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  • Blog Post: What future for the High Street?

    A news item on BBC Breakfast this am featured a couple of high streets - Swindon in Wiltshire and Wimbledon Common. It's probably not news to many of us but the traditional, independent high street retailer is fast becoming a shop of the past as supermarkets continue to embrace every product available...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Third-age entrepreneurs older, wiser and setting up businesses

    There's a great story on the BBC business site, talking about ‘older' entrepreneurs. Interestingly, the over-50s represent a significant proportion of start-ups and, unlike your typical 20-year whizz kid let's-make-lots-of-money scenario, their aim is not to grow into a multi-national company. More typically...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Why niche business is good business

    Guest blog from Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up - how to start a business from home' A niche business In best-selling book ‘The Long Tail' author Chris Anderson says the future of business does not lie in blockbuster hits but in niche products. Home businesses...
  • Blog Post: The spirit of enterprise is still thriving

    Last month, Scarborough was named the enterprise capital of the UK for its ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty' project, transforming the seaside town into "a shining example of enterprise excellence". The Minister for Economic Competitiveness and Small Business, Shriti Vadera, said that the partnership had "established...
  • Blog Post: The top 10 predictions for home enterprise in 2009: guest blogger Emma Jones

    On Thursday 5 February key figures from the worlds of business, politics and the media came together to hear Enterprise Nation's Top 10 predictions for 2009. The predictions show the significant impact home enterprise will have on the economy, environment and society. In 2009, Enterprise Nation predicts...
  • Blog Post: When the phones hush and emails subside: guest blogger Emma Jones

    One of the most appreciated aspects of December (aside from it being a time for family and festivities) is that it's a quiet work time that allows home business owners to get the house in order. The phones don't ring so much and emails don't arrive so often. It's a perfect time for some considered business...