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Make more from a mentor

A brain to pick, a shoulder to cry on, and someone to give you the occasional kick in the pants: a mentor can be a fantastic asset for a business owner. Entrepreneurs Rekha Mehr, Tim Campbell and Bev Hurley are all persuaded. Mentorsme is an… Read more »

Questions, not barriers: taking on that first employee

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, and Bev Hurley, chief executive of YTKO, on the very big decision of making that first hire. It may appear to be a daunting step with many uncertainties but there is a wealth of advice available for business owners.… Read more »

Taking on young talent: how to find your own apprentice
Photo of Rolls-Royce plc, finalist in the Macro Employer of the Year Award category at the Apprenticeship Awards 2009

You know what you would like in your business: young, enthusiastic talent that you can mould and develop. But you’re concerned about the time and the potential costs to find and hire them. The answer: take on an apprentice. It is a surprisingly cost-effective way… Read more »

No knotty export problems for Tangle Teezer
Tangler Teezer

"From the word go, we were exporting," says Shaun Pulfrey, the hair colourist who founded Tangle Teezer. He created the Tangle Teezer to glide through wet or dry hair, flicking tangles apart with no painful tugging or yanking. It was launched in the UK in… Read more »

Westons: putting people at the core
Weston's Cider

Westons has been producing cider at its Mill in the village of Much Marcle in Herefordshire since 1878. Since then, using apples grown on the farm, it has continued to lovingly produce cider and perry to the highest quality. "Yet whenever I’m asked about the… Read more »