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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.

UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

Tech Innovators 2014: Contentment and its drive to take publishing digital and mobile

With many publishers caught in limbo and needing to decide how content will be made digital, Contentment is providing a way to publish via the cloud onto tablets and mobiles.

UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

Tech Innovators 2014: Adthena aims to give marketers a helping hand

The online world offers a plethora of options when it comes to marketing, and now Adthena has developed a way for brands and businesses to stay ahead of the competition and spend smartly.

UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

Tech Innovators 2014: DevOpsGuys mission to serve as marketplace for online applications

In its effort to produce better ways for communication between development and operations, DevOpsGuys are led by an experienced team of web operations personnel.

UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

Tech Innovators 2014: Twizoo emerges as new restaurant recommendations service

If you're tired of reading out of date and irrelevant TripAdvisor reviews, Twizoo is fusing social media with ratings to help make on-the-go informed decisions.

UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

Tech Innovators 2014: ScreenHits creates global content acquisition platform

From Hollywood to West London, entrepreneur Rose Adkins has brought with her experience of the TV and film world as well as, most importantly, the problems with distribution.

UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

Tech Innovators 2014: Ether Books takes on the publishing market

For fledgling writers, getting exposure and traction is hard work as thousands other clamour for a share. Now Ether Books has created a way for writers and readers to be connected using a mobile-first approach.

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In this video, we look at the awards supporting those with a special spirit of enterprise. 

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

Feminising modern management

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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'28% of organisations do not measure the cost of customer service'

Report exposes lack of ROI insight from customer service

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