Small to Medium Enterprises are quite exposed to the changes in the external environment. In the earlier phases of their business life cycle and before maturity, SMEs fight for their survivals; some little mistakes and wrong decisions can result in devastating consequences on their going concern.
Sandrine was always driven to be an entrepreneur. Originally from Martinique, she studied fashion design in Paris before arriving in London at the age of 19, with just a backpack and a French/English dictionary. Shortly after arriving in London she found herself on the streets after her money being stolen. Luckily a friend from Paris was running a model agency in London and Sandrine was offered a position as a booker. Sandrine soon realised she wanted to run her own business.Read post
We all make mistakes when we start doing something new. If you learn from them and don’t repeat the process then a mistake actually turns into a huge opportunity.Read post
Starting a business is no easy feat. In fact, it’s estimated that 80% of all new UK businesses launched between 2007 and 2016 failed within a year of launching. These daunting figures aren’t putting off budding entrepreneurs, though. With more than 610,000 startups opening their doors this year alone, there are clearly many people who believe in their big business idea and are willing to put everything they have into making it a success.Read post
With Instagram leading the high fashion frenzy, getting the lux look for less is something the image-conscious are striving for more than ever before. However, a less than premium purchase can often be hard to spot at first glance – particularly when browsing online. You may think you’re getting a steal, but as they say, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. To ensure you’re not compromising on quality and are investing wisely, there are a few key pieces of advice to follow.Read post
Here’s my elevator pitch. When I have 60 precious seconds to introduce myself at a networking or round-table event, here’s what I say:
“Hi, I’m Scott Keyser, The Writing Guy. When I was six I wrote a story called ‘I am a shoe’ and since then I’ve been having a love affair with the English language. 54 years later, I’m still in love. Now I show businesses how to use language that resonates with their client or prospect, whether it’s a presentation, pitch or proposal.
Diversity is a hot topic at the moment – everyone has their tick boxes and KPIs. Creating inclusive workplaces is complex and challenging otherwise we’d all have done it by now! In our experience, to actually bring about transformational change takes time with intentional consistent effort, leaders need to walk the talk, and become aware of bias, privilege and how it plays out inside organisational systems and shows up in our own leadership. This is fun challenging and hard work, AND we believe significant change is possible!Read post
When I started BYP, it's because I saw it being the future. Working in FinTech, I recognised the power of apps and tech, but I noticed diversity in this sector was what was missing, not only in terms of the lack of women but also the lack of black people. We all know diversity is the key to success in any organisation, and inclusion is vital for ensuring we keep progressing.Read post
The advice I would give to others who have just been made redundant and are weighing up their options is to realise that there has never been a better time to get into your own business because of free and cheap ways to get your message heard in the world by people who will be receptive for the skills and experience you could offer.Read post
“Using performance data for the sole purpose of determining whether someone or something has passed or failed is like using a smartphone solely to make voice calls. There is so much more that a smartphone can do if you are willing to embrace its apps. Similarly, there is so much that any kind of performance data can tell us about our work if we are willing to embrace its insights.Read post
Brexit, bloody Brexit, a whole world of pain for Brexiters and Remoaners alike. Most of you, well those that can even be bothered any more, are sick to hind teeth with the whole debacle. And who can blame anyone for giving up the ghost? At present it could look like Walesland, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England will become no man's land.Read post
Did you know that most milk chocolate contains a frightening 50 - 60% sugar and excess sugar consumption is a major contributor to the world obesity epidemic? Here at Rebel Chocolate, our vision is to make a significant impact on the fight against obesity by providing healthier chocolate.
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.Read post
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.Read post
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.Read post
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!Read post
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.Read post
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.Read post
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.Read post
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.Read post
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.Read post
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!’
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.Read post
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!Read post
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.Read post
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.Read post
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.Read post
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.
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.Read post