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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OPINION: The F-commerce myth - addressing the hype behind selling on Facebook

At the current time (April 26) Facebook, the most visited website on the internet, is deep into preparations for its expected $100 billion Initial Public Offering (IPO). That may seem like a lot of money, but all the indications are that the public simply can’t get enough of this site. To put this into perspective, Facebook wins one in every five internet...
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Q&A: Ben Rosen - Inspiring Interns

Ben Rosen is the founder and CEO of Inspiring Interns, a company set up in 2009 to help the job market connect the huge number of graduates looking for opportunities with employers looking for skilled workers. He is a former head-hunter in the mobile space and has set up and managed other companies before Inspiring Interns.
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Case study: accounting with a twist at Mazuma Money

Mazuma Money is an innovative accounting company that successfully rode the economic downturn and now boasts several offices across the UK, from which the company offers a range of services to clients. inspiresme.co.uk finds out more about what makes Mazuma Money unique from founders Sophie Hughes and Lucy Cohen.
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Do you have a favourite quote about business?

Listen to a diverse range of successful small businesses let you know what quotes have inspired them to aim higher and work harder.
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Q&A: Jonathan Hey - Westbury Garden Rooms

Jonathan Hey is Managing Director of Westbury Garden Rooms, an established company that designs and creates bespoke garden rooms for consumers and businesses. In this interview Jonathan tells us about his company and gives us the low down on how established firms can remain innovative and become more sustainable.

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How to enter a foreign market

Although investing in another market can be risky and require a lot of capital, the rewards can be huge.

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How to start a landscape gardening business

If you enjoy gardening and relish spending lots of your working time in outdoor environments, starting your own landscape gardening business could be for you – and since gardening has never been as popular as it is today, now could be the perfect time to do it.

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How to start a wedding planning business

The average UK wedding is said to cost somewhere in the region of £20,000 – and with most wedding planning companies charging fees of around 10-20 percentage of the wedding budget there is plenty of money to be made in this thriving industry.

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Starting a bed and breakfast

Bed and breakfasts are very popular businesses for first-time entrepreneurs. With a significant market that benefits from seasonal demand, bed and breakfasts are great opportunities to profitably provide an enjoyable experience to a variety of travellers.

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    Starting a consultancy

    Starting a consultancy is popular amongst entrepreneurs; low start up costs, significant independence and the potential for high growth means that more...
  • Finance

    Let’s take control and stop relying on the banks...

    Ten years ago, a small business owner might reasonably expect to visit the local bank manager and – assuming the business was fairly healthy - negotiate...
  • Staff and HR

    Case study: new start-up no sticking point for Adhere Training

    When Lisa Butler left a senior management role to start Oxfordshire-based Adhere Training in 2010, colleagues asked whether she was “sure it was the right...
  • Technology

    Choosing a business broadband connection

    Most businesses these days require an internet connection in order to function effectively, and that connection will typically be a broadband service offered...
  • Marketing

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    The Pint Drop 'Text Your Friends a Drink’ service is the brainchild of entrepreneur William Steward. The pioneering gifting service allows people to buy...
  • Accounting

    Setting up in business and getting your company’s finances in order

    Setting up your own business is easy in some ways (announce you’re in business and, well, you are!) and really quite challenging in others. Finance is...