BusinessZone columns

We bring you opinion from the leading voices in the entrepreneurial space, including investors, entrepreneurs and experts.

The Taylor Review
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Some of the most disruptive startups of the modern era have relied on the gig economy to staff their businesses. But there’s a nagging...
Seedrs and the stock market
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Last week marked the fifth anniversary of Seedrs launch. Five years is a nice milestone for reflection and I thought I would use this...
Preparation
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Last month we talked about how as an entrepreneur, you will at some stage think about an exit strategy, but that it might be the furthest...
Queen's speech
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It is safe to say that the result of the recent general election took many – business owners included - by surprise. Theresa May sought a...
Exit door
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As an entrepreneur setting up and growing a business, thinking about an exit strategy might be the furthest thing from your mind in those...
Crowdfunding business development
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It’s something of a misconception that in order to raise investment on a crowdfunding platform, businesses just apply online and away they...
Exporting to the EU
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It’s March 2017 and the Brexit wheels of motion have started to turn, with Theresa May ready to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and...
Mentoring in growth-stage businesses
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Mentoring has been proven to help drive success in startups. New entrepreneurs, working on their own, can struggle with planning, focus and...
Venture capital and the crowd
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Once viewed as very different funding options with audiences at opposite ends of sophistication, venture capital (VC) firms and...
The secret to employee motivation
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This article will tell you how to motivate any individual in any business using five quick and easy steps! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it...
Crowdfunding due diligence
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Around a third of the Crowdcube team works on due diligence – protecting investors by checking and verifying information on the businesses...
Why startup founders need to be super resliant
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I was asked the question the other week: “What is THE superpower to have in business?” I of course replied: “There are lots of winning...
What makes a successful entrepreneur?
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It’s a question we often get asked by journalists and aspiring business founders: what makes the difference between an entrepreneur who...
sdgs
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Looking for just the right someone is hard. I should know. I’m talking business here – and technical business too. Three-and-a-half years...
Marketing
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When we launched Crowdcube in 2011, we were the world’s first investment crowdfunding platform. We were doing something that no-one had...
Female entrepreneurship
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Today, Saturday 19 November, marks Women’s Entrepreneurship Day . A global event dedicated to specifically celebrating and highlighting the...
Business sale
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In most service businesses, the value of the business is in the team. And in every business, having a team that is motivated, well-trained...
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Over the past five years, the UK has become one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business. The latest Global...
Cashflow concerns
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Continual cashflow challenges are paramount when you’re growing a business. You’ve passed seed stage, you generated some sales, now you...
Startup to scale-up
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It was just five years ago when Darren and I launched Crowdcube , which at the time was the world’s first equity crowdfunding platform. In...
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"He drew the circle that shut me out— heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win: we drew a circle that took him...
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I started my first business (a dot com company in 2000) with a male business partner and will never forget our adviser saying early on: "...
Scale-up
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From visionary, strategist, operations, HR, tea maker and a whole host of other responsibilities, entrepreneurs have a lot of different...
Kristo Käärmann and Taavet Hinrikus
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One of the questions we often hear from startups we meet and the LPs who back our fund is how we select sectors in which we invest and...
Employee inductions
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In my last article , we explored ways of hiring to company values and culture, but the hiring process doesn’t end with you selecting the...
Crowdfunding
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How can I provide my investors with greater liquidity?’ It’s a question that every business founder should ask themselves at the very start...
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From trading sweets in the playground to running a market stall aged 15 and founding successful businesses before they’ve even left school...
Entrepreneurs giving back
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When Duncan Cheatle, founder of The Supper Club , was involved in setting up Start Up Britain in 2011, he asked the members of the Club (...
Hiring for culture
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Whether it has been consciously designed or not every business has its own unique culture and you can always tell what that culture is by...
Hiring into a startup
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Every week a new article comes out focused on entrepreneurs and how to create a successful startup. But something too many people are...
Manchester
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It’s easy to think that most startup and growth companies seeking investment are based in the southeast - and that most investors are based...
Multitasking
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I recently attended a mindfulness workshop where I learned that when you multitask it takes twice as long to achieve (either) task and you’...
Seedcamp
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Yesterday’s vote is shocking and saddening. As a company that sits at the epicentre of a large cross section of the global populace and a...
Management team
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The due diligence businesses go through when seeking investment, and even more so during an exit, is extensive and exhausting. Alongside...
Brexit
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As we get nearer to 23 June the Brexit debate is starting to heat up. Parliament has entered purdah and the cogs of Government can no...
Investor dilligence
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There’s nothing quite the same as experiencing that eureka moment when you decided your idea was more than just a pipedream and it’s time...
Seed-stage crowdfunding
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For many, equity crowdfunding is synonymous with businesses seeking seed-stage investment. In recent times we’ve seen a growing number of...
Pre-scale
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Moonshot, unicorn, scale-up…. these are all words we hear when speaking about entrepreneurs and the business ecosystem in the UK – but what...
Startup investment
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You’ve decided to start up – congratulations – this is a very courageous decision and the first step towards changing your life for the...