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10 Things I Learned Directly From Alan Sugar

I used to be an avid watcher of The Apprentice. Nowadays I might watch one or two episodes, makes a cursory assessment of the uselessness, or not, of each candidate and then keep an eye out for when the interviews of the final four or five will take place. To be fair, I can’t honestly…
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Crypto Currencies: Bubble or Best Thing Ever?

In a recent webinar I tried to explain the Blockchain technology behind Bitcoin and other so called crypto currencies. I likened it to a group conversation on the WhatsApp platform. I’ve recently discovered that you can reply directly to a thread or individual post by selecting that post and hitting reply. Then the first few…
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How To Train Like an Olympic Athlete for Business Greatness

I am not quite an obsessive sports fanatic, but I certainly love playing and watching an array of sports. From the pure sports of athletics and boxing to the more contrived sports of Formula 1 motor racing and even horse riding/show jumping. I say pure because boxing and athletics are in the end a straightforward physical contest…
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Beyond Mary Portas – An Introduction to the Open Market

Many months have passed sine the publication of the Mary Portas Revirew on the state of Britain’s High Street. Following on from that in recent days we have heard reports of the possible demise of three big UK High Street brands, namely, Blockbusters, HMV and Jessops. This is part of a trend that in recent…
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Book Review by the Guardian’s Robert Ashton

Reviewer: Robert Ashton – social entrepreneur and business author Book Title: Seven Secrets of Successful Fundraising – Amal Abdalhakim-Douglas ISBN: 978-0-9535993-4-9 Like most authors, I read a lot of books. It stretches my thinking and encourages my writing style to evolve. Like most social entrepreneurs, I can be crushingly critical of ‘one size fits all’…
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Why Bank Collapses are Good for Small Business and Social Enterprise

Twenty Four Billion English Pounds was the reported loss made by one UK bank last year. That’s twenty four thousand million pounds (£24,000,000,000). It seems like the government or taxpayer is going to once again “bail them out.” Simple logic might suggest the government is actually buying some significant shares in the bank outright and…
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