Posts Categorized: News

From Start-up to Scale-up

We recently held a panel discussion at the Sage Summit. It comprised of Sahar Hashemi OBE, co-founder of Coffee Republic and co-chairs the Government’s Scale-Up Taskforce; Rajesh Agrawal, the Deputy Mayor of London for Business; William Adoasi, the founder of luxury watch brand Vitae London which changes lives by supporting school children in South Africa. Also on the… Read more »

Three policy changes all entrepreneurs should know about

In his article for Tech City News, Philip Salter looks beyond the EU referendum vote to see how other policies from last year will effect the tech community over the country in 2017. The three biggest changes to look out for are: The Uber ruling, and how we define workers, the self-employed and the employed, as… Read more »

I’m lovin’ it: The Founder review

“If any of my competitors were drowning, I’d put a hose in their mouth and turn on the water.” So says the pugnacious Ray Croc in “The Founder” – a film focusing on the automation and standardisation of the franchise McDonald’s in 1950s USA. Croc (played by Michael Keaton) is determined to the point of ruthless,… Read more »

Eight founders on The Founder

With the blockbuster film “The Founder” just hitting the cinemas, Philip Salter asked eight entrepreneurs what they thought about Michael Keaton portraying perhaps one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time: Ray Croc, the ‘founder’ of MacDonald’s. To an ordinary audience, Ray Croc might have come off as relentless and greedy, but entrepreneurs are… Read more »

The Autumn Statement – three entrepreneurs react

As the new chancellor has just released his first Autumn Statement, Philip Salter interviews three entrepreneurs to see how they think it will impact small businesses, freelancers and the self-employed. Overall, although the chancellor’s commitment to honour the drop in corporation tax will be welcomed by many, there are still concerns that particularly small companies will be vulnerable… Read more »

Why Uber drivers lose out when they drop their self-employed status

Uber drivers have won the right to be classed as workers rather than self-employed. If the company’s appeal against this decision fails, this will obviously be bad for consumers – who would be faced with fewer drivers and therefore higher costs – but it will also be bad for drivers. And most Uber drivers know… Read more »

Introducing the Small Business Taskforce

Over the past five years, the UK has become one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor puts the UK at number one in Europe and number four globally. This has been enabled by the low costs of start-up entry, accessible technology, a flexible economy and a positive attitude towards self-starters and entrepreneurship; from… Read more »