Tag: start-ups

8
Nov

The Continued Importance of Sustainability in Business

The notion of large corporations making up the rules as they go along and turning into hungry, money making machines at the beck and call of shareholders is far removed from the experience of most companies. Sustainability in business has become ever more important over the last couple of decades and has been accompanied by changes in legislation and corporate

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11
Oct

Double Your Size: Our Top Tips for SME Growth

If your company has been moving along quite nicely since you started but you now want to implement strategies for growth, the prospect of doubling in size will no doubt be appealing. While SME growth is top of many a business owner’s agendas, there are a number of factors to take into consideration however. These include the sector you are

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5
Oct

Under The Spotlight: Karina Melvin, Artful Eating

Each month we showcase some of the fantastic stories our community of business owners and professionals have to share. Over the past month or two, the team at Virtalent have been working intensively to support Karina Melvin, Founder of Artful Eating, who recently signed up to use the Virtalent platform. Over this period we are proud to have been able to accommodate all

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4
Oct

How To Grow Your Business In The Next 5 Years

Taking a small business to the next level is the ambition of most entrepreneurs. Some businesses start up and stay at the same level, often because the owner wants it to remain manageable, while others suddenly begin to blossom and turn into large corporations because there is a drive to make it so.  If you want to grow your business

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27
Sep

Learning About Effective Marketing From Your Competitors

While it might seem sensible to put your nose to the grindstone and keep going no matter what, stepping back and taking a look at your competitors and what they are up to can be extremely beneficial. If you want to learn what effective marketing is in your industry or sector, then borrowing a few tips from the top performers

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14
Sep

The Importance of Having a Business Mentor

The importance of having a business mentor cannot be underestimated. Most successful businessmen and women will readily admit they would not have got where they are today without good advice and support. A mentor provides more than just helpful tips. They get to know you deep down and can guide you through difficult times to profitable success. As American businessman,

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3
Jul

NEWS: Virtalent Featured in the Sunday Times

The two Founders of Virtalent, Sam Wilson and Ellie Bekalo, were interviewed by The Sunday Times. Below you can read the original article by the Small Business Editor, Kiki Loizou, published on 28th June 2015. Here’s the official release: “It was a hot July afternoon in Birmingham. Graduation day loomed, and friends Ellie Bekalo and Sam Wilson mulled over their

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15
Jan

Birmingham’s Silicon Canal – Growing a Start-up Scene

As the UK’s second city, Birmingham has really put itself on the map in the last few years. After the financial crisis that started in 2008, Entrepreneurs took 2014 as the year to step into the limelight and launch their businesses more confidently than ever before. It seems that Birmingham’s Silicon Canal is the ideal place to do this. What

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18
Nov

How to Fund a Start-Up 101

There’s only so far you can go in business before you either a) start running out of cash or b) actually need cash. Once you have reached this point, you realise that you may need to start thinking about funding. But where on earth do you get the funding from? Friends and Family Once we have gone past the idea

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