Chat with Ian Sanders: Entrepreneur, Writer, Author, Ideas guy

Ian Sanders Chat from Business N2K on Vimeo. Here is a talk with Ian Sanders (entrepreneur, writer, published author and all round ideas guy) on business, entrepreneurship, story-telling, productivity, education and making it as a successful business in 2013. Please note that this talk was recorded back in Feb 2013 and is now released having … Read moreChat with Ian Sanders: Entrepreneur, Writer, Author, Ideas guy

7 Traits of Successful Fast Growth companies

What is it that makes some businesses far more successful than others? In the years I have worked with successful fast growth companies I have seen the following traits displayed by each of them 1. Think BIG These highly successful fast growth companies may start out small but they think big from day one. This … Read more7 Traits of Successful Fast Growth companies

Mix SEIS + R&D Tax Credits to Maximise your Start-up Funding

If you are looking at starting a new hi-tech venture then the timing has never been better in utilising the latest available UK tax incentives. Consider a scenario where say 4 enterprising entrepreneurs are looking at building a new state of the art technology platform. They budget it will cost c£1m to get to market … Read moreMix SEIS + R&D Tax Credits to Maximise your Start-up Funding

Preventing potentially expensive business balls-ups!

It’s been a busy start to the year so far. It’s nice to see businesses that I’ve been talking to and getting to know for a number of weeks, months (or in some cases years) reach critical points in their business lifecycle in either starting new ventures, seeking and raising funding or selling their businesses. … Read morePreventing potentially expensive business balls-ups!

A key reason why many start-up businesses fail

Here my short (impromptu) video on why I believe many business start-ups fail. The old adage that “cash is king” remains as true as ever today, however, there is something else that I am increasingly seeing that can put the future survival of new businesses in jeopardy. This issue is that: many startups fail to define upfront … Read moreA key reason why many start-up businesses fail

Inspiring tomorrow’s entrepreneurs in school

I had an interesting conversation recently with a teacher who works at a local prestigious private school. He enthused about the private education offered by the school e.g. the high educational attainment levels, freedom from following a rigid curriculum and the worldwide travels and life experiences for the lucky pupils. All highly impressive until he got to the careers … Read moreInspiring tomorrow’s entrepreneurs in school

Why Business Leaders need Vision

“Start with the end in mind” says Stephen Covey, in his landmark 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. Meanwhile, Fast Company co-founder Alan Webber advocates that entrepreneurs should: “Answer the final question first” Two highly successful visionary guys with a consistent key message – but what does this mean for you as an entrepreneur aiming … Read moreWhy Business Leaders need Vision

Should I set up a Limited company for my new start-up?

Most business start-ups tend to opt for setting themselves up as a limited company from day one – but is this right? Answer: It depends. In many cases, a limited company is the right option but it pays to think through all the options as there can be benefits to thinking a little differently. You basically … Read moreShould I set up a Limited company for my new start-up?