Why you should start a business in 2018…

Five reasons to start a business this year

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation shares five reasons why you should consider starting a business this year. Reasons include:

  • You can start without quitting the day job (or study!)
  • Gaps in the market remain
  • Technology has opened up a world of opportunity
  • There is plenty of support available
  • Freedom and flexibility is yours

To read more about each of these reasons – read the full article on Enterprise Nation’s Blog.

Drivers for Change

‘A journey to creative social action’

Drivers for Change are looking for young leaders aged 18-26 who are motivated to create social change within their communities, to join a 10 day journey across the UK this Summer. The 10 day learning experience aims to inspire future leaders through exploring how the arts, social enterprise and business can come together to create social change in UK communities.  Through taking part in the programme it is hoped that participants will:

  • Build their networks, connect with like-minded people
  • Receive practical advice and support to create their own social action or enterprise plan
  • Be inspired by social leaders from across the UK
  • Access mentoring opportunities
  • Develop an understanding of a diverse range of social challenges around the UK

Applications close: 26th March 2018

To find out more about the programme and how to apply, please visit the Drivers for Change website.

New Year’s resolutions for social entrepreneurs

Five resolutions from the School for Social Entrepreneurs

Sophie Hobson, School for Social Entrepreneurs’ communications manager has written a post listing her 5 new year’s resolutions for social entrepreneurs.

The list includes:

  1. Always do the most important thing first.
  2.  Make time to work on the business, not in the business.
  3.  Find other social entrepreneurs who get how tough and lonely it can be.
  4. Rebrand the ‘failures’ or 2017 as ‘learnings.’
  5. Keep learning to be a leader.

Find out more by reading the full post on the School for Social Entrepreneurs Website.

The Social Value Summit 2018

‘Leading event on social value’

The Social Value Summit is run by Social Enterprise UK with the the support of Business in the Community. The event brings together commissioners and providers from across the public, private and social sectors, aiming to build cross-sector networks and partnerships whilst also showcasing best practices in measurement, frameworks and procurement.

The event is a great opportunity to hear from expert speakers, hear all the latest news and information, discuss current challenges & opportunities and network with leaders from across sectors.

When? 28th of February, 2018

Where? IET London: Savoy Place

To find out more about the event and book your tickets, visit the Social Enterprise UK website. Early Bird ticket sales end this Friday the 12th of January.

StartUp 2018

Event packed with inspiration and advice

Looking for inspiration and advice on how to start a business, be your own boss or just want to improve your entrepreneurial skills and meet like-minded individuals?

This one day event, hosted by Enterprise Nation involves a packed programme across 10 stages with over 100 expert speakers and inspiring entrepreneurs, exploring a range of interesting topics.

When? Saturday 13th January

Where? Queen Mary University, London

You can find more details on the event along with a full programme and how to purchase tickets on their Eventbrite page.

Lancaster Alumnus opens Google-style office in Preston

Antony Chesworth opens £3.5m Google-style office

Antony Chesworth (Computer Science, 2001) is founder of Lancashire based eCommerce giant, EKM.com. The award-winning software company have recently moved into their new Google inspired 23,500 sq ft head office space in Preston. The new office is the result of almost 4 years of designing, planning and construction. It comes complete with state-of-the-art office tech, a gym, rest and relaxation areas and a slide, with the aim of making work more enjoyable! The office space is setting the company up for significant future growth.

Read more through  Steps – the Lancaster Alumni magazine’s webpages.

Business reads for the holiday

Recommended Business Reads

Fortune have compiled a list of top business reads from suggestions received from readers. The list includes classics, biographies, books on management, books on investing, on psychology and even some non-business business books. Take a look at the list of Fortune’s website, for some holiday reading inspiration!

Do you have any recommended business related reads?

Learn from an experienced financial director

Meet an Entrepreneur in Residence

This week’s Entrepreneur in Residence is Sue Anderson of Pendle doors who with her husband has worked to build a successful manufacturing business. We have a number meeting slots available to meet with Sue on Wednesday, please email enterpriseteam@lancaster.ac.uk  to book.

Sue Anderson (Financial Director of Pendle Doors)

Wednesday 6th December

Pendle Doors are a family business and one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of British made modern and contemporary high quality internal and external timber doors, doorsets, secured by design entrance systems, glazed screens and purpose made joinery to  the construction industry, including the Education, Healthcare, Residential and Leisure sectors.

Sue initially joined the business which was set up by her husband Steve on a part-time basis doing the accounts, as the business grew substantially this became a more hands-on full time role. The firm has enjoyed enormous growth and success through the hard work and dedication of Sue and the entire workforce and has built a reputation based on reliability and service.

 

Monetising your app idea

Making your app stand out against the competition

The UK app economy is estimated to be worth about £83bn by 2021, but with almost 1,000 apps submitted to the app store each day competition is high. A recent article in The Guardian spoke to a number of bestselling app producers to see what they thought was needed to make a successful app.

It is evident that marketing is a crucial factor which can make all the difference, with developers sometimes spending too much on producing the perfect app rather than prioritising their marketing budget.

Utilising and building a network of users, testers, tech journalists and investors before launching is also mentioned as important to getting an app out there.

Other points discussed in the article include framing the purpose and function of the app with a story you can tell and the advantages of using a Freemium model.

To read the full article, please visit The Guardian’s website.

Do you have an app idea? Want help developing a marketing plan or building up your network? Get involved in Enterprise Team Labs!

 

Run your idea past an entrepreneur

Meet an Entrepreneur in Residence

We have meeting slots available with four Entrepreneurs in Residence over the coming two weeks, they come from a variety of sectors with a wide range of experience and advice to impart to budding entrepreneurs. Below are the profiles of each – if you would be interested in meeting any of them, please email enterpriseteam@lancaster.ac.uk

Ruth Power (Director of Business Development at Financial Management Bureau)

Wednesday 22nd November

Ruth is on the board of a financial services SME in Cumbria, employing over 35 staff servicing over 2000 clients with financial planning and advice. Her role involves developing enhanced service strategies, communicating with potential new customers, looking after the needs of existing customers and managing internal communications. Ruth has had the benefit of a complete career change which has given her experience in both the public and private sector, education and management and now marketing.

 

Jane Dalton (Director of Groundswell Innovation)

Friday 24th November

Jane Dalton has managed brand strategy and innovation projects for companies with global brand reach for the past 17 years – from Unilever global brand teams through to banks and service brands across Europe . Cross-cultural customer understanding and creative problem solving in highly regulated markets are particular strengths. Her skills sets comprises of strategic brand planning and brand positioning, the commercialisation of intellectual property, innovation management, new product/service development and qualitative market research

 

Glyn Jones (Business Partnership Manager, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University)

Friday 24th November

Glyn Jones is the Health Business Partnership Manager in the Health Engagement and Innovation Team at Lancaster University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine. Glyn’s role involves supporting the creation and growth of health and social care focused SMEs by providing mentoring, signposting, procurement advice, workshops, student projects and access to clinical staff, patients, carers and evaluation resources. He also volunteers as a primary school governor and a Trustee of a local youth project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Cox (Managing Director of George Cox & Sons)

Thursday 30th November

George Cox & Sons is an award-winning £15m per annum turnover business specialising in high-quality highway and footway projects. Chris has been Managing Director of the company for 20 years.The company employs 100 staff out of three offices within the North West of England, has it’s own in-house apprenticeship and mentoring programme, and was one of the early pioneers of the ‘Investors in People’ within its sector and it’s own employees lead the company Community charity.