Hailed as the benchmark for entrepreneurial success in the UK, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, in association with NatWest, tonight (Wednesday) crowns a new set of inspiring entrepreneurs.
How many times have you heard an entrepreneur tell you, “I’m passionate about it”? Yep, I’m hearing it in my sleep these days. Ask an entrepreneur for three words that describe them and you will hear “passionate” seven times out of ten. The term passionate is becoming another word that is simply used in the lexicon of start-up, early stage and growth these days.
We are often told that more than half of all new businesses fail within the first five years. Those entrepreneurs that do take the plunge are always on the lookout for hints and tips on how to find the best recipe for success.
The internet is full of stories about entrepreneurs that have grown their business at break neck speed. After coming up with an idea, they’ve focused on turning that idea into a success with dogged determination. But what do these companies do that separates them from businesses experiencing slower, or even static growth?
When the idea first dawned on me to manufacture and package our vegetables to provide convenient meal accompaniments for our customers, little did I know that this simple concept would attract global attention from as far afield as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates just under a decade later.
Nothing fascinates me more than leadership; books have been written on it from all walks of life. When you Google “Leadership” within .35 seconds it provides 480,000,000 articles. However, I Googled entrepreneurial leadership and it only gave me 5,110,000 articles. Big data! So much of what goes into everything you are all doing is about entrepreneurial leadership.
I have some invaluable words of advice for anyone running or thinking about starting a business. Having worked for nearly 20 years across a number of sectors in the business world, I have a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer any entrepreneur. Here are my top ten tips that will keep you on top of your game:
Productivity is the holy grail of the entrepreneur. Without it, we fail. But as lone workers, keeping a healthy level of momentum going can be tricky. We’re all mortals, but as entrepreneurs, our ideas aren’t.
Posted on 17th July 2015 in Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
It’s easy to get caught up the start-up revolution that is sweeping the globe right now. In fact, I am part of it and I love it! So much energy from people in so many sectors who want to build, grow and scale great new ventures… They are doers and work hard at building relationships.
Posted on 6th July 2015 in Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
The face of business in the UK is changing and we are seeing more and more people starting their own businesses – more than 580,000 in 2014 – so it’s important to make sure entrepreneurs and small businesses know the resources and technologies available to help get their venture up and running.
Posted on 1st July 2015 in Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
Nobody’s perfect, especially not a freshly budding entrepreneur. Because however perfect your concept may be, and however much you may believe that there is no man better for the project than you, this does not make you bulletproof.
As an owner of two businesses, I am an advocate of ambitious women. Having faced knockbacks and experienced rejection first-hand on my journey to success, I believe it is crucial to maintain momentum and keep the end goal in sight.
Posted on 22nd June 2015 in Great British Entrepreneur Awards.