The A-team: attracting top talent to your start-up

Every entrepreneur needs to think about their ‘employer brand’ to ensure they attract top talent as a good team is, in fact, often more important than the idea itself, says Rajeeb Dey

Stealing a march in e-commerce with multi-channel marketing

There is a wide range of online marketing tools that can level the playing field for early-stage businesses in e-commerce, says Robert Durkin

Waving the pom-poms for self-sufficiency

One squad. 70 members. And a budget of just £5,000 a year. The Brighton and Sussex Waves are a co-educational cheerleading squad made up of students from the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.

The high net-worth of your networks

Man is by nature a social animal, Aristotle taught us.

Registered designs: are you missing out?

Suppose you develop a fantastic product. You might consider applying for a patent to protect the product or how it works. You might also think about applying for a trademark to protect the product’s name or branding. Would you also think about protecting the appearance of the actual product using registered designs?

Adam Soliman (left) and a friend enjoy their tea

Graduating into the grip of recession

Like many instances in which we deploy a French word to describe something, being an ‘entrepreneur’ can often sound a lot more glamorous than it is.

Remember this: you’re not normal

What you want, what you like, what you think, is not normal. In fact, the phrase ‘you are not normal’ is used so often in the FIG office that it could reasonably called a cliché. The reason for its frequent use is because it is very easy to forget that not everyone thinks like you – especially today.

The overlooked art of cashflow management

Successful entrepreneurs usually concentrate their efforts on three key areas: vision, people and cash.

Contracts: verbal vs written

It’s an issue encountered by contract lawyers on an almost daily basis (well, this contract lawyer anyway). The all-too-familiar tale almost always starts with a person recounting how they’ve fallen out with their supplier, contractor or business partner, and asking what they can do. That's inevitably followed by "Oh, and we don’t have a written contract.”

The Switch: Behind the children of the revolution

Last time, we took a peek into entrepreneur Ning Li’s psyche.

Fortune favours the bold

With youth unemployment at over one million, entrepreneurship holds the key for the UK to recover out of the recession, says Rajeeb Dey

University students get involved with entrepreneurship

Attempting to establish the largest enterprise society in the UK to promote entrepreneurship from its very foundations is by no means a small feat. Manchester Entrepreneurs, boasting a membership count of 3,200 students, has undertaken the journey to realise this ambition.

Using customer insight to turn a great idea into a successful business

We have never met an entrepreneur who does not think their idea will change the world. The question is: does the world agree?

The switch: A miracle recipe for entrepreneurship?

I came back from the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Singapore this morning.

Dealmaking for entrepreneurs

Deal-making and negotiation skills are critical for entrepreneurs. Success depends not just on great ideas and marketing skills, but also on a network of deals which all entrepreneurs have to put in place. These include deals for funding, manufacturing, distribution, marketing and promotion, and deals with employees. And let’s not forget the deal at the end of the cycle – the exit deal – which is supposed to make all of that effort, and all of the other deals worthwhile.

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