AT THE recent Made entrepreneur festival in Sheffield, business and enterprise minister Michael Fallon announced that the Mentorsme online portal – which connects mentors and mentees – has over 22,000 accessible mentors.
YOU’RE spending thousands of pounds on an MBA course (a one year programme at Said Business School costs upwards of £41,000, plus an estimated £13,250 in expenses), you’re losing one or maybe two years of wages, and you’re interrupting your career
Professionals should consider the broader shifts in businesses
WHAT PROBLEM DOES YOUR BUSINESS SOLVE?
I'VE been doing this for four years. I've put a huge amount of money, my money, my wife's money, which is our future, on the line. I can't make a mistake now.
AMAZON is coming to London's Tech City. Jeff Bezos's company will do a lot to help build what many entrepreneurs call an "entrepreneurial ecosystem".
FOR anyone with four years’ experience in the investment industry, there’s a qualification out there that proposes to provide you with the broad-based knowledge and skills you need to succeed in any job in the sector.
AS GRADUATE entrants prepare for their first weeks in the City, some might wonder whether they’ve signed up for a job or a profession.
■ The chartered financial analyst (CFA) charter is provided by the CFA Institute, a global association of investment professionals.
■ In 2012, the Institute reported that there were 100,925 CFA charterholders globally.
ASIA is rising. Even as economists downgrade Chinese growth prospects, emerging markets (and developed economies) in Asia-Pacific are still racing ahead in the development of their human capital.
■ There are 137 CFA societies in 59 countries.
■ Over the past three years, enrollment in the CFA programme was up 21 per cent in Asia-Pacific, dwarfing 6 per cent growth in Europe and a 1 per cent rise in the Americas.
THINK of a sector ripe for an entrepreneur, and law is probably not top of your list.
LET me pose you a question. Is it possible that a business investment that returns ten times the money invested could have been a mistake? Before you think the obvious, “No, of course not!”, please read on.
SIGNING an e-petition is about as close as the British get to the direct democracy of ancient Athens.
ON THE wall in the meeting room of Avanti’s London offices – just off Shoreditch high street – hangs a piece of A4 paper in a simple frame.
THE villa, or riad, that I rented with friends and family in Morocco was luxurious and expensive. Beautifully decorated with a lovely garden. It came with staff, including a young guy, Yassim, whose job was to take care of our needs.
■ It has just been revealed that for the first time since records began, over 20 per cent of the working age population in the UK expect to start a business in the next three years, are actively trying to start a business, or are running their own
EMERGING markets in Asia are churning out MBA graduates in record numbers, and they’re as qualified as they are numerous.
Six ways to ensure your business profits from the internet
ACHIEVING success in e-commerce is not easy. Here are six key points to consider when building an effective e-commerce strategy.
IF YOU have an idea, and want to turn it into a business, you really need to be fully prepared and understand how precious your intellectual property is.
TWITTER isn’t for everyone. But for those plugged into the social media tool, the tweeters below provide a base onto which to build your own following.
WHEN I lived in Monaco, I had Ferraris. Now, living in London, I have a basic car but barely use it.
THE road to success is not only long and winding, but it can also be rather rocky. There are always obstacles to trip you up along the way – and many are outside of your control.
FOLLOWING the 2008 financial crisis – when most people in financial services were losing their heads – Nathalie Dauriac-Stoebe was busy drawing up plans to go it alone by setting up Signia Wealth.
I WAS shocked when a good friend in Australia mentioned he’d invested $100,000 into a new business, planning to export kangaroo meat. It was a lot of money for him, and he came to me a little concerned that things weren’t right.
BARCLAYS and Vodafone have recently announced investments in London’s Tech City.
FOR anyone who has waited on the pavement, praying that the next car to turn the corner is a black cab, Hailo could prove a godsend. Founded in 2010, Jay Bregman’s business lets you hail a black cab through your mobile phone.
ON HOLIDAY in India in 1995, I was very popular with the locals. Before flying from London, I had splashed out about £1,000 for one of the first digital cameras for the consumer market. Nowadays it would seem Stone Age.
WITH the Olympics in full flow, the government is determined to drum up business from our foreign guests. After all, trade is what the wealth of nations is built upon.
WHEN Jessica Ennis skips down from the podium next weekend, clutching her gleaming new heptathlon gold medal and wiping a tear of joy from her eye, don’t be surprised to see her reach for her phone – she’ll probably be texting Barrie Wells to say
COUNTDOWN TO THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
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London’s charge point upgrade will be a lasting legacy
THE word legacy is somewhat overused. But Visi – the real-time energy monitoring technology, installed by EDF Energy at sports venues across the Olympic Park – has a business case that reaches beyond the Games.
THE British Innovation Gateway (Big) is Cisco’s programme to support hi-tech business and innovation, and is a major part of its Olympic involvement as the official network infrastructure supporter for London 2012.
THE TWO charming young people sitting opposite me beamed with enthusiasm about their new business. “We’re graphic design artists and web designers,” they said as they handed me a brochure. Then it got confusing.
POP-UP shops have all the warning signs of a government gimmick: a catchy name, the retail sector’s celebrity-in-chief Mary Portas, and swarms of immodest politicians looking to take the credit.
WHY SHOULD an MBA student care how John Maynard Keynes picked his stocks? Or how hospitals can be redesigned to prevent infection? Or how farmers’ markets could attract new customers?
IN LATE June, beginning of July, someone pressed the emergency malfunction switch again for the UK’s banks. The reputational fallout has been toxic.
NOT MANY outside the insurance industry know the name Stephen Catlin. But he is one of the most successful UK businessmen. Over the last 30 years, he has turned a two person reinsurance company into a £3.5bn international firm – Catlin Group.
IT WAS depressing: the business was making continual losses. We’d tried everything we could think of, but nothing seemed to work. We’d made many mistakes and had an unfair share of bad luck. We reached a decision: find a buyer and sell it.
WHEN a teacher commits a crime, people don’t question the legitimacy of education.
ANTONIO Horta-Osorio has been back as chief executive of Lloyds Bank since January. His absence began in November 2011, and was famously attributed to exhaustion caused by the pressures of his job.
PRIVATE EQUITY MANAGING DIRECTOR
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Q What are your reasons for being involved with the Games?
AS WE head towards the Olympic Games, many companies have been making contingency plans for the anticipated congestion that this will cause in London.
DIRECTOR UK ENTERPRISE, CISCO
Q What are the key drivers behind a mobility strategy?
10.8m ticketholders (8.8m Olympic, 2m Paralympic).
200,000 people in the workforce. Including 6,000 staff, 70,000 volunteers and 100,000 contractors.
THE Olympics Delivery Authority (ODA) predicts 20m trips by spectators during London 2012, including some 3m on the busiest day.
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WHEN Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg pitched up to his IPO in a hoodie, some criticised him. However, to get to that stage he had already convinced plenty of private investors that he was worthy of their cash. Clearly the hoodie hadn’t bothered them.
WHAT’S a successful personality? I am one of 11 children born in the outback of Australia. My father was an itinerant farm labourer, so sometimes we were given accommodation and sometimes we stayed in a big tent.