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Social capital in a Post Covid world – better business, better society

By Fay Watkin – Head of Entrepreneurial Development As we continue to shine a light on Inclusive Growth and the role of the entrepreneur this week we look at Social Capital….. With the challenge of ‘levelling up’ the economy even more mammoth than ever, and the consequences of not ‘building back better’ being truly dire,…
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“China myth-busting” and UK Creativity Plus

Going global is a series of Entrepreneurial Spark – Power Hour webcasts looking at the challenges of taking your business global and how the 2020 Design Intelligence Awards can help you get started. The context of the 2020 DIA for UK entrepreneurs, innovators and designers is how UK start-up and scale-up firms are capitalising on…
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Want To Go Global?

Entrepreneurial Spark & DIA Power Hour – Going global The 2020 Design Intelligence Awards provides reward and recognition for risk takers and in support of this opportunity Entrepreneurial Spark hosted a Power Hour for UK entrepreneurs, innovators and designers on how UK start-up and scale-up firms can grow their business in China. UK scale-up firm…
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Open Innovation and its part in Economic Recovery

By Fay Watkin Can being more open to ‘Open’ accelerate your innovation? As you stop operating in crisis mode and start to once again make plans for the future of your business, there is one buzzword epitomising the journey to recovery: ‘INNOVATION’. It has been on the lips of every self-respecting business economist these past…
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How Is Your Perspective Right Now?

Our sense of perspective can become frazzled and fatigued during times of crisis. When worry and uncertainty are ever present, we lose the ability to frame anything in optimism. Chances are your business is changing, or you think it needs to, and all this feels overwhelming. Even if you have got a handle on how…
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Learn From Today to Build The Future of Business Tomorrow

By Jeremy Ambrose – Director What Large Organisations Should Be Doing to Harness The Current Innovative Spirit It’s no secret that we have all turned on a sixpence when it comes to the way we operate; we have pivoted at pace and changed our methods of communication and daily routines. The most prevalent of these…
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Ask Yourself The Hard Questions Today

By Fay Watkin – Head of Entrepreneurial Development If the impact of recent events now means your business as you once knew and loved it, is no longer familiar, think twice before sleepwalking into a future of unfulfillment.  Instead, take time to ask  yourself the hard questions……  For many business owners right now just keeping the wolf away from the door, by…
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Creating The Future – Here and Now

By Fay Watkin – Head of Entrepreneurial Development In his recent Ted Talk (How to shift your mindset and choose your future) Tom Rivett-Carnac says, in response to the current crisis we find ourselves in “we cannot afford the luxury of feeling powerless” and as business owners stare into the face of this ‘new normal’ if they are to have any chance…
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Relish The Humans

COVID-19 has taken away our loved ones, our livelihoods and our economy. But, out of the ashes, the humanity in all of us has been reawakened and we are seeing solidarity spread much faster than any virus ever could.   In her recent TED talk psychologist Susan David addressed how we can all be our best self during this crisis,…
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Pivoting At Pace

‘Why has it taken a global pandemic for us to move so quickly?’ From business models to supply chains, from governments offering some of the largest economic packages in history to remote working now being ‘the norm’.  The past month has brought us one of the fastest and most widespread displays of innovation we have…
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