Entrepreneurs and small businesses

How the Budget affects SMEs

Monday’s Budget, though not quite as dramatic as some expected, contained several measures that are relevant to small businesses.

Sharing the spoils with employee share ownership

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Employee share ownership can be good for everyone involved, says David Prosser.

Money makers: helping youngsters to save

Tom Blomfield

Monzo co-founder Tom Blomfield came up with a tool to help youngsters save, says Chris Carter. Just don’t call it a unicorn.

Five questions for: Jordan Daykin, CEO of GripIt and VPS Group

Jordan Daykin, CEO of GripIt and VPS Group

GripIt is a DIY fixings business that exports to more than 34 countries worldwide

Ethan Brown: the man turning meat-lovers vegan

Ethan Brown

Ethan Brown is on a mission to redefine the word “meat”, making burger patties, chicken strips and sausages from plant protein.

How small businesses can unlock the cash in their invoices

Kelly Tolhurst © Rex Features

Changes in the law could help small and medium-sized enterprises unlock substantial sums tied up in their invoices.

Julian Dunkerton: Superdry’s serial entrepreneur

Julian Dunkerton © Alamy

Julian Dunkerton started out selling clothes at a stall in Cheltenham in 1985. Now he has built a global brand present in 46 countries and is venturing into drinks and hotels. Jane Lewis reports.

Lapo Elkann : The Agnelli scion and his empire

Lapo Elkann © Getty Images

Man-about-town Lapo Elkann came close to self-destructing in spectacular fashion, buthe has since gone on to build his own business empire.

SMEs refuse to let RBS off the hook

Royal Bank of Scotland could face new action over its treatment of small businesses during the financial crisis, despite the closure last month of an official inquiry into the scandal.

Shelter your business from forex storms

Shop worker handing over a €20 note

Currency volatility is an increasing headache for small-business owners. But there are steps you can take to combat currency fluctuations.

How my Starbucks dream was nearly stolen

Howard Schultz

In 1987, Howard Schultz had the opportunity to buy Starbucks for $3.8m – but he was almost grumped, until Bill Gates’ father stepped in.

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