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Turmoil at Tesco continues as two more directors set to leave

Turmoil at Tesco continues as two more directors set to leave

By Rachel Savage Monday, 13 October 2014

The company secretary and audit committee chair are expected to quit. Convenient timing...

'Failure is not the opposite of success' - Rish Mitra, Blippar

'Failure is not the opposite of success' - Rish Mitra, Blippar

10 October 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Blippar co-founder and CEO Rish Mitra talks work-life balance (or lack of), augmented reality and putting his face on the £20 note.

 
 
MOVE Guides raises $8.2m after growing 1000% in a year

MOVE Guides raises $8.2m after growing 1000% in a year

09 October 2014

The staff relocation startup is planning to more than double its headcount in the next 12 months.

 
 
Richard Branson gets behind Bitcoin startup's $30m funding round

Richard Branson gets behind Bitcoin startup's $30m funding round

07 October 2014

The entrepreneur has put an undisclosed amount into Blockchain, a British Bitcoin startup.

 
 
Bending over backwards to fund yoga startups

Bending over backwards to fund yoga startups

06 October 2014

SmartMat and Yoogaia are giving the ancient meditation system a technological twist. 'YogaTech' anyone...?

 
 
'You can't match the PR that comes with Dragon's Den' - Scott Cupit, Swing Patrol

'You can't match the PR that comes with Dragon's Den' - Scott Cupit, Swing Patrol

03 October 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the swing dance class startup talks about performing at Buckingham Palace and why his pitch to Deborah Meaden almost failed.

 
 
Europe is a 'slacker with low expectations', says Paypal founder

Europe is a 'slacker with low expectations', says Paypal founder

30 September 2014

The Paypal founder and Silicon Valley investment veteran, Peter Thiel, has said that Europeans have a poor work ethic because of their low expectations.

 
 
Small businesses are bullish about exports

Small businesses are bullish about exports

29 September 2014

Small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly optimistic about overseas growth prospects, with young businesspeople leading the charge.

 
 
'I was a double for Neville Longbottom' - Bertie Stephens, Flubit

'I was a double for Neville Longbottom' - Bertie Stephens, Flubit

26 September 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the Amazon price-beating site talks Robot Wars, freezing on film sets and filming Elon Musk's wedding.

 
 
Excellence is no longer enough in business

Excellence is no longer enough in business

23 September 2014

To be excellent won't get you ahead in a world where there is little difference between one company's products and another. How then to stand out?

 
 
Janvi Patel: 'If it's not on the spreadsheet it's not happening'

Janvi Patel: 'If it's not on the spreadsheet it's not happening'

19 September 2014

POWER MUMS: The founder of law firm Halebury and mother of three commutes between LA and London and admits to being a control freak. She talks about learning to let go and being bossy.

 
 
'When you really want something you make it happen' - Hannah Rhodes, Hiver

'When you really want something you make it happen' - Hannah Rhodes, Hiver

19 September 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The honey beer entrepreneur and 35 Under 35-er wants to move her business from London to Hull and thinks politicians should cut ties with the media.

 
 
Failure: it destroys careers, and shreds company images

Failure: it destroys careers, and shreds company images

05 September 2014

But is there any way to avoid it?

 
 
Dyson could be about to launch a robotic vacuum cleaner

Dyson could be about to launch a robotic vacuum cleaner

29 August 2014

The ever-inventive engineer has released a mysterious video announcing a product launch on September 4th. What could it be...?

 
 
'I was checking emails in the labour room' - Anthony Eskinazi, JustPark

'I was checking emails in the labour room' - Anthony Eskinazi, JustPark

29 August 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the parking app talks about his 'property porn obsession' and why he offers his staff infinite holidays.

 
 
'Launching in America was the best decision we ever made' - Robyn Exton, Dattch

'Launching in America was the best decision we ever made' - Robyn Exton, Dattch

22 August 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the women-only dating app talks about her plans to move to the US and why she wants to rename her business.

 
 
Och no: Two-thirds of small Scottish businesses want to stay in the UK

Och no: Two-thirds of small Scottish businesses want to stay in the UK

21 August 2014

More than half of small Scottish businesses think independence would be a threat to the country's economic growth.

 
 
Stelios wants to shake up the car rental market (again) with EasyCar Club

Stelios wants to shake up the car rental market (again) with EasyCar Club

18 August 2014

The serial entrepreneur wants to grab a slice of the sharing economy with peer-to-peer car rental platform EasyCar Club.

 
 
'Star investor' Neil Woodford has just bet £7m on online estate agent Purplebricks

'Star investor' Neil Woodford has just bet £7m on online estate agent Purplebricks

18 August 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The 'disruptive' estate agent has raised £10m already this year, after launching in April.

 
 
A 19-year-old school dropout has just won £80,000 investment from Deborah Meaden on Dragon's Den

A 19-year-old school dropout has just won £80,000 investment from Deborah Meaden on Dragon's Den

17 August 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Jordan Daykin's patented plasterboard fixings tamed the fiery dragon. And he only employees other teenagers.

 
 
The UK sharing economy could rake in £9bn by 2025

The UK sharing economy could rake in £9bn by 2025

15 August 2014

Sharing economy companies in the UK currently make around £500m a year, according to PwC. But it all depends how you define it...

 
 
'Being aggressive isn't essential for business success' - Donna Baker, Here For a Day & Here For a Pound

'Being aggressive isn't essential for business success' - Donna Baker, Here For a Day & Here For a Pound

15 August 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the daily deal website and online pound store talks about becoming a midwife and why she can't work with half-hearted people.

 
 
Uber vs Lyft: This time it's personal

Uber vs Lyft: This time it's personal

13 August 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The battle between the two startups to disrupt and dominate taxi markets around the world is not pretty.

 
 
What do entrepreneurs really want from investors?

What do entrepreneurs really want from investors?

13 August 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Two thirds of business owners want advice more than money, but lots aren't getting any at all.

 
 
Yo is now more than just, er, Yo

Yo is now more than just, er, Yo

12 August 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The ridiculously simple free messaging app is trying to target marketers.

 
 
'Failure is good. It's a great way to learn' - Jared Jesner, WeSwap

'Failure is good. It's a great way to learn' - Jared Jesner, WeSwap

08 August 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the peer-to-peer currency exchange site talks cold-calling, double nappy duty and why Israelis make great employees.

 
 
JustPark's app means you'll never have to waste time searching for a parking space

JustPark's app means you'll never have to waste time searching for a parking space

07 August 2014

LAUNCHPAD: It's the latest expansion of the sharing economy, as JustPark partners with BMW to embed the app into Minis.

 
 

Advice

How to take criticism on the chin

17 October 2014

MT EXPERT: Figure out what you want from feedback and don't get defensive, says Claire Bremner.

 

7 ways to bid for contracts and win

10 October 2014

MT EXPERT: Get to know clients ahead of time and prepare for tough questions, says Scott Keyser.

 

Why LGBT equality is a business no-brainer - and what you can do to support it

03 October 2014

MT EXPERT: Training, tackling unconscious bias and setting up an LGBT network will help your staff be their very best, says Stonewall chair Jan Gooding.

 

The pros & cons of startup incubators

26 September 2014

MT EXPERT: If you're after networking and advice an accelerator can be invaluable, but do you really want to give up equity?

 

Six ways to avoid a bad hire

19 September 2014

MT EXPERT: Develop your own staff and get them on board as you sniff out new blood, says Shaun Thomson.

 

8 easy steps to build the perfect board

29 August 2014

MT EXPERT: The best boards are diverse, well trained and have that magic mix of skills, says the IoD's Dr Roger Barker.

 

Talking to techies: a guide to Agile software development

22 August 2014

MT EXPERT: Agile is for more than just yoga gurus, says Black Pepper Software's John Cooke.

 

How can your business avoid a social media storm? By being more human

15 August 2014

MT EXPERT: To get customer service right, companies need to be both real and realistic, says Nick Peart.

 

6 ways hackers are trying to steal your data

01 August 2014

MT EXPERT: You're not paranoid - they really are out to get you, says Simon Smith of IBM Security Systems.

 

The 10 biggest risks to your business right now

25 July 2014

MT EXPERT: Running an international business? Charles Hecker lists the 10 things you need to look out for.

 

Entering the twilight zone: how to deal with impending insolvency

04 July 2014

MT EXPERT: Insolvency is a terrifying prospect for any business owner - but if you enter it gracefully, there's a good chance you'll come out the other side, says Caroline Benham.

 

MT EXPERT: How to win at your first week in a new job

20 June 2014

Landed a new role? Chris Meredith explains how to impress your new colleagues.

 

MT EXPERT: Business lessons from Roy Hodgson

13 June 2014

The man tasked with leading Eng-er-land to victory this summer has a management style completely at odds with his predecessors, says Garry Veale. Here's what you can learn from him.

 

MT EXPERT: The three things you need to know to make a merger work

06 June 2014

Now M&A activity is picking up again, it's time for business leaders to revisit the three fundamentals of merger integration, says Niamh Dawson.

 

MT EXPERT: Here's what you should know before you're interviewed for a CEO job

30 May 2014

There's plenty of interview advice for grads, says Jane Rankin. But no one ever tells people at the top how to prepare.

 

MT EXPERT: How to part with your partner

23 May 2014

Ending a business partnership is a lot like ending a marriage. Your priority should be protecting your children - your staff, customers and suppliers, says Andrew Morris

 

MT EXPERT: Protecting your intellectual property shouldn't be a chore

09 May 2014

Us Brits see it as a chore - but protecting your IP should be part of your marketing strategy, says Jeff Shieh.

 

MT EXPERT: The fall of Manchester United's David Moyes will send shivers around boardrooms

25 April 2014

David Moyes' exit 10 months into his job will resonate in the corporate world, where tenures of CEOs are falling as expectations rise. New leaders should be 'turbo-charged' from the start, says Mark Byford.

 

MT EXPERT: Why you need to audit your auditors

25 April 2014

The auditor-management relationship has always been uncomfortable, but lately it's got more hands-on. Management needs to get involved, says Lawrence Reed.

 

MT EXPERT: Why 'seeing' your data is the key to understanding it

18 April 2014

Data visualisation is no longer a question off knocking up a few graphs. Modern techniques are vital for discovering patterns, unveiling trends and revealing unexpected insights, says James Eiloart.

 
 

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