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.

Money makers: How I reinvented the exercise bike

Ian Wilson of Wattbike

After seeing how successful the Concept2 rowing machine was, Ian Wilson set out to do the same for cycling.

Five questions for: Samantha Bamert, CEO of AskIf

Samantha Bamert

Ask Inclusive Finance (AskIf) is a commercial enterprise with an ambitious social mission.

New data laws loom

Small businesses ignore new data protection rules at their peril, says David Prosser – make sure you’re ready.

Money makers: The make-up models really wear

Fed up with the fake world of celebrity endorsements, Alexia Inge decided to set up retailer Cult Beauty, selling the make-up really worn by models.

Money makers: Pedalling organic coffee

Maria de la Croix

When Maria de la Croix saw her friends selling coffee from a backpack, she liked the idea, says Chris Carter. But she also knew she could go one better.

Five questions for… Lisa Kay, Founder of Lisa Kay London and Sole Bliss

Lisa Kay

Lisa Kay’s two companies, Lisa Kay London and Sole Bliss, design, make and distribute shoes with style and comfort in mind.

Small businesses are shouldering a new pensions burden

Barbers © iStock

Small firms must soon pay more into their workers’ pension funds, says David Prosser.

How to become your own boss

Kirsty Lang © BBC

A cautionary tale from the BBC – freelancers should make sure their tax affairs are in order, says Ruth Jackson.

Money makers: Success on the bounce

Greg Cox

When a twisted knee scuppered Greg Cox’s plans to play rugby for Wasps, he set his sights on becoming a fintech entrepreneur.

Tax breaks for early-stage investors with VCTs

If you’ve already used your Isa and pension allowances, then venture capital trusts and the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) may be the investment vehicles for you.

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