Choosing a start-up structure

This article was written by Michael Buckworth, a partner in Buckworth Solicitors. Buckworth Solicitors is a London based law firm specialising in assisting start-ups on a range of matters. The firm works solely on the basis of affordable fixed fees. Michael worked at two of the world’s best law firms for eight years before setting up Buckworth Solicitors...
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EVENT COVERAGE: DreamStake - The Pivot Party

On Thursday 22nd March, DreamStake announced that their online platform was going to evolve. Since its inception, DreamStake has been a social networking platform for small businesses and startups. On Thursday, its creator Paul Dowling announced that DreamStake was going to ‘pivot,’ drawing on the terminology of lean startup guru Eric Reis who recommends...
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Q&A: Andrea McDowell - Shoot it Yourself

Andrea McDowell, is the founder and managing director of Shoot it Yourself (SIY). Andrea set up Shoot It Yourself in 2009, having worked in television for a variety of independent production companies as a Director.
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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 payments just over a year ago with help from a graduate web developer for the grand total of £200. Now, their mobile customers’ conversion rates have increased five-fold and resulting revenue has...
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How to launch a Business

Entrepreneurs at DreamLaunch on December 1 2011 tell the best ways to go about launching a business.
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How to do business in... Taiwan

Taiwan’s population is largely made up of Chinese migrants – as a result, doing business in Taiwan is very similar to working in China. However, the Taiwanese tend to be more competitive and driven to succeed. Throughout the country, traditional Chinese values compete with capitalism.

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"The Mobile Cloud Comes of Age:" What it Means for SMEs

The June 2011 CBI/Harvey Nash employment trends survey, (Navigating Choppy Waters, CBI June 2011) reveals growing numbers of employers are moving away from the traditional 9-5 office-based working day. The survey, which covered 335 private sector employers with a collective workforce of 3.5 million people, found that 59 per cent now offer teleworking to staff in 2011, up from 46 per cent in 2008 and 14 per cent in 2006.

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Tips to help you control stock

Maintaining adequate stock levels is essential to running a successful business – these tips will help you avoid overspending and underspending on stock.

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Eight top tips to help you break into the creative sector

Opportunities in the creative sector are broad but it's a very competitive market. These top tips will help you develop the skills and attitude necessary to break into, and succeed within, the creative sector.

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What to look for in commercial property

Choosing commercial property is an essential step for any growing business. Making the right choice is paramount to success; the wrong lease and location can stifle your firm and bottom line.

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