Young Entrepreneurs

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

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

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

“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.

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?

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.

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.”

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

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.

Don’t let convention kill innovation

Modern Business has to a large extent become a paradox. As barriers to trade have been relaxed and technology has opened up global market places to the smallest of companies, for a variety of reasons, the conventions created by technology and business theory are killing innovation.