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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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There’s A New Normal In Town

Locked Down And Looking Up “Don’t lose your ambition. This situation is unparalleled. Many have the instinct to hunker down, think small. When economies shrink, there are opportunities you will never find any other time.” – Margaret Heffernan It is in Entrepreneurial Spark’s nature to turn a problem into an opportunity, look forward and rock…
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Morning Mindset Check-in – Episode 8

See our social media channels for the other episodes in the series. Conquer with Curiosity: Our Head of Entrepreneurial Development, Fay Watkin shares why, more than ever, we need to remain ‘curious’ as entrepreneurs and leaders. As week two of lockdown begins, for many of us the shock has started to subside, and we are…
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New Year New You??

or insert New Year cliché here….. New Year, new you? Cliché. Reinvention in the world of the entrepreneur is continual. Success is built on incremental step changes, made on the fly. Every day entrepreneurs have to choose to get out of their comfort zone, take action and grow, or stay safe. New Year (and New…
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Becoming Open Entrepreneurs

By Mike Stephens, CEO, Entrepreneurial Spark I’m not a software engineer. I don’t know what a container, stack or kernel is, and I find even trying to describe an API a bit like trying to explain the offside rule. And until May 2016, I had never heard of “Open Source”. So it was with fascination…
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Entrepreneurial Spark Alumni Celebrates 5 Years In Business!

Independent wedding boutique, The Bridal Emporium, celebrates its 5th birthday in style. If you saw a group of women dressed as brides traipsing around Leeds a few weeks ago, chances are, you were witnessing the all-female team behind fashionable wedding boutique the Bridal Emporium. To mark the shops fifth year in business and inspired by…
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An International Entrepreneuring Resilience

We were constantly astounded by the number of applications we get for our Ignite powered by Entrepreneurial Spark hub in Bermuda. Bermuda is a small island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with a population of around 65,000. So, to receive 178 applications for 15 places in the hub during our first intake, really…
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