Apprentice fever strikes as one in four new graduates consider entrepreneurship

They may have just graduated, but already the Class of 2013 are plotting new ways to tackle the job market

The Manchester Apprentice

How one Manchester student society, inspired by The Apprentice created its own version of the hit BBC TV show to promote entrepreneurship among students and raise the profile of student-run businesses

What can a growing business offer investors?

In a previous article I described why a young company is likely to need finance. In very brief, the answer was to get off the ground, to grow and to improve.  

Putting the ‘PR’ into entrepreneur

Alastair Turner explains how start-ups can make themselves heard in a crowded marketplace, the advantages they have over more established businesses and why creating a strong brand as soon as possible is the foundation for communications success

Why do new businesses need more cash?

Start-ups need cash to grow, but growth costs money. Investment expert Adrian Clark shows you how to stay on top of the cash cycle

Big company or start-up - which is the best option for you?

Having worked for huge corporations all my working life, I found myself in March taking the scary step of quitting my corporate middle-management job and, along with a substantial pay cut, becoming the fifth employee at a small start-up called Scratch.

Practical tips on how to get into a top start-up accelerator

The quality of the founder and the strengths of the team can be just as important as a good business model when pitching to a start-up accelerator, claims Ragnar Sass

The RBS EnterprisingU Final: What would you do with £25,000 for your start-up?

That is the question Elizabetta ‘Zabetta’ Camilleri founder of SalesGossip is asking herself after scooping the top prize in this year’s RBS Enterprising U competition.

Social media security: how to use Twitter and LinkedIn

There are a couple of caveats when it comes to using Twitter. On the one hand, privacy is far less complicated to manage on Twitter. You don’t have to worry about managing specific tweets to go out to specific people (yet). All you have to do is go to Twitter’s home page, click the icon of the head in the corner, and then click “Settings”.

The RBS ESSA Awards: Rewarding the UK’s top student societies

Events attended by the country’s top employers, their own investment funds and a combined annual turnover of more than £1.8m: the UK’s student societies mean business. The RBS ESSA seeks to reward them, writes Gemma Howe

Social media and the value of friendship marketing

The value of social media lies not in what your brand in saying, but in what other people are saying about your brand

Preserving the humble British apple: breathing life back into a dying industry

From farmers' markets to the shelves of the UK's largest supermarkets: how one female entrepreneur's business idea helped reinvigorate the ailing British apple industry

Graduating into an oversubscribed and shrinking profession: pursuing a career in the arts

I’ve heard the saying that nothing worthwhile is easy but in graduating into an oversubscribed and shrinking profession in the middle of a global recession, I really had to push the boundaries of this theory.

One loss, seven draws and an outright victory: an interview with Russell Buckley

“In 25 years, mobiles today will be the size of a red blood cell and one billion times more powerful. 3D printing will mean that consumers own the means of producing anything they want. Other technologies ranging from energy to clean water will mean affluence for everyone on the planet. Everyone will have a life envied by the richest monarch of the 19 century,” explains Russell Buckley, the founder and ex-MD of the now Google-owned AdMob.

Social media security: protecting your privacy online

This is the first in a series of articles on how to protect your privacy online focusing on email and Facebook

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