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The humble duffin
Monday 14 October 2013
THINK of food innovation and the cronut (a croissant/doughnut) or the duffin (its doughnut/muffin cousin) may come to mind.
Ed Poland (right) and Will Swannell set up shop
Monday 07 October 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to the founders of Hire Space – London’s online venue rental business
Not all firms will speed ahead like Usain Bolt
Monday 07 October 2013
FOR BUSINESSES weathering a difficult economy, hoarding cash has been the order of the day. Research by Capita Asset Services found that FTSE 100-listed UK firms increased their cash holdings by 34 per cent in the five years since 2008.
Go your own way: who cares what year Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was released?
Monday 07 October 2013
I SAT there with the ignominy of defeat hanging over me. Even though I tried to keep the shame and sorrow off my face, and to adopt the good grace of a good loser, I was indeed a loser.
David Moore thinks restaurants are a “sexy investment”
Monday 30 September 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to David Moore, the restauranteur behind London’s Pied a Terre
Adam Taylor and Lexi Tamasan
Monday 30 September 2013
Adam Taylor and Lexi Tamasan’s pet food subscription service is taking a sizeable bite out of a large market
Monday 30 September 2013
ROYAL Mail’s privatisation is certainly an expression of confidence in the company, with investment set to speed up the pace of restructuring away from its declining letters business. But the future may not be so rosy.
Thursday 26 September 2013
Candidates should look beyond league tables to find a course that will suit their needs
Wednesday 25 September 2013
THE PRIVATISATION of Royal Mail started to become a likely event in May this year after the restructured group posted profits of £403m, up from £152m the previous year.
Wednesday 25 September 2013
THE FORTHCOMING privatisation of Royal Mail is the biggest post-financial crisis test so far of the market for new issues in London, which was virtually closed for business just a couple of years ago.
The parcel delivery service will be key to Royal Mail’s future
Wednesday 25 September 2013
Private investors can choose from a wide variety of stockbrokers if they fancy investing in Royal Mail shares
Wednesday 25 September 2013
BUSINESS minister Michael Fallon has certainly added some missing “zip” in promoting UK industry and commerce.
Saturated market? Mike Brehme thinks there’s space for a new entrant
Tuesday 24 September 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to Mike Brehme, who is transforming hot drinks for the second time
Fitzpatrick thinks renewables are the future
Monday 23 September 2013
Annabel Palmer talks tariffs and talent with Stephen Fitzpatrick, who switched the City for the Cotswolds to found energy company Ovo
Number of Business Incubators Worldwide
Monday 23 September 2013
But picking the right fit for your company is vitally important
It’s difficult to stand out in the digital economy
Monday 23 September 2013
WHILE the digital economy has vastly increased the ability of startups to upscale in a cost-efficient way, attracting customers has not necessarily become any easier.
There should be nothing to stop a chief executive emerging from the slums of Latin America
Wednesday 18 September 2013
A wider definition of diversity and new roles are key developments
Sooqini was named after and inspired by Middle Eastern and North African souks
Monday 16 September 2013
Annabel Palmer meets Raj Singh, co-founder of the online marketplace Sooqini, who shunned job security for a career as an entrepreneur
UK Export Share and Forecast GDP Growth in Key Markets
Monday 16 September 2013
Liam Ward-Proud looks at three vital points for startups that are planning to sell abroad
Percentage of 2008 Startups Surviving in 2011
Monday 16 September 2013
OVER 350,000 new firms have been launched in the UK this year, and confidence is rising.
The London Business School offers a popular masters course in addition to the MBA
Thursday 12 September 2013
The difference goes beyond required skills
Nick Hungerford
Monday 09 September 2013
Annabel Palmer meets Nick Hungerford, who switched the Valley for Vauxhall to found the online investment management firm Nutmeg
Monday 09 September 2013
Liam Ward-Proud investigates the cities that are attempting to foster new startup cultures
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

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