There were a few news items this week of special interest to small business owners. The Federation of Small Business Owners annual conference was addressed by Vince Cable who told conference that the government had acted over two pressing concerns for small business: petrol duty and national insurance. Shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, also spoke, championing a small business agency as well as the idea of small business Saturday, an idea already popular in the US. A full summary of the conference can be found at the Guardian Small Business Network Hub.
Also this week, the government has published a practical guide to cybersecurity for small businesses following an increase in attacks. The guide on how to put simple, sensible measures to protect your business is available here as a downloadable PDF.
A study this week revealed that a fifth of SMEs don’t understand trademark actions which could leave them open to legal action. RLUK offer help and guidance on naming your business and what legal issues must be considered.
With Record Store Day 2013 taking place last Saturday, what lessons can be learned from the fall and recovery of UK’s independent record shops?
Also worth a look, collaborative hub Bricks and Bread offer resources for social enterprise and sustainable startups for young people, women, and people over 50.
The startup stories that caught our eye this week include an interview with Emma Bridgewater, founder of the eponymous pottery company who has some key advice on the need for imagination when running a business. Another fascinating story about how technology is shaping the fashion business comes out of San Francisco based startup Continuum who are using 3D printers to personalise and design unique clothing. Technological advances also make it possible for people to start up businesses from their own home and cut overheads.
If the pleasant spring weather is encouraging you into the garden to read and relax, here’s a few suggestions on books that every entrepreneur should read.
If you’re looking for tips for success, would “How To Be Productive And Creative, The Karl Marx Way” work for you? Or could entrepreneurial success be down to when you were born?
Have a good weekend!
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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.
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