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Pact Coffee: the flavour of success

It started as a thought in a kitchen over a cup of coffee - that people might be interested in buying superlative coffee online. Within 72 hours of the idea, Stephen Rapoport had sold his first bag of Pact Coffee through a fully-functioning website. It… Read more »

The rise of the home business

You don’t have to look too hard to find stories of great British businesses that started life from home. Shaun Pulfrey started Tangle Teezer from his two-bedroom flat, packing the first of his globally successful hairbrushes in the kitchen with his mum. Andrew Ritchie created… Read more »

Gordons’ pioneering legal apprentices

It all started with a TV programme about social mobility. Upon watching it, Paul Ayre, managing partner of the 170 year-old Yorkshire law firm Gordons, was spurred into action. He himself had been raised on a council estate and had worked his way to the… Read more »

When part-time is the answer, not a concession

It was a classic kitchen table idea. In 2004, as two mothers with years of professional experience behind them, Emma Stewart and Karen Mattison wanted to find quality part time employment. But no joy. So they launched a social enterprise, Women Like Us, to support women back… Read more »

Financing growth: the Enterprise Finance Guarantee

Short-term working capital can be a source of strain for many businesses. Yet while many innovative short-term working capital platforms – such as peer-to-business lending – are emerging, some business owners still prefer to keep their lending relationship with one bank. But if you can’t… Read more »