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…


Feel like your small business is in the dark ages?

Guest post from Francesca Geens, who runs Digital Dragonfly, offering practical IT and tech assistance for tiny businesses (typically 1-5 PCs) across the UK. Working with both Mac and PC clients, Digital Dragonfly specialises in business email, cloud solutions, mobile working and general best-practice, giving business owners peace of mind when it comes to their IT setup. Do…


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…


4-part video series on Tech Tips

The StartUp Britain initiative has gained government and industry support nationwide. Microsoft UK is also offering support with special offers – take a look at our StartUp Britain webpage for more details on these. We’ve also held a series of online seminars over the past six months or so, and these are now available to…


Free StartUp Britain event: Technology Basics for Business, 17 October, London

Sign up now for this free Tech4StartUp Brtiain event aimed at small and newly formed businesses. Come along and get a great overview of the latest technologies and how you can master IT basics and gain a competitive advantage in your business. Microsoft is sponsoring the nationwide StartUp Britain initiative, aimed at inspiring, motivating and…


Be passionate, dream and get a mentor – advice from MPs and entrepreneurs at MADE

Guest post from Simone Schuurer, Microsoft Advertising, who attended MADE, the Entrepreneur Festival in Sheffield last week, along with representatives from Microsoft Small Business UK.    Last night when my train was gliding through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside on a 4.5 hour journey back to my hometown, I summarised a very impressive and inspiring morning…


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: Register now for new online demos on how technology can support your business

Microsoft is one of the founding sponsors of StartUp Britain – a new initiative supported by the government to help entrepreneurs and small businesses to get established. SMBs are a key factor in helping drive economic growth and we’re doing our bit by pledging to help train startups understand and use technology more productively in their…


6 things to learn from a winner

At last week’s Marketing4StartUp Britain Week, there was a competition for one small business to win a marketing agency for 12 months. Alison Grieve of Safetray was the deserving winner and there are 6 things we can learn from her approach and excellent presentation.  Pitch perfect Six companies were shortlisted by the Marketing Agencies Association…


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…