Entrepreneur Ben Creighton from Newcastle has successfully fought off tough competition from some of the UK’s top business brains to be crowned winner of the Global Startup Challenge.
In a bid to prove that small businesses can succeed in the midst of recession, Alibaba.com, the world’s largest online meeting place for buyers and suppliers, challenged entrepreneurs from across the UK to start their own trading companies with £1,000 each.
Well-known for his two seasons on Dragons’ Den, Richard Farleigh was known as ‘Mr Nice’ but he says he would rather have been known as ‘Mr Fair’ due to his tough but fair approach. When he reviews business proposals that are looking for backing, he assesses these on the quality of the people rather than the product. He comments, “It’s about 90% quality of the people and 10% quality of the product. Most of my effort goes into somehow assessing the person, which can be trickier.”
There is just over a week to go to nominate female entrepreneurs for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award. Nominations must be received by 18th January and include full accounts, press cuttings and curriculum vitae in order to be considered by the judges.
Michelle Mone, the head of underwear brand Ultimo has received an OBE in the New Year Honours announced today. The 38 year old Glaswegian who founded MJM in 1996 is the highest profile business leader who receives recognition in this years honours list.
John Sandom is the founder and chairman of one of the UK’s leading branding companies 1HQ. Since setting up 1HQ in 1993, the agency have gone on to become award winning pioneers in their field working with international brand owners all over the globe.
The entrepreneur behind an ingenious invention to prevent bike theft has been crowned the winner of the UK-wide pitching competition, The Pitch 2009, at a celebrity-packed grand final in London.
We chat with Rose Lewis from Pembridge Partners about what inspires her, what you should be doing to boost your business and on cutting out business gobbledygook
Colin Maund, CEO of The Achilles Group was awarded with Ernst & Young’s UK Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009 for IT Services, at a reception sponsored by the CBI, in London last week.
We chat to Scott Hider, the successful head of Nationwide Media Group, who spends the weekend as an MC & DJ at local clubs. A difficult balancing act? Well one that Scott balances well as his exhibitions are breaking all records.
Graduate Rajeeb Dey was named as the winner of the O2 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the prestigious annual national small business competition, the O2 X Awards last night. The award recognises the new generation of young entrepreneurs who are making an impact in today’s challenging economic climate.