How to start a bar

Bars are very popular businesses; they come in all shapes and sizes and it’s easy to put your own stamp on one. But it’s not easy to create a successful bar. Creating a razor sharp atmosphere that people respond to is an art; a combination of the right drinks, decorum, music etc. is essential. However, if you’ve got the skills, then starting a bar can...
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Guide to networking events

Networking events are a great way to connect directly with local businesses, develop contacts and raise awareness of your business and the services it provides. Find out how to find the best events and how to maximise what you get out of them.
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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: Cassius Management punching above its weight

Philip Ercolano certainly showed early potential for success. In 1999, at the tender age of 17, he was signed by talent supremo Simon Fuller, the man behind such sensations as Pop Idol, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance? Just 10 years later, Philip struck out on his own and set up the now flourishing Cassius Management talent agency. But...
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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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How to start a charity

It’s great news if you’re thinking of starting a charity – they are the driving force behind much of the positive social change that occurs throughout the world. Rules surrounding the establishment of charities are strict because registered charities gain benefits, such as tax breaks, to help them pursue their causes. This article helps you to understand how an organisation gains charitable status, and how it must operate to remain compliant with relevant legislation.

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Sample business plan outline

Writing a business plan can be confusing for first-time entrepreneurs. Our sample outline provides you with a skeleton framework for writing a solid and well-crafted business plan.

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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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Young guns: 10 of the top young entrepreneurs in the UK today

Getting a business off the ground in times of economic stability is a challenging enough task; however, success stories of young entrepreneurs starting-up and running their own businesses despite the economic downturn are still hitting the headlines.

10 of the UK’s brightest young entrepreneurs talk to inspiresme, offering their advice to other budding entrepreneurs and discussing their plans for the future.

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Q&A: Alastair Crawford -

Alastair Crawford, CEO of digital directory service isn't one to let a small hurdle like a court challenge from BT or Royal Mail slow him down. Crawford took on the big boys and won. Here, he tells why determination is half the battle in becoming a successful entrepreneur.

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  • Starting up

    How to launch a Business

    Entrepreneurs at DreamLaunch on December 1 2011 tell the best ways to go about launching a business.
  • Finance

    Understanding investors and funding

    Commentators, politicians and professional advisers often apply labels to different types of investor: angels, VCs and private equity. The purpose of this...
  • Staff and HR

    Creating a competitive employee benefits package

    The impact of an effective benefits package on engagement levels can prove significant, with productivity and efficiency levels boosted, sickness and absenteeism...
  • Technology

    Case study: eCommerce helps Truffle Shuffle take on the retro t-shirt market

    Vintage T-shirt vendor Truffle Shuffle started trading in 2004 and has grown to be a significant player in the retro t-shirt market. They implemented mobile...
  • Marketing

    Designing a flyer or leaflet

    Distributing leaflets is a cost-effective form of direct marketing but its success often comes down to the leaflet itself. Designing a lucid and engaging...
  • Accounting

    Early stage accountancy advice for new entrepreneurs and businesses

    Fifty percent of start-up businesses fail in the first year and 95 percent fail within the first five years but despite the economic downturn, the SME...