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    Young Entrepreneurs wanted – BBC3 Free Speech is coming to Winchester on 10th April!

    Free Speech for BBC3 is coming to Winchester on 10th April! We would like to hear from local entrepreneurs who have something to say about politics. We are aimed at a youth audience (18 – 34 year olds) and are the same format to Question Time.  It is broadcast live from a different city every two weeks exploring a new topical issue such as crime, health, religion etc.  We will be at The Great Hall in a marquee which is designed as a TV studio with room for the panel / presenters and seating for the audience. . www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s4sk3 For those interested in joining us, he is our application link: http://tinyurl.com/pn7jln6 We make the debate shows…

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    Investor protections: Law for ukstartups by @curtis_hc of Gannons

    Someone recently described entrepreneurs as the “new rockstars”. While I think this might not be the feeling of most small start ups slaving away in their bedroom or garage, it is a nice idea. At all of the investor forums I attend, the investors appear to agree on the one most significant factor in the search for a business worth investing in: this common factor is that a business depends most heavily on the personality of the individual entrepreneur. The widely shared belief is that the individual starting the business is the determining factor in how successful the business will be. (This can equally apply to a group of entrepreneurs – though I will just…

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    Feature on start up @utopia_creative Utopia Creative. Read this…

    Ryan Oldfield of Utopia Creative After leaving University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design, Ryan Oldfield immediately looked for job opportunities as a Graphic Designer. Being unsuccessful at that time, he took up an opportunity to work in Hull as a CAD Technician on a 6 month contract. It was then that Ryan decided to focus on his real passion, to work for himself and he created a new graphic design company, RO Design. Initially working from home and reaching his clients via social media, Ryan found himself in demand from a number of other new businesses and thanks to the reach of Twitter, developed a client base mainly in America! This was a…

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    The ‘Ultimate Deal’ for your Start-up in Collaboration with @pitchplanpro

    Supporting enterprise in the UK, in collaboration with Pitch Plan Pro we are offering ONLY 25 of you the chance to take advantage of our bespoke ‘Ultimate Deal’ to help your start-off get off on the right track. Our exclusive packages cover key issues such as ‘funding, marketing and expert business planning.’  Details of this exclusive deal can be found below and will afford your new business the following benefits:     Expands yours ideas, flags up any potential pitfalls and clarifies your vision/mission Clearly defines your objectives and future plans and documents strategy that will support this Provides access to an experienced consultant who will act as a sounding board for your ideas Helps you to understand the risks involved in starting your business…

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    Feature on startup winner @AminaNabi of @kinnect2

    My name is Amina Nabi, Founder and Chief Exec of Kinnect2. A Saltire Fellow, Power of Youth Fellow, Entrepreneurial Spark alumni, Scottish Asian Woman of the year 2013, and Babson Entrepreneur. My educational background is in technology entrepreneurship. My previous experience includes; working as a freelance consultant, volunteer for various charities, University researcher, Business development manager, sales manager, events planner, N.E.D. for a bicycle company and now Founder of Kinnect2. My inspiration is my Dad, whose journey is far more interesting than mine, to summarise – born in Amritsar (India) pre partition, youngest and only surviving child of 9, when he was born his mother passed away, migrated to Pakistan, brought up by his uncle, worked…

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Feature on start up @utopia_creative Utopia Creative. Read this…

Ryan Oldfield of Utopia Creative After leaving University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design, Ryan Oldfield immediately looked for job opportunities as a Graphic Designer. Being unsuccessful at that time, he took up an opportunity to work in Hull as a CAD Technician on a 6 month contract. It was then that Ryan decided to focus on his real passion, to work for himself and he created a new graphic design company, RO Design. Initially working from home and reaching his clients via social media, Ryan found himself in demand from a number of other new businesses and thanks to the reach of Twitter, developed a client base mainly in America! This was a…

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Feature on startup winner @AminaNabi of @kinnect2

My name is Amina Nabi, Founder and Chief Exec of Kinnect2. A Saltire Fellow, Power of Youth Fellow, Entrepreneurial Spark alumni, Scottish Asian Woman of the year 2013, and Babson Entrepreneur. My educational background is in technology entrepreneurship. My previous experience includes; working as a freelance consultant, volunteer for various charities, University researcher, Business development manager, sales manager, events planner, N.E.D. for a bicycle company and now Founder of Kinnect2. My inspiration is my Dad, whose journey is far more interesting than mine, to summarise – born in Amritsar (India) pre partition, youngest and only surviving child of 9, when he was born his mother passed away, migrated to Pakistan, brought up by his uncle, worked…

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Feature & story so far on ukstartup @colesbabybay

It all started 2 years ago one evening when we sat wondering what to do with all the old toys, games, bikes, clothing, etc. All these items was taking up far too much space all over the house and even into the garage. Yes, we could put this on sites such as eBay but the costs far outweighed the benefits. We looked at free sites but soon realised that our items were just getting lost in a sea of DVD players, TV’s, and random house hold items. We needed a site dedicated to babies and children, which allowed us to not only search, buy and sell but actually swap items with other families. This is…

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Feature on Craig Ross & his photography startup business @hicamphoto

A professional photographer since the age of 17, Craig Ross has worked for some of the biggest glossy magazines, national newspapers and news agencies. He lived in Worcestershire with his parents and attended Waseley Hills High School. Photography wasn’t just a hobby for Craig in his early years, it was a real passion, even organising numerous work experience placements at The Worcester News and The Times. He then reached 17 years old and had to make the decision of whether to stay on at Sixth Form or attempt to get a job where he could turn his passion into a career. Craig was lucky enough to get a job for a celebrity news agency in…

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UKStartUp story so far from Cherly at @nappynovelties

New Mums – New Bums Nappy Novelties New Mums – New Bums Nappy Novelties make beautiful hand crafted nappy cakes and gift baskets, our stunning nappy novelties make the ideal gift idea for baby showers, maternity leaving gifts or just as a special something for a friend or relative. Each individual hand crafted novelty contains baby essentials needed for the little one. Not only do we make nappy novelties we also make gift baskets and towel cakes for all occasions including but not limited to fathers/mother’s day, birthdays and Christmas New Mums – New Bums was started in March 2013 it came about following a suggestion by my eldest daughter to make a gift basket…

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Jamie Rogers of @nics_legacy tells us his story so far …

Jamie Rogers of My Care Link CIC In July 2008, Jamie Rogers became a widower, his wife Nicola passed away after being diagnosed with Cancer in March 2008. From being in a happy, loving relationship with a thriving business to a full time carer, then sadly a widower and single father of their three year old son, all within 4 months. Five years later, Jamie, along with his business partner Helen Brewster, a close friend of Nicola’s, feel that they can use this experience to ease the burden and pressure for people going through similar traumatic times whilst caring for a loved one suffering from chronic illness or their End of Life journey. Nicola was forever determined to…

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Jake Tipper of @totalsocials tells us about his social media startup venture

People are using the Internet to find information, but more importantly, to connect with companies. And yet for so many, it can take hours to  find all of a business’ social media channels. “It is a very long process when searching in Twitter, for instance, because it picks up on keywords in users’ profiles,” says Jake Tipper, founder and CEO of Total Socials, the world’s first social media business directory. When the 19-year-old entrepreneur had been unsuccessful trying to find all the social media channels of prospective customers, other businesses, and competition in his part-time marketing job, he wondered, “There must be somewhere that lists all social media accounts for companies in one place.” When his…

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Feature on: @LisaJaneP of ShoeMed Personalized fitting for wide feet, arthritis etc

My husband and I came back to the UK after 21 years of living in Australia. Yes, we swapped the sun and surf for the call of home….. Whilst living in Australia I gained employment with a company who imported extra wide and medical grade shoes into Australia. Staying employed with them for ten years, I trained in specialist footwear fitting for people with problem, hard to fit feet. When my husband and I decided to come back and live and work in England, we realized that there was nowhere currently in the UK offering this service and this kind of retail footwear shop. So, we took the plunge to invest in our own business…

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Feature on: Deborah at @SYMEtweets Your Mark Enterprises Ltd

Deborah Hockley of  Set Your Mark Enterprises Limited Ever since I was a child, I wanted to work in a career that helped others. I trained to become a Beauty Therapist, however, my dream died when I couldn’t find a job and didn’t have the funding or knowledge to launch my own business. I then got the inspiration to launch Set Your Mark Enterprises Limited while working as a Graduate Studies Administrator at the University of Oxford. Students would visit me at my office and their main concern, especially amongst my female students, was life after graduating. The job market is very competitive so many feared not getting the job they wanted and working in…

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Feature on @GiveMeTap a reusable bottle that can change the world

We created a reusable bottle that can change the world. The GiveMeTap stainless steel bottle enables you to get free water from a network of over 300 cafes and restaurants so you will never have to buy a bottle of water again. With our GiveMeTap free IPhone app, you can locate your nearest refill points and stay hydrated on the go. We estimate that GiveMeTappers can save around £300 a year by using their bottle for life! Furthermore, every GiveMeTap bottle you purchase contributes to the development of water boreholes/wells. With every GiveMeTap bottle you purchase, you can give a person access to clean, safe drinking water! We like to think of this as: “Water for…

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Feature on: @foodelity with their high quality dinner kits for the UK!

I launched Foodelity in July 2013 after spending 7-year working in the city for various big businesses including a Big-4 accountancy firm and a well known British banking institution. I have a long standing passion for food, great British produce and cooking, and since graduating from university had an eye on starting my own business when the right opportunity presented itself. The idea for Foodelity came about from my frustration with the quality of produce available from supermarkets, meaning that it took considerable effort to source quality ingredients to cook a special meal for friends and family. It was possible to order the ingredients from independent suppliers, but there wasn’t a single source where this…

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Great new book by @CavaraLtd Lizzie Phillips’ Marvellous Marketing Manual

Cavara’s Lizzie Phillips is looking to put marketing back on the map for Britain’s start-up businesses with a brand new book this summer. The Lizzie Phillips’ Marvellous Marketing Manual was written after a report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) stated that British SMEs did not have the resources to carry out marketing on a regular basis. Lizzie commented: ‘The CEBR research tells us that 77% of businesses realise the value of marketing their products and services to the general public but 50% of respondents felt that their efforts lacked the necessary know-how to make an impact. ‘It’s clear that companies have a thirst for marketing but some haven’t quite got the…