Pioneering Outdoor Entrepreneur

Within the mind of the pioneering outdoor entrepreneur "A torch? No, you don't need one. The night is not dark!" Frank, the 'pioneering outdoor entrepreneur' and head of centre, spoke with calm assertion to the 10 newly acquainted teenagers. Being 10pm,  the group was visibly alarmed. None had anticipated that their sensible request for light (ahead of their night walk through an ancient Cumbrian wood) might be refused... Read More

Leading the Entrepreneurial Way

Is the US leading the entrepreneurial way? As storms brewed over southern England this October I boarded a Virgin Airbus & headed to the US. My destination was Kansas City and the GCEC Conference. Crossing the Atlantic I was keen to test out Mr Branson's latest in-seat multi-media technology. The hours passed quickly as I laughed at The Internship and cried with the Guilt Trip. As alcohol and altitude fuelled the emotions I got into the US spirit... Read More

Understand Business Startup Insurance

Business Startup Insurance. What protection do you need? As my first year of business in York neared its end I arrived at work one Monday only to discover a ransacked office. Cables were ripped out of walls, paper covered the floor and my only computer was gone. Pants. Read More

Mr Demotivation and the Hidden Message

Not long ago, I attended an entrepreneurship conference in London which attracted a range of academics, trainers and consultants. Short on collective wisdom yet high on clouded crystal balls, the organisers chose to kick things off with a ‘motivational speaker’. The billing stated our man of purpose was also a ‘leading entrepreneur and businessman’. Unfortunately, no-one in the audience had signed up to be pumped with 'umph' at 10am on a wet Tuesday. But this didn't stop the suited and booted Mr Demotivation. Misjudging his missive and moment he slid into a shocker of a show. Prepare yourself... Read More

Entrepreneurial Poetry

John Keats - inspiration for entrepreneurial poetry John Keats, the famous 19th century poet, became part of the Italian family holiday during the summer. His life fascinated me and helped me to understand the power of entrepreneurial poetry... Read More

Entrepreneurship Competition: Flavour of the Umph!

Umph! The Entrepreneurship Competition Being 25 years' self-employed I feel I've developed a 'nose' for judging whether a business or project might work. The personal journey over the last quarter century has had its mix of success and failure; critical experience informing the senses as to whether something new can progress sufficiently so it bears fruit in the longer-term... Read More

The Importance of Uncertainty

The importance of uncertainty cannot be under-estimated when preparing people for work Setting out for Loughborough University (to guest speak at their entrepreneur's 'ThinkBig' awards) I was reminded of the insight and wisdom of Patrick Awuah. Earlier in June I had listened to him talk about the importance of uncertainty at the GBSN conference in Tunisia... Read More