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Financial news round-up for small businesses

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th March 2014
Welcome to the Startacus monthly financial news round-up, brought to you by Sophie Turton of Crunch Accounting. This month has revealed good news for SMEs and startups, as the government pledges more in growth funds and the country’s workers cotton on to the benefits of being self-employed. Self-employed to outnumber public sector workers by 2018 The number of freelancers and contractors i...
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The Pitch to Rich

by: Startacus Admin ~ 26th March 2014
Fancy pitching your business idea to one of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs?Well...enter the Pitch to Rich comp and you could do just that.The folks at Virgin Media Pioneers have once again launched their quest to find some of the UK’s most innovative up and coming entrepreneurs - entrepreneurs who could find themselves in just a matter of months pitching to the man himself,...
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Calling all craft and designer makers

by: Startacus Admin ~ 25th March 2014
CRAFT calling! Calling all craft and designer makers – are you looking for a new and exciting way to showcase your work to potential buyers? Well you are in the right place. CRAFT is an exhibition you will want to be part of. So what is it? Clarion Events and Handmade in Britain have created CRAFT to provide a commercial platform for designer makers who wish to reach an audience of p...
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Microsoft Cloud Events- For tech businesses on the rise

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th March 2014
If you are a games developer, an app startup or indeed just someone who loves techy things then this one is for you… The lovely folks over at Microsoft have got their heads well and truly in the clouds with a couple of events that are on the way over the coming weeks. You'll need to get your skates on though as there's only a small ‘window’ of opportunity to bag yourself a plac...
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The Marketest Business Startup Competition is now open

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th March 2014
Do you have the entrepreneurial spirit or an innovative business idea? If the answer is YES, then listen up because Marketest are back on the hunt… Marketest, a leading UK Online Quantitative Market Research company are on a mission to help all you enterprising folk do something with that big (or small) business idea that you’ve got. The Marketest Business Startup Competition a...
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The Budget – an open or shut case?

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st March 2014
The Budget – an open or shut case? Emily Coltman FCA, Chief Accountant to FreeAgent, which provides the UK’s market-leading online accounting system for freelancers and small businesses, reflects for Startacus on whether Britain is really “open for business” as George Osborne affirmed in his Budget earlier this week.  Here she highlights a few key points... Annual In...
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TestTown- Seeking creative ideas to help save the high street

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st March 2014
Now a little treat for the self-starter aged 16-30 looking to exercise their innovative muscles - the annual TestTown challenge is back with another round of high street enterprise opportunities available up and down the UK…here’s the low down. The Problem The great British high street has been on something of a low in recent years with the changing shopping habits of the public bei...
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12 months free use of Zendesk!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 19th March 2014
Zendesk are offering selected Startacus members who own / found a technology or internet startup company, 12 free months access to a Zendesk regular account valued at over $1000!When we started Startacus, one of our core objectives was to make starting a business...well just that little bit easier. We know that there are great ideas out there - being dreamt up every day by people just like you. W...
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The Irish Seedcorn Competition Returns

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th March 2014
Are you a startup or an early stage startup on the island of Ireland, and looking for some prize money? Well this could be your lucky day – there is some serious money to be won in the 2014 Seedcorn Competition... The good people at InterTradeIreland have once again launched this fab opportunity, back unsurprisingly following Seedcorn 2013. And, as always, it’s not all hinging on the ...
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The Traveltech Lab launches

by: Startacus Admin ~ 12th March 2014
If you’ve got a startup in the travel and tourism sector, then a new London based project would be well worth a look. Announced recently by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, the Traveltech Lab aims to provide a springboard for startups working in the areas of travel, tourism, hospitality and events. In essence the Traveltech Lab is a niche startup incubator which will offer 35 spaces for ...
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Talking taxidermy and breathing stones- Objects Sandbox startup award winners announced

by: Startacus Admin ~ 12th March 2014
Oh we do love a spot of creative technological innovation here at Startacus…shock horror…so we are rather pleased that REACT (that’s Research & Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technology) have just announced the 6 teams which are going to be taking part in their Creative Sandbox over the coming 3 months. For those of you who aren't yet familiar, Objects Sandbox is an initi...
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Legal news round-up for small businesses- March

by: Startacus Admin ~ 11th March 2014
Welcome to the first ever Startacus monthly legal news round-up, courtesy of Net Lawman expert advsior Thomas Taylor.  In the coming months he will be casting his eye over some of the key legal news stories affecting small businesses.. there's loads of cruicial info to get through so here is the march edition.  New consumer rights laws are likely to change how you sell to your customers ...
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