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Monday 17 February 2014
Annabel Palmer talks travelling, Topman, and the English weather with Rob Forkan – the tsunami orphan who co-founded  new flip flop brand Gandys
Monday 17 February 2014
IF YOU’RE an optimistic sort, you may be more likely to live longer, feel less lonely, and be generally happier than those eternal pessimists who eke out their existences in constant worry.
Monday 17 February 2014
...NETWORKING SITES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Friday 14 February 2014
I find a useful shorthand definition for ‘brand’ is the combination of product and reputation - where reputation is past performance and future promise.
Monday 10 February 2014
Annabel Palmer talks to the co-founders of Secret Escapes about their adventures in the online travel industry
Monday 10 February 2014
FEW NEED telling about the growth of peer-to-peer lending. Whether driven away by dissatisfaction with traditional banking, or pulled by attractive returns and convenience, lenders and borrowers are increasing interested.
Monday 10 February 2014
...CO-WORKING SPACES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Paul Frampton is looking to startups for interesting new routes to market
Monday 10 February 2014
Annabel Palmer talks to Havas Media’s Paul Frampton
Monday 10 February 2014
McVitie’s in “family of brands” £12m relaunch
Friday 07 February 2014
Rich or poor, there’s one thing that everyone is striving for – individualism. While one woman’s individuality comes via a limited edition un-badged Hermes bag, another person’s comes from a Coke bottle with their name on it.
Monday 03 February 2014
Annabel Palmer talks trends with Tracy De Groose
Monday 03 February 2014
@LiamWardProud WITH online marketing campaigns accounting for an ever greater share of advertising budgets, digital posters and billboards are catching up fast.
Monday 03 February 2014
Jamie Oliver launches ad production business
Monday 03 February 2014
Annabel Palmer talks matchmaking with Lovestruck founders Brett Harding and Laurence Holloway
Monday 03 February 2014
BY PLEDGING to cut red tape, open up more government contracts to small companies, and use state R&D budgets to encourage innovation, politicians of all stripes spent last week promoting the entrepreneurial economy. But are they keeping pace?
Monday 03 February 2014
...INCUBATOR SPACES YOU MAY NOT HAVE HEARD OF
Friday 31 January 2014
What should the consumer make of the recent spat between Adidas and Sports Direct, and how will the unfolding saga affect each brand?
James Eder
Monday 27 January 2014
Annabel Palmer talks student life and staple diets with James Eder, founder of marketing firm The Beans Group
Monday 27 January 2014
FOR THOSE seeking a model of the classroom of the future, Estonia is often high up the list.
Monday 27 January 2014
...STARTUPS CROWDFUNDING THIS MONTH
Karen Blackett’s first big break came in 1993: “I got my foot in the door in what, at the time, was a closed industry where nepotism was rife”
Monday 27 January 2014
Annabel Palmer talks to MediaCom’s Karen Blackett
Monday 27 January 2014
@LiamWardProud
Monday 27 January 2014
Telefonica plans £200m media planning pitch
Rowan Gormley
Monday 20 January 2014
Annabel Palmer talks to Rowan Gormley, the South African taking on wine’s giants with venture Naked Wines
Monday 20 January 2014
FOR BUSINESSES seeking scale, the process of funding growth is often characterised as an escalator – with founders initially staking personal capital, then finding angel support, then venture capital, and ultimately accessing public markets.
Monday 20 January 2014
...UPCOMING EVENTS FOR ENTREPRENEURS Don’t Pitch Me, Bro! 30 January, 6-10pm A 3 Beards event giving entrepreneurs feedback on their startup from their peers. No pitches, just demos. £5 Wayra UK, WC1E 6JA
Game-changer: Paul Sulyok says his business has unrivalled depth of research on its users
Monday 13 January 2014
Annabel Palmer talks Grand Theft Auto and going East with Paul Sulyok, founder of commerce platform Green Man Gaming
Monday 13 January 2014
...FREE APPS FOR ENTREPRENEURS Asana asana.com/apps WHAT: Task management app offering real-time interaction across a company.
Stanford Graduate School
Thursday 09 January 2014
Business has gone global and business schools have followed, with most now claiming to offer international reach
Thursday 09 January 2014
THE CAPITAL’S status as an international hub for business is matched by a strong offering of MBA programmes. And for applicants able to afford the cost of living, it is well worth considering what London’s business schools have to offer.
Graham Wellesley (left) and Anthony Fane are certain their venture will succeed
Monday 16 December 2013
Annabel Palmer talks with lending platform founders Anthony Fane and Graham Wellesley
Monday 16 December 2013
DO YOU ever get sick of people banging on about the evils of alcohol? Health this, irresponsibility that. Let’s just, for once, ignore them and spend a moment recognising the wonderful effects of occasional drinking!
Dean completes the mudder of all obstacle courses
Monday 09 December 2013
Annabel Palmer talks strength, endurance and electric wires with Will Dean, co-founder of Tough Mudder and Englishman in New York
The chancellor needs to do more – and he knows it
Monday 09 December 2013
ENTREPRENEURS are rarely political animals and don’t often get involved in the dirty business of politics. However, there are few people who are more impacted – for better or worse – by public policy.
Silicon Roundabout has been genuinely successful as a startup hub
Monday 09 December 2013
TECH City has just turned three. There is some confusion over what this actually means, however.
Oliver Proudlock wants to create a pre-packaged hub to help up and coming creative types
Monday 02 December 2013
Annabel Palmer talks T-shirts and Small Business Saturday with Made in Chelsea’s Oliver Proudlock
Monday 02 December 2013
I’M SITTING on a plane, flying to France for a couple of days. Nothing flash, just an economy seat by the window, and looking out I can see the wing.
Friday 29 November 2013
From the Nollywood film industry to shanty-dwellers with a line in tech imports, Nigeria’s biggest city reveals its secrets to Alex Dymoke
Russell Hall (left) and Ron Zeghibe model their taxi wrapping
Monday 25 November 2013
Annabel Palmer talks taxis with Russell Hall and Ron Zeghibe, two of the founders behind Hailo
Monday 25 November 2013
TWO elderly sisters sat opposite each other at their kitchen table, both eyeing up the single shiny orange between them. A silent solution presented itself, and they smiled and simply divided it in two.
Truly multinational corporations like HSBC may not fit snugly into cultural categories
Thursday 21 November 2013
A new book argues that cultural values can make or break a corporate strategy
Big corporates are instrumental in the adoption and development of innovative new technologies like smart robotics
Wednesday 20 November 2013
Large firms are bad at explaining their role in Britain’s economy
Brad Fried (left) and Leon Blitz have known one another for over four decades
Monday 18 November 2013
Annabel Palmer meets Leon Blitz and Brad Fried, lifelong pals behind investment firm Grovepoint
Unions no longer hold the country to ransom
Monday 18 November 2013
IN HOLLYWOOD action movies, the hero often battles a room full of villains, defeating them one at a time before rescuing the girl. However, the world isn’t a movie – on planet Earth, when it comes to getting your way, numbers matter.
Thursday will see London’s most disruptive FinTech businesses come to Canary Wharf
Monday 18 November 2013
IT’S GLOBAL Entrepreneurship Week, and this year’s theme (Take a Step Forward) is more timely than usual.
An Executive MBA could help you stand out from the crowd
Thursday 14 November 2013
But don’t ignore the range of alternative options available if the corporate sponsorship avenue is blocked
Serial entrepreneur Dan Wagner is a familiar face on London’s tech scene
Monday 11 November 2013
Annabel Palmer meets Dan Wagner, back in the limelight with latest venture Powa Technologies
Should street marchers be charged for the right to protest?
Monday 11 November 2013
AS I graduated from university, I faced a choice: pursue a comfy career as an economist, or a risky ride as an investment banker.
UK companies may be wellplaced to benefit from the boom in education technology
Monday 11 November 2013
UK STARTUPS don’t lack enthusiasm (over 440,000 have been founded in 2013 so far), but Britain lags behind the US in the number that reach scale. This is an economically important issue.

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