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Come and see us at The Northern Franchise Exhibition – Manchester

Discover how you could run your own business with the support of an established brand at The Northern Franchise Exhibition. On 21 & 22 June, unleash your inner entrepreneur at Manchester’s exclusive franchise exhibition. Take advantage of over 30 free presentations, benefit from one-to-one expert guidance and find out why franchising has become one of…
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Are you boring your own team?

People do their best work when they are in their stretch zones. I don’t mean stretched in the way most people use it, which is just another term for “busy” – they’ve got too much to do and don’t know how they will fit it all in. I’m talking about a different stretch. You know…
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Entrepreneurial Spark Launches its 20th Accelerator Hub for Entrepreneurs!

Sparks ignite in Bermuda as Entrepreneurial Spark launches 20th accelerator for entrepreneurs Today, Entrepreneurial Spark (ESpark) has launched its 20th accelerator hub, Ignite Bermuda, the island’s first privately funded entrepreneurial accelerator. The launch comes a year after ESpark transferred its UK accelerator network to the Royal Bank of Scotland to be run in-house. ESpark, headquartered…
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7 Key Steps to Build Business Performance by Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Innovation: Defined simply as a “new idea” device or method. Innovation in its simplest form within an organisation is iterating on a process to improve the quality of the output. From the work we have been doing with larger organisations, we have learnt a number of different things about harnessing an entrepreneurial mindset to build…
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Exposing your Leaders to the Possibility

Leaders in large organisations are often very experienced. Middle leaders in particular tend to have risen through the ranks and spent some considerable time with the same company. They will often have worked in the team they lead and been promoted based on technical knowledge or high performance in their previous role. Which is great,…
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The 5 Key Components to Make your Innovation Accelerator roar!

There are two key strategies which are driving a new way of doing business, M&A and internal innovation, with change and growth at the forefront. Any organisation which has opted for the latter of these two strategies then finds themselves on a quest to discover, include and support the entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, which will help…
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The Innovation Pyramid

The Innovation Pyramid is a guide to allow you to focus on what needs to happen in your organisation to make innovation work. There are 4 components of the pyramid which are all underpinned with having the right mindset. When you have the right mindset in the organisation and everyone is singing off the same…
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Are You As A Leader Stifling Innovation? – by Ria Tucker

In our latest guest blog, Ria Tucker explores how the thinking errors of our leaders can impact innovation. There are some key questions to stop and ask yourself whilst reading this article, write them down and when you are in the throws of operation, take the time to ask yourself the right question at the…
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Developing an Entrepreneurial Culture – by Mike Stephens

In this personal blog by Mike Stephens – CEO of Entrepreneurial Spark, we explore the 4 key building blocks of developing an Entrepreneurial culture. We as a company have been working with many large organisations and we want to be able to share what we have learnt from doing so. We will build these blocks…
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Why your next hire should be an Entrepreneurial Leader.

Entrepreneurs have become the super heroes of the business world with the likes of Steve Jobs, Walt Disney and Bill Gates often listed among the most well-known and ‘famous’ leaders of all time.  It’s the impact that these iconic entrepreneurial leaders have had on their respective businesses and globally, that has inspired and prompted established…
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