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'Putting on an ill-fitting black suit is my idea of hell' - Poppy Mardall, Poppy's Funerals

'Putting on an ill-fitting black suit is my idea of hell' - Poppy Mardall, Poppy's Funerals

By Amber De Smet Thursday, 17 July 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The entrepreneur and 35 Under 35-er talks about employing poets and fire fighters and why she only has one app on her phone.

Peer-to-peer lending hits the big time as Funding Circle raises $65m

Peer-to-peer lending hits the big time as Funding Circle raises $65m

17 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Peer-to-peer business lending is going mainstream as the crowfunding site targets US expansion.

 
 
Has a UK startup finally cracked how to make money from mobile gaming?

Has a UK startup finally cracked how to make money from mobile gaming?

15 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: GiftGaming wants to solve the problem that only 1.5% players make in-app purchases by getting brands to do it for them.

 
 
'The dog ate it', fake deaths and other excuses for late payment to small businesses

'The dog ate it', fake deaths and other excuses for late payment to small businesses

14 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Not receiving or losing an invoice is the biggest excuse small businesses get from late-paying customers.

 
 
Everything you know about business is wrong: Only innovators know how to innovate

Everything you know about business is wrong: Only innovators know how to innovate

12 July 2014

What makes a great innovator? Sometimes it's the oldest companies which know best.

 
 
Words-Worth: Budget

Words-Worth: Budget

12 July 2014

Where does the word 'budget' come from?

 
 
Why big business still hates small firms

Why big business still hates small firms

11 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Large companies are still dragging their feet over issuing contracts to small businesses.

 
 
How to manage a product launch

How to manage a product launch

11 July 2014

You've got a brilliant new product waiting to be unveiled. But a successful launch could make all the difference between the product being a hit or an also-ran.

 
 
The highs and lows of the pound in its 1260 year history

The highs and lows of the pound in its 1260 year history

10 July 2014

The world's oldest working currency, the pound, is on a roll just in time for this year's holiday season.

 
 
A new way to save energy? Waterless washing machines could be in homes from 2016

A new way to save energy? Waterless washing machines could be in homes from 2016

09 July 2014

How I Beat the Odds: Bill Westwater, CEO of Xeros, wants people to ditch traditional washing machines and use polymer beads instead.

 
 
VUCA - what's the big idea?

VUCA - what's the big idea?

09 July 2014

This military acronym has been hijacked. What does it mean?

 
 
OFFICE SPY: Behind the scenes at A Suit That Fits (VIDEO)

OFFICE SPY: Behind the scenes at A Suit That Fits (VIDEO)

04 July 2014

A Suit That Fits co-founder David Hathiramani gives us a tour around the central London offices of his bespoke tailoring company.

 
 
Only 16% of small business exporters are getting government help

Only 16% of small business exporters are getting government help

03 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: A third of small exporters think it's difficult to access government support. Must do better.

 
 
Sharing economy startup BlaBlaCar raises $100m

Sharing economy startup BlaBlaCar raises $100m

02 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The long-distance lift-sharing platform could be valued at $1bn - and it isn't even profitable yet.

 
 
Government scraps millions in small firms' export funding

Government scraps millions in small firms' export funding

26 June 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Despite all the pontificating about helping out small companies, politicians have shifted their focus to getting medium-sized businesses exporting.

 
 
Moonpig boss Stan Laurent: card sending is a 'very British phenomenon'

Moonpig boss Stan Laurent: card sending is a 'very British phenomenon'

20 June 2014

The chief executive of Photobox, Moonpig's parent company, says the novelty card website wouldn't work anywhere other than the UK - but he has ambitions for Photobox to take over the world.

 
 
Finally banks embrace P2P lending, as Santander gets into bed with Funding Circle

Finally banks embrace P2P lending, as Santander gets into bed with Funding Circle

18 June 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Instead of positioning itself as a threat to traditional banking, Funding Circle is cosying up with the high street lender. It looks like a good deal for both.

 
 
20 QUESTIONS: Siân Holt, Fudge Kitchen

20 QUESTIONS: Siân Holt, Fudge Kitchen

13 June 2014

The fudge seller talks about Fleet Street misogyny, her passion for Paris and the genius of velcro.

 
 
Dan Wagner's Powa Technologies is now worth 1.6 billion pounds

Dan Wagner's Powa Technologies is now worth 1.6 billion pounds

12 June 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The acquisition of Hong Kong-based mobile payments company MPayMe for $75m values Powa Technologies at $2.7bn, 650% more than last year.

 
 
Emma Bridgewater: 'We don't want to sell to a bunch of venture capitalists'

Emma Bridgewater: 'We don't want to sell to a bunch of venture capitalists'

10 June 2014

POWER MUMS: She's famous for her ceramics, but Emma Bridgwater had never thrown a pot before she started her business. She discusses her marriage, and why British manufacturing is so important.

 
 
TransferWise raises $25m from backers including Richard Branson

TransferWise raises $25m from backers including Richard Branson

10 June 2014

It's Branson's second investment in a payment start-up in as many months.

 
 
Naked Wines' angel investment scheme: why there is such a thing as too popular

Naked Wines' angel investment scheme: why there is such a thing as too popular

09 June 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Fine wines can't be magicked out of thin air, so the company may need to close the door to new angel investors.

 
 
Ban business rates for small firms, says the BRC

Ban business rates for small firms, says the BRC

06 June 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The lobby group wants more than 100,000 small companies to be freed from business rates. Sounds familiar...

 
 
20 QUESTIONS: Mark Roberts, Beer Hawk

20 QUESTIONS: Mark Roberts, Beer Hawk

06 June 2014

The founder of the online store for beer talks about the importance of flexible working for fathers and the relative merits of taste-testing Pringles and selling Tampax.

 
 
20 QUESTIONS: Johannes Reck, GetYourGuide

20 QUESTIONS: Johannes Reck, GetYourGuide

30 May 2014

The founder of the Berlin-based travel activities website talks about why having a girlfriend is unusual and thinks living at 10 Downing Street would be 'awesome'.

 
 
Small business lending has fallen 0.7 billion pounds under Funding for Lending

Small business lending has fallen 0.7 billion pounds under Funding for Lending

29 May 2014

LAUNCHPAD: If banks can't use Bank of England cash to pump up the housing market, they would rather not use it at all.

 
 
Peer-to-peer lending has grown 50% in five months

Peer-to-peer lending has grown 50% in five months

27 May 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Lending between people and businesses hit £1.5bn over the bank holiday, but that's still just a drop in a very large ocean.

 
 

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Michael Acton Smith: I'm stepping down as CEO of Mind Candy, but that doesn't mean we're IPOing

11 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The man behind Moshi Monsters quashed rumours he's leaving ('if you cut me I bleed jellybeans'), but told MT he wants a more creative role.

 

A German supermarket startup is about to give Aldi and Lidl a run for their money

08 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Crowdfunded supermarket Original Unverpackt promises it will do away with waste altogether.

 

The majority of areas with lots of fast-growing companies are outside London

20 May 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Capital-dwellers take note - stuff actually happens in places where you can't use your Oyster Card.

 

Skyscanner and Moonpig founders have clubbed together to provide early-stage investment

06 May 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Investors including Moshi Monsters' Michael Acton Smith and the founders of Skyscanner, Innocent Drinks and Moonpig are joining forces to tackle the 'equity gap'.

 

This is the world's first self-balancing bicycle

02 May 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Jyrobike wants to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter next month to make its auto-balancing children's bikes.

 

Moolah's founder accidentally donated 20m Dogecoins to Doge4Nascar

25 March 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Very Dogecoin. Such Nascar. Wow.

 

Style Lend dresses up the sharing economy

21 March 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Former model Lona Duncan wants to monetise the dresses you're bored with wearing and save you buying ones you don't need. It's not cheap though.

 

Alibaba's $215m Tango stake makes Whatsapp look stupidly overvalued (again)

20 March 2014

LAUNCHPAD: 6.5 times as many users for 19 times the price. Facebook needs to work out how to turn its calf into a cash cow.

 

Coding Cupboard is hooking up student programmers with small businesses

13 March 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Students need experience. Start-ups need cheap coders. A match made in heaven?

 

Boris wants London to be the 'tech capital of the world'? No kidding

13 March 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The government has ploughed £50m into turning London into a tech hub. Now its mayor has decided he wants it to be the 'tech capital of the world'. We can all dream...

 

Pop-up shops: coming soon to a tube station near you

12 March 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Transport for London has signed a deal to allow pop-up shops and restaurants in its vacant retail units.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Crowdfunders unite to target small businesses

10 March 2014

Funding Circle, CrowdCube and Seedr have got together to launch an alternative finance website, as Zopa accuses banks of having 'no appetite' to fund small firms.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Dan Wagner launches PowaTag retail app

04 March 2014

The dot com crash's best known survivor wants to build Britain's Google after raising a record $100m in seed funding.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Kickstarter passes $1bn in pledges

03 March 2014

The crowdfunding site is patting itself on the back, but doesn't mention projects that get delayed or fail to actually materialise.

 

LAUNCHPAD: DueDil gets its numbers right with $17m investment

03 March 2014

The company information site has raised $22m in less than a year.

 

LAUNCHPAD: We're no threat to banks, says Funding Circle boss

25 February 2014

Funding Circle director (and Betfair co-founder) Ed Wray reckons the lender is 'a long way' from funding big business.

 

LAUNCHPAD: 'Made in Britain' is back - but manufacturers are ditching banks

25 February 2014

Good news for a more balanced economy: 86% of small manufacturers are planning to invest in equipment, although they aren't expecting banks to provide the funds.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Boris Johnson backs garage start-ups

21 February 2014

London's mayor has allocated up to £9m to turn empty garages into space for small businesses.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Guardian buys 15% of Decoded

14 February 2014

The lefty newspaper's parent company will probably be hoping the code training start-up can finally wean them off dead trees.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Boris backs London flip flop firm

06 February 2014

'Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of London,' the Mayor of London said as he launched his own flip flop design at Gandys HQ.

 
 

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