Best cities in Europe for Digital Entrepreneurs and Innovation

Nesta, in association with the European Digital Forum have developed ‘The European digital City Index’, to identify the best cities in Europe for Entrepreneurs and Innovators. This takes into account 35 metrics detailing 10 themes, and ranks 35 leading European cities for Start-Up and Scale-Up […]

9 Startups that were extremely successful with crowdfunding

Securing funding can be difficult at the Startup stage, but not for these innovators! Here are 10 cutting edge Startups that have been incredibly successful with crowdfunding. Pebble A digital watch that connects to your smartphone. Amount Raised: $10,266,845 The 10-Year Hoodie by Flint and Tinder A hoodie […]

9 ways to make sure your meetings are always effective

Dull, unproductive and disorganized meetings can cost you hours of your time and negatively impact the work environment. If planned properly however, meetings can be effective, enjoyable and lead to positive results for your business. Looking to make your meetings more effective? CT travel have […]

Will your website measure up in the new year?

In 2016, background and full screen videos and the rise of flat design will dominate web design, according to an infographic recently released by Coastal Creative. It also predicts that mobile apps will grow more than ever, responsive designs will be unrolled across multiple devices, […]

The best countries for business 2015

The Forbes best countries for business list has been released, ranking countries on their business climate using 11 elements: property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape, investor protection and stock market performance. Coming out on top is Denmark, boasting […]

8 books for Entrepreneurs

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Here are 8 books that are guaranteed to be a hit with any entrepreneur. The Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups From Their Founding Entrepreneurs David Kidder Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of […]

7 bizarre Startup ideas that got funding

Blippy Created in 2010, Blippy is a social media sharing space that allows users to link their credit card to their Twitter accounts, so every purchase they made was publically broadcasted. Even more surprisingly, the Startup took off, raising almost $13million to date. Layoffspace Layoffspace.com […]

Bristol tops the 2015 Startup Cities Index

The 2015 Startup cities index rates every UK city outside of London on a variety of factors such as Startup ‘Births’ and ‘Deaths’, Access to funding and business talent, business support and quality of life. Taking all these factors into account, the top 20 UK […]

The fastest growing industries in the UK 2015

Research by Lloyds bank has identified the industries showing the fastest growth in the first quarter of 2015. Growth in manufacturing and Service shows the strength of the economy today, as well as an increase in the confidence of both consumers, and business. See the […]

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The secrets to start-up investing

Unless you have been living in a dark cave, alone and with no access to any form of media, you have probably seen the huge start-up acquisitions that have happened over the past few years; they have certainly increased the appetite for start-up investing. WhatsApp […]

Successful Billionaires Who Didn’t Graduate High School

John D. Rockefeller Founder, Standard Oil Company Net Worth: $340 Billion Left school at 16 and briefly studied bookkeeping before entering full time employment. Henry Ford Founder, Ford Motor Company Net Worth: $199 Billion Left family farm at 16 to apprentice at a machine shop […]

Tech industry booming in the North of England

Amsource Technology have created an Infographic highlighting the increase in available technology roles throughout the UK. It shows the large growth of tech in the North of England, with “Northern Powerhourse” cities such as Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, York and Newcastle creating more and more IT […]

London named Europe’s best city for digital startups

Nesta’s European Digital City Index has declared London the best city in Europe for digital startups, beating rival cities Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam. The index, which rates 35 cities across Europe, describes how well different cities across Europe support digital entrepreneurs. The reason London rated […]

Growing a Start Up – How to do it and with whom.

Thinking of the idea is tough. Thinking of the idea and making it profitable is tougher. Thinking of the idea, making it profitable and building the right team the first time around is the toughest! How you build the team for your business in the […]

The top 10 startups for 2015

The Startups 100 list for 2015 has been released, with user friendly, online platforms dominating the top list. Here are the top 10 picks for the UK this year: 10. Appear Here Founder: Ross Bailey Founded: November 2012 (launched February 2013) Appear Here provides a platform which […]

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“Please Sir I want some more!” Start up funding; how much is too much?

When Oliver Twist approached the workhouse master to ask for more, his simple request was inevitably doomed to failure. Refusal, hotly followed by punishment, was the predictable outcome. Fortunately, if you’re a start-up business, the situation is far less hazardous. There might be sources of […]

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Why raising money may be wrong for your start up

Over the past 15 years I have dealt with hundreds of businesses who have approached me to find MBI (Management Buy In) candidates.  I have spoken to a huge number of entrepreneurs about raising money as well as working with private equity investors myself.  I […]

MBIs are on the rise!

The rise in the level of interest in Management Buy In opportunities has been noted by all sides of the corporate finance world.  Whilst relatively tricky and often furnished with an element of risk, MBIs prove a great way to invest in growing companies or […]

Raising money from friends and family

Raising money is easier than you think. [If you have a track record of success!] If you don’t, welcome to the real world. And if you’re like many small-business owners you’re initial reaction to “raising money” will likely be: “I don’t know enough people with […]

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Best cities in Europe for Digital Entrepreneurs and Innovation

Nesta, in association with the European Digital Forum have developed ‘The European digital City Index’, to identify the best cities in Europe for Entrepreneurs and Innovators. This takes into account 35 metrics detailing 10 themes, and ranks 35 leading European cities for Start-Up and Scale-Up […]