Five business giants who failed first time around

It's very rare that entrepreneurs hit the nail on the head first time; so here we look at five of the biggest names in business history and their less than auspicious beginnings

More from The Entrepreneur

Making d'oh: Can entrepreneurs learn from The Simpsons?

Making d'oh: Can entrepreneurs learn from The Simpsons?

Five lessons in entrepreneurship from The Simpsons

In The Simpsons plenty of characters start their own business: so what can others looking to do the same learn from their experiences?

Powering your sales with Creddy

This article, written in conjunction with Creddy, looks at the way the business can power sales

Starting again: For how long can you claim to be a start-up?

Starting again: For how long can you claim to be a start-up?

RealVNC: Still a start-up after 13 years?

Is being a start-up as much a cultural concern as a chronological one? Read about one start-up that still claims the title after 13 years

11 of the best technology companies in the North-West 2014

Tech Invest Liverpool saw the brightest prospects in the North-West tech scene present for some of the best investors in the sector: Read on for profiles of the presenting companies

All of GrowthBusiness's tweets in a 'beautiful' poem

More from: Business Leaders

“You know nothing, Jon Snow” - Ygritte

“You know nothing, Jon Snow” - Ygritte

The striking similarities between Game of Thrones and your business (spoiler alert)

The events depicted in the fictional land of Westeros bear uncanny resemblance to many business environments.

Have you ever wondered what secrets make top business leaders so successful?

Here, we look at the little things that add up to form the profile of a successful entrepreneur. 

Oliver Donovan was in the investment banking world before setting up Wozedu

Oliver Donovan was in the investment banking world before setting up Wozedu

The social network connecting employers and tomorrow's young workforce

For anyone out there who was allocated archeologist, dinner lady or rocket scientist by a careers advisor, technology is now being utilised to provide young people with the right knowledge for future employment.

Using war wounds to build a beauty business

Serial entrepreneurs have the advantage of learning from their mistakes, and for Lopo Champalimaud it’s a case of using his battle scars to bring the wellness and beauty sector online.

MOVE Guides is operating in a reported $15 billion talent mobility industry

MOVE Guides is operating in a reported $15 billion talent mobility industry

Building on a year of ten times growth

As companies take on an ever more global approach, and encounter new obstacles, MOVE Guides is building out a proposition to take advantage of this and secure its own success.

The secrets behind Europe's top investors and entrepreneurs

Rising to the top of Europe's business creators and financiers, the winners at Investor Allstars tell GrowthBusiness all about their last year.

Investment firm Sferiq sponsored the first award for digital art innovation

Investment firm Sferiq sponsored the first award for digital art innovation

Instagram for art business bringing discovery tools to users

With a mission to surface the best art for the most people, whether for sale or not, ArtStack has experienced rapid uptake and built a global community of art appreciators.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Business offers for growing companies

  • Top 10 Website Security Myths Revealed

    Many companies fail to put in place the most fundamental protections to keep themselves safe. This guide look’s at 10 myths and where they fall down.

  • Need business credit?

    Take control of your business credit score with Experian My Business Profile. See what the lenders see about your business from just £29.99 per month.

  • Work better and grow your business

    We have teamed up with business experts to provide essential advice on raising money, communicating better, setting up payment systems, and more. Get your free pack today

  • Compare business insurance quotes

    Tailor your policy, compare quotes and buy in minutes! Up to 50% No Claims Discount. Compare quotes now or call 0845-0723340 today.

More from GrowthBusiness

News & Market Deals

Ambitious goals: Intrepid entrepreneur Chris Hillary

Entrepreneur attempts to start a business with just £50

Chris Hillary has so far spent £13.60, he tells Growth Business

Growing A Business

Eastern promise: Awareness of Chinese regulation is key for expansion

Enforcing trade mark rights in China is still a challenge

The new trade mark laws in China have been in place for one year now: so how does the land lie in the the Eastern powerhouse?

Comment & Analysis

Northern uproar: Will investing in the North lead to more jobs?

Invest in the North and the jobs will come

The economy of the UK as a whole is in a fragile state, with a North-South divide still present: but investment in the North can bring both equality and jobs

Research

'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