Cappadocia Ballooning

Cappadocia Ballooning at sunrise. We counted 92 balloons. Waking to the sound of  an alarm shouldn't be part of any holiday. But this morning, the family is Cappadocia ballooning. It's 4am. In 20 minutes, a minibus will collect us from our stunning cave hotel. In little over an hour, and before the sun has risen, we will be climbing towards Turkey's rich and loyal blue skies. The air will be warm, clear and still. The views breathtaking. And then the sun will rise... Read More

Social Media Business Ethics

OMG! She's fallen! Does she really? Paying attention to social media business ethics. Reaching for my camera (rather than my daughter's foot) as Megan falls from a Chicago skyscraper, suggests an untruth is perhaps at play... Read More

Making a living on the road

How Indonesian women are making a living on the road Recent visits to the Far East as well as African continent have demonstrated that hitchhiking remains a popular means of transport. But whilst dozens of people with outstretched thumbs lined my route from Uhmslanga to Durban, it was the mothers with babes on their backs, risking life and limb in the car-frenzied city of Jakarta, that really got my attention. I was to learn they were making a living on the road. Read More

Why use Business Simulations?

Why use business simulations? Countless reports have been published (including this by Lord Young) stating good entrepreneurship education requires experiential, hands-on learning. So you might think it would be easy to answer the question: Why use business simulations? Engaging learners so they make decisions, deal with risk and consequences as well as solve problems creates a rich and dynamic environment. It certainly improves on the 'expert' providing a passive audience with a sleeping pill of a lecture... Read More

Film treasures all entrepreneurs should find

Film treasures all entrepreneurs should find By accident, I recently discovered a powerful and uplifting film about global social entrepreneurship. Concerned I'd never heard about this brilliantly-made & influential production (See 1. Who Cares?), I decided to search the web to uncover other film treasures all entrepreneurs should find. What I found may stagger you... Read More

Crowdfunding Challenges Banks

Crowdfunding challenges banks. Can banks compete with crowdfunding? Following a short interview at Cumbria's 'Wasdale Head Inn' I secured my first-ever paid job in 1984 as a kitchen porter. Fresh out of school, my new hotel home was at the end of a long valley, 8 miles from the nearest shop and another 3 to the nearest town. And that's where I found myself 2 week's later having hitched the 11 miles so I could open my first bank account... Read More

Start Exporting: Your Practical Guide

Start exporting - Global opportunities are out there Building the SimVenture brand has involved little hitchhiking but much globe-trotting over the last decade. In this time, exporting has become a key revenue stream for our company. Over 35% of all sales are now sourced from overseas. So what's been learnt and how can you start exporting and build your business? Here are my top 10 tips... Read More