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The week in entrepreneurship

The week in entrepreneurship

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Your weekly summary of entrepreneurship news, comment, and features. Sent by the Centre for Entrepreneurs (home of StartUp Britain). Sign up here. Read the original newsletter here. News Government finally launches search for the UK’s first small business commissioner to

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Founders can profit from those moments of boredom

Founders can profit from those moments of boredom

Sunday, February 12, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 12th February 2017. There are various catalysts that spur entrepreneurs into action — revenge, frustration, greed, poverty and desire among them. But boredom can be a powerful stimulus, too. Lots of entrepreneurs I’ve

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From asylum seeker to job creator: despite what populists think, refugees could “make our societies great again”

From asylum seeker to job creator: despite what populists think, refugees could “make our societies great again”

Friday, February 10, 2017

As the legal battle rages on around Donald Trump’s chaotic travel ban and moratorium on refugees – not to mention last year’s “Breaking Point” poster depicting an EU overwhelmed by a flood of asylum seekers – you could be forgiven

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The week in entrepreneurship

The week in entrepreneurship

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Your weekly summary of entrepreneurship news, comment, and features. Sent by the Centre for Entrepreneurs (home of StartUp Britain). Sign up here. Read the original newsletter here. News Apprenticeship boom a poor use of public funds, says IFS (Independent) Rates

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The entrepreneur’s playlist: songs to say I did it my way

The entrepreneur’s playlist: songs to say I did it my way

Sunday, February 5, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 5th February 2017. Entrepreneurs need plenty of creative inspiration. I’ve written before about the novels and movies that helped fuel my ambition. This week I turn to music — which can move the

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The week in entrepreneurship

The week in entrepreneurship

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Your weekly summary of entrepreneurship news, comment, and features. Sent by the Centre for Entrepreneurs (home of StartUp Britain). Sign up here. Read the original newsletter here. News Businesses give cautious welcome to government’s Industrial Strategy (Telegraph) Read and respond

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Sharing upstarts? No, they are tax-avoiding skimmers

Sharing upstarts? No, they are tax-avoiding skimmers

Sunday, January 29, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 29th January 2017.  Capitalism can be adroit at presenting itself in a cuddly light, and technology businesses are especially good at this trick. A sector engaged in “collaborative consumption” has been branded the

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The week in entrepreneurship

The week in entrepreneurship

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Your weekly summary of entrepreneurship news, comment, and features. Sent by the Centre for Entrepreneurs (home of StartUp Britain). Sign up here. Read the original newsletter here. News Small business minister handed role of ‘scale-up champion’ in Industrial Strategy (Sky

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To succeed, keep in touch with your inner psychopath

To succeed, keep in touch with your inner psychopath

Sunday, January 22, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 22nd January 2017. I met an eminent psychiatrist recently who told me about the “dark triad”. This is not a criminal gang, but rather a trifecta of malevolent personality traits possessed by certain

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Could Whitbread’s bosses make a frothy cappuccino?

Could Whitbread’s bosses make a frothy cappuccino?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 15th January 2017. One of my core beliefs about business success is that domain knowledge really matters. What I mean by this is that directors should possess a deep understanding of their industry,

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