Posts Categorized: Skills

Open Letter to the Next Prime Minister

In our view, there should have been immediate plans to boost British businesses in the manifestos. The next Government, regardless of its political persuasion, must prioritise support of the millions of start-ups, scale-ups and entrepreneurs around the UK. These are the job creators that will continue to fuel the economy, improve productivity, exploit trade opportunities,… Read more »

Northern Powerhouse needs the talents of the entire region to succeed | Annabel Denham writes for Yorkshire Post

To mark the launch of The Entrepreneurs Network’s newest paper, Regional Voices: Yorkshire, Annabel Denham outlines in the Yorkshire Post why the Northern Powerhouse initiative must include the whole region, rather than just Manchester. “At a recent roundtable hosted at PwC and chaired by BIS Select Committee chairman Iain Wright MP, Yorkshire entrepreneurs expressed fears that cities like Sheffield,… Read more »

Cobra Beer founder Lord Bilimoria talks UK-India Business Relations

You would struggle to find a British statesman who can match the stateliness of Lord Bilimoria, Entrepreneurs Network director writes in his latest Forbes column. The distinguished entrepreneur is not only founder of Cobra Beer, but also founding chairman of the UK-India Business Council, chancellor of the University of Birmingham and chairman of the advisory… Read more »

Should entrepreneurs understand economics?

From Economic Value Added to stand up meetings, economist Anthony J Evans makes the case to our director, Philip Salter, for entrepreneurs getting a grasp on economics. “We tend to think of economics as being a way to understand the economy, but it is really a way to understand markets. It is the basis upon which… Read more »

Skills, scale ups and the Northern Powerhouse

I want to do my part as chair of the Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee to encourage you, as entrepreneurs, to voice concerns into government when I’m interrogating the Secretary of State. I want to understand what concerns you have about barriers to your business. I have a number of key priorities that… Read more »

The UK’s first National Mentoring Day

There is a day to celebrate or commemorate almost everything. In the UK, for example, we have a national bean day, national potato day and national button day. It’s easy to be cynical about these creative holidays, but today we have one to truly celebrate: Britain’s first National Mentoring Day, put together by Bircham Dyson Bell and… Read more »

Is successful entrepreneurship genetic?

In his most recent Forbes column, our director Philip Salter writes on the role of genetics in the likelihood and success of entrepreneurship. Speaking to Nicos Nicolaou, Professor and the GE Capital Chair of Mid-Market Economics at Warwick Business School and a world-leading expert on this subject, we learn first that: “The heritability estimates for entrepreneurship are… Read more »

What the MBA offers entrepreneurs

Can “entrepreneurship” be taught? The value of the MBA to aspiring business leaders may be hotly contested, but even if you don’t go on to become the next Phil Knight, the chances are you’ll graduate and get a great job, writes Programmes Director Annabel Denham in today’s City A.M. On the one hand, programmes at the top schools cost… Read more »

Why aren’t more female entrepreneurs scaling up?

We know that more and more women are choosing careers in entrepreneurship. So why aren’t there more high-growth, female-owned companies, asks our programmes director Annabel Denham in today’s Huffington Post. While the number of female entrepreneurs increased by 9.6 per cent in the two years to 2013, compared with a 3.3 per cent rise for men… Read more »