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The new Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (mKTP)

Find out more about the new Government-backed knowledge exchange programme and how it can help your business.

5 ways to make a great first impression

However much you may like to think of yourself as non-judgemental, the truth is first impressions play a major role in the way we see and relate to those we meet. Research shows…

What I Wished I’d Known Before I Set Out

High-flying female founders share the lessons they've learned from getting started in business.

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.

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.

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,…

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…

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…

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.

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,…