Hub Islington, London - Tuesday 21st April - Book your place here Impact Hub Brixton, London - Tuesday 21st April - Book your place here Rainmaking Loft, London - Thursday 30th April - Book your place here The Business Show, ExCel, London - Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th May SpacePortX, Manchester - Wednesday 10th June - Book your place here Hello Work, Manchester - Thursday 11th June - Book your place here Welsh ICE, Caerphilly - Tuesday 30th June - Book your place here Indycube Cardiff - Tuesday 30th June - Book your place here Indycube Swansea - Wednesday 1st July - Book your place here Indycube Pembroke Dock - Wednesday 1st July - Book your place here  

Gary19964 months ago

With tighter security terms and high interest rate charges, the general antipathy towards banks is at an all-time high. Kathleen Hall speaks to entrepreneurs, analysts and bankers to find out whether there are any signs of easing credit conditions

petHead4 months ago

We love to hear your opinions on the articles we feature and the small business issues we cover. Your feedback enables us to make Startups.co.uk the best and most useful business resource for entrepreneurs like you.

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Andy White, tax partner at accountants CBW, explains how entrepreneurs can take advantage of the wide gap between capital gains tax and income tax rates to lower their payments.

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Here's the main take-away lesson from the Olympics for entrepreneurs.

Matchmaker14 months ago

The nature of business has changed. Heavily reliant on technology, more global than ever before, and always on the move, entrepreneurs are choosing to squeeze every last moment out of their day.

Corrie19994 months ago

The concept of the mobile office may only be a few years old, but it’s gained a firm hold in the world of small business remarkably quickly. And you’re just as likely to see entrepreneurs sat on the train beavering away on an Apple iPad or Microsoft Surface these days as tapping away on a laptop.

petHead4 months ago

Whether you are an entrepreneur running a small business , want to be an entrepreneur or simply want to learn more about the lifeblood of Britain’s economy, My Business gives you small business stories, news and advice on practical business issues – from staff management and small business tax advice to selling techniques and offering employee benefits. Small business development matters greatly to us, and that is why we are committed to giving you only the best small business advice.

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Entrepreneurs were a rare breed even as recently as ten years ago. They were typecast as flamboyant, charming, problem-solvers helping the world-at-large, embodied by the likes of Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk. Now, between brazen publicity stunts and actual world-changing innovation, entrepreneurs make up a growing contingent propping up the global economy.

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

If you often feel like you’re just ‘winging it’, you’re not alone – entrepreneurs are kept up at night by all manner of challenges and concerns, whether it’s getting funded, hiring and firing or building your brand.

MDG Ltd4 months ago

10 successful founders tell us why you need passion, drive and a little bit of ‘cheek’ to succeed as a young entrepreneur...…

Pete_W4 months ago

I'll be hosting a special event for Global Entrepreneurship Week at Shoreditch Village Hall in London from 9am-8pm on 21 November and it'd be great to see you there! Organised by Chinwag and UKTI, the free event is for fast-growing UK businesses with export potential. Growth hacking is a discipline dedicated to finding innovative, low-cost alternatives to traditional marketing. The event will look at how small business and entrepreneurs can leverage new technology, social media and support programmes to quickly build their business. Speakers include Katie McPhee, community manager at Eventbrite; Emma Jones, co-founder of StartUp Britain; Tamsin Fox-Davies from Constant Contact UK; Ben Hopkins, co-founder of Naked Wines and Ari Last from Market Invoice. Food, drinks and access to mentoring sessions are all included! To register, click here.  

Col Minessota4 months ago

Entrepreneurs looking to do business in China and South-East Asia are invited to attend the upcoming Routes to Growth Conference; a first-of-its-kind event taking place on September 22 to help business owners learn how to navigate the Asian market.

Col Minessota4 months ago

GrowthBusiness.co.uk is an online media portal for entrepreneurs at the helm of high potential, fast-growth businesses.

Mary4 months ago

Famous entrepreneurs from Richard Branson and James Caan to Sir Philip Green and Martha Lane Fox are profiled by Growing Business in this section. Discover what some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the UK have to say about what makes them tick and how they achieved business success – and how that successful business propelled them to super-stardom.

Bri19874 months ago

Is greed good? When it comes to selling your business 58% of the pre-exit entrepreneurs we surveyed as part of research carried out with accountancy firm haysmacintyre, admitted financial gain was their priority.

Bri19874 months ago

After a gruelling day at the office, crunching numbers and pushing pens, the last thing anyone wants to do is go home and do it all again, so it’s understandable that many prospective entrepreneurs think twice about starting a business while working.

Porker4 months ago

Over the past 2 years we've supported over 100 entrepreneurs realise their passion. Find out how we've helped them and why you need to join us.

Gary19964 months ago

Company name: Trussle Founders: Ishaan Malhi (27) Background: Malhi was a mortgages and retail analyst at Bank Of America Merrill Lynch, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Playfair Capital. Based in: Kings Cross, London

Matchmaker14 months ago

Entrepreneur

As a father of two, Paul Smith was only too aware of this problem and decided to do something about it. Using his 19 years of experience as a tech entrepreneur working with the likes of Richard Branson, he launched Schoop: a multilingual, online communication platform giving teachers a way to tell parents about what their children have been learning in school. The company claims that, because kids are aware that there is now a direct line between parent and teacher, they perform and behave better and are more likely to ask for help when needed. Customers (schools) pay an annual fee, equating to around £1.95 per child, per year, to receive a unique Schoop ID, which they pass on to subscribers (parents).

Gary19964 months ago

Enter your email address on The Start-Up Series portal to receive a simple online application form hosted by Worth Capital focused on the idea and the entrepreneur.

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

We are a group of entrepreneurial people who believe that with the right investment and support we can help grow brands that people love.

Pete_W4 months ago

Hear from Simon Calver, the former CEO of LOVEFiLM and Mothercare, as well as the entrepreneurs or general partners behind:

Red4 months ago

For the entrepreneur or small business user, always-on connectivity means you can take your business anywhere that has internet access.

Gary19964 months ago

Meet the right people in London to boost your business As a start-up business, it can be easy to lose motivation when things don’t go to plan. We know about the difficulties of entrepreneurship. A lot of the time, it's about knowing the right people and having the right resources. That’s where Escape the Office comes in: a fun and informal networking event in London where you’ll meet other start-ups and business owners to help one another succeed. What makes this different from any other networking event? You may have seen celebrity pick-up artist Kezia Noble on TV giving dating advice for men. But at this London event she’ll be donning her CEO cap and sharing her know-how on how she succeeded as an international entrepreneur. By the end, you’ll walk away with new connections, a surge of energy and a clear plan on how to boost your business to keep it from failing. So if you’re an entrepreneur looking to find insights, inspiration and even investment, get your ticket now. Who will be going? It’s an evening for a range of people: whether you’re still researching your business idea or you’ve already got the ball rolling, you’ll meet someone to swap details with. What do I need? Business cards, a pen and pad. It’s no business seminar, but you’ll want to share your details and jot down some ideas. What will I get out of it? You’ll be surrounded by all kinds of people who will help you progress your business ideas. You can mingle, connect and partner up all night, all whilst having fun. How much will it cost? £10.00 How do I need to dress? However you’re comfortable. How can I book a ticket? Click ‘Buy Now’ for this once in a lifetime opportunity! http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/escap...noble-business-networking-tickets-10319244137 To find out more about Kezia Noble, click here. http://www.kezia-noble.com/  

Bri19874 months ago

As your business grows, so do your IT needs. But what are the key IT strategy challenges for scaling businesses and the entrepreneurs behind them? Growing Business finds out...…

FordOwner4 months ago

Modern technology means we are no longer office bound. Businesses can be run from a spare bedroom, the attic, or even a garden shed. This section delves into the advantages of running a business from your own home and explains the issues that home-based entrepreneurs need to be aware of.

MDG Ltd4 months ago

class="article-intro secondary-text-colour">London’s tech growth business are led by some of the UK’s most entrepreneurial leaders, who will rise to the post-Brexit challenge and ensure London continues to thrive as a global tech hub

Col Minessota4 months ago

Startups 100 2015-featured Smith & Sinclair originally created its unique range of cocktail pastilles as a social ‘ice-breaker’, to encourage attendees at an adult dating event to lose their inhibitions. After selling 20,000 pastilles four days after the website launch, Young Entrepreneur Melanie Goldsmith and Emile Bernard realised they were onto something – by the end of the year, they’d sold 200,000.

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

The five largest banks in the UK control 90 per cent of the market. This may not be the case for long, with latest entrant OakNorth Bank on the warpath, growing exponentially every quarter. Founder Rishi Khosla speaks to GrowthBusiness on how it all began and what lies ahead for UK's entrepreneurs seeking finance

MDG Ltd3 months ago
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