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James Caan's Recruitment Entrepreneur

by: Startacus Admin ~ 10th September 2014
If recruitment’s your thing, then listen up! Leading entrepreneur James Caan has just announced that he’s once again on the lookout for self starters in the recruitment sector who want to either start or grow their recruitment businesses. Although still in its first year of trading, Recruitment Entrepreneur has already invested over £2million in startup businesses in the sector....
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Making the City Playable Conference

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th September 2014
Have you heard of the Playable City award? It’s an amazing annual Bristol-based competition which challenges artists and creatives from around the world to propose new ways for people to engage with the open and public spaces of the city. The whole concept is based around playfulness and injecting novelty, fun and intrigue back into the urban spaces around us, as a counterpoint to the ever...
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Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd September 2014
Whilst Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou may be perhaps better known as the founder of Easyjet, he’s slowly becoming synonymous with supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship too - thanks in no small part to the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs which he runs in conjunction with Leonard Cheshire Disability. The competition which is now in its eighth year, aims to not only support disabled en...
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Running a business from home just got simpler

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd September 2014
As the old saying goes ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ or as we say here at Startacus, ‘Government reform in support of small businesses doesn’t reach an acceptable level in a day’ - but we are glad to announce that the UK government has taken at least some steps in pursuit of a fairer deal for small business owners. Having acknowledged the incredible importance o...
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Startacus Monthly Financial News Round-up

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st September 2014
Welcome to the Startacus monthly financial news round-up, brought to you by Sophie Turton of Crunch Accounting. August was a record-breaking month for small businesses and startups. The number of Britons going it alone in business skyrocketed with the over 50s taking the lead for the UK’s most entrepreneurial generation. The government is also doing more to support the growing vanguard of s...
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The Scottish Edge - Round Five

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th August 2014
Startups based in Scotland  - take note - it’s back! The ‘it’ in question being the fab Scottish Edge fund. Now open for a fifth round (my how time flies - we remember the first!), the comp which aims to provide support for young Scottish entrepreneurs and early stage startups is seeking entries once more. Interested in applying? Here’s the lowdown: Firstly, you&rsq...
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UK self-employment at 40 year high

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th August 2014
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) had the rare pleasure of announcing last week that self employment has increased to its highest level in over 40 years. Obviously this is incredibly welcome news here at Startacus, but we have to admit that even we were somewhat surprised by the announcement. For so long now, all we seem to be hearing is that economic indicators point to slow recovery foll...
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PITCH 2014- Europe's largest startup competition is back!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 26th August 2014
Hold on to your metaphorical (or indeed literal) hats, Europe's largest Startup competition is back and this year it promises to be bigger and better than ever. PITCH, which takes place annually as part of Dublin’s Web Summit (the world's fastest growing tech conference) has found an influential new backer in the form of soft drink giant Coca-Cola, which promises to expand the competitions ...
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Hampshire Town gets Craftbombed!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 26th August 2014
A lovely little yarn now for all ye fond of happy woolen surprises. The market town of New Milton in Hampshire got a welcome shock a few weeks ago as it arose one morning to find its Station Road transformed into an Alice in Wonderland-esque scene. As if from nowhere knitted covers, bunting, soft toys and other craft items adorned the length and breadth of the street transforming familiar town f...
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Foodpreneur Fest 2014

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th August 2014
Involved in a food related startup? Perhaps you run an amazing street food stall or you’re a craft brewer extraordinaire? Well, if you do, the folk over at Virgin Startup have just launched an initiative which would be well worth a look. They’ve created Foodpreneur Fest - an amazing opportunity for food startups all across the UK to showcase what they’re about to a panel of food...
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Startacus members through to The Pitch top 100!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th August 2014
We must take a little moment now to say a big congratulations, good luck and general woohoo to a bunch of very special startups who have made it through to the final 100 of The Pitch. We are especially happy that these guys have made it through because they are people who have a connection to the Startacus community and therefore stand as a great inspiration to anyone who pays us a visit looking ...
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Tech Stars Seattle Announces 2014 Startups!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 19th August 2014
Everytime TechStars make an announcement of its latest intake of business it brings a happy little smile to our faces. Not only because it gives us the opportunity to put pen to paper (or rather fingers to keyboards) and ramble endlessly about our favorite topics (startups, technology, accelerators etc), but also because we know that after their gruelling selection process, those left at the fini...
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