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Someday Vs. Today

December 26, 2016 by Alice Gallop

Nearly two months since British folks voted for Brexit, yet something is absent. No economic collapse. No EUpocalyse. The widely trailed ‘Brexageddon’ simply hasn’t materialised. The UK economy is, for now at least, taking Brexit in its stride.

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Top Drawer A/W 2016: The Debrief

by Alice Gallop

Last week Toucan headed over to Olympia for London’s A/W Top Drawer Trade show. As the UK’s leading international design-led event for innovative retailers and independent businesses, you can imagine Top Drawer was well up our street. The event covered everything from gifts and stationary to home accessories and soft furnishing, and gave us the opportunity to get a feel for the coming trends (and later rack up an enormous wish list on ASOS).

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WHY FAILURE ISN’T FATAL

by Alice Gallop

UK entrepreneurship is booming. Self-employment in Britain is at an all-time high, with 2016 set to be the third successive year in which a record number of businesses are launched.

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THE HARSH MISREPRESENTATION OF THE MODERN DAY ENTREPRENEUR

by Alice Gallop

We are currently in the midst of the fourteenth series of Dragons’ Den and the new series of The Apprentice is almost upon us. Through these shows the viewing public is treated to a ‘fly on the wall’ insight into what makes an entrepreneur.

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WHY YOU WOULD BE A FOOL TO OVERLOOK THE SILVER SURFERS

by Alice Gallop

‘It’s not how old you are, but how you are old’. Renard’s famous 19th century quote makes even more sense four to five generations on. We are living longer; we are looking younger; we are eating better; and we are feeling the benefits of world class health services and amazing breakthroughs in drug technology. A generation ago 40 was the new 30. Today 70 is the new 50 — and that counts. Today there are, pro-rata to overall population size, maybe 12–15% more purchasers of new entrepreneurial products than was the case a generation ago … and they are all over 60 years old.

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“THE PRICE IS RIGHT”- WHAT SMALL BUSINESSES CAN LEARN FROM NETFLIX’S PRICING DEBACLE

by Alice Gallop

Last month, online streaming company, Netflix, raised its prices by £1.50 a month for its longest-standing members, a price hike that has prompted many subscribers to turn off.

Product pricing is a tricky business, especially for any small-business owner and marketer. There are oodles of uncertainties – if I hadn’t priced it as high, would it have sold more? Would it have sold any less if I’d priced it higher? Should I charge more or less than my biggest competitor and why? The questions are endless, the answers are limited. 

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Budget Backs Business

by Madeline Ojakovoh

Last week, the Chancellor’s budget resulted in political upheaval. Despite the fallout, there is much for entrepreneurs to be optimistic about as Osborne delivers a budget with a generally sunny outlook for the country’s businesses.

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Brexit: Stay or Go?

by Madeline Ojakovoh

Few political debates have run as long or been surrounded by as much controversy as Britain’s membership of the European Union. The upcoming vote on a so-called Brexit, was one of the Conservative party’s major manifesto promises ahead of the May 2015 General Election. The build up around the issue has been absolutely huge.

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An Interview with Chef and Entrepreneur, Adam Handling

by Nicola Gartenberg

Please can you briefly introduce yourself?

I’m Adam Handling. I’m 27 and one of the most passionate, determined and ambitious twenty-something chefs out there. I’m about to start the most exciting chapter of my career yet, with the launch of my own concept restaurant: The Frog.

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The Benefits of Mentoring

by Alice Gallop

Richard Branson attributes his ‘flying’ successes down to his mentor Freddie Laker’s ‘down-to-earth wisdom’. But, in case anybody is too young to remember, Laker failed. Laker Airways collapsed into bankruptcy in 1982, with Sir Freddie consigned to the ‘where are they now’ bin of bust entrepreneurs. The notoriously individually-minded, Steve Jobs, praised former Intel manager, Mike Markkula, for his role as ‘adult supervisor’. ‘Mark who?’  A Buzz Aldrin of Apple Electronics?  

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