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.

Nesta’s innovation predictions for 2018

’10 trends, tech breakthroughs and social movements for the year ahead’

Innovation foundation Nesta have made some predictions for the coming year in terms of tech breakthroughs and social movements.  Predictions include drones delivering public benefit, Artificial Intelligence creating prize winning art, the internet going green, tech giants racing to buy a healthcare provider and the increased use of complex simulation methods to experiment with new ideas.

You can read the full article on Nesta’s website.

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?

Designing a Future Economy

Research from the Design Council on the role and value of design skills

The Design Council have published the executive summary for Designing a Future Economy – a report looking at the role and value of design skills to the UK economy. The research looks at the skills used in design, the link between these skills and productivity and innovation, and future demand for skills.

The results portray the high value of design to the UK economy – with design skills adding over £209 billion in GVA. The research also found that people using design skills are 47% more productive than the average UK worker.

However, the research also found evidence of an emerging skills gap. With a decline in the numbers of students choosing Design related subjects at school, the report also outlines some suggestions on what could be done to reverse the decline; ideas include incorporating design into STEM subjects and improving support for design skills within career-long learning.

The full research report will be available in January 2018, but for now, the executive summary can be accessed through the Design Council’s website: Designing a Future Economy

 

 

Teens making thousands from selling online

A shift from paper-rounds to teens ‘building empires from their bedrooms’?

Generation Z (those born in the mid 1990s to early 2000s) are finding new ways to make substantial amounts of money from the comfort of their very own bedrooms. Reselling hyped merchandise from the likes of Supreme online, through platforms such as Depop and Ebay is making some teens up to several thousand pounds a month.

A number of entrepreneurial teens are using social media to gauge the popularity of limited edition products, to then purchase and resell them online.

The article on The Guardian’s website talks about this new trend and speaks to a few of the entrepreneurial teens making money from it.