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2017 in review

2017 in review

11th December 2017

The Centre for Entrepreneurs has focused on two highly distinct, yet equally fascinating research topics over 2017: prisons and universities. Our prison work began in May 2016 with the publication of ‘From inmates to entrepreneurs: how prison entrepreneurship can break the

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CFE and NEF have joined forces! Here’s some more information on what we aim to achieve

CFE and NEF have joined forces! Here’s some more information on what we aim to achieve

14th November 2017

On November 15th 2017, CFE announced that it was joining forces with the entrepreneurship development charity, the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, to create a combined not-for-profit ‘entrepreneurship powerhouse’ in the UK. Why did we decide to join forces? The UK has seen

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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?

17th September 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

10th September 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

27th August 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

20th August 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

13th August 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

30th July 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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In the digital age, we rediscover the joy of working with hands

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

23rd July 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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There’s usually a good reason why an investment is a bargain

There’s usually a good reason why an investment is a bargain

16th July 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 16th July 2017. I often fall for the allure of a false bargain and end up regretting it. Bitter experience teaches me that when it comes to investing, assets are usually cheap for

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