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Meet the entrepreneur keeping Olympians warm in any weather

Meet the entrepreneur keeping Olympians warm in any weather

By Rebecca Smith Friday, 27 May 2016

Gideon Bright's Dryrobe has proved a hit with everyone from surfers to dog walkers.

How 'accidental entrepreneur' Julie Hanna became Obama's enterprise ambassador

How 'accidental entrepreneur' Julie Hanna became Obama's enterprise ambassador

26 May 2016

The exec chair of P2P lender Kiva discusses how she's aiming to create opportunities for new businesses worldwide.

 
 
Cuba is finally embracing the power of entrepreneurs

Cuba is finally embracing the power of entrepreneurs

25 May 2016

The government's bid to lift some of its stifling restrictions is a sign of progress.

 
 
How to implement flexible working in a small business

How to implement flexible working in a small business

24 May 2016

Providing employees with more freedom in how they work can help you attract great talent, so long as you're clear about what's on offer.

 
 
'Everyone acting like an owner is a key part of our DNA,' James Chappell, Digital Shadows

'Everyone acting like an owner is a key part of our DNA,' James Chappell, Digital Shadows

20 May 2016

The booming cyber security start-up has raised more than $20m and is expanding into the US.

 
 
The 5 types of red tape hampering entrepreneurs the most

The 5 types of red tape hampering entrepreneurs the most

19 May 2016

Whether it's filling in a tax return or putting together an employee handbook, no business owner likes getting bogged down in admin.

 
 
Can a rise in female angel investors help close the funding gap?

Can a rise in female angel investors help close the funding gap?

19 May 2016

As more women try on their angel investor wings, the impact on the diversity of firms securing funding could be significant.

 
 
Why pop-ups are still so popular among British entrepreneurs

Why pop-ups are still so popular among British entrepreneurs

17 May 2016

Far from being a fad, the rise of the pop-up shop continues as businesses try to find a less expensive route to high street success.

 
 
Meet the entrepreneurs keeping kids sweet with healthier treats

Meet the entrepreneurs keeping kids sweet with healthier treats

13 May 2016

Claudi & Fin's frozen yoghurt lollies have gone down a storm at Sainsbury's.

 
 
Why you should think about hiring a military veteran

Why you should think about hiring a military veteran

12 May 2016

Ex-military folk might need some initial support to get them up to speed with the business, but employers ignore them at their peril.

 
 
Unruly's Sarah Wood toasted at Veuve Clicquot awards

Unruly's Sarah Wood toasted at Veuve Clicquot awards

10 May 2016

The tech firm co-founder won the Businesswoman of the Year award, while Propercorn's Cassandra Stavrou scooped a gong too.

 
 
Will Shared Parental Leave level the childcare playing field?

Will Shared Parental Leave level the childcare playing field?

06 May 2016

A year on from the introduction of SPL, parents who have tried the option discuss how it could change flexibility surrounding parental leave.

 
 
Meet Joseph Valente, the entrepreneur who won over Alan Sugar

Meet Joseph Valente, the entrepreneur who won over Alan Sugar

06 May 2016

The plucky winner of The Apprentice 2015 has big plans for his plumbing and heating firm.

 
 
Business lessons from the 1990s

Business lessons from the 1990s

06 May 2016

It's 50 years since MT was first published, so we've trawled the archives to bring you some gems from times gone by. The fourth in our series: 1991-95.

 
 
Hotel Chocolat founders land tasty £40m payday

Hotel Chocolat founders land tasty £40m payday

05 May 2016

Peter Harris and Angus Thirlwell have floated the company today at a value of £167m. Will it be able to avoid the mistakes of Thorntons?

 
 
How the Biscuiteers are icing their way to sweet success

How the Biscuiteers are icing their way to sweet success

05 May 2016

Entrepreneur Harriet Hastings doesn't think her biscuit delivery business will be crumbling anytime soon.

 
 
Caroline Plumb's three top reads

Caroline Plumb's three top reads

04 May 2016

The CEO and founder of FreshMinds enjoys reading about the art of rhetoric, Paula Radcliffe and Genghis Khan.

 
 
Hermann Hauser: 'An A team with C technology wins over a C team with A technology every time'

Hermann Hauser: 'An A team with C technology wins over a C team with A technology every time'

03 May 2016

YOU LIVE & YOU LEARN: Hermann Hauser on how he started Acorn Computers and why biosciences will be the next big thing.

 
 
The BHS blame-game is an ugly business

The BHS blame-game is an ugly business

29 April 2016

EDITOR'S BLOG: You might not like Philip Green's taste but a healthy economy needs his like.

 
 
Meet the former stripper who has Waitrose going wild for his noodles

Meet the former stripper who has Waitrose going wild for his noodles

29 April 2016

Ross Mendham's low-carb Bare Naked Foods are proving a hit with the health-conscious.

 
 
Method investing: be the business version of Daniel Day-Lewis

Method investing: be the business version of Daniel Day-Lewis

29 April 2016

Immersing yourself in your venture is the only way to know whether you're a good fit, says Faisal Butt.

 
 
How other start-ups can follow Etsy's lead on diversity

How other start-ups can follow Etsy's lead on diversity

29 April 2016

The ecommerce site has made significant improvements to gender parity in its workforce.

 
 
Why Muslim entrepreneurs can give Islam a much needed image boost

Why Muslim entrepreneurs can give Islam a much needed image boost

29 April 2016

EDITOR'S BLOG: There's a wealth of Muslim business talent out there. Perhaps they can help change British perceptions of Islam.

 
 
These businesses are cashing in on the cyber crime wave

These businesses are cashing in on the cyber crime wave

28 April 2016

We're hearing more and more about the rising number of hacks and data leaks, but who's fighting back?

 
 
Italy's Northern Powerhouse

Italy's Northern Powerhouse

28 April 2016

The Italian economy might be in a bit of a mess, but the country's buoyant north-eastern corner has spawned a cluster of world-beating businesses, from Pinarello to Segafredo.

 
 
How Brexit would affect employment law

How Brexit would affect employment law

28 April 2016

WORKPLACE RIGHTS: If the UK votes to leave the EU, it is unlikely that the government would change workplace legislation.

 
 
Is James Dyson's new £299 hairdryer more than hot air?

Is James Dyson's new £299 hairdryer more than hot air?

27 April 2016

The inventor has announced a surprise move into the haircare industry.

 
 

Advice

How to win at office politics

03 May 2016

Don't think you can ignore the politics in your workplace. Here's how to deal with it and keep your principles.

 

My ex-girlfriend has applied for a role on my team. It's awkward - what should I do?

29 April 2016

Check whether she's out for revenge or simply wants to join your excellent team, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How can I persuade my husband to retire so we can go on a long cruise?

28 April 2016

A cruise might be a nightmarish prospect for your husband. See if you can persuade him to gradually reduce his hours instead, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

8 ways to reduce staff turnover

22 April 2016

CRASH COURSE: Recruiting new people is expensive and disruptive. Here's what you can do to help retain employees.

 

How can I stop my son using his inheritance to start a business?

05 April 2016

If you try to discourage him, he's likely to go ahead anyway, but may fail and not ask for help. Encouragement works better, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

We're having parking space wars at our new office. Can you help?

04 April 2016

You need to be firm and allocate spaces in the car park based on seniority, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How do I stop our firm's partners awarding themselves unaffordable bonuses?

01 April 2016

You need to warn the younger partners that these payouts are unsustainable and you fear for the future, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How to break bad habits

22 March 2016

Want to stop checking your phone constantly, procrastinating or being late? Here are ways to retrain your brain.

 

How can I stop my business partner from giving his wife a job?

03 March 2016

You need to ask to talk to his wife directly - and then explain why it might not be best for her, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

My boss refused my request for a pay rise. Should I try again?

02 March 2016

Yes, but don't threaten to resign unless you're prepared to follow through, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How to hire a finance director

01 March 2016

CRASH COURSE: Here's how to find a CFO or FD who's more than just a high-powered bean counter.

 

Am I wasting my time as a non-executive director?

25 February 2016

Tell the chief executive that you won't feel you are earning your fee until your abilities are used to help improve the business, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How to square up to uncertainty as a leader

25 February 2016

Facing a complex, ambiguous situation? Don't leave it to others to make a decision. Here's how to take the lead.

 

Would an MBA help me race up the career ladder?

02 February 2016

If you're in a hurry to progress in your job, an MBA won't necessarily help you get to the top more quickly, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

I've sold my start-up and work for the new boss under the earn-out terms. I hate it, what should I do?

29 January 2016

Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Focus on the company's performance to make sure you get your earn-out cheque, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How can I stop a director from telling staff not to come in with a cold?

27 January 2016

You need to clarify your sickness policy with a company memo, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How do I get out of organising the office Christmas party?

07 December 2015

Don't try and dodge the task, instead get colleagues to help you, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How do I find a non-exec role with a small firm or charity?

01 December 2015

First work out what expertise and experience you can offer and then try local organisations, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

My colleague is earning a lot less than me, even though he's my equal. Should I tell him?

25 November 2015

No. You'll just make him feel bad and you could damage your working relationship, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

Effective leaders need more than good intentions

24 November 2015

Just thinking about doing something won't get results, it's what you actually do that counts. Here's how not to fall into the action-intention gap.