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20 QUESTIONS: Rob Law, Trunki

20 QUESTIONS: Rob Law, Trunki

By Emma Finamore Friday, 18 April 2014

Best known for being summarily rejected by Dragons' Den, Rob Law's company now turns over £7m a year. He tells us why he originally wanted to call Trunki 'Magma', and why he doesn't trust the UK legal system.

What is thought leadership?

What is thought leadership?

28 March 2014

Think of Don Draper, star of the Mad Men TV series about Madison Avenue in the 1960s, whose creative genius wins new accounts and turns around marketing disasters.

 
 
How I Beat The Odds: Adrian Everett, E-Lites

How I Beat The Odds: Adrian Everett, E-Lites

28 March 2014

The founder of electronic cigarette brand E-Lites was an RAF pilot before setting up his own business.

 
 
20 QUESTIONS: Anna Bance, Girl Meets Dress

20 QUESTIONS: Anna Bance, Girl Meets Dress

27 March 2014

The ex-Hermes PR says working as a stylist's assistant during her university days helped inspire her designer dress rental business.

 
 
Sport lessons for business

Sport lessons for business

27 March 2014

Sporting analogies are beloved of speakers and consultants alike. But are they helpful?

 
 
How to manage mavericks

How to manage mavericks

27 March 2014

A bloke in your office comes up with brilliant ideas. He's also a pain in the butt. How do you manage such people? Here's a crash course.

 
 
Words-Worth: Lean

Words-Worth: Lean

27 March 2014

You can't be too rich or too lean: a good motto for modern business. What does it mean?

 
 
The sweet story of Candy Crush: How King.com made its millions

The sweet story of Candy Crush: How King.com made its millions

26 March 2014

The maker of the smartphone hit Candy Crush could be the most valuable London-based tech IPO ever.

 
 
20 questions: Alicia Navarro - Skimlinks

20 questions: Alicia Navarro - Skimlinks

21 March 2014

The founder of affiliate marketing website Skimlinks changed the business overnight after two years of struggling - and she doesn't regret it.

 
 
20 QUESTIONS: Peter Bauer, Mimecast

20 QUESTIONS: Peter Bauer, Mimecast

14 March 2014

The tech entrepreneur talks looking good in jeans and why rugby is better than fighting wars.

 
 
QUIZ: What type of alternative finance should your business use?

QUIZ: What type of alternative finance should your business use?

10 March 2014

Strapped for cash and tired of trying and failing to beat down the bank's doors? MT's handy quiz takes you through the exciting world of alternative finance.

 
 
20 QUESTIONS: Ali Nester-Smith, Happy Box London

20 QUESTIONS: Ali Nester-Smith, Happy Box London

07 March 2014

Nester-Smith says her gift business is all about cheering people up - and that working mothers make the best employees.

 
 
Young workers today are 'more self-obsessed and vain'

Young workers today are 'more self-obsessed and vain'

03 March 2014

Professor Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic examines the differences between between millennials and their predecessors.

 
 
What is stress?

What is stress?

01 March 2014

There is good stress and bad stress. What effect does it have on our work?

 
 
20 QUESTIONS: Brynne Herbert, MOVE Guides

20 QUESTIONS: Brynne Herbert, MOVE Guides

27 February 2014

The founder of the employee relocation company and former US gymnast says we should all be looking east - and lambasts the 'horrendously antiquated' world of banking.

 
 
From electrical wholesaling to gin and tonic popcorn: Joe & Seph's Popcorn founders

From electrical wholesaling to gin and tonic popcorn: Joe & Seph's Popcorn founders

27 February 2014

How we beat the odds: Joe, Jackie and Adam Sopher on making unique popcorn and keeping business in the family.

 
 
LAUNCHPAD: Tradeshift looks east with $75m new funding

LAUNCHPAD: Tradeshift looks east with $75m new funding

25 February 2014

Investment from Scentan Ventures will help the Danish online invoicing company to expand into Japan, it says.

 
 
HSBC profits disappoint despite rise

HSBC profits disappoint despite rise

24 February 2014

The bank's pre-tax profits rose 9% in 2013, but shareholders had expected a 19% surge. Can't please 'em all...

 
 
20 QUESTIONS: Giotto Castelli, e-Go

20 QUESTIONS: Giotto Castelli, e-Go

19 February 2014

The Italian aero engineer is the first man to design and manufacture a plane in the UK in decades. Here he talks risking other people's lives and why suits don't make sense.

 
 
20 QUESTIONS: Glenn Shoosmith, BookingBug

20 QUESTIONS: Glenn Shoosmith, BookingBug

14 February 2014

The founder of the online booking system talks beer, Bitcoin and his fear of going back to work for a bank.

 
 
LAUNCHPAD: Bransons back bike business Blaze

LAUNCHPAD: Bransons back bike business Blaze

14 February 2014

London-based Blaze launches highly-anticipated laser-projection bike light with funding from the Branson family and Index Ventures.

 
 
BLOG: Love work. Meet young job-hunters

BLOG: Love work. Meet young job-hunters

12 February 2014

Small business owner Victoria Whitbread enjoys a Lovework networking evening.

 
 
Exporters shipping on wave of confidence

Exporters shipping on wave of confidence

12 February 2014

Companies expect more overseas sales, but a rising pound could dampen enthusiasm.

 
 
Political risk an investment 'mood killer'

Political risk an investment 'mood killer'

11 February 2014

All this grandstanding by politicians is messing with businesses' heads, the CBI has said.

 
 
LAUNCHPAD: All-systems go for small businesses

LAUNCHPAD: All-systems go for small businesses

10 February 2014

Small business activity is at a record high, with manufacturers booming.

 
 
LAUNCHPAD: Flappy Bird flaps no more

LAUNCHPAD: Flappy Bird flaps no more

10 February 2014

The Flappy Bird creator has taken the addictive app down, saying 'I cannot take this anymore'.

 
 
20 QUESTIONS: Katie Powell, Mama Jeanius

20 QUESTIONS: Katie Powell, Mama Jeanius

07 February 2014

The founder of the maternity jeans brand talks flying planes, her beginnings as a florist and bad behaviour on The Apprentice.

 
 

Launchpad

News and views from the startup community

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.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Ba-Zynga - game giant buys Brit firm for $527m

31 January 2014

Farmville creator Zynga has bought UK game maker NaturalMotion. Is this the beginning of the end of its troubles?

 

LAUNCHPAD: Cambridge Satchel Company bags $21m

24 January 2014

The Cambridge Satchel Company has just closed its first-ever funding round. Not bad, for a firm started in its founder's kitchen.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Pow! Barclays hits small firms with banking charges

20 January 2014

Barclays has been sent to the naughty step, as hundreds of thousands of businesses being switched to new accounts are hit with higher charges.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Tech City UK boss Shields steps down

17 January 2014

It's been less than 18 months, but Joanna Shields has stepped down from her job as chief executive - as the number of women on FTSE 100 boards tops 20% for the first time.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Small businesses join the crowd

17 January 2014

Small businesses are apparently turning to crowd funding, away from those banking bad boys.

 
 

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