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  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Proudly supporting the government’s StartUp Britain initiative

    Prime Minister David Cameron is today (28 March 2011) announcing StartUp Britiain, a government initiative designed to help startups and entrepreneurs drive business growth across the UK. The prime minister is expected to say: "I want to make a direct appeal to everyone who's sitting at home or at...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: I'M OFF! 5 points to include in a business plan

    A brief guest post from Emma Jones, founder of small business support company Enterprise Nation www.enterprisenation.com You have your idea and it’s time to write a business plan. Be sure to include five points to get off to a flying start! I refer to a business plan as a route map. It’s...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: StartUp Britain: Saturday club launched to help people become their own boss

    Guest post from Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation A UK retailer is putting its full weight behind the StartUp Britain campaign in an effort to create a 500,000-strong army of entrepreneurs to help get the economy moving. Staples will host weekly classes in its 138 stores for those...