Posts by Robert Kelsey

Seaside towns: the outsiders at the end of the line

Seaside towns: the outsiders at the end of the line

16th October 2015

First published on www.robert-kelsey.co.uk A leading think tank, for which I’m the proud Deputy Chairman, recently produced a report on seaside towns, and how best to revive them. Indeed, many of Britain’s seaside towns are pockets of deprivation with high

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A “park the bus” election that ignores our entrepreneurial future

A “park the bus” election that ignores our entrepreneurial future

29th April 2015

Am I the only one thinking this is a God-awful election campaign? With the polls on a knife-edge it’s become more like an Arsenal Vs Chelsea fixture – with the focus being, not on winning, but on not making mistakes,

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OMG! I think I’m a female entrepreneur!

OMG! I think I’m a female entrepreneur!

24th April 2015

The Centre for Entrepreneurs and Barclays Bank recently launched a report on female entrepreneurs. Called “Shattering Stereotypes”, the aim was to use surveys and empirical data to undermine our perceived ideas (and even prejudices) regarding women as owners of start-up

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Entrepreneurs as social superheroes: not so fast

Entrepreneurs as social superheroes: not so fast

4th March 2015

Oh no, I’ve just made myself unpopular again. This time it was at a breakfast event (at the House of Lords, donchaknow) – celebrating social enterprise and entrepreneurialism as a social good. Why I couldn’t have kept my big gob

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The Cereal Killer entrepreneurs and the Channel 4 drive-by shooting

The Cereal Killer entrepreneurs and the Channel 4 drive-by shooting

14th December 2014

I’m often asked why I went into PR rather than pursue my primary skill of journalism. For many PRs, the reason for moving to the “dark side” is due to money. The wages are assumed to be better, although that

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Are entrepreneurs the grumpy gits of business?

Are entrepreneurs the grumpy gits of business?

25th November 2014

Since becoming deputy chairman of the Centre for Entrepreneurs I’ve marveled at the ingenuity of those I’ve come across in this zone. Nearly always, successful entrepreneurs have thrived on innovation. Yet this isn’t always obvious: in many cases it’s what

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The Apprentice knows nothing about entrepreneurs – five mistakes that prove it

The Apprentice knows nothing about entrepreneurs – five mistakes that prove it

14th October 2014

Do we really have to go through this again? This time last year the Centre for Entrepreneurs (of which I am deputy chairman) produced a survey slating TV programmes such as Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice for their poor portrayal of entrepreneurs. In summary, the survey (among

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Entrepreneurs must learn the art of delegation

Entrepreneurs must learn the art of delegation

21st August 2014

Delegation is the key when it comes to heavy workloads. ‘Get Things Done’ author and small business owner Robert Kelsey discusses how entrepreneurs can overcome their fear of delegation. First published on SmallBusiness.co.uk “All careers end in management” is one

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The strange death of Britain’s curry houses, or not

The strange death of Britain’s curry houses, or not

21st October 2013

A recent article in The Economist featured the apparent decline of what’s become the traditional British curry house. I say “traditional” because these institutions – which proliferated in my childhood – undoubtedly changed British eating habits forever, making them culturally

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That’s right, I said humility matters in business

That’s right, I said humility matters in business

16th October 2013

In a recent blog (on the BBC’s insistence of mischaracterising entrepreneurs) I claimed humility as a key trait for success in business – as opposed to the arrogance on show with TV parodies such as The Apprentice. Of course, it’s

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