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

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