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How to define your value proposition when you’re just starting out

Starting your own business can feel overwhelming – where on Earth do you begin? If you’ve identified an opportunity for a new business, before you dedicate a large amount of time to building your business plan, a faster way of defining and validating your product or service is by developing your value proposition and business… Read more

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Meet the group of businesses on cohort five

We’re thrilled to be starting 2021 with quite a large group of young businesses, joining us for DCI’s fifth cohort. We look forward to helping these businesses develop and grow over the next six months, but in the meantime take a look at who we have on board. PIK Sustainable Solutions Ltd PIK is a… Read more

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Five steps to discover your startup’s purpose

A brand purpose is an important part of determining your company’s identity. It explains the meaning behind the type of work you do, and how it benefits your customers and beyond.  Not to be confused with your mission statement – which focuses on your objectives – or your goal-driven vision, your purpose works in parallel… Read more

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Four top tips for starting a business following redundancy

If you’ve found yourself in the position of having been made redundant recently, could starting your own business be the answer to where your career goes next?  It may come as a surprise to anyone unfamiliar with startups to hear that up to 30% of new businesses have been founded in response to being made… Read more

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Introducing our fourth cohort of businesses

As we approach our second birthday, we’re thrilled to share the details of the startups who’ve joined us for our fourth cohort.  This time, five businesses were successful in their application to our incubator, and have already begun to tap into the resources and support our programme provides.  You can find the full press release… Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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