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BY Rebecca | 1 October, 2014 | no comments

Pippa Murray lives in a 4×3 metre wooden shed in Battersea, southwest London, for peanuts. She is one of a growing number of cash-strapped entrepreneurs and is in the process of launching her own business, in this case Pip & Nut, which makes natural nut butters with flavours such as peanut, coconut and almond. Like most aspiring small business owners,…

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BY Rebecca | 22 September, 2014 | no comments

Anna’s view No matter how modern a relationship or reconstructed the male, the division of chores in a marriage is contentious. When my husband declares, “This house is a pigsty”, it feels like a slur on my character and morals. Even though it is equally a slur on his character and morals. The subtext, whether implied or inferred, is that…

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BY Rebecca | 12 September, 2014 | no comments

Entrepreneurs need to understand when to step back from running a business Mr McCourt replaced one of Britain’s most famous entrepreneurs and inventors when he took the top job at Dyson in 2001. If anything, he believes that the change should have come a little sooner. At the time, he says, the management of the company was “starting to crack…

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BY Rebecca | 2 September, 2014 | no comments

The modern business mantra of “under-promise, over-deliver” has been embraced by many an entrepreneur, but a new study suggests that it is bunkum. The research, carried out by two American universities, found that simply keeping promises is actually better than exceeding them. Researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of California, San Diego, conducted three experiments involving students…

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BY Rebecca | 23 August, 2014 | no comments

Big businesses should be given tax breaks to encourage them to invest an estimated £670 billion in start-ups, according to an entrepreneurs’ manifesto backed by Luke Johnson, the venture capital veteran. A return to “corporate venturing” is one proposal included in a report published by the Centre for Entrepreneurs, which is calling for political parties to embrace the ideas of…

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BY Rebecca | 13 August, 2014 | no comments

Figures from Premier Farnell are always hideously complicated and present as a blizzard of statistics. This is because the company, as the second-biggest distributor of electrical and electronic goods, is highly sensitive to global economic trends, reacting immediately to any improvement or downturn, and so short-term trends are closely monitored. Premier signalled the start of what looked like another global…

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