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How can business schools capture the imagination of entrepreneurs and small business leaders ?

Ten years ago, ‘business school’ would have been an oxymoron to most entrepreneurs. Their businesses were predicated on breaking rules, whereas schools relied on embracing…

A helping hand for STEM start-ups

In a recent industrial strategy document for the life sciences sector, Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, commented on the UK’s strong…

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – What is it and what should organisations know?

What is GDPR? On May 25th 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation will come into effect in all EU member states.  It will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK.  …

Strategies for a harmonious family business dynamic

Family businesses with a long history of success are those that work very hard at communication, according to Dr. Eric Clinton and Catherine Faherty from the Centre for Family…

Succession planning: The competitive edge

With the rise of Amazon and other internet giants, most businesses are now facing global competition – with hundreds of thousands of other businesses targeting your customer…

Helping women survive in male-dominated industries

Any business seeking to build its capacity and push itself to the next level faces the challenge of assembling and retaining a diverse and satisfied workforce. When we consider…

Tapping into Student Talent

Every autumn, thousands of students descend on cities and towns across the country to study at university. Armed with their academic timetables, one of the first things they will…

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…