Why You Should Use Comedy In Your Social Media Marketing

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Your small business needs to have a strong social media presence. We know you know this. But we also know that within the time, budget and personnel constraints that are inherent to marketing for small businesses, it’s hard to know how you can possibly compete with the big guns and elevate your social media content […]

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Five Essential Qualities You Need To Be Self-Employed

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Nowadays more and more people are finding the idea of becoming self-employed increasingly more desirable. Self-employment rates hit their peak at the start of 2020 with approximately 5.03 million self-employed workers throughout the UK. Although the pandemic resulted in these levels falling to rates seen in 2015, they are slowly on the rise again. Furthermore, […]

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Somerset Business Agency become an Academy

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It’s always a great day when we are able to shed some spotlight on our latest academies and talk to then one-on-one. With our newest arrival joining us through the National Enterprise Network, we couldn’t wait to speak with them to see what their company was doing to help their learners join the world of […]

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Developing Young People’s Skills For an Uncertain World

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Over the past few decades, there have been significant and steady shifts in the labour market transforming not only the types of work we do but also the way we do it. During the last year, the pandemic has accelerated the pace of change in a way that would have previously been unimaginable.  If there […]

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Working Remotely: What skills do we need?

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As staff have started to return to offices across Europe over the last few months, a debate has emerged within the media and the professional literature as to the benefits, impact and value of working from the office vis-à-vis working remotely. On the one hand, there are those who argue that the return to the […]

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Transmit Startups join us as an Academy

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Transmit Startups communications manager Laura White kindly took the time to speak to us about her role within the company and what becoming an IOEE Academy will do to boost their enterprise learning. As a communications manager, Laura helps spread the word about how Transmit Startups supports entrepreneurs and their business aspirations. In addition to […]

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Cyber Security and Small Business

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Since the Coronavirus outbreak, small businesses have faced a deluge of new problems while the world’s economy has shifted to a “new normal”. Millions of small businesses face a fundamental change in the way business owners and their employees work. Social distancing and lockdown has necessitated a significant rise in remote working. Technology has projected […]

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Being Your Own Boss

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This month we caught up with one of our long standing and much loved Academies Being your own Boss. Being your own Boss have been part of the IOEE and SFEDI centre network for many years and throughout this time have gone from strength to strength supporting many thousands local budding entrepreneurs. We spoke to […]

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Top 10 Employability Skills for 2021

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The modern workplace is constantly evolving and adapting to our society’s needs, thus meaning that the in-demand skills of modern employers are regularly changing. With the unforeseen circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic propelling our offices online, digital skills are the new frontier to have a successful career. However, digital skills are not the only way […]

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Our New IOEE Academy Sheffield Hallam University Business School

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Congratulations and welcome to our new IOEE Academy Sheffield Hallam University Business School! With one of the top business schools in the country, Sheffield Hallam’s entrepreneurial ideologies are set on real world experience with endless support for student start-ups. If that wasn’t enough, their new goal is to spread the enterprising spirit University wide with […]

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Mental Health in the Workplace

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What a more important time to raise awareness than after a year of lockdowns and pandemic stress. Whether you’ve been working from home or socially distancing at work, the year of uncertainty has been tough for us all. Mental health should be brought to the forefront of business now more than ever, the important question […]

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Welcome Back to the University of Worcester!

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Welcome back to the University of Worcester, who have recently successful reapproved as an IOEE Centre of Excellence! We spoke to Dr Karen Bill who currently works in the Marketing and Enterprise Department in the Business School at the University and has an extensive background in enterprise and entrepreneurship and recognised nationally for her contribution […]

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Lloyds Bank Mentoring Case Study – Amy and Komal

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Amy, can you tell us about your business and why you wanted to be part of the Enterprise Mentoring Programme? I run a sustainable textile business inspired by the way that embroidery techniques are used to revitalise worn fabrics that would most likely end up in landfill. In addition, I run textile-based workshops which allow […]

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Woof’s Treats Are Barking Up The Right Tree With Mentoring

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The IOEE Lloyds Banking Group Covid-19 Response Mentoring programme was created to support small and micro-businesses affected by the Covid-19 crisis which has impacted many businesses across all sectors within the UK. In this article we speak to Lloyds Banking Group mentor, Suraj Sridhar and Suraj’s mentee Michelle Bateman who founded Woof’s Treats back in […]

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Hand, Head and Heart — holistic thinking, doing & feeling in undergraduate enterprises courses at Manchester Metropolitan University

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The author Dr Rita G. Klapper is Reader in Enterprise and Sustainability at Manchester Met and is part of the University’s IOEE Centre of Excellence. Rita uses innovative pedagogy and elements from yoga such as mindfulness in her course creations. Enterprise & entrepreneurship education have long found its way into our Higher Education curricula, and […]

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IOEE Academy: MBL Academy

Speaking to Sue Bedward, Director of Operations at IOEE Academy, MBL Academy we took a look at what work they are currently involved in. Sue said: “Midlands Business Leadership Academy (MBL Academy) has been an IOEE Academy for just over 4 years. We have recently gone through a new branding and website launch after being […]

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IOEE & National Enterprise Network Partnership

Late 2019 saw the launch of our partnership with the National Enterprise Network (NEN) providing a streamlined application path for NEN Members when applying to become an IOEE Academy. We spoke to three organisations who have taken up the opportunity as NEN members and found out a little more about their organisation and why becoming […]

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5 top small business tips

#1 – Innovate but not as you know it When most businesses hear the word innovation they tend to think about technology, or how they create their next product or process. But innovation isn’t all about ideation, technology and widgets. Actually, it means ways to create value from ideas. In many cases this starts with […]

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What are the benefits of mentoring?

Small businesses make up nearly 99% of UK business and are at the heart of the UK economy. Our research shows that businesses that use external support are twice as likely to survive and succeed than businesses that don’t. Ensuring small businesses have somewhere and someone to turn to for valued and trusted support is […]

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Unlocking potential, pitching for success

David Morgan founded Entrepreneurs Unlocked in the Autumn of 2019, soon after becoming an IOEE Academy. David saw IOEE Academy status as vital to his vision of enabling social and economic mobility through entrepreneurship. Offering a range of workshops from a half day entrepreneurial skills exploration session, self-employment short courses, smart sub-contracting for people wanting […]

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Barclays Bank mentoring helps hackney based business

We have spoken to Inan Gokcek.Inan received support from Barclays Bank mentor, Andy Murphy. Inan runs Anares (http://www.anares.co.uk) and has a small studio based in Hackney, London, his work ranges from furniture design to interior architecture and even small architecture projects such as house extensions, conversions and more. Inan’s main focus is on interior architecture […]

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50% of Brits want to start their own business, but a quarter don’t know where to start

A survey from City Lit in London has revealed that Britain is a nation of wannabe Sir Alan Sugars and Jamal Edwards’, with a staggering 53% of Brits admitting that they wish they could start their own business. The research, however, went on to show how apprehension gets in the way of this entrepreneurialism with […]

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Microbusinesses spent 10 weeks dealing with financial admin in 2019

UK microbusinesses spent almost 10 weeks working on financial admin last year, according to a new report. In Make Business Simple, Starling Bank surveyed 1,000 UK microbusinesses. The average firm clocked up 79 hours of labour a week, 15 of which go on finance admin tasks – a considerable 19% chunk of the total time. Smaller companies are […]

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What are the benefits of Mentoring?

There are huge benefits to be gained by both sides of the mentoring relationship from both the mentee and the mentor, we’ve taken a look at just a few below. For the Mentee: Provides impartial advice and encouragement Develops a supportive relationship Assists with problem solving Improves self-confidence Offers professional development Encourages reflection on practice […]

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