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'You're either an entrepreneur or you're not' - David Harrison, True Potential

'You're either an entrepreneur or you're not' - David Harrison, True Potential

By Jack Torrance Thursday, 18 December 2014

The former builder has built two multimillion pound turnover financial services companies - and says he's 'not afraid to make an arse of myself'.

Working in a startup is a 'dream job' for two-thirds of people

Working in a startup is a 'dream job' for two-thirds of people

16 December 2014

SPONSORED: Almost 90% of people want to leave their jobs, according to a new study.

 
 
Sex toys sell: The business of ball gags

Sex toys sell: The business of ball gags

15 December 2014

Bondara is about to appear in an ITV documentary - featuring founder and ex-investment banker Chris Simms dancing with a blow-up doll.

 
 
London's first 'social supermarket' aims to tackle poverty and food waste

London's first 'social supermarket' aims to tackle poverty and food waste

15 December 2014

The store will offer discount prices on surplus food donated by supermarkets.

 
 
How London's recycling king built an £11m turnover business

How London's recycling king built an £11m turnover business

12 December 2014

Bruce Bratley is adamant First Mile's competitors just can't keep up.

 
 
Supply chain 'bullying' hits one in five small companies

Supply chain 'bullying' hits one in five small companies

11 December 2014

Small businesses are 'fast approaching breaking point' as Premier Foods and Tesco feel the heat from their supply chains.

 
 
What Snapchat's latest hire suggests about its future plans

What Snapchat's latest hire suggests about its future plans

09 December 2014

The photo sharing app, reportedly valued at $12bn, has poached Credit Suisse banker Imran Khan.

 
 
Suppliers have to stand up to bullies like Premier Foods

Suppliers have to stand up to bullies like Premier Foods

08 December 2014

That small suppliers are too scared to stand up to big customers is enough evidence to justify an investigation, says Forum of Private Business chief exec Phil Orford.

 
 
Uber banned in Delhi after driver accused of rape

Uber banned in Delhi after driver accused of rape

08 December 2014

No matter how much it may want to, the $40bn startup can't escape responsibility for its drivers.

 
 
Making money out of IRL networking in the internet age

Making money out of IRL networking in the internet age

05 December 2014

Startup 9others proves people are willing to pay for the privilege of meeting like-minded types for real.

 
 
Simon Duffy, Bulldog: Exporting is 'tremendous fun'

Simon Duffy, Bulldog: Exporting is 'tremendous fun'

05 December 2014

The former Saatchi & Saatchi-er has built the skincare brand into a multi-million pound turnover business.

 
 
Boris Johnson takes a punt on crowdfunding

Boris Johnson takes a punt on crowdfunding

04 December 2014

The London mayor is putting £25m into a new co-investment fund to support London's tech startups.

 
 
Autumn Statement: Osborne plans 'Google Tax' on multinationals

Autumn Statement: Osborne plans 'Google Tax' on multinationals

03 December 2014

Overseas companies will have to pay 25% on offshored profits.

 
 
Autumn statement 2014: What we already know

Autumn statement 2014: What we already know

03 December 2014

We already know most of what's going to be in George Osborne's heavily trailed budget-in-all-but-name.

 
 
How to get stuff done before Christmas? Ditch carols for career planning

How to get stuff done before Christmas? Ditch carols for career planning

02 December 2014

Don't fall into a canapé-induced stupor now when there's still three weeks to go 'til Christmas, says A Very Good Company founder Natalie Campbell.

 
 
Why top leaders get it wrong

Why top leaders get it wrong

02 December 2014

BUSINESS CLASSIC: Even good leaders make bad decisions; this book will help you choose the right call, says Stefan Stern.

 
 
Heather McGregor picks her favourite books of the year

Heather McGregor picks her favourite books of the year

01 December 2014

Mrs Moneypenny, broadcaster and MD of Taylor Bennett Heather McGregor on her pick of the year.

 
 
Andy Street's credibility is admirable

Andy Street's credibility is admirable

01 December 2014

EDITOR'S BLOG: Britain's Most Admired Company and its Most Admired Leader are at polar ends of the visibility scale, says Matthew Gwyther.

 
 
10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

28 November 2014

Twitter's CFO mishap, Willy Wonka's elevator, Zoopla's forthcoming battle.

 
 
Doggy ice cream and animal aftershave: The entrepreneurs taking pet products upmarket

Doggy ice cream and animal aftershave: The entrepreneurs taking pet products upmarket

28 November 2014

There's no shortage of businesses seeking to cash in on the Pooch Pound.

 
 
Investment in London fintech firms trebled this year

Investment in London fintech firms trebled this year

28 November 2014

Boris Johnson hailed the capital's place at the 'forefront of financial innovation.'

 
 
'Bob Dylan asked us to make him his very own wine' - Georgina and Antonio Terni

'Bob Dylan asked us to make him his very own wine' - Georgina and Antonio Terni

28 November 2014

HOW WE BEAT THE ODDS: Getting Italian men to take orders was just one of many challenges for a female wine-maker.

 
 
UK perfume's sweet smell of success

UK perfume's sweet smell of success

27 November 2014

With independent fragrance stores blossoming around the country, the UK's artisan scent industry is experiencing its 'punk rock' moment. Oliver Bennett reports.

 
 
Uber could be worth an uber $40bn

Uber could be worth an uber $40bn

26 November 2014

The taxi startup may have more than doubled in value since June. What controversy?

 
 
At the limits of the known world

At the limits of the known world

26 November 2014

This thrilling account of a 16th-century voyage across the top of Russia also excels at describing the birth of the modern company, says Mathew Lyons.

 
 
Zoopla and Agents' Mutual clash over the future of property

Zoopla and Agents' Mutual clash over the future of property

25 November 2014

Zoopla CEO Alex Chesterman said its new competitor Agents' Mutual could alienate consumers.

 
 
Luke Johnson: Self-employment isn't bad - and London is the best city in the world

Luke Johnson: Self-employment isn't bad - and London is the best city in the world

25 November 2014

Young people have rejected the left-wing old guard's pessimistic outlook on starting a business.

 
 

Advice

Why storytelling is so powerful in business

19 December 2014

MT EXPERT: People are highly receptive to hearing stories, because that's how we make sense of the world, says Travis Wentworth.

 

Six ways to stop middle management blocking innovation

12 December 2014

MT EXPERT: Unless you reward your middle managers for innovating, your company's big ideas are going nowhere, says Harvey Wade.

 

10 tips for conquering public speaking nerves

05 December 2014

MT EXPERT: Even Prince Harry admits he finds public speaking nerve wracking, but there are ways to get through the fear, says Robin Kermode.

 

Six tips for changing career

28 November 2014

MT EXPERT: Many people chowing down at Christmas will start thinking about a change of career in the New Year, but how do you avoid jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire?

 

Three dos and don'ts for women who want to get onto the board

07 November 2014

MT EXPERT: Practice, network with your goal in mind and never, ever say sorry, says CMI chief executive Ann Francke.

 

Is Nasa right to keep outsourcing rocket launches?

31 October 2014

MT EXPERT: Despite the explosion this week, Nasa shouldn't jump into bringing them back in-house, says Renaud Durand.

 

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.

 
 

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