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E-commerce is particularly suited to part-time entrepreneurs
Monday 09 September 2013
NEW RESEARCH from Hiscox, the insurer, has turned some heads. Its fifth annual study into the entrepreneurial DNA has found that UK small business owners work an average of only 37.6 hours a week – down from 38.5 in 2012.
Monday 02 September 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to Patrick Drake, who switched litigation for ladles to create grocery delivery service Hello Fresh
Monday 02 September 2013
BRITAIN is the best place in Europe to be an entrepreneur. This, at least, is the conclusion of a study released by Ernst & Young last week.
Monday 19 August 2013
Annabel Palmer talks getting about town with Justin Peters, founder of minicab price comparison website Kabbee  
Monday 19 August 2013
MANY startups are sceptical of claims that big corporates understand small business. It certainly suits an image, but the reality is often different.
Merza (left) and Basunia are on a sugar high
Monday 12 August 2013
Annabel Palmer talks trade fairs and sherbet lemons with the founders of premium confectionary company Jealous  
Monday 12 August 2013
WHEN I met David Richards – the British founder of Silicon Valley success story WANDisco – last year, I asked him whether he thought London’s Silicon Roundabout could compete with its San Francisco equivalent.
Deepinder Goyal founded his company at just 25
Monday 05 August 2013
Annabel Palmer talks home cooking with Deepinder Goyal, founder of online restaurant and nightlife guide Zomato
Monday 05 August 2013
TYPICALLY, nine out of ten entrepreneurship ventures fail.
Monday 29 July 2013
Annabel Palmer talks Twilight with Nicola Horlick, the former City Superwoman who is trying her hand at Hollywood
Monday 29 July 2013
CAN London Business School (LBS) teach you how to be an entrepreneur? Not exactly. But its entrepreneurship summer school, which has just entered its twelfth year, thinks it can help.
Thursday 25 July 2013
Business schools will typically look for three different qualities
Wednesday 17 July 2013
The Bank’s task is serious but there is talent it can draw on
Monday 15 July 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to Simon Duffy, founder of male beauty range Bulldog, who is trying to take on the big brands
Monday 15 July 2013
THE UK services industry has sprung into life, with Markit’s respected purchasing managers’ index for the sector reaching its highest reading in June since March 2011.
Monday 15 July 2013
AS THE world’s leading financial centre, London is one of the best places in the world to work in finance. The Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) 2013 gives London a rating of 807 – far ahead of rivals New York (787) and Hong Kong (761).
Thursday 11 July 2013
New technology could generate huge profits for businesses in 2013
Carl Waldekranz wants to change how people shop online
Monday 08 July 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to Carl Waldekranz, co-founder of the online e-commerce platform Tictail
Monday 08 July 2013
WANT to be very good at something? The answer, apparently, is to spend 10,000 hours practising and studying. The theory was popularised by Malcolm Gladwell in his hit book Outliers. He gives The Beatles as an example.
Monday 08 July 2013
LONDON’S startups are under pressure. While many focus on rising prices in the capital’s residential sector, office space is little different.
Monday 08 July 2013
WHEN most people dream of working in banking, their thoughts are usually drawn to the big names: Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Barclays, HSBC, and the like.
Tom Brooks (left) and Pete Dowds had their lightbulb moment after a house party
Monday 01 July 2013
Annabel Palmer talks antibacterial wipes with Tom Brooks, former trader and co-founder of MOP
Monday 01 July 2013
MY OLDEST son Tom came to me with a confession. “Dad, I’ve got a bit of a problem: I think I’m lazy.” “What?” I said. “You’re lazy? And on top of that you want sympathy for your condition?” I kicked him out of the room with a smile on my face.
Monday 01 July 2013
GIVEN that most UK businesses carefully avoid the political fray, JP Morgan chief Jamie Dimon’s sally into the US debate on gay marriage may have been surprising.
Monday 01 July 2013
THE CONCEPT  of a “safe” City job that still pays well in the current market may seem to some a hopeless fantasy. But contrary to popular belief, you don’t always have to make a trade off between your wage and job security.
Some business schools are offering leadership development training at military academies
Wednesday 26 June 2013
But business schools are also offering alternatives to the traditional programme for high-ranking executives, argues Abigail Townsend
A Los Angeles MBA could put you in the fast lane for a career in entertainment business
Wednesday 26 June 2013
Being pragmatic over where you study could pay off in finding employment and in what you get from your course, says Abigail Townsend
Ben Warner’s sandwich delivery service has grown into a £70m a year business
Monday 24 June 2013
Annabel Palmer meets Ben Warner, the original Pret franchisee and now founder of its hugely successful rival Benugo
Monday 24 June 2013
IF I learnt one thing from Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards earlier this month, it’s that entrepreneurship comes in many forms.
Craig Heatley (who now plays off seven) rubbing shoulders with the golfing elite in Augusta
Monday 17 June 2013
Annabel Palmer talks golf, TV, and business at Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
Monday 17 June 2013
NO ONE expected that taking a few photographs would cause a mini catastrophe. So me and a few guests on-board my boat, Terra Australis, gathered on the top deck, smiles out, tummies in, and posed for some group shots.
Monday 17 June 2013
FOOD is big business. Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, with an annual turnover of £76bn. And it's the kind of industry where new items, devised and manufactured by small producers, hit the shelves each day.
Monday 10 June 2013
Annabel Palmer talks tobacco with Taz and Umer Sheikh: salesmen, business partners, and self-professed pioneers of the growing electronic cigarette industry
Monday 10 June 2013
WHAT’S the biggest mistake you’ve ever made? A tough question perhaps? Mine is simple – it cost me about thirty five million pounds.
Monday 10 June 2013
THE latest figures on Britain’s trade deficit are, on the face of it, broadly positive. From March to April 2013, the seasonably-adjusted monthly deficit dropped from £3.2bn to £2.6bn.
Worldwide traffic is growing at a rapid rate
Thursday 06 June 2013
Adapting to increasing traffic may challenging
Thursday 06 June 2013
DIRECTOR UK ENTERPRISE, CISCO Why is global internet protocol (IP) traffic predicted to grow so quickly by 2017?
Monday 03 June 2013
SMOKING is a stupidity test. I do apologise, but there’s no other conclusion. Smoking reduces life expectancy by about 10 years and smokers have around a 50-50 chance of living past 70. Their early deaths are often slow and painful.
Monday 03 June 2013
THE popularity of home offices, shared workspaces, and remote working has led many to pile into the assumption that where you base your business is irrelevant.
Thursday 30 May 2013
But be prepared for a cut in pay and loss of City relationships
Tuesday 28 May 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to Tom Gearing, the Apprentice heartthrob who is transforming the wine investment industry
Tuesday 28 May 2013
ENTREPRENEURSHIP in Britain has reached a tipping point. Or so says founder and chief executive of the StartUp Britain campaign Emma Jones. This is no glib remark.
Thursday 23 May 2013
Your education can have business benefits too
Monday 20 May 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to Debbie Wosskow, the serial entrepreneur whose third venture is planning to change the way you holiday
Monday 20 May 2013
ARE TOP sports stars just stupid? Sure, they’re good at what they do – catching, throwing, hitting, kicking or whatever, but are they perhaps just a little bit lacking in the old grey matter?
Monday 20 May 2013
NOT all businesses are as successful as TransferWise. The London- based peer-to-peer international money transfer firm has just secured a $6m (£3.9m) investment round led by Valar Ventures, the fund set up by PayPal’s Peter Thiel.
Thursday 16 May 2013
Principled investors are cashing in as trust falls
Thursday 16 May 2013
The CFA’s latest offering aims to remove the educational barriers between the front office and supporting staff
Thursday 16 May 2013
Firms piloting the CFA Institute’s latest offering share their views on the impact it has made CASE STUDY #1: AVIVA INVESTORS ALISON NAYLOR
Wednesday 15 May 2013
Investors now want real-time information from their companies

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