Ben Lobel was the editor of SmallBusiness.co.uk and GrowthBusiness.co.uk from 2010 to 2018. He specialises in writing for start-up and scale-up companies in the areas of finance, marketing and HR.


Entrepreneur profile: Benji Vaughan, Disciple

In this piece, we talk to Benji Vaughan about starting and scaling his 'community platform' Disciple, which builds social networks for niche interest groups.


Business Growth Fund invests £1.25 million in data aggregation firm

Collision Management Systems will invest the funds in accelerating its market expansion.

Alternative Finance for Business

Can Eureeca make equity crowdfunding truly global?

Eureeca is the first crowdfunding platform to be regulated in multiple markets. Here, we talk to founder Sam Quawasmi about his vision for global equity finance.

PR and Marketing Strategy

The importance of design and branding in franchising

In this piece, Joel Bissitt of Franchise UK looks at the importance of franchisors thinking carefully about their design and branding.


Bought By Many: How to turn the insurance industry on its head

Steven Mendel, founder of Bought By Many, discusses the ridiculous insurance quote that inspired the company's birth, the problem of prioritising your efforts in a scale-up, and why he isn't that concerned about his giant competitors.

Alternative Finance for Business

Interview with Angus Dent, founder of peer to peer platform ArchOver

In this piece, we talk to ArchOver founder Angus Dent about the development of his peer to peer offering and how it fits into this dynamic marketplace today.


Women in Finance Awards 2018: winners announced

On June 27, a host of inspirational women were recognised for their outstanding achievements in the finance space. Here are the winners.


The Women in Finance Awards 2018: June 27

Last night we celebrated once more the individuals and organisations leading the way in promoting a diverse and inclusive finance industry.

Company Flotations

Is NEX Exchange an alternative to AIM for SMEs?

The NEX Growth Stock Market has been described as AIM's little brother: but is it coming into its own as a genuine option for SMEs?

Venture Capital Funding

Interview with Simon Rogerson and Chris Hulatt of Octopus Group

The rise of sustainability in scale-ups, the braver disposition of today's entrepreneurs, why businesses ignore company culture; we cover all of it with Simon Rogerson and Chris Hulatt, founders of Octopus Group.


Come to the MSB: Business Insight Conference 2018

CBI's event dedicated to medium-sized business returns for 2018 to explore the intelligence and capabilities needed to help growing businesses succeed in the current climate.


How can you use IT to boost business expansion?

Here are some interesting uses of IT tech that could see smarter working bolstering your business expansion plans.