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Payroll Local with Brixton Pounds

by: Startacus Admin ~ 26th February 2013
Payroll Local with Brixton Pounds. Intrigued? Startacus outlines this London based initiative currently doing the rounds (and pay packets too).In 2009 Brixton, a district in South London followed other towns in England like Totnes in Devon and Strand in Gloucestershire, in introducing a form of local currency. Intended as an alternative to the pound sterling, it provides an interesting case study ...
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Top 5 Online Survey Tools

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th January 2013
An integral part of any business plan is of course the Market Research. Before you can really move on with your concept or idea, it’s essential to undertake sufficient research so that you can get a real insight into your target market. There are several ways of doing this research - from doing vox pops in the street through to creating focus groups. One of the most efficient and accurate wa...
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Business Ideas - Does your business idea pass the ‘Granny Test’?

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd December 2012
Self Starter Krisi Smith, co-founder of Bluebird Tea Co. tells us how your Granny is essential to any successful business idea.I have some very wise, important and never heard before business advice to share with you, so make sure you’re listening carefully: your granny is absolutely key to your business success! Sound a bit bizarre? Anyone who knows me, or has tried my banana tea, can ...
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Starter for 6 - Call for Entries

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th November 2012
If you’re based in Scotland and have an idea for a business or project within the Arts or Creative Industries, you’ve only a couple more weeks’ left to apply for the Starter for 6 Programme. If you’re unsure if your idea would fall within the “Creative Industries” remit, here are the main areas it covers: Advertising, Architecture, Art and antiques markets, Comp...
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How to test a Business Idea

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st November 2012
Whilst many of us may harbour ideas for businesses, not all of us will act on them and it’s often the case that we have an idea, do nothing about it and then months, maybe years later we see someone who has acted on that very idea and created a business. We may get annoyed - have a little rant perhaps - “But I thought of that first..” or even “ Why didn’t I bother doi...
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The Springboard Internet of Things Accelerator

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th November 2012
The latest initiative from Springboard, the UK based accelerator programme has just been launched and is pretty unique in that it is the world’s first ever accelerator bootcamp which is specifically targeting the ‘Internet of Things.’ The bootcamp which is now open for applications will see 10 startup businesses working in any area of the ‘Internet of Things’ underta...
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The Dragons' Den 'rejects' that had the last laugh

by: Startacus Admin ~ 30th October 2012
Earlier this week (July 2014) we had the pleasure of hearing that Jennifer Duthie - our Self Starter of the Year for 2013 had pitched successfully on the Dragon's Den. It fab to see her great and already trading well business being further validated by the Dragons themself.However not all contestants are so lucky...One of the most disheartening things has to be when you come up with an idea, share...
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Unusual Inventions - the Post it Note

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th October 2012
In the coming week or two, we launch the collaborative section on the Startacus site. So we thought it only fair to give a timely nod to perhaps one of the best collaborative offline tools invented - the post it note. Where would we be without post it notes? Probably scribbling on pieces of paper I would imagine. However, the lowly post it note, the antithesis of the paperless office, can be use...
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The Incredible Edible project

by: Startacus Admin ~ 25th October 2012
One way to really appreciate how good an idea is, is when it gets emulated or replicated in other places. And if you’re looking for one of the best examples of that, look no further than the Incredible Edibleproject. In 2008 Pam Warhurst, from Todmorden, Yorkshire first came up with an idea of doing something positive and more productive with some of the area’s public spaces. Her idea...
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Startacus learns about Business Continuity...

by: ~ 26th September 2012
Deborah Stewart, Young Enterprise Business Advisor & Business owner, writes for Startacus on Business Continuity and getting her light bulb moment... Norfolk students get savvy about Business Continuity Storms, fire, terrorism, floods and disease, hundreds of business minded Norfolk Students have learnt how to be prepared for anything that life can throw at them. Amazingly I am now in my fi...
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