How to create a nation of start-ups: the inside guide to Israel’s economic miracle

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By Roger Trapp  Thanks to the ongoing hostilities with its Middle East neighbours, Israel is one of the most reported on countries in the world. Indeed, there is such extensive coverage of the almost continuous unrest in the region, and the associated political machinations, that it is sometimes hard to imagine that there is anything [...]

4 steps to avoid making recessionary times even worse for business


The conventional approach to recession – and one, incidentally, encouraged by consultants and other experts the world over – is to batten down the hatches and stick to the basics while waiting for a return to “business as usual”. But, according to PA Consulting, this is a formula for failure. The group’s “Managing Uncertainty” survey [...]

Will crowdfunding help create more ambitious companies?


By John Owrid Entrepreneurial networks have been buzzing about crowdfunding. In many instances, this has been going on for some time, certainly since the growth of this alternative approach to business funding first became noticeable in the latter years of the last decade. However, there is a sense that crowdfunding might now be approaching a [...]

10 reasons why brand owners are becoming the new venture capitalists

By John Owrid As new business funding becomes an increasingly vexed issue on a global scale, there are signs that brand owners might prove to be an unlikely new source of capital for startups. Stepping into the funding vacuum that surrounds new venture ecospheres a number of global brands are not only financing early-stage companies but [...]

New ideas about overseas aid may offer lessons for Eurozone debt.


It is a brave person who dares to question the appropriateness of developed countries donating billions of dollars a year to nations deemed to be poor. Hence the fact that Britain’s Coalition Government, while imposing “austerity policies” at home, has protected the country’s aid budget in a move that will see it rise to £11.5bn [...]

3 Reasons why business without confidence could be permanently here to stay.

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There appears to have been a significant shift in the relevance of business confidence as an indicator of company behaviour, which could have big implications for the way economies respond to the current economic downturn. Evidence from a number of recent business trackers suggests that the disparity between how companies feel about the future and the [...]

Is the net promoter question the one most companies need to answer?

Rob Markey of Bain

All companies claim to be dedicated to customer service. Many even state this aim in their mission statements, slogans or advertising. But few actually come anywhere near achieving it. For most of us, the “wow” experiences are far, far outweighed by the memories of seemingly endless queues while those supposedly serving us get on with [...]

10 reasons entrepreneurs should pay more attention to the past

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Entrepreneurs have often had mixed feelings about the past. In 1916  the great automobile pioneer Henry Ford declared ‘history is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s dam is the history we made today.’ What Ford acknowledged [...]

What the London riots say about the future of business

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Of all the questions raised by the recent UK riots, one is likely to linger longer than most. Why did retail businesses become the focus of the disturbances and what does this tell us about the future? In many respects a riot is a type of public census, albeit one involving an unusual form of [...]

British retailers scramble to dial M for commerce

Ian Patterson, Digipos Store Solutions

These are – as the Chinese proverb would have it – interesting times for the retail sector in the UK. Stores groups that been used to sustained growth on the back of shopping seemingly becoming the new religion for many Brits are suddenly having to adjust to a nation with reduced spending power and apparently [...]


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