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Laura Tenison
Tony Caldeira
Richard O'Sullivan
Julie Meyer
Debbie Pierce
Michael Oliver
Jeremy Roberts
Charlie Mullins
Jennie Johnson
David Pollock
Steve Purdham


Tue, 19th Nov 2013

More and more businesses are taking to social media platforms in order to spread the word about what they offer and to interact with customers/clients. There are many benefits, not least the opportunity to network without having to leave the comfort of your office, but there are also various pitfalls. EN looks at the pros and cons of going social...

Thu, 3rd Oct 2013

The Isle of Man (IOM) is famous for many things from Manx cats to kippers, but it is the world famous TT (Tourist Trophy) Races, that the island is most renowned for.

Thu, 3rd Oct 2013

What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a watch? A few hundred pounds? A few thousand perhaps? Well how about between £150,000 and £170,000. And yes, that is three zeros you can see so don’t book an eye test just yet.

Thu, 3rd Oct 2013

There is an old adage that size isn’t everything and that is certainly true of the Isle of Man. While it may be just 33 miles long and 13 miles wide the island has plenty to offer to businesses – not least its tax regime.

Tue, 1st Oct 2013

Rebecca Patterson, owner of retro confectionary company, Sherbert Pip, has an unusual business partner - her nine-year-old son Henry.

Henry is one of the UK’s youngest entrepreneurs and his confectionary range Not Before Tea is his third business venture. We asked him why he decided to enter the world of business at such a young age. We also asked Rebecca what Henry brings to the business.

Thu, 22nd Aug 2013

Nick Hewer is probably best known for being Sir Alan Sugar’s right hand man on BBC One TV show The Apprentice, but he’s a successful businessman in his own right and ran a PR company for a number of years before selling it in 1997.

Thu, 22nd Aug 2013

Have you ever thought about taking on an intern but aren’t sure where to start? Fear not, we have put together a guide to internships which tells you what you should and shouldn’t do.

Let’s get one important thing out of the way before we get started though. An internship is not just a form free labour; it is much more than that.

Fri, 9th Aug 2013

Moving stock from one location to another may seem the simplest task in the world, but there are many ways that firms can cuts costs and increase efficiency and profitability when it comes to managing fleets.

Fri, 9th Aug 2013

Is it okay to ditch the suit when temperatures begin to soar? That’s the question on everyone’s lips when the sun comes out.

Fri, 9th Aug 2013

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that was launched in 2009. But what exactly is it and why is it proving popular?

Jamie McMullan, co-founder of web development firm Silverchip, gives us the lowdown.

Thu, 8th Aug 2013

Cyber crime costs British businesses billions of pounds a year and has become such a problem that most police forces now have their own dedicated teams to bring those responsible for such crimes to justice.

Thu, 25th Jul 2013

If you are afraid to fail then you won’t try, and if you don’t try, you won’t succeed.

This is according to Ed Wray, co-founder and former chairman of Betfair, which is one of the world’s largest sports betting providers.

Fri, 5th Apr 2013

Moving into a new building that’s just a shell? Or just need to give your current office a radical makeover? Then you’ll need to engage a fit-out company. EN explains what to look for and how to manage the process.

Fri, 5th Apr 2013

Cloud computing has come a long way since it was first introduced. What has changed and what should you look for in a provider?
By Kirsty Hewitt

Fri, 5th Apr 2013

Oak Furniture Land owner Jason Bannister tells Kirsty Hewitt how he turned an eBay business into a multi-million company

Thu, 11th Oct 2012

Businesses regularly hold events from internal staff conferences to seminars for clients. EN presents ten top tips for putting on a corporate get-together.

Thu, 11th Oct 2012

Most staff probably know how to find their way around Microsoft Office by now – but what about some of the newer technologies that are emerging? EN finds out which applications staff find hardest to grasp and asks what you should look for from anyone who says they are able to help.

Thu, 11th Oct 2012

Want to grow your business? Why bother doing all the hard work yourself when you can get others to build an empire for you - and pay you for the privilege? But is becoming a franchisor the fast and cheap path to riches? Er, probably not. Andy Jowett takes a look.

Thu, 11th Oct 2012

From cloud computing to mobile commerce, EN profiles the technologies having the greatest impact on business.

Cloud computing is an umbrella term for a number of different trends involving the internet. It basically takes everything that a business would store on a company server or computer and stores it online so information can be accessed remotely from anywhere in the world.

Mon, 8th Oct 2012

Foreign investors have been behind many of the large property transactions in the UK this year. They have been especially dominant in London and the South East with sales such as the Battersea Power Station, which was sold to a Malaysian consortium. What impact do foreign investors have on the UK’s commercial property market? Do they give the market more stability?

Mon, 8th Oct 2012

Claire Young is the straight-talking, no-nonsense businesswoman who reached the final of series four of BBC One show The Apprentice (2008). The entrepreneur runs School Speakers, a business providing quality motivational speakers for schools, colleges and universities. Each month Young shares her tips on running a successful business.

As I sit and write this column Eva, my 12-week old daughter, is sitting next to me gurgling away.

I ask myself do babies and boardrooms go together? Call me naive, or even in denial, but I really do think women can have it all – it just requires lots of focus, discipline, organisation, determination and hard graft.

Emma Hill, founder of His & Her Magazine
Mon, 8th Oct 2012

Emma Hill

AGE: 35
MAIN BUSINESS: His & Hers Magazine

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Five Minutes With

David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.