Comment & Analysis

Feminising modern management

Achieving greater gender parity in the boardroom has become a strategic imperative for many firms

Achieving greater gender parity in the boardroom has become a strategic imperative for many firms

20 Nov 2014

Margaret Kett discusses the issue of gender diversity in the boardroom and what can propel women into the higher echelons of management. 

Selfies, saunas and royal planes: My day with David Cameron and 8 Nordic and Baltic prime ministers

Simon Daniel / 13 Nov 2014

Last week I flew to Helsinki with David Cameron as part of a UK delegation of five cleantech and education experts speaking at the Northern Future Forum (NFF).

The living wage movement gathers momentum

Hunter Ruthven / 30 Oct 2014

With Scottish football club Hearts and cinema chain Curzon agreeing to pay staff an hourly rate above the minimum wage, are employers beginning to recognise that employees need more to make ends meet.

Time for The Apprentice to decide its purpose

Hunter Ruthven / 15 Oct 2014

What started as a TV show attempting to find the next superstar of Alan Sugar's business empire has turned into a tit-for-tat 12-week cat fight culminating in an angel investment you'd never find in the business world.

Expanding your global footprint

Christian Lanng / 06 Oct 2014

Taking a business worldwide should be implemented from a very early stage with a few key strategies.

From the viewpoint of a judge

George Coelho / 02 Oct 2014

I have been judging the Investor Allstars awards since the start, now some 11 years, and I still use the same old jokes on my fellow judges. However while the jokes may not have advanced, the quality of the contestants has improved markedly.

Europe's unicorn technology businesses riding strong

Hunter Ruthven / 25 Sep 2014

In a year when so many exciting company's raised big sums of money, and were sold for eye-watering sums, deciding which were the best was hard work.

A referendum which could have a profound impact on business

Hunter Ruthven / 18 Sep 2014

Whatever the result of the Scottish independence referendum, the outcome will likely have a significant effect on the business landscape of the UK or divided nations.

Prolific VC investors and trailblazing entrepreneurs make Investor Allstars shortlist

Hunter Ruthven / 10 Sep 2014

The shortlist for this year’s Investor Allstars awards has been announced, and it’s a veritable who’s who of the entrepreneurial and growth company landscape.

Start-up promotion in a general election year

Hunter Ruthven / 04 Sep 2014

There’s no doubt that the UK technology community is adept at rallying round for a common cause, but will the new Startup Manifesto have any impact when it comes to real policy change?

The Dragons' Den public exposure exercise

Hunter Ruthven / 28 Aug 2014

With another Dragons' Den pitch taking to crowdfunding in order to get investment, is the TV show now just becoming a PR platform?

Why follow-on investment is crucial to fulfilling business potential

Stephen Welton / 15 Aug 2014

Funding constraints can be terminal for growth businesses, which is why follow-on support must become a key component of an investor and company relationship.

The British entrepreneurs of today lead the charge

Hunter Ruthven / 14 Aug 2014

Putting together our annual Tech Innovators piece puts into perspective just how enterprising this country has become.

Two years on: Lessons learned from the Funding for Lending Scheme

Christian Lanng / 07 Aug 2014

Looking back on Funding for Lending, it's largely been a failure. But all is not lost, with new options for SMEs gaining traction.

What we can learn from great sporting leaders 

Sportsman, like business owners, must possess leadership skills

Sportsman, like business owners, must possess leadership skills

Hunter Ruthven / 30 Jul 2014

When it comes to picking role models and mentors, the sporting world offers an inspirational range of leaders who are great at rallying troops to achieve a collective goal.

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