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The Font Archive – Spelling out success

 

Lots of start-ups are run from home – but what about using a storage unit as your HQ? Andy Stuart, owner and manager of The Font Archive, did this. He salvaged a collection of over 90,000 historical typeface font designs, and sells them via his website (www.thefontarchive.co.uk). He’s been sorting …

5 things I wish I’d known before trying to make it in the US

 

By Richard Parris, CEO and founder of Intercede It’s not easy breaking into a market in your native land, never mind a foreign one. While I consider my business a great success today, how much further might we have come if I’d been exposed to the experience, knowledge and know-how …

Small businesses with a difference: the heartbreak coach

 

Sara Davison runs a business unlike any other.  Her experience of divorce, combined with her skills as a life coach, inspired her to create a divorce coaching programme that helps people get through the trauma of heartbreak. We talked to Sara more about her unique business, and what heartbreak coaching …

How the search for a missing tweet kick-started a Tech City startup

 

Marina Cheal, Managing Director at Cronycle, discusses her experience of taking a simple idea and turning it into an innovative and unique small business. One missing tweet Looking back over the last year or so, it’s amazing how  one missing tweet led to the creation of an entire business. Last …

3 reasons why you need a business plan

 

Any financial advisor will tell you that putting together a business plan should be a priority for small businesses. A good business plan helps a company formulate its goals and objectives, map out how to achieve them, and measure success at the end of the year. It is therefore worrying …

How to create a business in your lunch hour

 

If you’re starting up a small business, there’s a good chance you’re doing it alongside a full-time job – and balancing the job that pays your rent with turning your passion into a business can be tricky. Mark Edwards, General Manager at www.rocketlawyer.co.uk, talks about how you can create a business in …

We asked four fit bosses: does keeping healthy make you a better leader?

 

Heading up your own company entails enough running around without the extra effort that keeping fit and healthy entails. Yet more company heads are waking up to the benefits of exercise and overall health as a way of maximising their businesses’ performance, setting a good example, and seeking achievement in …

Do you what have it takes to be an everywoman Retail Ambassador?

 

Here at SBH, our job is to tirelessly fly the flag for amazing entrepreneurs of all ages and from all walks of life. So we’re really excited to let you know about an opportunity for our army of fab ‘fempreneurs’ – the Specsavers everywoman in Retail Ambassador programme. Brilliant businesses …

Six everyday habits of successful entrepreneurs

 

Entrepreneurs are a special breed: whether they’re freelance videographers, popcorn sellers, or founders of a software startup, all the small business heroes we’ve encountered are hard-working, creative and tenacious. But what makes them successful? What are the common characteristics of an entrepreneur, and how can they be emulated by other …

The businesses that make Christmas happen – reaching out to the elderly

 

For many people Christmas is an extremely busy time of year, bursting with people and events. For others, Christmas is a very lonely time, particularly for the elderly who might not have any immediate family to spend the festive season with. The papers recently ran the story of James Gray, …