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Is it the age of the Portsmouth start-up?

According to an annual report from the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Portsmouth is the place to start your own business. In 2016 Portsmouth had more small businesses start up than…

Retaining a spirit of entrepreneurship in a growing business

Entrepreneurship almost invariably serves as the bedrock of a small business, but over time that bedrock may be eroded and replaced by something quite different. Growth is often…

Why entrepreneurs need to turn the world of “what if” on its head

One of the reasons why hindsight really is a wonderful thing is that it provides us with an infinite number of “what ifs”. We might remain acutely aware of the futility of…

The importance of boardroom diversity

Boards are the mind and will of a company, and they perform better when they include the best people coming from a range of backgrounds and perspectives. The boardroom is where all…

Laying the foundations for a solid client-agency relationship by setting the ground rules early

In an increasingly competitive world in which marketing agencies are prolific, how best should they retain clients, and how can a relationship between client and agency be set up…

Terminal Velocity

Tom Cheesewright argues that the cycle time for innovation and adoption is shorter now, and that this is having a very real effect on the sustainable success of enterprises.

Success, vision and luck: Is entrepreneurship a matter of “nature” or “nurture”?

The words “entrepreneurship” and “vision” are frequently bandied around in tandem. The general implication is that both encapsulate the ability to make a difference, to…

Entrepreneurial leadership

Effective entrepreneurial leadership is becoming increasingly important in today’s fast moving global economy. But what is it and what does it mean for those working with such an…

Bridging the gap between business and academia

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has set up a team of academic experts whose job is to provide a pathway between its Bristol Business School and SMEs.  The…

Business schools and small businesses need to speak the same language

One of the most challenging paradoxes at the heart of enterprise education, as has been touched on previously on these pages, is that students are routinely encouraged to think big…