Category Archives: Business Planning

How To Start A Clothing Brand

The fashion industry is worth a huge £43.2 billion annually in the UK alone and £411 billion in Europe. It’s no wonder then that it is an attractive prospect for an entrepreneur looking to start up their own business, especially for those who are creatively minded and who have a passion for clothing. Because the

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5 Facts: 5 Common Reasons Start-Ups Fail (and how to overcome them)

We’ve compiled a list of five common reasons startup businesses fail and how you can overcome each of them to give your business its best chance to succeed. Before we get into the five reasons we’d like to summarise this blog post in three words: Business. Is. Hard.* 1. No market demand When starting up

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Capsule: The Best CRM System for a Start-up Business?

As your business grows, the need for a suitable CRM (customer relationship management) system will become more and more apparent. Keeping up to date information on your customers and prospects is paramount in order to ensure that you not only have their contact information on hand at all times, but that you also record all

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30 Day Marketing Challenge: Marketing Checklist for New Entrepreneurs

If you’ve just started a new business, then it’s likely that you have a never-ending to-do list. One huge item on that list will be the marketing of your business and its products / services, but how do you know where to start? With our partner, Shopify, we’ve pulled together this checklist of marketing activities

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The Secret to Defining Your Brand’s USP

Everyone in business understands how essential a USP really is. It’s often one of the first considerations any startup makes. The truth is, despite being fundamental to success, it’s actually often skipped over. Finding a single distinct point which differentiates you from every other brand out there is not only difficult, but it’s pretty daunting

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Checklist for Going Self-Employed

The number of people choosing to become self-employed has increased at a dramatic rate over the last few years. According to the latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the number of self-employed people during this year’s summer months hit nearly 4.8 million, equating to over 15% of the total UK workforce.

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Meet the Buyer Missions with Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation is one of the resources we offer on our newly updated Resources Page and is a membership organisation for entrepreneurs and business advisors. The organisation holds over 70,000 entrepreneur members and 12,500 business advisor members and is an association that we have worked closely with for years that we wholeheartedly recommend. The organisation

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30 Top Mobile Apps for Startups

Most of us are guilty of being time-poor these days. Burying our noses deep into smartphone screens can be both a blessing and a hindrance. The main drawback being the addictiveness of always needing to be on top of the latest happenings, but a blessing as it means that we can access anything at any

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How to Commercialise Your Product and Grow Your Business Globally

Do you have a prototype you would like to commercialise? Do you have ambitions to bring it to the rest of the world? If this is the case, the EU’s SME Instrument might be for you. About the SME Instrument The SME Instrument is a grant offering up to €2.5 million to take your product

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Top Resources for Start-Ups

Coming up with a sound business idea is the easy part of starting your own business. Making it a success in the long run however is far more difficult. Finding some good tools to help with setting up your business and moving it forward are essential. Whether you’re a start-up, small business or even a

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