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    Real entrepreneurship is where we see innovation that harnesses diversity


    “Entrepreneurs need to be fearless, but not like a Viking warrior,” says Joel Blake, OBE for Services to Business Support and Enterprise, speaker at TED, and a judge at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.Joel is a believer in diversity – he specialises in helping clients take diversification within their ...

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    There is nowhere better than the UK to be an entrepreneur, says Simon Biltcliffe


    Image: Wikimedia“They are not quite like Mother Theresa of Calcutta” says Simon Biltcliffe, a judge at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, describing most of the entrepreneurs he knows, “but neither are they anything like the media portrayals of the Philip Greens or Mike Ashleys. Nine out of ten ...

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    Entrepreneurs could do with some justice – Justice Williams


    She was just 28, when the letter came. Justice Williams, a judge at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, had spoken in the House of Commons, and when she saw the envelope and realised it was from the then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, she assumed it was related to that. ...

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    Entrepreneurs: you need tenacity and humility, says top man in venture capital


    “When I first became an entrepreneur, I think a lot of my friends felt sorry for me,” says Ian Merricks. “Poor Ian, he can’t get a job, he is having to go self-employed.” Not that they are feeling sorry for him now. Ian is the Managing Partner of White Horse ...

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    "Don’t do it unless you are passionate about it", says the CEO at The New Entrepreneurs Foundation

    2017-07-28T11:42:12Z Anthony EastonYou need enthusiasm, bundles of it, to set up a business, says Neeta Patel, the CEO of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation (NEF). She has this advice to any budding entrepreneur, the same advice she gives to members of the foundation, and that’s: “Don’t do it unless you ...

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    Ego is the enemy of entrepreneurs


    "You must be supremely confident in yourself, your ability and your business, but that shouldn’t be to your detriment. Ego is the enemy," says Jodie Cook, a judge for the Creative Industries Entrepreneur Awards category within the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.We asked her "What effect are TV shows such ...

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    Entrepreneurs are unsung heroes says EJ Packe, so why does the media portray them as crooks?


    It’s EJ Packe’s business to work with high growth entrepreneurs, and she knows a thing or two about them – what it takes to be an entrepreneurial success, and how the UK can become more entrepreneurial. But to tell the tale, we need to start with heroes and crooks.EJ Packe ...

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    It’s a golden age for female entrepreneurs


    “Female founders are finally having their moment” says Jo Dalton. She should know because she has a novel insight into the UK entrepreneur scene. For one thing, she is an entrepreneur, she has founded three companies, for the other thing she is in the headhunting business and works with a ...

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    In the age of accelerating technology, we may all need to be a bit more entrepreneurial


    “When I was at school being an entrepreneur was just something that Richard Branson did. . . sometimes teachers would say ‘there are entrepreneurs in the world, like Richard Branson, but now let’s talk about getting a job.’ The idea of taking a risk was not something they really drilled ...

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    Entrepreneurs do fail and talking about it makes it more acceptable


    Image: Chris Potter/FlickrSimon Burton is an entrepreneur in media, events, PR, sport and social media. He is an inspirational public speaker, and a judge at this year’s NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards and yet, he says, it’s his failures that have made him a success.“I often say that I ...

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    There’s an entrepreneur in all of us


    “The world is a less safe place,” says Mark Fuller, Chairman of Chief Executives North West, but for creating a more entrepreneurial UK, this might be a good thing. Mark, who is a judge for the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, has worked with hundreds of businesses in every sector ...

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    The UK is becoming a global entrepreneurial capital, why? We ask an expert


    Image: WikimediaMatt Smith is the Director at The Centre for Entrepreneurs, an organisation set-up to promote the role of entrepreneurs in creating economic growth and social well-being. In this first part of an interview, he helps us try to understand what is going on with the UK entrepreneurial scene. ...

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    NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards call for entries


    Applications are now open for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.Now in its fifth year, the Awards celebrate the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs, not simply their financial success. There are 11 categories to enter in each host city – Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and London.This ...

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    Webinar: Have you Fallen Asleep at the Switch?


    The General Data Protection Regulation is ONLY a year away, and the implications on businesses that aren't compliant are huge.Can your business afford to lose 4% of its annual turnover? Or €20 million?Register for the complimentary GDPR webinar on the 17 May at 2.30pm to learn how the new regulation ...

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    GDPR – What do you need to know?


    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect across Europe in May 2018 and will apply to the UK despite Brexit. As this is a ‘regulation’ rather than a ‘directive’ it is binding and effectively forms part of UK law as soon as it comes into force.GDPR will apply ...

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    Supermarkets see sales take-off, but prices grow even faster


    There was good and bad news from the latest report from Kantar Worldpanel, published yesterday.The good news is that for the 12 weeks to February 26, sales rose 2.3 per cent, their fastest rate of growth since June 2014.The bad news is that like-for-like inflation doubled.It was especially bad news ...

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    One in five Brits think they will never be financially secure enough to retire…


    Image: FlickrAll Work and No Play: survey reveals that over 1 in 5 Brits think they will never be financially secure enough to retire: Peer-to-peer lending platform Lending Works surveyed 1,500 non-retired adults in the UK (YouGov), and made some worrying discoveries. Firstly, over one in five of those ...

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    Meet the Entrepreneur Awards winner who is revolutionising the gambling industry


    The betting industry has become known for its unfair practices. Earlier this year, online gambling companies in the UK faced a regulatory investigation into such issues, including the cancellation of winning bets and the difficult conditions around receiving payouts. However, one individual is beginning to transform the industry through innovation.Jason ...

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    Entrepreneur Awards winner helps mumpreneurs turn their passion into business


    The ‘mum economy’ has been growing at an unprecedented rate over the last year, particularly due to the rise in maternity discrimination within the workplace. Not only do mumpreneurs generate billions of pounds in the UK, they also create hundreds of thousands of jobs.For Paula Wilkinson, winner of Food and ...

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    Andy Mack and Ion Smith from Cyberhomes, win IOT Smart Home Entrepreneur award


    Andy Mack and Ion Smith won the IOT/Smart home award as part of the Great British Technology Entrepreneur Awards. So, what’s special about their company, Cyberhomes?Drill down and view Cyberhomes at its core level, and it integrates technology into single, easy-to-use control interfaces. That is to say, it integrates technology ...