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There are many hurdles to scaling a successful company. Here's how the best in the business cleared them, and what you can learn from them.

"Our annual sales forecast went up 250 per cent in a week"

"Our annual sales forecast went up 250 per cent in a week"

A case study in cracking China.

"Entrepreneurship forces you to confront your weaknesses"

"Entrepreneurship forces you to confront your weaknesses"

Takumi CEO Adam Williams learnt a lot about himself when he left Spotify to found...

"Business is not a war, so stop treating it like one"

"Business is not a war, so stop treating it like one"

Leon co-founder John Vincent on how an ancient Chinese martial art transformed its corporate culture....

The big company where everyone knows each other

The big company where everyone knows each other

Advanced materials firm Gore has kept innovating and kept growing for 60 years - here's...

"It was the first innovation the category had seen in years"

"It was the first innovation the category had seen in years"

Case study: How circular kitchen towel start-up ORA challenged the might of Plenty.

How universities can help your business innovate

How universities can help your business innovate

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships allow even small companies to have moonshots, says law firm CEO Ed...

When to trust your gut

When to trust your gut

Great leaders often cite intuition as a major contributor to their success. Here's how to...

Why this FTSE 250 CEO has forgone his salary

Why this FTSE 250 CEO has forgone his salary

Avast boss Ondrej Vlcek joined the company as an intern. Now as CEO, he's only...

"I'd lie awake, thinking we were going to lose the whole thing"

"I'd lie awake, thinking we were going to lose the whole thing"

Breaking ground on Insights Group's new HQ would have been an exciting moment, were it...

How to lead well under pressure

How to lead well under pressure

Four tips for keeping a cool head when the heat is on.

What entrepreneurs are reading

What entrepreneurs are reading

Three founders reveal what's on their bookshelves and how the ideas inside shaped their business....

Sometimes the best business decision you can make is to step away

Sometimes the best business decision you can make is to step away

You can only compromise for so long, says Bombay Bicycle Club founder Sarah Willingham.

10 top business podcasts

10 top business podcasts

Love learning, hate reading? Listen on.

3 reasons we get succession wrong

3 reasons we get succession wrong

Family businesses face a set of challenges others don't, says board advisor Anna Zanardi Cappon....

Great customer experience sometimes requires breaking the rules

Great customer experience sometimes requires breaking the rules

Computer-says-no service can drive buyers away. Let staff use their initiative, says John Sills.

Making 'non-essential' staff redundant is toxic to long-term success

Making 'non-essential' staff redundant is toxic to long-term success

Great leaders treat employees as stakeholders, not a line on a P&L, argues small business...

Read like a CEO: Anne Boden, Starling Bank

Read like a CEO: Anne Boden, Starling Bank

The founder of one of the UK's top challenger banks says books provide a constant...

The talent pools you're probably missing out on

The talent pools you're probably missing out on

There are plenty of tools and organisations helping companies recruit more diversely.

4 business lessons I learned the hard way

4 business lessons I learned the hard way

Charlie Mullins has had his fair share of hard knocks during 40 years as Pimlico...

These small changes can transform your customer experience

These small changes can transform your customer experience

It's surprisingly simple to give great service, says AmazeRealise customer experience officer Chris Barnes.

Short on tech talent? These new visas could help

Short on tech talent? These new visas could help

The government has revamped its visa programme to keep the door open for tech talent...

"If you bribe one traffic warden, local politician or gangster you're lost"

"If you bribe one traffic warden, local politician or gangster you're lost"

Fox Marble CEO Chris Gilbert shares his tips for British businesses looking for opportunities in...

How Premier Oil survived the oil price collapse, haggling bankers and a botched investment to return to growth

How Premier Oil survived the oil price collapse, haggling bankers and a botched ...

CEO Tony Durrant: "We hadn't stopped thinking that we could grow our way out of...

The British marble start-up cracking Kosovo

The British marble start-up cracking Kosovo

AIM-listed SME Fox Marble believes quarries in the former Yugoslav nation represent a significant opportunity....

How a leader's role changes as the company grows

How a leader's role changes as the company grows

Running a business with 10 people doesn't automatically qualify you to run one employing 1,000,...

Do start-up accelerators work?

Do start-up accelerators work?

Take a look inside the Manchester hub of the UK's largest programme, NatWest Enterprise Accelerator....

Scale still matters: How big companies can compete in the 21st century

Scale still matters: How big companies can compete in the 21st century

It's a myth that only start-ups are capable of game-changing innovation, says author Scott Snyder....

The slow death of the plc

The slow death of the plc

Growing businesses are increasingly turning their backs on the public markets.

"I am the culture" - Tony Pidgley's lessons growing a small business to the FTSE 100

"I am the culture" - Tony Pidgley's lessons growing a small business to ...

The founder and chairman of FTSE 100 housebuilder Berkeley Group on the challenge of keeping...

How to sell when you're not a salesperson

How to sell when you're not a salesperson

CFO James Brazier's new role at Billion Dollar Boy involved sales. How hard could that...

"Forget marketing or keeping investors happy. A CEO's most important job is hiring the right people"

"Forget marketing or keeping investors happy. A CEO's most important job is hiring ...

Your recruitment decisions can make or break your business, says former LOVEFilM and Mothercare CEO...

Why you should stop focusing on your customers

Why you should stop focusing on your customers

The customer is not king, says Zen Internet CEO Paul Stobart.

"After 6 months in the office we had no deals. I had to decide to stick to our plan or retreat."

"After 6 months in the office we had no deals. I had to ...

How do you know when to cut your losses on a major investment? Make sure...

3 assumptions to avoid when opening a new office

3 assumptions to avoid when opening a new office

Foreign markets may not be as different as you assume, says Moneypenny CEO Ed Reeves....

The art of keeping it simple

The art of keeping it simple

You don't have to be a genius to run a fast-growth business, says Pharmacy2U CEO...

"I stood for four hours by the toilet on the plane to Delhi. Someone had to have a contact."

"I stood for four hours by the toilet on the plane to Delhi. ...

Debbie Williamson needed to meet hundreds of artisanal suppliers for her furniture business Swoon, but...

Why are businesses unprepared for Making Tax Digital?

Why are businesses unprepared for Making Tax Digital?

HMRC's flagship tax scheme comes into force on 1 April, yet one fifth of businesses...

Should you promote on experience or potential?

Should you promote on experience or potential?

Wowcher's Roland Bryan thinks time served is overrated.

Employee ownership in the City: Why finnCap gave staff 95 per cent of the business

Employee ownership in the City: Why finnCap gave staff 95 per cent of ...

CEO Sam Smith says that if you want to motivate people, give them skin in...

How this CEO used language to get rid of a blame culture

How this CEO used language to get rid of a blame culture

Ella's Kitchen boss Mark Cuddigan says that your choice of words can have a dramatic...

How to hire outside your expertise

How to hire outside your expertise

Recruiting for new roles is doubly tricky when they're so technical that you don't actually...

Why mergers fail - and what you can do about it

Why mergers fail - and what you can do about it

Wavemaker chair Alastair Aird shares what he learned overseeing a merger involving 8,500 people.

Why MediaCom stopped using CVs

Why MediaCom stopped using CVs

CEO Josh Krichefski on what the agency has done to boost diversity and eliminate privilege...

How to pitch for big clients as a small business

How to pitch for big clients as a small business

It may be daunting to go toe to toe with a behemoth, but play to...

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.

Fast furniture: How Swoon slashed costs with supply chain innovation and analytics

Fast furniture: How Swoon slashed costs with supply chain innovation and analytics

Swoon co-founder Debbie Williamson did what all innovators do, and put the customer first.

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....