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NEWS - ENTREPRENEURS & STARTUPS

NEWS - ENTREPRENEURS & STARTUPS

South Lakeland business service helps young entrepreneurs

South Lakeland business service helps young entrepreneurs

A business service in South Lakeland is helping young local entrepreneurs to succeed.

The programme, which is run by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC), focuses on helping businesses to grow by providing them with expert business advisors.

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Capital One launches tech accelerator for financial sector start-ups

Capital One launches tech accelerator for financial sector start-ups

Capital One is to launch a tech accelerator for early-stage start-up businesses. The credit card company will be launching the Capital One Growth Labs in Nottingham in partnership with L Marks, which brings together established businesses and growing companies.

According to Capital One, the hub will “shape the future of finance”, supporting start-ups in the financial sector to help them develop innovative technologies. 

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Annual Startups 100 2016 reveals UK’s best new businesses

Annual Startups 100 2016 reveals UK’s best new businesses

The annual Startups 100 list for 2016 has been revealed.

The index, published by Startups.co.uk, lists UK businesses that have shown the best growth potential since being launched on or after 1st January 2013.

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Support programme launched to help entrepreneurs

Support programme launched to help entrepreneurs

A support programme has been launched to help budding entrepreneurs in Bassetlaw to set up a new business.

Sheffield City Region Launchpad is a £4 million project that is being offered to entrepreneurs through the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub and backed by Sheffield City Region Combined Authority. 

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Competition for young entrepreneurs is relaunched

Competition for young entrepreneurs is relaunched

A competition to give young entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors has been relaunched.

NACUE is now searching for students and graduates across the UK to take part in its Varsity Pitch 2016 competition, which is in its sixth year. 

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Barclays launches data analysis system for small businesses

Barclays launches data analysis system for small businesses

Barclays has launched its new data analysis system for small and medium-sized businesses. The service, called SmartBusiness, will enable small business owners to keep track of performance trends and their customers.

SmartBusiness is now available to over 500,000 of Barclays small and medium-sized business customers for £4.95 a month plus VAT. 

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Bank of Ireland to launch programme for small businesses

Bank of Ireland to launch programme for small businesses

Bank of Ireland will be launching its Enterprise Week programme this week to help small businesses in Northern Ireland.

The event will support SMEs and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their business and receive advice from experienced entrepreneurs.

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Leeds startup helps inventors to become entrepreneurs

Leeds startup helps inventors to become entrepreneurs

A startup company based in Leeds has launched an innovative platform to help aspiring inventors become entrepreneurs.

Oliver Yates and Owen Williams co-managed a small product development and design agency before launching Invent Me: a start-up that gives inventors the chance to share and develop their ideas.

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Entrepreneur launches discount card to help independent businesses

Entrepreneur launches discount card to help independent businesses

An entrepreneur has set up a discount card scheme to help support independent businesses.

Kevin Hooper launched the Shop Portsmouth VIP Card, which is the first ever discount card in Portsmouth, to offer discounts to locals on a wide range of independent stores in the city.

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Market campaign to provide opportunities for young entrepreneurs

Market campaign to provide opportunities for young entrepreneurs

A campaign is offering opportunities for young entrepreneurs in Leighton Buzzard. Young people aged 16 to 25 will be offered free pitches at Leighton Buzzard Market for the Love Your Local Market 2016 campaign.

Leighton-Linslade Town Council will be participating in the campaign, which is led by the National Association of British Market Authorities. 

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ASOS searching for world’s most innovative startups

ASOS searching for world’s most innovative startups

Online fashion store ASOS is searching for fashion technology startups to help it enhance its e-commerce site.

The company has partnered up with Wayra UK for the programme, which will provide support to startups to help the company to develop products and services that will reward its customers. 

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UK freelancers more confident on business outlook, survey shows

UK freelancers more confident on business outlook, survey shows

UK freelancers are more confident about the year ahead despite a drop in confidence in the economy, according to research from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE).

The research showed that freelancers have more confidence on their business outlook than they did at this point last year, and also showed an increase in work levels. Freelancers worked for 84 per cent of the first quarter of 2016 compared to 80 per cent in 2015.

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Hertfordshire Growth Hub celebrates first anniversary

Hertfordshire Growth Hub celebrates first anniversary

A business hub has celebrated its first anniversary and is to continue providing support for companies.

The Hertfordshire Growth Hub has supported over 500 small and medium-sized businesses since it first launched, with almost 200 businesses benefitting from advice provided by the hub’s specialist team. 

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Awards ceremony to celebrate entrepreneurship in the North East

Awards ceremony to celebrate entrepreneurship in the North East

Nominations for an awards ceremony that celebrates the best entrepreneurs in the North East are now open.

The 13th annual North East Entrepreneurial Awards will be accepting nominations until Friday 27th May. The event is organised by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, a support forum that helps entrepreneurs and business leaders get inspired.

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Entrepreneurial Spark provides entrepreneurs with cash boost

Entrepreneurial Spark provides entrepreneurs with cash boost

Entrepreneurial Spark has provided six entrepreneurs with a cash boost at its annual #GoDoAcceler8 event.

The business accelerator, which provides support for new businesses, presented the cash awards at its hub in Manchester.

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Topshop launches start-up accelerator programme

Topshop launches start-up accelerator programme

Topshop has launched a start-up accelerator programme to find “stylish” and “functional” wearable technologies that will appeal to its consumers.

The British retailer will be partnering up with early-stage investment company L Marks to launch Top Pitch, which the brand will use to identify and co-develop prototypes to advance wearable technology. 

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Entrepreneurs gather in London for Virgin Media business competition

April 29 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Entrepreneurs gather in London for Virgin Media business competition

Entrepreneurs gathered in London on Wednesday to celebrate Virgin Media’s business competition. It was announced earlier this year that the company would once again be launching its Virgin Media Business VOOM event.

The competition was created to provide entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses in Britain and Ireland with the chance to pitch their ideas to Sir Richard Branson. 

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British entrepreneurs in demand in Australia, according to survey

British entrepreneurs in demand in Australia, according to survey

British entrepreneurs are wanted in Australia, according to research carried out by Crown Relocations National Manager John Morris.

The survey revealed that nine out of ten Australians would like more British entrepreneurs to emigrate to the country, whilst one in five believe there are not enough entrepreneurs in the country. Over 80 per cent of those surveyed said that they would welcome more British expats into Australia. 

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Lloyds entrepreneur programme sees increase in applications

Lloyds entrepreneur programme sees increase in applications

A social entrepreneurs programme launched by Lloyds Bank earlier this year has seen an increase in applications.

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, which was created to provide help for start-up companies, has reported a 17 per cent increase in the number of applications received from entrepreneurs in the Liverpool region.

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UK business hub searching for budding entrepreneurs

UK business hub searching for budding entrepreneurs

A business hub launched in Bishop Auckland is searching for ambitious entrepreneurs to fill its studios.

The hub, which is known as Pod and located in the town’s Market Place, is offering studios for entrepreneurs who are in need of space where they can exhibit and sell their work. 

 

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Danske Bank launches digital hub for Northern Ireland businesses

Danske Bank launches digital hub for Northern Ireland businesses

A bank based in Northern Ireland has launched a digital hub for small businesses in the area.

Danske Bank has created the hub to help entrepreneurs overcome the challenges of running a small business.

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Children’s charity Barnardo’s launches new employment training centre

Children’s charity Barnardo’s launches new employment training centre

A children’s charity has launched a new employment training centre in Bradford.

Barnardo’s, which helps vulnerable children throughout the UK, will be providing a new employment, training, and skills service at its site in West Riding House, Cheapside.

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‘Small Business Saturday’ to return later this year

‘Small Business Saturday’ to return later this year

An event that provides support and inspiration to small businesses is to return later this year.

Small Business Saturday, an annual nationwide event which is now in its fourth year, is set to take place on 3rd December 2016.

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More than 200 leading UK entrepreneurs warn against Brexit

More than 200 leading UK entrepreneurs warn against Brexit

More than 200 entrepreneurs are backing the campaign for Britain to remain in the EU. They warn that a Brexit could cause an economic shock that would be “hugely damaging” to small businesses and could lead to a loss of jobs.

An open letter backing an in-vote contains signatures from some of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, including founders of successful businesses such as Zoopla, Skype, Net-a-Porter, Lastminute.com, and Ebookers.

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SMEs in line for prize at CIPD awards

SMEs in line for prize at CIPD awards

SMEs that can show how human resources and development (HR&D) insight has benefitted their company could be up for winning a prize in the CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards 2016.

The annual awards, which are now in their tenth year, will take place on 16th June 2016 at the Newcastle Marriot Hotel.

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