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The Answer Is In Your Peers

By Mike Stephens – CEO As a business owner, what do you do when you want to grow or overcome a challenge? Who are the best people to turn to for help? For a long time local support systems were based on “advisers” – well-meaning, experienced people who would make suggestions about what you could…
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The Mindset Case for Building Diversity

By Mike Stephens Here’s two ideas that make diversity a must if you want to win commercially: Let’s cut to the chase, this isn’t about ethics. There are lots of ethical arguments for diversity and inclusion, and doing what’s right should be fundamental to any business. That message is loud and clear. What this is…
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Why Do We Bang On About Tech?

By Jeremy Ambrose Speaking to many different organisations, both public and private, one thing keeps cropping up and it can be summed up in one quote, if we only had a pound for every time this was said: “We want to be seen as the (insert noun here) for tech” We get it! There is a huge reliance…
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Peer to Peer Learning

By Jeremy Ambrose Why does it work so well? You will have seen us use this quote before “If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together”  Recent events have given us time to step back and reflect on everything that has gone before. As we move into the…
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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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