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Rocket Round Up: Happy Independents’ Day!

Small Business News

How did you celebrate Independents’ Day on July 4th? No, that’s not a mistake. We’re talking about the nationwide celebration of UK indie retailers, now in its third year. The campaign, backed by Dragon’s Den star, Theo Paphitis, aims to keep independent shops alive and kicking by encouraging shoppers to use their local retailers and high streets. The one-day campaign is also offering independent retailers with less than 250 employees the chance to win funding, training and mentoring and is run by the National Skills Academy for Retail.

Over at Tech City News this week, 75 startups disrupting finance, food, fitness, cleaning, ticketing, analytics, TV and many more entered the first round of their Elevator Pitch Series 2. If you missed the deadline this time, they offer some excellent advice from Terri Sjodin on how to craft the perfect elevator speech.

Staying with Tech City News for a moment, they also published a really useful article this week on how businesses can put customers at the heart of their start ups.

Pieta Das Gupta, RLUK’s head of legal, has been watching the tennis this week and seeing the determination and hard work of the players, she’s been inspired to write a blog about putting the same kind of grit and determination you need to be a tennis champion into being a business champion.

What can Jazz teach you about entrepreneurship? Meet David Roche,a musician and boss of a successful internet business who believes there’s a connection.

Employing staff for the first time can be daunting for a new business but there’s some top tips here from entrepreneur, James Caan, on how to separate the wheat from the chaff. Rocket Lawyer UK can help with all the legal bits of employing staff from the offer of employment letter to the contract to the time when you need to say good bye to an employee.

Tech and Social Media News

Does your business need a digital makeover? Research from the Federation of Small Businesses suggests that firms spending just £2,700 on average to update their hardware – desktops, mobiles, printers and the like – saw their turnover and profits rise 35% after a year.

And so farewell Google Reader…but it’s not the first major product they’ve sent to the graveyard. What lessons can small businesses learn from Google’s product failures?

For YouTube users who want to turn their hobby into something more professional, this week saw the launch of YouTubePro giving advice on a range of issues, such as crowdfunding, attracting and managing advertisers, using a manager, recording content series and more.


Research this week suggests that women over 35 are now the biggest spenders in the tech revolution. Click on the link and find out where you rate on the Geek Calculator

Have a warm weekend!

Photos from National Skills Academy for Retail and Action for Happiness

Mark Edwards

Senior Vice President of EMEA at Rocket Lawyer
With a decade of experience as an innovator and business leader in the UK legal industry, Mark specializes in creating and growing new businesses based on sound market insight and customer need. He sees the team and the people in it as the crucial component for building a successful business.

Prior to joining Rocket Lawyer in 2012, Mark led the legal business development team for LexisNexis UK. There, he managed a cross-functional team, and was responsible for the full lifecycle of product innovation—from proposition development and business case, through the launch and early sales traction. During his time at LexisNexis UK he built two new successful product lines. Previously, Mark was a user experience consultant, working in various industries including telecommunications and health.

Mark has a Computing degree, a masters in User Experience, and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.