NEWS - ENTREPRENEURS & STARTUPS
TrueStart is searching for innovative start-ups in the retail sector to participate in its winter accelerator programme.
The company’s accelerator programme runs for four months, starting from 2nd December.Read more >>
The British Library is to host a “Start-up Day” for budding entrepreneurs, to mark the tenth anniversary of its Business & IP Centre.
The library will be offering support and advice to entrepreneurs who attend the event, which will be free of charge and will take place from 10am to 6.30pm on September 27.Read more >>
An advertising company is launching its first UK-based venture programme for the “next generation of entrepreneurs and startups.”
R/GA Ventures will be teaming up with government agency InnovateUK to launch R/GA IoT Venture Studio UK, which will be based at its headquarters in London.Read more >>
A cash prize of £70,000 is to be offered to disabled entrepreneurs or businesses that employ or offer support for disabled people.
The prize is being offered by entrepreneur Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and Leonard Cheshire Disability as part of the Stelios Award 2016.Read more >>
Entrepreneurship is driving prosperity in every region in the UK, according to the Barclays UK Prosperity Map.
The research identified the cities with the highest increases in small business turnover.Read more >>
More people are choosing to stay in the UK for a holiday instead of going abroad, helping to boost SMEs in the accommodation and food services sector, according to a survey from Barclays Business.
Data from the survey showed that 70 per cent of adults in the UK have been on or are planning a staycation, with the average spend per day increasing by over 6 per cent.Read more >>
More workers are leaving their current job role to chase an idea for business that has been created by a hobby, according to research from Samsung Electronics UK in association with the CEBR and YouGov.
The research, which surveyed 511 micro-businesses, showed that 12 per cent of UK employees have abandoned their job role to become an entrepreneur and turn their “passions into pay cheques.”Read more >>
Startup businesses in the health sector are the most likely to have the best chance of survival in their first year, according to research by Ormsby Street.
The research identified the sectors in which start-ups are most likely to still be operating five years after they were created.Read more >>
Aviva has partnered with a digital tech start-up company to access “world-class digital start-ups” and provide them with mentoring.
The insurance company will be working with Plug and Play, which is based in Silicon Valley, for its InsurTech programme.Read more >>
London’s startups received more funding this year than in any other European city, according to figures from Statista.
The research, which used figures from EY’s Startup Barometer Germany report, showed that startups in the city raised €1.3 billion (£1.1 billion) in the first six months of this year, up from €1 billion in the first half of 2015.Read more >>
Retailer HSN has announced a plan to discover entrepreneurs. People with innovative product ideas will have the chance to describe their product – and their vision – to a panel of influential judges, including angel investor Randi Zuckerberg.
The “American Dreams Inventor Search” event will be held at the XFINITY Store at Palo Alto in California. It will feature budding entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to Zuckerberg as well as HSN New Business Development Vice President Dara Trujillo.Read more >>
The Irish Government has announced a new search to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) and is inviting applicants to put their name forward before the October deadline.
The scheme was launched by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor and is backed by a €2 million investment fund. The initiative is being run by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland and is being coordinated by 31 Local Enterprise Offices all around the nation.Read more >>
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is collaborating with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) to help small businesses in Scotland grow.
RBS staff will be working with members of ICAS to improve the services that both the bank and the accountants provide to SMEs in the country, and the staff will be working closely with the Practice Community of the ICAS.Read more >>
A former Halfords apprentice from Cardiff Bay in Wales is lending support to the Welsh Government’s Apprenticeship Programme, which encourages school leavers to choose an apprenticeship as a route to their dream career.
Elijah Sumner, who is only 21 years old, was an apprentice at Halfords and has now started his own business.Read more >>
Barclays is helping SMEs in the UK to grow by providing them with exporting opportunities.
According to research from the bank, current market volatility and the fall in Sterling means that it is now an ideal time for businesses to export products and services.Read more >>
The John Lewis Partnership has teamed up with retail accelerator TrueStart to form a new initiative that will focus on locating and funding disruptive retail start-ups.
The programme, which is called The Eureka Initiative, will help to bring new products and technologies into the retail sector.Read more >>
Research from AXA has shown that small businesses are doubtful about next generation technology affecting their business in the future.
The study looked at how 898 companies feel about technology such as robots, driverless cars, and 3D printing, and whether they expect to use these new advances.Read more >>
More control over work-life balance is one of the main motivations for small business owners, according to a survey from AXA Business Insurance.
The research surveyed over 800 entrepreneurs in the UK to find out what motivates them to run their own business.Read more >>
A company that enables small businesses to set up a bank account has received $2 million in seed funding to help it to grow.
Tide, which is based in the UK, offers a mobile banking tool for SMEs to enable them to quickly set up an account without any monthly or annual fees.Read more >>
Vodafone UK is supporting small businesses across the UK by launching a new secure broadband and fixed line service.
According to the company, the Superfast Fibre Broadband service, which will offer speeds of up to 76Mbps, is aimed at businesses that have up to nine employees.Read more >>
SME workers prefer job roles that offer flexibility, according to research from workspace provider Regus.
The research, which surveyed over 3000 professionals across a number of different sectors, showed the importance of flexibility in the workplace.Read more >>
More than 40 per cent of people in Britain say they would be prepared to earn less in order to fulfil their dream of becoming an entrepreneur, according to research from Nectar Business.
The research, which was carried out as part of the Nectar Business Small Business Awards scheme, showed the salary that Britons would be content with in return for becoming their own boss.Read more >>
Over a million people in Britain wish to start up their own businesses in the next 12 months, according to a study by Direct Line for Business.
The research identified the types of businesses that people most want to set up, as well as the biggest barriers for doing this.Read more >>
A new digital startup lab has announced that applications are now open for its second accelerator programme.
Activate Capital, which is based in London, is searching for budding entrepreneurs to participate in its programme, which will enable them to develop their business ideas.Read more >>
Small businesses in the UK are taking risks when hiring and managing staff, according to research from job marketplace Jobandtalent.
The research, which surveyed 500 small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners found that businesses are at risk as a result of a lack of HR expertise, with only 37% having a good understanding of employee rights and regulations.Read more >>