An interview with Anna Ward from CakeDrop

Anna from CakeDrop

It’s often said that you should love what you do. Well, it’s safe to say that Anna Ward loves what she does – after all she gets to work with cake every day, and who doesn’t love cake?! Anna launched CakeDrop – a cake delivery service for offices –  in July 2017 (still fresh!) and she certainly knows what it takes to get started. Here Anna talks to us about her inspiration for the delicious idea and how life has changed since launching. Enjoy…

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An interview with Wholefood Heaven

Wholefood Heaven are David and Charlotte Bailey, a husband-wife team who are cooking up a storm with their healthy street food. We first became aware of them thanks to their pitch at Whitecross Street Market, where their souped-up van consistently attracts the largest queue. And it’s easy to see why. Their now legendary Buddha Bowl is super delicious and super healthy. Then we noticed that they’d published a book. And then another!

So we decided to ask David and Charlotte about their recipe (sorry) to business success. Here’s what they told us …
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MadeSimple’s Top-20 Female Entrepreneurs

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We thought we’d give Mother’s Day a ‘business spin’ by celebrating our favourite 20 female entrepreneurs. These women are all behind successful businesses that should inspire any startup. Let’s take a look, and don’t forget to share your favourites at the end. In no particular order: Continue reading MadeSimple’s Top-20 Female Entrepreneurs

Welcome to Startup Land!

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The place where startups thrive. It’s incredible just how many businesses have chosen this thriving part of London as their base. In and around #N1 #OldStreet and #TechCity – we identified a range of neighbours – design agencies, digital marketers, publishers, co-working spaces, games companies, bars, restaurants, coffee shops – you name the sector – it’s here.
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UK unemployment rate at seven year low… and more

UK unemployment rate at seven year low... and more

Encouraging figures have been released this week with regards to the overall rate of employment in the UK. This is of course great news but what affect does this have on SMEs and their overall recruitment strategy. Has this for example translated into greater pay which is widespread. This will of course be discussed later in the blog. Also this week we look at how SMEs might have a greater say in England’s devolution process. As this column has covered in the past the UK is about to go through a process where greater powers will be given transferred from Westminster to local government. It is crucial that local businesses are a key part of this process. Continue reading UK unemployment rate at seven year low… and more

Balancing the books in a startup – a practical guide

Balancing Books

Startups are, unsurprisingly, just starting up – which means that they can often have trouble getting their finances in order. It’s very important at the early stages of a business to keep the money flowing for growth – but making sure you have an accurate perception of your own company can be difficult. Continue reading Balancing the books in a startup – a practical guide

Startup Story: Dave Skelton, It’s a Jungle

Today we bring you another Startup Story – our series of conversations with entrepreneurs who tell us about their journeys so far. This time we chat to Dave Skelton, founder of business training and development startup ‘It’s a Jungle’, a company designed to help businesses enhance their efficiency using Lean methodology.

Entrepreneur: David Skelton
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London Enterprise Festival kicks off this month… and more

London Enterprise Festival 2015 – a celebration of entrepreneurialism – gets started on Sunday. Continue reading London Enterprise Festival kicks off this month… and more