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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: Ten reasons why businesses fail

    Guest post from the Intel IT Galaxy UK blog. Jay Goltz, who owns five small businesses in Chicago, has written a great article for the New York Times listing the top 10 reasons why small businesses fail. Jay began his article by noting that the reason why small businesses fail is among the least...
  • 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: From hobby to home business

    Guest post from Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation , the home business company, and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up - how to start a business from home' We're seeing something happen in the world of home business; every day we hear from people turning their hobby into a way of making a living...
  • Blog Post: What sells in a recession?

    There's a great new article on MSN Money, 'What sells in a recession ?', spotlighting products and industries which are actually seeing significant growth in the current economic climate - it's well worth a read. Here's a taste: Caravans are hot (apparently). Fewer of us are indulging in exotic...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: The art of selling in six simple steps

    Guest blogger Emma Jones There is no finer talent for a business owner to possess than the skill of making a sale. As the business grows you may decide to outsource the sales function but at the beginning, making a sale is on your ‘to do' list. Here are six simple steps that will turn prospects into...