By Andrew Jervis 2 weeks ago . 3 minute read
Building a comparative marketplace - Blogspark Post

Building a comparative marketplace

By Andrew Jervis

Andrew Jervis is the Co-founder and CEO of ClickMechanic, a car repair marketplace that is aiming to transform how people get their vehicle repaired. His experience and knowledge of enterprise is steeped in years of being surrounded by investors and close business allies.

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By Rob Twells 2 weeks ago . 10 minute read
10 ways I cope with a heavy workload - Blogspark Post

10 ways I cope with a heavy workload

By Rob Twells

I’m probably my own worst enemy when it comes to a heavy workload; I always need to have something to do, and I find it difficult to just sit and do nothing. In saying that, there is always something that needs to be done, whether that’s within my personal, or business life. My main issue is that I struggle to prioritise and figure out what it is that needs my attention more urgently.

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Biggest business lessons during 2017

By Rob Twells 1 year ago . 12 minute read
By Carly Thompsett 3 weeks ago . 6 minute read
Started from the bottom and now reaching for the top

Started from the bottom and now reaching for the top

By Carly Thompsett

I left school at 15 with some GCSE’s but being dyslexic I was told I probably wouldn’t mount too much anyway so why bother. I got a job and I started at College for 3 years, which I did both full-time. I did hair and beauty for the first year and art and design for the last two. I wanted to become a fashion designer that was my calling in life, my room was always piled high with art books and designs, I was always making things and I just never knew what to do with them. I did all this while I became a manager at my job.

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By Andrew Sanderson 7 months ago . 8 minute read
How starting a business with a family changed me

How starting a business with a family changed me

By Andrew Sanderson

I’ve often heard people say that having children made them a lot more motivated and driven in their careers, as the responsibility of needing to provide for them pushed them forward. It’s an interesting point and the reverse can also be true, material things previously aspired to become less important after having children. Playing an active part in their lives means a 24/7 focus on business isn’t necessarily sustainable. I’ve experienced both sides having started my London Estate Agency when I didn’t have any children and my Derby Estate Agency as a dad to two children under 3!

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By Rob Twells 11 months ago . 6 minute read
Why I love making mistakes

Why I love making mistakes

By Rob Twells

In the business world, there’s often a stigma around making mistakes, whether it be the worry of being perceived as weak or unprofessional, we fear making mistakes. When in fact, there is nothing wrong with making mistakes - it makes us human, and shouldn’t be frowned upon. Both in our personal and professional lives, the only way we can move forward and progress is by learning, and making mistakes presents the perfect learning curve.

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By Rune Sovndahl 11 months ago . 5 minute read
Fantastic Services ‘360 degrees happiness’

Fantastic Services ‘360 degrees happiness’

By Rune Sovndahl

Fantastic Services, established by Rune Sovndahl and Anton Skarlatov, is one of the leading domestic and home maintenance companies in the UK. The founders met at a party. Rune needed a carpet cleaning service and Anton was running a cleaning business. While talking, they both realised that they shared a vision - to revolutionise this industry by creating a trustworthy brand.

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By Tom Oswald 11 months ago . 8 minute read
Adaptability in business

Adaptability in business

By Tom Oswald

I have always been an avid entrepreneur, a holder of multiple patents and involved in a variety of things from on-licence alcohol dispense systems to record labels, robotics and to Laser spectroscopy gas detection products, and I’m always looking for the next big opportunity and 3 years ago my biggest opportunity yet presented itself; YouTube was going to launch a product called YouTube Red. This product was going to destroy the livings of millions of artists because what YouTube was going to do was paywall their content.

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By Tom Lovelace 1 year ago . 10 minute read
The truths of starting a business in the fashion industry

The truths of starting a business in the fashion industry

By Tom Lovelace

I think one of the first things I remember thinking when starting my first business was “this isn't that hard; why are people always complaining that starting a business is hard work?” Oh, how wrong I was! Business is a massive learning curve, and it means that you have to have a well-rounded knowledge of a number of different skills and capabilities.

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By Rob Twells 1 year ago . 12 minute read
Biggest business lessons during 2017

Biggest business lessons during 2017

By Rob Twells

2017 has bought a year of growth and development for Frogspark; since the beginning of the year we’ve added 6 new members to our Derby based digital marketing and web development teams. We’ve seen a particular growth in the digital marketing side of the business this year, which has seen a shift in our business strategy - as previously we had a primary focus on the web design side of Frogspark. This year has brought challenges and successes, and overall has taught me some of the biggest lessons in business when it comes to growing a business.

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By Simon Crowther 1 year ago . 10 minute read
Barriers in business

Barriers in business

By Simon Crowther

I launched Flood Protection Solutions Ltd in 2012, aged 18, alongside studying for a degree in Civil Engineering. The company became the sole UK importer of the Water-Gate barrier from Megasecur. The business has grown over the past 5 years into one of the UK’s leading flood defence companies. It now has a turnover of almost £2million, with clients including Thames Water, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency.
I’m always asked ‘why flood defence? That’s an odd business to set up!’

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By Araminta Sheridan 1 year ago . 7 minute read
Values to build a successful business

Values to build a successful business

By Araminta Sheridan

If you surround yourself with happy, interesting, kind people, your behaviour becomes a reflection of theirs. Another person's excitement about a project or thirst for knowledge and personal development is contagious. When you make the decision to start your own business, you take on the ability to curate who you surround yourself with. Starting a business is challenging enough so upon starting my own I felt I owed it to myself to take away the additional stress factor of working with disruptive people.

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By Rob Twells 1 year ago . 8 minute read
What I wish I’d known before starting a business

What I wish I’d known before starting a business

By Rob Twells

During my third year at university, I decided to put my passion for going into business to reality and began designing and building websites for people that were looking for them in my spare time. By the time I graduated, I had built up a steady client base and had the financial security in order to go full time with Frogspark. But there was definitely a lot of lessons I had to learn - and many late nights ahead!

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By Rob Twells 1 year ago . 11 minutes read
Work-life balance as a business owner

Work-life balance as a business owner

By Rob Twells

It can be difficult to know how much time to spend on both working in and growing the business, whilst also spending quality time with my friends and family. I think this is something many business owners do struggle with, but I’m starting to improve.

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By Melissa Eveleigh 1 year ago . 7 minute read
From a love of books to something much more

From a love of books to something much more

By Melissa Eveleigh

I’ve always had an interest in books. My fascination started as soon as I could understand words and stories. Just after I moved into secondary school, I became friends with a woman who wrote books and had been published. I turned my attention to the process of creating books, mostly in terms of writing.

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By Natalie Bamford 1 year ago . 10 minute read
How I used local knowledge to start my own business

How I used local knowledge to start my own business

By Natalie Bamford

My mission is simple and is what drives me to do my job every day – it’s to help local families find what’s on locally by being a ‘one stop site for family fun in Derbyshire.’ One site for all the information you need so you don’t have to look at several sites like I was forced to do in the past.

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By James Taylor 1 year ago . 12 minute read
Going above and beyond your competition

Going above and beyond your competition

By James Taylor

When people start a business, one of the common questions people get asked is – what’s your business plan, what will make you different?

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By Chris Green 1 year ago . 6 minute read
Business meeting in a coffee shop?

Business meeting in a coffee shop?

By Chris Green

The bond between coffee and work is forever. It has long been the staple drink for employees in offices, leading to pumped workers, ones with alert brains ready to tackle the tasks of the day.

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By Maria Baranowska 1 year ago . 13 minute read
Choosing a career in tech in 2017

Choosing a career in tech in 2017

By Maria Baranowska

Choosing a career in technology in Britain has always been a safe bet for a secure future. But with recent political and social developments, what does the future actually look like for the technology industry?

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By Rebecca Newenham 1 year ago . 15 minute read
Virtual assistance: a gap in the market

Virtual assistance: a gap in the market

By Rebecca Newenham

Rebecca Newenham spotted a gap in the market to provide businesses with virtual assistance. She shares the reasons behind her business success.

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By Kate Tattersfield 1 year ago . 8 minute read
How can serviced offices help growing businesses?

How can serviced offices help growing businesses?

By Kate Tattersfield

From co-working to shared offices, agreements to terms, leases to contracts, it can be hard to know what to look for. Why choose a serviced office?

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By Derry Holt 1 year ago . 12 minute read
Starting a business: the truths

Starting a business: the truths

By Derry Holt

Many things change during the ‘entrepreneurial journey’ all aspiring business owners walk. People, products and places can all change in an instant, but one thing is constant - the experience you take away from it.

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By Rob Twells 1 year ago . 12 minute read
Should you start a business at university?

Should you start a business at university?

By Rob Twells

Most people say there's never a good time to start a business, but could university be the answer? The deadlines are daunting and you have to work night and day, but here's a few reasons why I think that starting my business at university was the best decision I made.

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By Ed Hollands 1 year ago . 4 minute read
How to take the first step?

How to take the first step?

By Ed Hollands

Launching your first business can be very hard; it’s a bit like bungee jumping for the first time. You’re stood on the edge scared it’s going to fail and you’ll hit the ground. But you try it and you either love it or say you’ll never do it again.

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By Rob Twells 1 year ago . 3 minute read
Welcome to Blogspark!

Welcome to Blogspark!

By Rob Twells

I wanted to create somewhere that could act as a hub of advice and relatable stories from the business community. Whether you're just starting out or have had years of experience, we all need continued advice and guidance.

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