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What are your key options after you've spent your initial start-up budget?

One of the earliest challenges faced by all start-ups concerns finance. No matter how great an idea you’ve had and no matter how well thought-out your business plan is, you’ll need to have enough funding to get your fledgling venture off of the ground.

Date: 28 November, 2013   By: Guest contributor

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My advice to start-ups and small firms - Ed Reeves of Moneypenny

My sister, Rachel Clacher, and I founded Moneypenny in January 2000. All we had was a business idea and £15,000. I’d run my own business previously and had needed someone to look after my telephone calls while I was out, but finding the right service was tough and when I did, it was full of ...

Date: 28 November, 2013   By: Guest contributor

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Will the 'polarised economy' lead City workers to set up businesses in their lunch hour?

By December 31, half a million new businesses will have been started in the UK this year, with the number of VAT-registered companies already back to pre-2008 levels.

Date: 27 November, 2013   By: Guest contributor

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Small Business Saturday UK - coming to a town near you

Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy. Figures from the Federation of Small Businesses indicate that they account for 99% of private businesses in the UK and that they employ 14.4 million people. ...

Date: 25 November, 2013   By: Fiona Prior

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Thinking of starting your own business? What's stopping you?

Many people will consider the option of starting a business of their own at some point during their life. Sometimes this is fuelled by a change of personal circumstances, sometimes it is as a result of a 'light bulb' moment where you think to yourself "I can do it better than that" and for others it...

Date: 21 November, 2013   By: Guest contributor

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Keeping your SME rural

Many business owners dream of one day expanding their SME into a global organisation based in the buzzing business capital of the big cities. While the thriving metropolitan atmosphere may seem like the best place for any business, this isn’t always the case.

Date: 19 November, 2013   By: Guest contributor

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Why should small businesses care about Global Entrepreneurship Week?

This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week – a week that aims to grow enterprise ambition and motivate people to meet their new business potential.  Entrepreneurs and budding entrepreneurs from across the globe use the week to share ideas, connect with each other and receive valuable support ...

Date: 18 November, 2013   By: Guest contributor

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Get involved in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013

From 18-24 November events to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will be taking place throughout the UK and you or your business are welcome to get involved.

Date: 14 November, 2013   By: Mark Williams