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Keep your Data Safe and your Teddy Bear!

Keep your Data Safe and your Teddy Bear!

When we are young, we never worried about our home being safe… You know it is, right? Our parents lock up before they go to bed, they ... read more

5 ways an accountant can help a start-up other than with their tax return

5 ways an accountant can help a start-up other than with their tax return

1. When it comes to your business plan This is probably the very first step after your eureka moment. You’ve spotted a gap and found a ... read more

Making the right decisions about your staff

Making the right decisions about your staff

Often, new business owners are given lots of information about the pitfalls of hiring new staff and told about onerous employee rights ... read more

Protecting your investment – five top tips for entrepreneur’s from a corporate lawyer

Protecting your investment – five top tips for entrepreneur’s from a corporate lawyer

So you’ve got a great idea; one that revolutionises a market (or, maybe, even the world!); but what about protecting it.  I advise ... read more

Angel Investment more important than ever

Angel Investment more important than ever

  The UK continues to enjoy a vibrant start up business culture According to Companies House a record 650,000 new businesses were ... read more

Brexit’s Impact on Intellectual Property Rights in the UK

Brexit’s Impact on Intellectual Property Rights in the UK

Brexit will have a major effect on both existing and future intellectual property rights in the UK. The main impact will be on those ... read more

Paying apprentices a fair wage crucial to attracting great talent

Paying apprentices a fair wage crucial to attracting great talent

The new Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham recently spoke out about the importance of paying apprentices a fair wage. Speaking to ... read more

Don’t Do a Startup, Architect a Business!

Don’t Do a Startup, Architect a Business!

Prepare for the Unexpected Qflicks, a movie delivery platform I founded in 2002, came out of the gate flying. We were adding more ... read more

Investing in value: Tips for selling your business

Investing in value: Tips for selling your business

Wendy Hart, corporate finance partner at Grant Thornton Thames Valley, on how businesses can maximise their value before a sale. ... read more

Planning for your digital estate

Planning for your digital estate

Have you considered the amount of digital data that you have and if so, what would happen to that data on your death? There is no ... read more

Is Your Business Protected?

Is Your Business Protected?

As a business owner, you do everything you can to make your business a success. You may have covered the tangible assets of your ... read more

Insects – a food innovation – and revolution?

Insects – a food innovation – and revolution?

Food glorious food What did you have for breakfast this morning? Your days of egg and bacon may be numbered! Muesli, fruit and yogurt ... read more

OxLEP Chief Executive offers SMEs advice following worldwide cyber attack

OxLEP Chief Executive offers SMEs advice following worldwide cyber attack

The recent worldwide cyber security attack though – in the main – targeting large national and international organisations, should act ... read more

When does 3D printing your prototype make sense?

When does 3D printing your prototype make sense?

There are lots of manufacturing methods available for prototyping your design. Even if you’ve decided you want to 3D print it, there ... read more

So you got a patent. Now what?

So you got a patent. Now what?

Sometime ago, I attended a pitch session where start-ups presented themselves to investors and other delegates. It is mindboggling what read more

Why boosting connectivity should be top of the election agenda

Why boosting connectivity should be top of the election agenda

Jim Rogers, practice leader at Grant Thornton Thames Valley, outlines his wish list for the new government to support the continued ... read more

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