Tips for Business Start Ups, Lessons for Life: do things differently and keep the status quo.

Another New Year back at work and already our New Year Resolutions are being tested by a whole host of diversions, seductions and irrelevancies.  It's tough facing a New Year when the Old Thinking seems intent on holding us back, especially if you're a Start Up looking for your own special way of disrupting the … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups, Lessons for Life: do things differently and keep the status quo.

Tips for Business Start Ups: every question asks a story.

You’re starting up a new business and as much as you’d like to be able to start selling straight away and drawing down the king of all business start up requisites – cash – the reality is that cash isn’t going to start flowing out of that tap for some months to come.  Not only do … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups: every question asks a story.

Tips for Business Start Ups: sack your customers and grow, grow grow

Martin, Madge and Moriarty are part of a refreshing new business trend: sacking your customers if they don't do what you want them to. It's refreshing because for far too long businesses have had to kowtow to the whims and vagaries of customers who never know what they want, constantly change their mind and generally … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups: sack your customers and grow, grow grow

Tips for Business Start Ups: name your business to indicate the presence of product, not its absence.

One of the first most important things to do when you're setting up your new business is to make sure the name indicates what you intend to produce, service or experience. Albert wants to set up a horror theme entertainment which is designed to scare people enough to wet their pants in public. So he's … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups: name your business to indicate the presence of product, not its absence.

Like, snog, shag, marry, avoid? The relationship guide for would be business mentors.

Business mentoring has been getting a great press recently and for lots of good reasons: having a mentor is a great life choice for anyone in any stage of their life, not just when they’re in the process of starting up their business. But what does being a mentor actually entail? How can you become … Continue reading Like, snog, shag, marry, avoid? The relationship guide for would be business mentors.

What is a SuperBusiness? 9 questions which will help shape the answer.

Spark Up in Liverpool makes much of creating 500 SuperBusinesses in 5 years across the Liverpool City Region. In a region whose business support services have generated many types of business and entrepreneurial activity, what is it that will make a SuperBusiness?On one very straight forward level it has to mean starting up businesses which … Continue reading What is a SuperBusiness? 9 questions which will help shape the answer.

Tips for Business Start Ups: 7 ways to engage Generation Y-ers in business

Time Magazine printed an article in 1967 to worried parents across the USA that Baby Boomers “seem more like dangerously deluded dropouts, candidates for a very sound spanking and a cram course in civics." Time was following in a well worn tradition of media frenzy. The Dallas Morning News in the 1920s described its young … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups: 7 ways to engage Generation Y-ers in business

Maybe, just maybe: the role of the artist entrepreneur.

Maybe, just maybe the artist entrepreneur could answer the question of how the fuck are we going to manage when public sector funding has dried up? When audiences are becoming more conservative? When the corporates are opting for the safe and secure? When the cliches are running rings around new thinking opportunities? Maybe, just maybe … Continue reading Maybe, just maybe: the role of the artist entrepreneur.

Tips for Business Start Ups: the first signs of Spring

"I quit my job this week." Joey has been struggling with the transition from regular paid employment into devoting himself to his rickshaw business for some months now. He's faced the common but still scary challenge of stepping out of the so called comfort zone of his regular pay check, the status in his friends … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups: the first signs of Spring