Articles on Startups – newly established businesses most often characterised by innovation, agility, and high growth potential, pursuing disruptive ideas or technologies with the aim of addressing unmet needs or solving pressing challenges in the market.


James Caan's Start-Up Loans scheme backs 1,000th entrepreneur

The £112 million Start-Up Loans initiative has seen its uptake double since an extension was announced in early January.


Start-up survival hinges on access to finance, survey suggests

New businesses are most likely to fail due to a lack of start-up finance, a new study shows.

Growth Planning

The importance of SMEs

Simon Blagden, non-executive chairman at Fujitsu UK & Ireland, believes SMEs are vital for the future growth of the UK economy and explains why.

Alternative Finance for Business

New investment practices for start-ups

Jonathan Lea, solicitor with law firm Bargate Murray, looks at how new government schemes could aid start-up development and the legal considerations that need to be addressed.


Belfast start-up acquired by DeskStream

DeskStream has agreed to buy Belfast-based cloud business WorldDesk for an undisclosed amount.


MITIE acquires five of its start-ups for £14.6 million

Outsourcing company MITIE has agreed to acquire the remaining shareholdings of four start-up businesses, and the majority of a fifth, which had been backed by the outsourcing company's shared-equity model.


Great time for start-ups, says Playfish founder

Entrepreneurs should brush aside economic doom and gloom because now is a great time to start a company or sell a young business, according to leading European entrepreneur Kristian Segerstrale.

Legislation and Regulation

Is the notion of a single country legal structure for start-ups relevant in the 21st century?

Simon Cook, the CEO of venture capital firm DFJ Esprit, questions the relevance of a geographic home and single country legal structure for start-ups.


Sir Tom Farmer: Ethics, ambition and enthusiasm

Sir Tom Farmer revolutionised the auto-repair market when he founded Kwik-Fit – and made a tidy fortune in the process. Now 63, he is energetically injecting his hard won resources into an array of UK start-ups.