Lord Young has had a remarkable career in both the business and the political worlds, serving under various conservative governments and acting as the Secretary of State for Employment. He has spearheaded multiple initiatives including Start Up Loans, was an Enterprise Adviser to David Cameron and has written a number or vital reports about the small business landscape in the UK. Towards the end of last year we were lucky enough to sit down with him and discuss ‘business’. Continue reading →
James Crowther owns one of Europe’s 20 million SMEs. Utilising his background in finance and fleet management, James’ vehicle brokerage business, Trade Vehicles Direct, finds clients the best deals on cars by sourcing direct from suppliers. His negotiation skills and industry relationships are key to his success and have allowed him to grow fast in his niche. Unfortunately, he struggled to fund the rapid growth since the main banks struggled to analyse his model and fit his business in a convenient box.
Here at MadeSimple we like to keep on top of important developments within the world of startups and inform you of them as and when they happen. So in light of yesterday’s Autumn Statement we thought we would give you the key points – and how small businesses will stand to benefit. Continue reading →
As the general election draws nearer we thought it important to take a look at each of the main political parties and what their government would offer small businesses. This, the first post in the series, will be dedicated to the Conservative party.
Uncertainty about the UK’s position in Europe is having an adverse affect on the way British Businesses are operating within European markets. The UK’s place within the EU have been a thorny issue for a number of years, particularly in light of the Euro currency almost crashing in 2012. This has lead to a great deal of anti-EU rhetoric from the government and radical fringe parties such as UKIP. Continue reading →
MadeSimple’s upcoming startup day comes at a fantastic time for this particular industry. According to the IMF the UK is expected to be the fastest growing economy within the G7 and much of this has been down to the ingenuity and innovation from Continue reading →