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Designers from around the world are brought together on the Boticca platform

The reasons and approach behind a business rebrand

When independent designer e-commerce company Boticca decided it needed a rebrand the approach was to imagine the business was a country – then work out its characteristics, iconography and folklore.

Sara Murray picks up her award and flashes the buddi tracking device

From price comparison to personal tracking wearables for entrepreneur Sara Murray

It was a moment that most parents have experienced, when they turn around and their child has disappeared out of eyeshot. While Sara Murray was just as worried as the next mother, she also used the incident as inspiration for a new business.

Innovation need not be new or different, says Sean Blanks, just a better way

The importance of innovation for business leaders

Sean Blanks, marketing director of cartridgesave.co.uk, explains why innovating with practices such as Google Adwords has helped the business stay ahead.

Patent Box was introduced in April 2013 to encourage high-value growth in the UK

The Patent Box and tax relief incentives for research and development

Jason Stevens, patent attorney at Dehns, gives an outline of how the Patent Box and R&D tax reliefs work as well as explaining why both may be available to businesses that don’t even realise it.

It pays to know the specifics of just what investors are looking for from deals

Five habits of effective business fundraising 

In the latest of his advice-based pieces for business owners, Fergal O’Mullane, director at retail tech accelerator Eccomplished, looks at what goes into a successful approach to equity fundraising.

M&A future: Imprima's Tom Horsman says that new tools are emerging

The 21st century virtual data room: A how-to guide

In an era of fast deals and big money, Tom Horsman, head of technology at Imprima, explains how a virtual data room aids the process.

Esteemed alumni: Last year's winner was online property service Zoopla

Trailblazing entrepreneurs: Europe's Allstar Company of the Year

As the five companies making up the shortlist for Europe's Allstar Company, GrowthBusiness profiles Achica, BlaBlaCar, Farfetch, NewVoiceMedia and Zound Industries to find out what goes into creating and growing a leading technology company.

Newer entrants to the job market have a different perspective on what is required

From the sharing economy to radical generosity: A shift from transacting to gifting

As the baby boomers and millennials line up in the workplace, Watershed director Simon Middleton examines how the new concept of 'radical generosity' could lead to a generation of entrepreneurs paying it forward.

Tech City has grown out from the roundabout located at London's Old Street

Top six hiring trends in London’s Tech City 

Alex Dover and Stacey McCarthy, director and office manager at Tech City recruitment consultancy Prism Digital, reveal how networking, shared spaces and overseas workers are dominating Silicon Roundabout recruitment.

Office layout can be an integral part of an organisation's success

Redesigning your office space: Five useful tips

Here, we look at some strategies for bringing out the full potential of your office. 

Businesses can unlock assets such as unpaid invoices to secure capital

Untapped strength: How SMEs can unlock balance sheets to finance growth 

Adrian Sainsbury, CEO of the commercial division of Close Brothers, explores asset-based finance route and explains how the approach can be flexible for businesses.

Fergal O’Mullane is well versed in knowing what investors look for

Top five reasons why investors don't invest

Fergal O’Mullane, director at retail tech accelerator Eccomplished, looks at the key issues that prevent investors from backing companies.

Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling have gone head-to-head in televised debates

What Scottish independence would mean for business leaders and SMEs

As the battle lines are draw between the Yes camp of Alex Salmond and the No camp of Alistair Darling, GrowthBusiness asks the question of what a lone Scotland would do for business.

Training staff to use payroll software can help save on costs, Byrne says

Five tips on how to properly use payroll software

Paul Byrne, managing director at Thesaurus Software, gives his advice on getting the most out of payroll software.

Crowdfunding surge: US-based Kickstarter arrived on UK shores in October 2012

The 55,492 dollar problem with Kickstarter

Why Kickstarter must become more selective with pitches if it is to become a viable way for businesses to raise money, says Gekko managing director Dan Todaro.

London has experienced a rapid commercial development increase recently

The top 10 office spaces in London

Given the run of sunshine we’ve had so far this summer, no one really wants to be stuck inside their office. Unless, of course, it’s an office that doesn’t really feel like an office at all, an office that, quite successfully, pretends that it’s something else entirely – a café perhaps, or even a gallery. 

Competition is fierce and employers are looking for highly-skilled new hires

What entrepreneurs and owners of fast-growth businesses look for from new hires

Recruiting for fast-growth businesses is a key component to maintaining development, but is a task fraught with issues involving time, talent pool, resources and intuition.

Mark Pearson sold his business to Monitise for £55 million in June

The multi-million pound exit for voucher codes entrepreneur

From a council estate in Liverpool to a public market exit, young business builder Mark Pearson has always been at the forefront of innovation and market trends.

Arnaud Bertrand and JunJun Chen-Bertrand list their own property on HouseTrip

The travel start-up backed by the three biggest VCs in Europe

Despite operating in a heavily competitive space, HouseTrip has raised $60 million of investment and is set firm on becoming the leader in the holiday rental market.

Bribery can range from a dirty envelope to forms of corporate hospitality

How the UK Bribery Act may be extended

As a piece of legislation that is now three years old, Melanie Wadsworth, partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, explains how the Bribery Act may have its remit increased.

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

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The gap in businesses’ measurement of customer experience means they don’t know what customers really want, research finds