Why should I start a business?

Entrepreneurs around the world start new businesses every day, but are they doing so for the right reasons? The driving force behind entrepreneurship varies widely between individuals; the wrong driving force can often lead businesses in the wrong direction. A healthy driving force will help breed progressive decision-making, the right attitude and...
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Using social media to promote your services

Social media is a great way to interact with your customer base online and encourage debate and trust in your brand. Spread the word of new products and services within seconds using instant social media updates.
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Q&A: Camilla Shaughnessy - Eventful Stays

Camilla Shaughnessy, 49, is the founder and director of luxury accommodation website EventfulStays.com, which lists its private properties, all available for short breaks or weekend stays, by events taking place across the UK. Her background is in consultancy, and until recently she was the managing director of Malachi Consulting Limited, which she...
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Case study: turning ideas into products with The Wand Company

With a £200,000 Dragon’s Den investment and interest from major retailers, one UK company is going from strength to strength. Chris Barnardo, co-founder of The Wand Company, talks exclusively to inspiresme.co.uk about the magical idea that started it all, and how the company came to be where it is today.
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Best advice you've ever been given?

Entrepreneurs tell us what the best advice they've ever been given is.
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Q&A: Camilla Shaughnessy - Eventful Stays

Camilla Shaughnessy, 49, is the founder and director of luxury accommodation website EventfulStays.com, which lists its private properties, all available for short breaks or weekend stays, by events taking place across the UK. Her background is in consultancy, and until recently she was the managing director of Malachi Consulting Limited, which she founded in 1994. In August 2010 she left the running of Malachi in the capable hands of her husband John and turned her back on the corporate world for good to devote her time and energy to creating Eventful Stays. We catch up with Camilla to talk about Eventful Stays and life as an entrepreneur.

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What makes a good business idea?

Business ideas must satisfy a wide range of criteria to be tenable. Many businesses fail soon after start-up because the idea – the impetus – is not commercially viable and cannot sustain a profit-making enterprise.

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Starting an interior design company

Creative freedom and expression are always in full swing when you run an interior design company. With a diverse range of markets available, you can maximise revenue streams and turn a good profit.

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Guide to intellectual property

Intellectual property refers to creations that come about as a result of skill, creativity and expression. Entrepreneurs and firms take steps to protect their intellectual property because it often forms a significant part of their competitive advantage. There are several ways to protect intellectual property; the one you use depends on the type of creation you want to protect.

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Starting an advertising agency

On the face of it starting an advertising agency seems like a glitzy and glamorous business, however, the success of an ad agency is very much dependant on your ability to deliver results for your clients and the competition can be fierce. If you’re creative and have experience of advertising and marketing however then starting an advertising agency could be the business for you.

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  • Starting up

    Case study: Conseal Security aims to build an iron-clad company

    Conseal Security is a specialist data security company that aims to give a range of clients, including individuals, businesses and government departments...
  • 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

    Case study: hiring the correct staff to create the right experience with TenPilates

    From a car crash, to physiotherapy, to starting a business – all in the space of a year. Perhaps not the path taken by most entrepreneurs, but that’s how...
  • 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

    What has been your biggest PR success to date?

    Outstanding Branding is a UK independent distributor of promotional merchandise, corporate giveaways and branded clothing. Based near London Bridge...
  • Accounting

    How to deal with disputes with HMRC

    Tax is taxing. You may feel especially so if you’re a small business. HMRC have been seen to be cuddling up with the big players such as Goldman Sachs...