Entrepreneurs will receive help

The European Commission has published an action plan designed to support entrepreneurs across the EU and support small business growth. Described as “a blueprint for decisive action”, the Commission hopes the document will “unleash Europe’s entrepreneurial potential” by removing existing obstacles to development. “Investments in changing the public perception of entrepreneurs, in entrepreneurship education and…


Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) takes place in 120 countries from 12-18 November

  Our good friends at UK Business Forums and Business Zone have produced a comprehensive list of event to attend to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week. Have a look below! Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) takes place in 120 countries from 12-18 November. Here’s our pick of the 3,000+ events taking place in the UK. Our contribution…


Top tips for aspiring entrepreneurs

An aspiring entrepreneur may envision handling a new idea or service as a really tough deal. It can be. Knowing how to embed a strategy to tackle potential problems is fundamental in building a business. Even the most successful businesses had to weave their way to triumph. So to continue our Hot Topics debate, here…


This week’s hot topics: Do brands need to “grow up” when they become more successful? Start ups emigrating State Side? Young Entrepreneurs encouraged with start-up loans

Do brands need to “grow up” when they become more successful? (-1.0 sentiment)   After seventeen years, eBay has ditched its quirky, kooky, overlaid logotype for a cleaner-cut identity. Some argue that this reflects its evolution from digital start-up auction site to a multi-billion dollar operation whilst others feel it has lost its personality. The…


This week’s hot topics: SMBs falling behind on social media, Hiring (and retaining) talent, TechHub expands to Manchester

SMBs falling behind on social media (0 sentiment) A recent survey has fuelled discussion around data showing that small businesses are still reluctant to fully embrace social media. The recent study of US businesses from SMB Group highlights that only 24% of small businesses said they used Social Media to “engage with customers and sales leads in…


The sad state of the startup pitch

As we reported earlier this week: the current state of the startup pitch was critically reviewed by US-based VC and co-founder of O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Bryce Roberts: “You’d think that given the sheer volume of material written about how to pitch your company to investors that we’d be in the midst of some sort of…


This week’s hot topics: The sad state of the startup pitch, The Importance of Perseverance and New small business bank announced

Each Monday we will be plucking out and highlighting the most interesting and hotly discussed stories within the world of Startup and Small Business; getting to the bottom of the buzz and the sentiment surrounding them. This will be followed later in the week by an in-depth examination of the most interesting story by members…


Top Ten Invoicing Tips

Clinching a deal is a great feeling. Doing the job is a pleasure. But it’s not money in the bank until you’ve got paid for your efforts and, amazingly, plenty of small businesses still admit to not focussing enough on this crucial part of the process. Sometimes, it’s because we concentrate exclusively on sales -…


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…


Meerkats and Avatars: showcasing SME tech startups

On show at St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge earlier this month were 17 exciting new technologies, including: A device for measuring how people walk, which is useful for athletes in training but also for older people who have difficulty walking – the idea being to prevent potential falls. 3D automatic reconstruction of tunnels to…