How to establish your startup’s brand in four simple steps

Your brand is just a small part of establishing your startup, but a very important one, as it feeds into almost everything that you will do.  It is the recognisable name and style that embodies your business, from your values to your designs to your tone of voice, and everything in between. In this article,… Read more

Three top tips from our incubator entrepreneurs

There’s a tonne of benefits new business owners can access as part of our incubator, more than we could ever fit into just one blog. From insightful workshops and access to investors, to sharing your experiences, opinions and ideas with the other like-minded entrepreneurs on the programme, we provide a whole lot of knowledge to… Read more

How budding entrepreneurs can beat imposter syndrome

So, you’ve thought of a great new business idea. You can see how it could really take off and can’t believe no one else is already doing it. You try to imagine yourself launching the business and making it a success… but you falter. You have no experience of starting businesses and couldn’t possibly become… Read more

Three simple ways to overcome entrepreneur burnout as a start-up owner

Being in the midst of launching a business is an exciting time. You’re bringing your vision to life, and the possibilities can feel endless… … but so can your to-do list. And if you’re not careful, you can quickly burn out. Here are eight signs that you might be burned out: Eight signs you’re suffering… Read more

Meet the businesses taking part in our third incubator programme

We’re proud to announce that the third DCI programme is now underway.  We can’t wait to see how our current crop of local entrepreneurs develop their businesses over the next six months. Without further ado, here are the seven start-ups we’re supporting at the moment… First up is Doxa Consultancy, which is run by Sola,… Read more

Should I work for someone else or start my own company in 2020?

Contemplating a new career?  At this time of year you’re not alone, with research suggesting that one in five people are on the hunt for a new job in January. So, if your New Year’s resolution is to reinvigorate your career, you’ll be competing in a crowded job market. Depending on the industry you work… Read more

Cash flow for start-ups: How to manage cash flow as a new business

Your business’s cash flow is its lifeblood, and analysing it is like giving your business a health check.  It’s so important that it’s one of the key points we picked out in our article on why 60% of new businesses fail in the first three years.  But what exactly is cash flow? How do you… Read more

60% of new businesses fail in the first 3 years. Here’s why.

New businesses are launching at an unprecedented rate, with approximately 660,000 new start-ups registered in the UK every year according to The Telegraph. Yet the same article exposes the sheer volume of those businesses that fail, with 20% not making it past their first year, and a staggering 60% going bust within their first three… Read more