Category Archives: Entrepreneurial

Pitching – a judge’s perspective

I’ve sat on a lot of judging panels, and so I thought it would be useful to give you some insights into what matters to the judges. Every competition is different, but there are a few things that judges always … Continue reading

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What are the vital tasks that young businesses need to undertake in order to succeed?

I was one of the judges at the Scottish heat of the Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards today., and was really impressed with the standard of the entries. Everyone gave such impressive, confident pitches.  I was also asked to give a short talk on this topic … Continue reading

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Positive attitudes!

I was fortunate enough to attend the Business in Parliament event at Holyrood last week. It was an incredibly friendly and uplifting experience, well attended by politicians of all hues and many business people, representing their own companies and business organisations. I took four … Continue reading

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With a great community exciting things happen!

I’ve just come back from the launch of a really exciting new venture, Entrepreneurial Spark ! Its going to be great, because an amazing community of people will make it great, catalysed by the enthusiasm and tenacity of Jim Duffy. Since taking over … Continue reading

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Making the most of conferences

Escape the virtual world for a while Despite the rise of hi-tech conferencing methods such as web seminars, nothing beats the real live experience of attending a conference. Whether you are a new company needing to generate your first few … Continue reading

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That’s not true; we’re not like that!

I blame the media. No, we’re not talking superinjunctions this time; it’s just a bit of a misunderstanding, that’s all. But passions are running high. As I’m sure most of my regular readers are aware, I’m involved in a community … Continue reading

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What would you choose; a university degree or $100K?

I’ve been reading with interest some responses to Peter Thiel’s (founder of PayPal & Facebook investor) announcement that he is to provide 24 young people with $100k to drop out of college and start their own businesses.  http://www.fastcompany.com/1755089/legendary-investor-peter-thiel-names-dream-team-of-whiz-kids It seems … Continue reading

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