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The week in entrepreneurship

The week in entrepreneurship

Sunday, September 17, 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 Fund new startups from pension pots, IoD urges (BBC covers new IOD report) Entrepreneur

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Why are we so reluctant to admit Britain has never had it so good?

Why are we so reluctant to admit Britain has never had it so good?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 17th September 2017.  Whether you regard the future optimistically or pessimistically determines the course of your life. By the nature of their job, entrepreneurs must adopt a positive outlook: they defer rewards now

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Companies won’t get big by making their workers feel small

Companies won’t get big by making their workers feel small

Sunday, September 10, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 10th September 2017. The most impressive entrepreneurs I’ve known have all been maestros of motivation. They don’t just know how to stay highly committed themselves; they are experts at motivating others. They understand,

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It’s better to start off with nothing than to fret about money

It’s better to start off with nothing than to fret about money

Sunday, August 27, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 27th August 2017.  Starting a business doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes, making it simple works better. To begin with, you don’t need a breakthrough idea. Lots of businesses start by chance rather

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I’d rather be marked down as a gambler than never take a risk

I’d rather be marked down as a gambler than never take a risk

Sunday, August 20, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 20th August 2017. What is the difference between investment, speculation and gambling? And does it matter? There are some who believe that the entire stock market is merely a casino, and that it

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Holding power to account has turned into a bloodsport

Holding power to account has turned into a bloodsport

Sunday, August 13, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 13th August 2017.  I spoke at an annual conference for the chairmen and chairwomen of health trusts a few years ago. The view among the audience was that the gravest problem they faced was

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Corporate giants will go the way of the dinosaurs

Corporate giants will go the way of the dinosaurs

Sunday, July 30, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 30th July 2017. The global economy is growing and corporate profitability appears strong, yet the long- term prospects for many bellwether industries are bleak. I cannot remember a time when so many big

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The week in entrepreneurship

The week in entrepreneurship

Monday, July 24, 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 British Business Bank annual report: Lender provides £9.2bn to smaller UK companies (City

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In the digital age, we rediscover the joy of working with hands

In the digital age, we rediscover the joy of working with hands

Sunday, July 23, 2017

First published in the Sunday Times on 23rd July 2017.  Builders ask each other: “Are you still on the tools?” which means actually working with one’s hands in the construction trade. I think it is a valuable metaphor for how

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The week in entrepreneurship

The week in entrepreneurship

Monday, July 17, 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 Red tape is seen as the top barrier to entrepreneurship in the

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