Comment & Analysis

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.

Getting involved with the International Festival for Business

Hunter Ruthven / 17 Jul 2014

Taking Tech Invest north in search of businesses hoping to grow through equity funding.

Boiling down the contents of the government's Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

Hunter Ruthven / 25 Jun 2014

After much fanfare, and an appearance during the Queen's Speech, the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill has been unveiled. But what does it promise for enterprising UK companies?

What can we learn about management from the World Cup Finals?

Hunter Ruthven / 13 Jun 2014

Over the next month 32 men will be put under intense pressure and scrutiny to deliver success on a global level, sound familiar?

Why SMEs should implement truly flexible working

Christian Lanng / 09 Jun 2014

Flexible working has been around for a while in various forms, but here is why I think a truly flexible approach works.

Entrepreneurial ideas are all about the right timing

Simon Daniel / 05 Jun 2014

In an era when the obsession with start-up generation is reaching fervour, it will be interesting to see which ones stand the test of time.

Is the government really listening to the business community?

Hunter Ruthven / 30 May 2014

As we approach the start of a General Election year, have the government done enough to engage with, and take advice from, the business community?

Want to connect with active technology investors?

Hunter Ruthven / 22 May 2014

Building a relationship with potential investors is one of the most important activities when it comes to growing a start-up.

B2B sales: Not just about great salespeople (though it never hurts!)

Johnny Hewett / 12 May 2014

Creating a successful sales team goes beyond simply finding those that can sell fridges to Eskimos.

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