Up and running! Ten top tech tips for new business owners

How to use technology in your business – in plain English! Just starting up in business? Congratulations! You’re the engine room of our economic recovery. You’re a beacon of hope in troubled times. You’re, err…, probably getting no sleep, juggling too many balls, and realising that this entrepreneurship lark isn’t non-stop glamour. Well, we can’t…


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…


8 essential legal tips for start-ups

There are many unforeseen legal issues that can pop up during the start-up phase and when you first begin to scale your fledgling business up.  Of course, no matter how much you prepare, starting a business will always bring lots of surprises and lessons but legal problems can be kept to a minimum with the…


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…


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…


Come and see us at Business StartUp, 17-18 Nov, London

Are you thinking of starting a business and need some advice? Or maybe you’ve taken already that first step and are looking to grow and expand? Order your FREE tickets for the Business StartUp show at Earl’s Court, London, on 17th & 18th November and learn from the success of others. We’ll be there, on…


Starting up or growing? Learn, explore and network at Business Startup

The Business Startup Show at Earls Court, London is less than three weeks away and is set to be the largest yet, with over 20,000 visitors expected. New this year, the Great British Business Show will run alongside Business Startup and is geared towards growth for established businesses. November’s show will have a record 350…


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…


Starting up a business: The road to entrepreneurialism

Forward planning, hard work and a dash of creativity are the crucial ingredients of any new enterprise. The number of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the UK continues to rise, as more people choose to set up their own firms. Figures from Companies House reveal a steady increase in business registrations over the last…