Are Social Enterprises more sustainable, innovative and profitable?

‘Does doing good make you better?’

There are 471,000 social enterprises in the UK, making up for almost 9% of the total UK small business population. Government research has recently revealed that businesses which put their profits into social or environmental causes appear more likely to be innovative and profitable than traditional SMEs.The research also compared the types of challenges cited by SMEs and Social Enterprise Employers.

Take a look at some of the highlights from the study which was commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy on Enterprise Nation’s blog.

Maybe you have an idea for a Social Enterprise? Book on to an IntroLab to tell us about it!

The Food Exchange 2017

Looking to start or grow a food or drink business?

Join retail buyers, entrepreneurs and experts from the food and drink industry for this one day exchange event in London.

The event will help to put you in touch with large brand buyers, learn form experienced entrepreneurs who’ve been there and done it and access expert advice in topics such as sales, marketing and PR for the food industry.

Already confirmed speakers include Sainsbury’s, Green & Blacks and Selfridges.

When? Friday 29th September

Where? Presentation Suite, KPMG, London

To find out more and purchase tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

Festival of Female Entrepreneurs 2017

Full programme announced

Enterprise Nation’s Festival of Female Entrepreneurs is back for its sixth year!

This unique event aims to bring together some the UK’s most influential female entrepreneurs, business leaders and brightest start-ups, to provide you with detailed and practical insights to help grow your business.

Sessions on the day include advice on taking your brand global, sourcing celebrity brand ambassadors and the importance of loyalty to business success. Speakers include:

  • Edwina Dunn, co-founder of many loyalty card programmes including the Tesco Clubcard.
  • Rob Law, founder and inventor of the ride-on children’s suitcase brand Trunki.
  • Mel Bound, founder of This Mum Runs and Enterprise Nations’s 2016 Female Start-up of the Year.

+ Many others, take a look at the event page to see the full programme, find out more about the event and purchase your ticket.

When? Friday 20th October, 2017
Where? Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa

Enterprise Nation: Student Start-up of the Year

Win £3,500 for your business!

Enterprise Nation have just launched a brand new competition: Student Start-up of the Year.

Supported by Microsoft and 123 Reg, Enterprise Nation are looking for brilliant ideas from both current students and those who have graduated within the past two years.

Entries will be accepted from businesses who are not yet trading and also businesses that have been trading for less than a year.

Applications need to be submitted by the 12th of May.

10 applicants will then be shortlisted to pitch in front of a panel of judges at Microsoft’s offices in London on the 19th May, from those five will be selected to go to a public vote.

To find out more about the competition, the prizes and to apply visit

Tips for improving your website

Enterprise Nation Webinar: How to improve your website’s user experience to win more sales.

Catch up with Enterprise Nation’s latest webinar in which Matt Fowell, Enterprise Nation Adviser member and digital lead at Five Rivers shares his top tips for improving the user experience of your website in an attempt to enhance your sales!

Find the webinar of the Enterprise Nation blog.

ScaleUp 2016

Helping businesses move to the next stage of growth

Hosted by Enterprise Nation, ScaleUp is an event focused on helping businesses overcome barriers and to move to the next stage of growth. Whether you’re looking to go global, hire staff, perfect branding, motivate a team, raise finance or sell to bigger brands – this event is perfect for you. The event will include talks from many leading entrepreneurs including Tim Robinson, who is behind the exponential growth of Doddle and Jimmy Cregan, the driving force behind Jimmy’s Iced Coffee.

When? 3rd November 2016

Where? Aston University Business School, Birmingham

To find out more and register click here.

Business Lessons from Harry Potter…

With all of the recent Harry Potter excitement I thought it would be appropriate to share Emily Coltman’s post for Enterprise Nation, in which she identifies the top five magical business lessons which can be picked up from the Harry Potter series. The lessons cover networking, encouragement, going the extra mile, bringing in experts and trusting contacts.

Who knew that the famous wizarding series had so much to teach us about business?!

Click here to read the full article.

The Food Exchange

Looking to start or grow a food/drinks business? This is the event for you!

Hosted by Enterprise Nation and Birmingham City University, this one day event features buyers from Sainsbury’s, Selfridges and Holland and Barrett as well as entrepreneurs who have successfully sold to Ocado, Waitrose, Asda and Tesco. This is your chance to learn from those who have done it before as well as make valuable contacts in the industry.  There are also a number of panel events during the day covering topics such as joining an accelerator, building a brand and getting connected in the industry.

When? 16th September 2016

Where? Millennium Point Auditorium, Birmingham

For further information and to purchase tickets click here. 

Olympic lessons for entrepreneurs

Six things small businesses can learn from our Olympic athletes

Team GB are currently doing us proud over in Rio with their amazing strength, determination and perseverance to be the best at what they do.

Whilst the majority of us couldn’t hope to keep up in the velodrome , or run, swim or jump quite as fast, we do have something in common with these sportsmen and women. Entrepreneurs need to be resilient, brave and determined to taste success, and getting to the top can feel like a marathon or two.

So what lessons could we learn from our medal winning athletes?

Read more

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The Beauty Exchange, 19th August 2016

The Beauty Exchange: Fri 19 August, Canary Wharf, London

Meet with buyers, entrepreneurs and beauty industry experts next week, and find out what it takes to get your beauty & cosmetic products into national stores.

Representatives from Boots, House of Fraser, L’Oreal and Soho House will be attending the event and sharing industry insights at meet the buyer sessions. You won’t want to miss panels on raising funds, building a brand and making it on to a beauty blog, either.

If you’re a budding entrepreneur in the beauty industry, this event is one not to be missed.

Find out Enterprise Nation’s top reasons for attending The Beauty Exchange and book your tickets here.