start-ups Archive

  • Second income from hobby or small business

    HMRC Clamping Down on Hobby Businesses

    Research released by RBS in January claimed that 1 in 5 UK adults are ‘hidden entrepreneurs’. These are defined as people who are running small businesses in their spare time or who are using their spare time to plan a new business venture. 38% of...

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  • Chelmsford's New Business Innovation Centre

    Chelmsford’s Future as a Start-up Centre

    Our company is based in Chelmsford in Essex. We deal with thousands of start-up companies a year from all over the UK and abroad but we always take a keen interest in what is going on in our local area. Chelmsford was made a city...

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  • Lord Young of Graffam

    Why Lord Young is wrong about Sole Traders

    Lord Young of Graffam, the government’s Enterprise Advisor has published the latest in his series of reports on encouraging new businesses. This one is entitled, Growing your Business: A report on growing micro businesses. Much of the report makes interesting reading. It continues the government’s...

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  • Free SEO for Startups

    Free SEO Resources for Start-ups

    Having a well designed website which is easy to find is increasingly important for new businesses. If your business is not easy to find online then it will make the job of attracting paying customers much, much harder. While there are lots of businesses out...

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  • The Autumn Statement for start-ups

    What is in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement for Start-ups?

    There has been a lot of lobbying from the different business organisations in the run up to the Autumn Statement calling for a variety of methods to help small businesses. The government has been very keen to promote start-up business as a way of generating...

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  • Barclays startup infographic

    Barclays: The First 5 Years of a Start-Up Business

    A new infographic produced by Barclays shows what life is like for UK start-up businesses in their first five years. The infographic reflects findings in a recent survey by Hiscox, showing that entrepreneurs are generally happy and satisfied with their business life. The Barclays infographic...

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  • Startup Britain Bus

    The Start-up Britain Bus Tour

    Start-up Britain have been going from strength to strength this year. Their online marketplace is now full of offers and they have been running a shop in Kingston-on-Thames featuring a range of start-ups. They have also been heavily involved in promoting Start-up Loans through their...

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  • CDFI Business Funding

    What the Hell is a CDFI?

    In a speech today the Business Secretary Vince Cable praised the work of CDFIs and the CDFI referral scheme currently being run by the British Bankers Association. He did, reportedly, qualify his praise somewhat by stating that “nobody knows what the hell you do”. CDFI...

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  • Seed investment scheme

    What is the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme?

    One of the biggest problems for new start-up companies is raising their initial seed capital, the money which they need to get going and test their ideas. For this reason the government has adapted the existing Enterprise Investment Scheme to create the Seed Enterprise Investment...

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  • Funding a new business in the UK

    The Expectation and the Reality of Funding a UK Start-up

    In a recent study published by GEM lack of funding was cited as the major stumbling block by 50.6% of people who were thinking about starting their own business. The unwillingness of banks to lend to new and small businesses has been well documented in...

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