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How Entrepreneurs Can Reduce Mental Health Stigma at Work

Discover how entrepreneurs are leading the way when it comes to pioneering mental health initiatives and working to reduce mental health stigma.

Making the most of your personal credibility

Find out how to transform your social capital into a business asset.

3 ways Brexit uncertainty could affect your scaling SME

No doubt you’ve heard of Brexit, but how will it actually affect your business? Nicholas Harding is CEO of Lending Works, an up-and-coming peer-to-peer lending platform. As…

An acquisition is a team sport

When I started my business back in 2008, I had ambitious goals to build a thriving specialist technology PR and video production agency. I knew that there were many routes to…

Realising your vision for growth

Find out how a business school partnership boosted a small business onto the international stage.

From start-up to scale-up: Tokyoesque and business growth programmes

Entrepreneur Natalie Meyer shares her experience of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme.

What small businesses really want from Brexit

We take a look at the evidence-based support small businesses need to navigate Brexit.

If you build it, will they come?

David Falzani MBE dismantles the orthodox, "product first" approach to marketing, and offers a new solution for the modern marketplace.

The Killer Innovation Vaccine

Rejected business proposals don't die; rather, they often come back in new and improved guises. Find out how with these case studies.

Resources for helping your business become Brexit-ready

Whether you employ two people or 250, make sure your small business is ready for Britain’s exit from the EU. This page features resources from Government, the third sector,…

Starting a business from scratch — Busting 7 mistakes and misconceptions

A young entrepreneur gives their 7 top tips for launching a new business

Four step guide to better working capital management in micro and small enterprises

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, micro and small enterprises (MSEs) have become less reliant on, and less likely to seek, bank finance. According to European survey…

Crunching through the gears of employee engagement

Lesley Giles, Director of the Work Foundation, unpacks an effective and comprehensive employee engagement strategy

Highly illogical, Captain

Star Trek’s Mr Spock would often give his Enterprise shipmates a look of both sympathy and superiority whenever he believed they were allowing their emotions to rule over…

How to build a brand for your business that stands out?

Tzvete Doncheta offers some key advice on building a business identity that goes beyond brand recognition

From the ‘squeezed middle’ to the ‘magnificent Middle Market’

Anthony Carey argues that the time has come to recognise the unique strengths of medium-sized businesses.

Getting back to work after stress, anxiety or depression: Practical Guidance for SMEs

Researchers from Kingston Business School propose six steps to help employees, business owners and managers navigate through the return to work process.

Churn, change and the importance of upskilling

There are few things on which Britain’s major political parties agree, but one point on which an unusually firm consensus has emerged of late is the need for companies to…

Innovation or experience – or both?

Many small businesses are innovators. Some are born out of incremental innovation, which improves on existing products or practices, while others are born out of radical…

Category Management – The 3Cs: The Commercials

This is the 3rd of three blogs that describe the fundamentals all businesses need to grow a profitable business. Having covered the Consumer and the Competitors we move on to…

The value of small businesses is not all about profit

Should business be all about profit? This used to be a no-brainer, but as we mark the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers  whilst figureheads like the Archbishop…

Mastering the right mindset for leading a family business

Leadership of private family businesses is different. In addition to executive management or C-Suite capabilities[1] such as development of sound business, financial, marketing,…

When being innovative isn’t enough

One of the harshest lessons for new businesses is that virtue may be the only reward an innovator gains. It is over a century and a half since Ralph Waldo Emerson claimed the world…

Why tech investors value teams, not just tech

One of the main challenges facing entrepreneurs is being able to articulate and maintain perspective on the commercial relevance of their technology or innovation. A technology’s…

Family firms – lessons in innovation

Family firms are traditionally badged the conservatives of the business world – unadventurous, slow to change, and too fond of familiar traditions and habits. However recent…

Knowing your Competitors

This is the second of three blogs that describe the underpinning all businesses need to have to enable growth in their business. We talked last time about getting an in-depth…

Knowing your ‘Consumer’ and your ‘Customer’

This is the first of three blogs that describe the underpinning all businesses need to have to enable growth. You will often hear people use the terms ‘customers’ and…

Opening your eyes to international growth

As the founder of a digital agency, Cameron and Wilding Ltd, I know all too well what it is like to juggle a million different priorities as you grow a business. So when do you…

Workplace Dress Codes: Time for a Review?

You may have read about Nicola Thorp, a receptionist, who was sent home for refusing to wear high heels.  This sparked considerable debate about dress codes in the workplace,…

Business growth, innovation and state funding

Ask an audience of new business owners to identify the most crucial driver of growth and you are likely to receive an array of responses. The list might include talent,…

How business schools can fuel high growth companies

Since co-founding Impression at the end of 2012 I have learnt a lot about running a business in a short space of time. Although my degree in management and marketing provided me…

The power of WHY?

What is the importance of the power of WHY? I have been a fan of Simon Sinek for years. The first minute of his TED talk about this famous WHY and titled “How great leaders…

Why Category Management is core to business success

The SBC is delighted to offer a series of blogs written by Ross Crombie on the essentials that businesses of any size need to get right, but frequently don’t! Essentials or just…

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…

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…

Good morning, digital co-worker

Psychologically, we’re still cave people in a digital world. We can’t expect people to turn into cybernauts unaffected by all its threats and strains. But, as Monideepa…

Grow your own: The apprenticeships levy

The imminent levy on large organisations to fund three million new apprenticeships is going to transform the future shape of training and development. Neil Ralph sets out what…

The Generation Game

Succession has been as much a crisis for family businesses as it has been for monarchies throughout history. Given family enterprises like Beretta, Loacker, Marriott and Walmart…

Mind the GAP: Strathclyde’s Growth Advantage Programme’s positive impact

In 2015 Strathclyde Business School launched the Growth Advantage Programme (GAP) which allows business owners to take a step back from their daily tasks and focus on new…

Exporting on a budget

A few weeks ago I was asked to speak at a briefing of diplomats, journalists and industry lobbyists that had convened to discuss the impact of BREXIT upon SME’s and our future…

What is a small business to do?

That’s the question that the University of Portsmouth asked itself in 2013 when it decided to cement its position in the local community as an organisation that supports and…

Why the Northern Powerhouse remains crucial for Yorkshire

Critics of the Northern Powerhouse view it as a triumph of rhetoric over substance. While applauding the ambition of growing the North’s economy through infrastructure investment…

Millennials and their careers: what we can tell you about what students want

Millennials, born between 1980 to 2000, now make up the majority of the undergraduate student body at universities across the country. As these students complete internships,…

Why you should consider hiring a chairman

Most entrepreneurs want to 'be their own boss' but a wise helping hand can be a big asset. Great entrepreneurs tend to be terrible employees. We don’t want a job, we want an…

Developing an entrepreneurial culture amongst students through LUMS’ network of Entrepreneurs in Residence

Lancaster University has a very strong reputation of working with business – particularly SMEs. This was reflected by the University receiving a Small Business Charter Gold…

“One of the best decisions we have made” – How Tangle Teezer supported its business by working with a business school

Gemma Clarke of Tangle Teezer and Ella, a Marketing undergraduate at Loughborough University’s School When Tangle Teezer was launched on The Dragon’s Den in November 2007, it…

Insight Blog – Join our campaign and support small businesses everywhere…

Small Business Saturday really is a labour of love – right from the beginning it has been brought together by volunteers and organisations with one goal – to support, inspire…

10 Tips for Entrepreneurial Success

Angus Bankes is a technology entrepreneur with experience of growing and selling tech start-ups in the UK and the USA.  He founded Moreover Technologies in 1998, where he served…

Why businesses and universities should work together

There is a long-standing view that our universities are places where students go to learn theory and are a source of potential talent but have little to offer businesses…

Entrepreneur with vision for developing enterprise

Mention the words charter, Government and university and most entrepreneurs’ eyes glaze over. The original thinkers who dream up the best ideas are often rebellious and don’t…

SBC school Professor highlights the critical role of business schools in sustaining economic growth

Last week, Professor Dylan Jones Evans delivered a speech at the University of the West of England (UWE) on the topic of entrepreneurial universities. In particular, he…

Business schools and employers need to be more proactive to create work-ready recruits

More than 1,000 members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) were surveyed on their work with business schools, revealing that links between the two groups were often poor.…