Celebrating the people behind British small businesses
 

Can You Guess UK’s Most Entrepreneurial City in 2018?

 

The UK’s Most Entrepreneurial City in 2018 may not be what you think it is. John Williams, Head of Marketing & Research at Instant Offices talks about their latest research on the UK’s leading cities in entrepreneurship. Instant’s Entrepreneurial Index ranks the UK’s leading cities by analysing Companies House data and …

Five simple and inexpensive tips for successful corporate gifts

 

It can be hard to strike the right balance with corporate gifts. Ziti Cards explains how to get it right.   It is not all about the value of the gift you give to a person that shows gratefulness, the way one presents the contribution to the intended person is what matters. …

Eight steps to transform the profitability of your business

 

By Ian Baxter, owner and chairman of Baxter Freight Profit is the lifeblood of any business – it’s certainly not a dirty word! Yet when it comes down to it, many businesses aren’t as profit-focussed as they could be. Before I offer my advice, when I talk about profit focus, …

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 …

Being a florist: the 7 challenges you didn’t expect when you started up

 

Image source To any outsider, there’s a certain amount of romance associated with running a floristry business (particularly at this time of the year). But, as any independent flower shop owner will know, being a florist is tough – requiring early mornings, long shifts and little time off around major …

8 inspired small business ideas you wish you’d had

 

Making your small business stand out is a task that’s getting harder and harder – but there are SMEs springing up that are putting unique twists on their small business ideas and coming up with interesting business models. From going cashless to paying by the minute instead of for individual items, …

5 things you didn’t know about running a chocolate business

 

1.    It’s an art form Lindsay Gardner from Spire chocolates says “I love working with chocolate as I find it to be endlessly versatile and creative; there are so many possibilities for flavour combinations and designs, so I always have a notebook packed full of new ideas waiting to be …

Searching for small business ideas? Ask yourself these ten questions

 

Over 250,000 people start small businesses in the UK each year. If the only thing holding you back from joining their ranks is that you haven’t come up with a cracking enough idea, then ask yourself these ten questions to find your inner entrepreneur. 1.    What are you interested in? …

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Running an Ice Cream Business

 

The great British ice cream! An institution, despite our less-than-clement summers. But then what would a drizzly seaside day be without clutching a soggy ice cream cone underneath a pier somewhere? We’ve moved on a little from the days where you could choose from vanilla or chocolate (maybe a Neopolitan …