Go Global in 2012

Research in the first month of the New Year points to record levels of new businesses being created and high optimism amongst small business owners. Will this confidence convert into international trade and expansion? We hope so! Enterprise Nation founder, Emma Jones (@emmaljones), offers four steps to going global in 2012 and announces a series…


5 steps to starting a business in 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Kicking things for 2012 we have a guest blog from Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation and StartUp Britain. A record 480,000 new businesses were created over the past year (source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/8975769/Resurgent-self-employment-soars-to-75-year-high.html) but let’s see if the UK can beat this record in 2012. If you’ve been thinking about becoming your own…


Global Entrepreneur Week offers help (not kelp!) on going global

Global small business trading experts Alibaba.com are sponsoring Global Entrepreneurship Week (14-18 November), and you can benefit from their advice and expertise. Packed with top speakers and practical sessions, Go Global will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to increase sales, satisfy international customers and raise their profile, with help from some of the world’s most successful…


Fund101 launches to help fill finance gap

Small business support company, Enterprise Nation, along with PayPal and Intuit, the makers of QuickBooks, is launching Fund101 to offer amounts of up to £500 to start ups and young businesses. The fund is being launched to meet a gap in the market for business owners who need only a small amount of capital to…


StartUp Britain: post launch + 2 months

Guest post from Emma Jones, founder of small business support company Enterprise Nation www.enterprisenation.com and a co-founder of StartUp Britain. StartUp Britain: post launch + 2 months National campaign, StartUp Britain was launched on 28 March, meaning the campaign has just passed its second month. Emma Jones is one of the campaign founders and offers…


I’M OFF! 5 points to include in a business plan

A brief guest post from Emma Jones, founder of small business support company Enterprise Nation www.enterprisenation.com You have your idea and it’s time to write a business plan. Be sure to include five points to get off to a flying start! I refer to a business plan as a route map. It’s a document that…


Celebrate mums in business this Mother’s Day

Guest post from Emma Jones (Enterprise Nation) With more than 300,000 mums running a business and contributing over £7 billion to the annual UK economy*, a group of small business organisations are suggesting the best gift for Mum this year is to buy her a business or lend a helping hand by calling on the…


SMB encouragement on export opportunities

SMBs are missing opportunities in the export market. An International Trade Survey of 8,000 UK companies has revealed that nearly 70% do not currently export, according to The British Chambers of Commerce.The reasons cited are various, and include unsuitable products and services, lack of resources and needing help to find overseas customers. And with exports…


On target to help 500,000 businesses start and grow

Guest post from Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation One week after launch, the Business in Bloom campaign to help 500,000 people start and grow a business in 2011 is on target, having attracted support from small businesses, large corporates and enterprise agencies across the UK. With pledges of free places on sales courses, access…