Entrepreneurs

A glimpse into how Britain's top business owners have found success. 

When the CEO needs to sack the board

When the CEO needs to sack the board

Joining a business after rapid growth, Russ Shaw found himself tasked with doing some trimming....

"I wasted £1m paying people who essentially added no value"

"I wasted £1m paying people who essentially added no value"

Lessons in recruitment from James Uffindell, founder of scale-up Bright Network.

Why you can't afford to make exports an afterthought

Why you can't afford to make exports an afterthought

Cobra Beer's founder Karan Bilimoria shares how he built his export success story.

3 mistakes to avoid when breaking new markets

3 mistakes to avoid when breaking new markets

The founder of Kohli Ventures Tej Kohli explains that there's money to be made in...

Why growing your business could be the worst decision you make

Why growing your business could be the worst decision you make

OPINION: The most durable organisations stay small, says Company of One author Paul Jarvis.

What you can learn from a man who's completed over 100 acquisitions

What you can learn from a man who's completed over 100 acquisitions

Sage's former European CEO Paul Stobart shares what he's learned about successful M&A.

The dangers of formulaic recruitment

The dangers of formulaic recruitment

"It's not a bad thing for any business to hire people who've got something to...

Which UK businesses have the best marketing?

Which UK businesses have the best marketing?

Here's how the top British businesses view their peers' ability to engage and satisfy customers....

Why I stopped looking at which universities our applicants went to

Why I stopped looking at which universities our applicants went to

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: O2's HR head Ann Pickering believes it's a mistake to limit your...

How to grow in a saturated market

How to grow in a saturated market

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: FMCG boss Elio Leoni Sceti found a clever opportunity for market leader...

Recruiters need to think about candidate experience

Recruiters need to think about candidate experience

Be nice to job applicants: they're also potential customers, says James Bull.

How to stop recruiting the wrong people

How to stop recruiting the wrong people

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: Octopus Group CEO Simon Rogerson says it's essential to give HR a...

The secret to great succession planning

The secret to great succession planning

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: James Reed, CEO of family owned recruitment agency REED explains how tripartisan...

Lessons on doing business in the Middle East (and still getting paid)

Lessons on doing business in the Middle East (and still getting paid)

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: If you think late payments are a problem here, try doing business...

When to walk away from investment

When to walk away from investment

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: When the going gets tough, sticking to your guns - as opposed...

What I learned scaling an SME to the FTSE 100

What I learned scaling an SME to the FTSE 100

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: Start working on your communication skills, advises Capita founder Rod Aldridge.

The biggest mistake companies make when going global

The biggest mistake companies make when going global

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: Dun & Bradstreet's Head of European Trade Credit explains how the credit...

5 quick tips for expanding abroad

5 quick tips for expanding abroad

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: Mark James, Group MD of drinks company Global Brands, explains what the...

How to recruit for growth

How to recruit for growth

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: Gary Turner, UK MD of cloud accounting firm Xero, explains what he...

How sales innovation helped tech unicorn Darktrace crack Asia

How sales innovation helped tech unicorn Darktrace crack Asia

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: Cybersecurity entrepreneur Poppy Gustafsson explains how a decision to challenge sector norms...

Lessons in winning a contract from Michael Heseltine

Lessons in winning a contract from Michael Heseltine

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: How the former deputy PM and founder of Management Today took inspiration...

Cobra beer and how to break into a crowded market

Cobra beer and how to break into a crowded market

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: Lord Bilimoria shares how he pulled off a product launch on a...

What Pepsi Max can teach you about a successful product launch

What Pepsi Max can teach you about a successful product launch

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: Simon Calver is Head of Investments, Ventures at the Business Growth Fund,...

5 Cambridge biotech companies to watch

5 Cambridge biotech companies to watch

These are just some of the 440 innovative life sciences companies in or around Cambridge....

3 hard-earned tips for expanding abroad

3 hard-earned tips for expanding abroad

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: Levon Antonian's IT services company Halian now does 90% of its business...

The golden rule for successful acquisitions

The golden rule for successful acquisitions

ONE MINUTE BRIEFING: CEO Nicholas Anderson on the essence of FTSE 250 engineering firm Spirax...

Meet the entrepreneur who bootstrapped a unicorn

Meet the entrepreneur who bootstrapped a unicorn

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Big data is so yesterday, says Ryan Smith of billion-dollar data firm...

Not all good business ideas are glamorous

Not all good business ideas are glamorous

The best opportunities are often found in the most mundane things, says entrepreneur Jamie Waller....

How David beat Goliath to a £6m government contract

How David beat Goliath to a £6m government contract

Despite having no reputation or budget, CaseLines was able to beat a multi-billion dollar giant...

Buddhism for Business

Buddhism for Business

Faisal Butt seeks some perspective in contemplation, patience and fasting.

How London Doctors Clinic manages its growing pains

How London Doctors Clinic manages its growing pains

The private GP has gone from one to 11 clinics in four years.

How one marketing campaign quadrupled Vanarama's turnover

How one marketing campaign quadrupled Vanarama's turnover

The van leasing company saw a unique opportunity in football sponsorship.

A business fan's guide to football

A business fan's guide to football

Reflecting on the World Cup, Faisal Butt finds surprising parallels between a football squad and...

How Duncan Cheatle convinced 500 founders to go for dinner

How Duncan Cheatle convinced 500 founders to go for dinner

The Supper Club's motto was 'no accountants, lawyers or life coaches'.

How Hyperoptic brought Britain up to speed

How Hyperoptic brought Britain up to speed

The founder of the UK's first gigabit service says faster broadband wasn't always the easiest...

How MOO conquered America

How MOO conquered America

The business card maker is benefiting from an 'analogue renaissance'.

UK  entrepreneurs need more than just ambition

UK entrepreneurs need more than just ambition

Britain is not short of entrepreneurial aspiration, but growing it is what counts.

Start-Rite shows that small steps can lead to big transformations

Start-Rite shows that small steps can lead to big transformations

A back to basics approach has helped Britain's oldest children's shoe manufacturer find its feet....

The Emoov Story - an investor's perspective

The Emoov Story - an investor's perspective

The hybrid estate agent has increased in value one hundredfold since Faisal Butt backed it...

How Prezola matched John Lewis at the wedding game

How Prezola matched John Lewis at the wedding game

In just seven years Prezola has grown to become the UK's leading wedding gift list...

'The dot com bubble exploded... 10 months later the first plane flew into our building'

'The dot com bubble exploded... 10 months later the first plane flew into ...

How Ingvar Gudmundsson survived 9/11, the Icelandic banking crisis and made the most of a...

'We will probably end up being the biggest pollution company in the world' - Gobbler Boats founder

'We will probably end up being the biggest pollution company in the world' ...

Social entrepreneur Paul Jauncey says he has found the solution to coastal oil pollution.

How to fast track the launch of your product

How to fast track the launch of your product

Graham Harris went from factory worker to multi-million pound business owner when he invented the...

Tech entrepreneur Sumir Karayi: 'I went to one of the worst schools in the country'

Tech entrepreneur Sumir Karayi: 'I went to one of the worst schools in ...

The founder of IT firm 1E on failing fast, British innovation and why you can't...

Surviving the early days of a start-up

Surviving the early days of a start-up

Founding a business is not for the faint-hearted, says Faisal Butt.

Swapping the clinic for the App Store

Swapping the clinic for the App Store

Therapy Box founder Rebecca Bright uses her experience as a speech therapist to create apps...

Giving up could be the best decision you ever made

Giving up could be the best decision you ever made

Starting a business without challenging your biases puts you on the path to disaster.

Eat Natural's co-founder on turning peanuts into pounds

Eat Natural's co-founder on turning peanuts into pounds

From hand-making bars in a small factory in Essex, Praveen Vijn now sells 100 million...

Entrepreneurial lessons from a clown

Entrepreneurial lessons from a clown

MT sat down with real life clown, Partyman Group founder, CEO and business coach James...