Starting a retail business

Retail businesses are traditional choices for entrepreneurs and offer plenty of scope for growth if the right decisions are made.. Start-up costs can be considerable although these will depend on your location and market.
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How to motivate a sales team

The paths to becoming responsible for a team are as many and winding as the myriad of thoughts that rush through your mind when you see for the first time within in your job description that you are now “responsible for motivation of the team”.
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Q&A: Dave Kelly - Storm Consultancy

Dave Kelly is one of UK’s new breed of internet entrepreneurs. At 24, he runs an award winning Web Design & Development agency, Storm, in the beautiful city of Bath. Over the past two years, Storm has grown its client base to include some of the world's best known gaming and sporting names.
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Case study: Freespeed meets a growing need with experience and passion

In London, one startup is successfully using state-of-the-art technology to fine-tune the performance of elite cyclists. Here Richard Melik, owner of Freespeed, talks to inspiresme.co.uk about his growing company.
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How to launch a Business

Entrepreneurs at DreamLaunch on December 1 2011 tell inspiresme.co.uk the best ways to go about launching a business.
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Q&A: Fraser Doherty - SuperJam

Fraser Doherty is the founder of SuperJam, a company that uses traditional recipes to create a range of 100% pure fruit jams, which are sweetened with grape juice and made using superfruits such as blueberries and cranberries. The company has won a number of awards, supplies major UK supermarkets and is now included in a museum exhibit as an example of an ‘Iconic Scottish Food Brand’.

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Common mistakes when making investor presentations

Pitching to investors can be one of the most nerve wracking situations around, but it’s important to retain your cool and stay on target to get the best chance of securing that important investment. Avoid these errors in order to bolster your chances.

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How to start a coffee shop

Starting a coffee shop requires a passion for great coffee – this trickles down to all aspects of the business and helps create a rich and exciting atmosphere for customers to enjoy. While there is plenty of competition from larger brands, and from other independent shops, the market is large and there is space, specifically for specialist or niche suppliers. Differentiating yourself is important, as it establishing a strong brand – loyalty is strong in this market, and tapping into this loyalty can help fuel success.

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Incentivising Employees Using EMIS Shares

‘Law For Startups’ - a recent event at Club Workspace, hosted by Dreamstake - gave startups, small-businesses and entrepreneurs the lowdown on Shares, and how they could be used to incentivise employees. The advice came from Michael Buckworth, a solicitor who specialises in fixed-fee law for small businesses.

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Sources of start-up finance

All businesses need money to get off the ground, but the way in which you raise this money is very important. There are numerous routes to access finance, all of which come with their own advantages and disadvantages.

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