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5 essentials for starting a successful restaurant

5 essentials for starting a successful restaurant

  By Maciej Lesiewicz Hospitality is an industry that knows no crisis and continues to grow, providing fertile soil and a lot of opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to start a business in this area. According to the British Hospitality Association, this industry has created more than 330,000 new jobs in the UK since more »

5 Things you can do to save money this Christmas

5 Things you can do to save money this Christmas

  By Mellisa Hutchins It is that time of year again. Christmas is just around the corner. And like most years I can recall, it has pounced on us like a cheetah after a gazelle. We, the unsuspecting gazelle, are both unprepared and unaware of what is about to strike. The cheetah, or in our more »

Could your business idea survive Brexit?

Could your business idea survive Brexit?

  By Paola De Pascali What would happen if Britain left the EU? This argument is not just a political matter; it has economic importance as well. Brexit could affect the UK economy, including Small and Medium Enterprises which could meet red tape barriers in the form of taxation and regulations. I spoke with Stefano more »

Workplace pension auto-enrolment warning for SMEs

Workplace pension auto-enrolment warning for SMEs

  By Itrat Bashir From next year, small businesses will be required to abide by automatic enrolment for workplace pensions, which according to Richmond House Group (RHG) will pose a big challenge for them. Automatic enrolment for workplace pensions is a government initiative, taken way back in 2012, to ensure pension cover for those people more »

Don’t be SAD this winter

Don’t be SAD this winter

  By Mellisa Hutchins Many business people believe that working all hours god sends is the key to success. Yes, you will need to be prepared to put in the extra hours. That goes without saying. However, make no mistake, those who are truly successful in business put nothing above their health. Looking after your more »

Dressing for success: must-haves for men and women

Dressing for success: must-haves for men and women

  By Paola De Pascali Choosing the right outfit for your business can be tough, but dressing for success is the real challenge. Many employees who decide to take the next big step and become entrepreneurs have to think about not just money, taxes and paperwork, but their appearance, as well.  Why? Because looking smart, more »

Are management consultants a dying breed?

Are management consultants a dying breed?

  By Itrat Bashir Recent figures relating to UK business released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows a positive trend in the growth of enterprises, which has been continuously increasing since 2011. The new statistics, ‘Business Demography data for 2014’, reveal that the number of UK business births increased by 1.2 percent from more »

From redundancy to crime entrepreneur: A case study WITH EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY FROM AMWAY

From redundancy to crime entrepreneur: A case study WITH EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY FROM AMWAY

  By Lisa Charles From the Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 Joel Griggs (47), like many others saw the benefits of entrepreneurship after being made redundant and receiving a small redundancy package. It was Joel’s dream to follow his passion and make it into a successful business, but the reality he more »

Haringey Adult Learning Service driving support for entrepreneurship

Haringey Adult Learning Service driving support for entrepreneurship

  Anthony Charles had a quick chat with Head of Service for Haringey Adult Learning Service, Simon Beer about their Global Entrepreneurship Make It Happen event. Where did the idea come from for the make it happen promotion? At the beginning of training we develop a learning plan with our learners and as part of more »

What’s the optimal age to become an entrepreneur?

What’s the optimal age to become an entrepreneur?

  By Lisa Charles 56% of Brits are ready to become an entrepreneur at 45 8 in 10 want to give up their day job 49% of us have little or no interest in our careers and 41% can image becoming an entrepreneur 9 in 10 want to simply enjoy life (87%) and see entrepreneurialism more »