Start case studies

One tale from 10,000 startups

It's a big week for the  Start Up Loans Company that has made its 10,000th loan - to Allen Martin's Eclipse Property Cornwall. For a flavour of the difference that the scheme is making, watch this film with entrepreneur Demilola Owoseje talking to Lord Young,… Read more »

A man who knows no barriers

Mark Esho contracted polio at the age of five. But it didn’t stop him starting and building a successful business. In this inspiring film, he talks - as an employer and entrepreneur - about the qualities that disabled people bring as employees. If you would… Read more »

The “how to write a business plan” guide
Bev Hurley: encouraging women to plan and grow their businesses

During this Global Entrepreneurship Week, plenty of people - from schoolchildren to  50+-year-olds - will, we hope, be inspired to start a business.  One big question many of them will ask: how do I write my first business plan? There’s a wealth of online material… Read more »

Are you investor-ready?

Your company may need fresh capital to take it to the next stage. But are you and your management team ready for the new investors? Two former members of the Dragons' Den - Doug Richard and James Caan - and entrepreneur-investor Christiane Wuillamie, on the challenges… Read more »