Six reasons why new businesses fail

There’s an old saying in business: “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. This may sound trite but it’s a good mantra to introduce into any entrepreneurial endeavour. Plan and plan again before execution and you won’t go too far wrong.
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How to make a confident presentation

With around 30 million PowerPoint presentations being made worldwide every single day, they are unequivocally a major tool in the communication process. But presenting goes far beyond the actual presentation and the allocated time for this. Discover how you can use ‘extra time’ to influence your audience and how to ensure you make the right impression...
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Q&A: Rajeeb Dey -

Rajeeb Dey is the founder and CEO of and is heavily involved in encouraging entrepreneurship in the UK. Here he talks to about his own entrepreneurial journey and the lessons he's learnt along the way.
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Case study: Xcite Digital how to survive and thrive in a recession

Xcite Digital is an award winning, digital marketing agency that designs, builds, and markets websites for blue chip clients such as Pizza Express, BP, and Skoda as well as running digital marketing campaigns on their behalf. Founder, Robert Walker, tells inspiresme about starting the business as an ambitious 25 year old in 2008 at a time when the UK...
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What advice would you give to an entrepreneur starting their first business?

If you're about to start your own business or are in the process of doing so, these top tips from successful small businesses will help you ensure you're on track at all times.
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EVENT COVERAGE: Innovate Israel

Innovate Israel was ground-breaking in its attempt to directly connect the very best of British and Israeli technologists and fuse their skills and knowledge to build disruptive and fast-growing start-ups. Organised by UK Israel Business, the Trade & Economic Office and the Israel Export Institute, the event featured a wide-range of very special guests, including HE Matthew Gould MBE, British Ambassador to Israel, Minister Shalom Simhon from Tel Aviv, and Minister for Culture, Communication and Creative Industries Ed Vaizey.

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How to do business in… Argentina

Argentina is the second largest country in South America, made up of 23 provinces and the autonomous city of Buenos Aires. It is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, and the eighth largest country in the world by land area. Argentina is South America’s third largest economy; in recent years, it has been classed as an emerging economy due to its potential market size and percentage of high-tech exports.

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Fraud: Every business is at risk

Fraud is one of those things many businesses prefer to think of as happening to other people, more often than not one of the big boys like UBS in a scandal that hits the headlines. But fraud can happen to any business, of any size, and is particularly damaging, from much more than just a financial position, to the smaller company.

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Q&A: Kezia Luckett - Mummy's Maid

Based on her personal experience of struggling to juggle life as a businesswoman, a mother, and keep up with the day to day running of the home, Kezia Luckett found her gap in the market. Mummy's Maid provides a variety of household services from looking after children to cleaning the home, but unlike other housekeeper businesses, they offer short-term contracts starting from as little as two hours. We caught up with Kezia to hear her experience of being a 'mumpreneur'.

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Starting a light engineering company

Light engineering is an important industrial sub-industry and provides services to a huge range of sectors including power, consumer goods and manufacturing. Demand is therefore consistent and strong, but light engineering is very competitive, particularly for British companies competing with counterparts throughout Europe and the Far East. Start-up costs can also be high. However, finding a niche can help new companies establish themselves.

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