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A day in the life of…

Posted on: 17/11/2014
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In 2015 we’ll be producing a series of fly-on-the-wall documentaries about key individuals working in a range of industries. These will offer an accurate snap-shot showing prospective employees what work in that sector actually involves. These films will be shown on our Careers Focus TV website and will offer a fascinating introduction to different industries. […]

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We’re interviewing MP’s in the run up to the General Election

Posted on: 11/11/2014
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Over the coming months we will be interviewing the leading MP’s who will contest next years’ General Election. We will be producing 10 minute programmes and will also be interviewing constituents and the public service bodies that contribute to your community. This will give a quick and interesting introduction to the key issues that will […]

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Government’s Shared Ownership Taskforce to reform renewable energy?

Posted on: 04/11/2014
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Yesterday the UK’s renewable energy industry launched a Shared Ownership Taskforce to allow local communities to invest in local renewable energy projects, like onshore wind farms. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey has backed this scheme. He said, “Community energy is revolutionising renewable energy development in the UK… By giving communities the opportunity to […]

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How to pitch to investors

Posted on: 27/10/2014

Make it emotional An initial pitch to investors isn’t about closing the deal there and then. You’re starting a conversation and gaining the listener’s emotional involvement. Focus on this rather than the detailed financials- that will come later. Convey your passion for this project and explain why what you do matters. Once you’ve got an […]

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Five ways to hotwire your Kickstarter campaign- by Paul Grant

Posted on: 24/10/2014
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Crowdfunding is changing the way ideas can be funded. There are many routes to crowdfunding but one of the most popular is using a reward site that gives a series of “rewards” in return for pledges. The more you pledge, the bigger the reward. One of the most successful campaigns of this kind is Pebble […]

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The search for missing plane MH370 intensifies

Posted on: 21/10/2014
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The mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 remains one of the most discussed news stories of all time with the search operation still in full force. UK based marine winch company Romica Engineering have been contracted to help with the search. They have designed and are manufacturing a deep tow traction winch that enables sonar scanning […]

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How useful are accelerator schemes for start-up businesses?

Posted on: 17/10/2014
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Accelerator schemes can be a great way to fast-track a start-up business. Typically they will invest funds, provide contacts, expert advice and usually workspace. They will take a small amount of equity in your business in exchange. The culmination of the scheme is typically a pitching event, where you pitch to potential investors. Accelerator schemes […]

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5 tips for start-up businesses

Posted on: 15/10/2014
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Firstly, you need the self-belief that your business has the potential to change the world. More importantly your business needs to have the potential to change the world. Ask your target market what products would be useful This sounds obvious but so many start-ups don’t do this. Many successful entrepreneurs carry out detailed market research […]

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Don’t jump into bed with the first investor who buys you a drink

Posted on: 13/10/2014

“50% of all new businesses fail in their first 2 years.”- Former Dragon Theo Paphitis. Working out the right investment option for your new business is tricky. Be selective. Too many start-up owners jump into bed with the first investor who makes them an offer. Don’t do this, but if you do, use protection. It’s […]

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Why is the Midlands such a hub for manufacturing?

Posted on: 09/10/2014
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We’ve just interviewed laser cutting company Midtherm Laser about the UK manufacturing sector. They gave interesting insights into this robust industry and how the Midlands is a powerful nucleus for it. Midtherm Laser is one of the contributing companies for our programme Manufacturing Excellence, which explores the technological developments within leading manufacturing companies. Midtherm Laser […]

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