EVENT COVERAGE: Startup Weekend London

On the weekend of 9th – 11th September, StartupWeekend rolled into London for three days of lively pitches, discussion and debate at Ravensbourne College, South East London and Club Workspace, Clerkenwell Workshops.
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EVENT: DreamLaunch

On the first evening of December Club Workspace at the Clerkenwell Workshops played host to DreamLaunch. This DreamStake event, sponsored by Rackspace, saw seven digital startups launch to an audience full of entrepreneurs and small business owners.
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Q&A: Dan Taylor - The Giving Card

Dan Taylor is the founder of The Giving Card, a point of sale discount card linked to charitable giving. Here he talks to inspiresme.co.uk about his experiences of being a young entrepreneur and his tips for other innovators looking to follow in his footsteps.
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Case study: Every saved penny counts for businesses says SMEDiscounts

Former chartered accountant Andries Smit has always had an eye for a good business model. He started his first business age 14 and has since started 15 more, in sectors as broad as retail, consultancy, training, property, accountancy, investing and ecommerce.
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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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Important questions to ask candidates at interview

Interviews are the most important tool for judging the potential worth of a candidate. Asking the wrong questions – and failing to ask the right ones – may mean you miss out on the ideal addition to your team.

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Common sales mistakes made by entrepreneurs

Sales are an essential part of any business but are especially important for entrepreneurs and start-ups. With no track record, making the sale can be difficult, and without sales the business will not generate any profit and therefore can’t succeed. But sales is an art, and there are many mistakes that can limit your productivity and success, and put potential clients off. Practicing and honing your craft is essential if you want to be sell strongly in the long-term, but reading up on the most common sales mistakes can help reduce the learning curve.

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Using contracts and negotiation to resolve disputes

With no sign of a serious upturn in the UK economy any time soon, freelance businesses are bearing the brunt of late payment and ‘sharp practice’. But by understanding basic contract law and developing your negotiation skills, you can resolve most disputes quickly and to your advantage. Dave Chaplin, CEO of ContractorCalculator and author of the bestselling Contractors’ Handbook, outlines strategies you can adopt to prevent your challenges escalating into crises.

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Q&A: Amanda Fyfe - Senior Moves

Amanda Fyfe, director of Senior Moves was running a busy successful business, juggling work, family, dogs and friends when her parents decided the time had come to move from the family home to be nearer their family. Several months of driving up and down the M5 every weekend to help organise the move, convinced Amanda and her family that there had to be a better way.

During a business trip to the USA, Amanda met a Senior Move Manager and learned about the business. Several trips and some wonderful on the job experience later Amanda was in a position to bring this wonderful service to the UK.

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How CSR can help your business

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become something of a buzz phrase in recent years. There have been many arguments regarding whether CSR can actually help companies to improve their reputation and improve profit margins, if it costs businesses money and whether businesses are doing it to genuinely help the environment and society, or if it is solely a marketing technique.

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  • Starting up

    Case study: Denise Proctor uses her drive and experience to create The Baby Loft

    The Baby Loft is an online baby rental equipment service that offers parents a range of products for all stages of their baby’s life. Founder Denise Proctor...
  • Finance

    How to negotiate with investors

    Learning to negotiate with investors will help you secure the best possible deal for your business. Your investor will try to strike a hard bargain – remaining...
  • Staff and HR

    OPINION: Cuts to health and safety – a risk too far?

    Prime Minister David Cameron recently commented that he wants to "kill off the health and safety culture for good" in 2012, in order to help reduce costs...
  • Technology

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