James Jardine from the University of Cambridge in the UK won third prize in the post-graduate category of the Santander University Entrepreneurship Awards.

He scooped 5,000 for his company Qiqqa.com a company that provides free software which helps students and researchers manage information.

The awards aim to support and encourage university students to pursue their business ideas and are open to students from all 58 universities within the Santander programme.

To mark the fifth anniversary of Santander Universities in the UK, Santander chief executive, Ana Botn, announced an additional 1.5m of funding to UK universities, taking its total investment to 7 million during 2012, as well as 100 new mobility grants of 2,500 available to UK students to study abroad.

She also extended the banks support for small businesses with the launch of a new programme to place graduates from the countrys top universities on internships with SMEs across the UK.

The programme to encourage entrepreneurialism amongst graduates is a collaboration between Santander and its university partners and aims to promote the benefits of working for a SME to third-year or recently graduated students, while providing smaller businesses with an injection of talent not always easy to obtain by companies with limited administration resources.

Santander will work with its partner universities to find students and companies who will benefit most from the scheme and will help with placement and administration, including project management, as well as part-funding a basic salary for the students.

Ana Botn said: Youth unemployment and particularly graduate unemployment is one of the most pressing issues for the UK economy. We hope our new programme offering 500 student internships to SMEs can help provide our talented graduate community with the opportunity to gain vital experience in the work place, whilst opening their eyes to the benefits of working for smaller companies.

SMEs have not typically attempted to compete with the graduate recruitment schemes of the big FTSE players and we hope that this initiative will give a wider range of companies the benefit of fresh, young talent.

As the engines of progress and invention, universities have an important role to play in incubating the enterprises of tomorrow. Santander is proud to be supporting and recognising the entrepreneurial skills demonstrated by students through our Entrepreneurship Awards, as well as announcing an additional 1.5 million of funding to support British universities, taking our total investment to 7 million in the UK and 120 million globally, this year.
Photograph:James Jardine receiving his prize from Santander chief executive, Ana Botn

Invention and entrepreneurship are concepts that are synonymous with Scotland. Scotland has a long standing tradition of producing world renowned inventors and entrepreneurs. The invention of the steam engine, television and penicillin can all be attributed to Scottish inventors and in this article I would like to highlight some of the most famous Scottish entrepreneurs of recent years.

Arnold Clark

Sir Arnold Clark grew up in Glasgow and joined the RAF in 1944, aged 17. He rose quickly through the ranks eventually becoming a Corporal and a Motor Mechanics Instructor. Upon leaving the RAF, Clark began buying and selling cars, and opened his first showroom in 1954 in Glasgows Park Road. Arnold Clark Automobiles is now the largest car dealership in Scotland, with over 145 car dealerships throughout the UK.

Michelle Mone

Michelle Mone OBE is the co-owner of MJM International and creator of Ultimo. She grew up in Glasgow and began her corporate career with Labatt Brewers. She rose quickly through the company and was running the Sales and Marketing department by the time she was 20. In 1996, came up with the idea to create Ultimo after wearing an uncomfortable bra to a dinner dance. Today Ultimo is one of the UKs leading designer lingerie brands.

Sir David Murray

Sir David Murray was born in Ayr in 1954 and educated at Ayr Academy, Fettes College and Broughton high School. By the age of 23 Murray had set up the metal company, Murray International Metals Limited. The Murray Group has expanded to include a wide range of industries including property, call centres, venture capital and mining.

Sir Brian Souter

Sir Brian Souter is another famous Scottish entrepreneur. Sir Brian Souter started his working life as student bus conductor while studying at University. Upon finishing University, Sir Brian Souter began working with Arthur Andersen, a leading chartered accountancy firm. In 1980, using his fathers redundancy money, Sir Brian Souter established Stagecoach Group with his sister. Thirty years later Stagecoach is one the largest transport companies in the world with 13,000 buses, coaches, trains and trams, employing over 30,000 employees worldwide. Sir Brian Souter also founded Souter Investments and the Souter Charitable Trust.

Life is always forcing people to do many things, like the world these days, the economy in different countries have different situations in which people work in different ways. Sometimes people want to be independent because of the environment where they live, and they may need loans for their own account. So if you are self-employed, such as a contractor or a freelancer, then entrepreneurs loans are designed specially for you. In today’s ever-growing needs of yours and at the same time due to lack of resources to meet them, you get worried. Also, if you do not have a good credit score in earlier times, adding to concerns. It can happen to anyone despite of their salary.

Self-employed loan is a short term loan and they are there to help entrepreneurs. But very often, self-employed is difficult to demonstrate to lenders because of variable monthly income. But at all times have their own problems in their businesses on their own loans, self-employed workers are there to help and support.

Self employed loans are small term loans, so if you are self-employed and looking for the proper settlement of cash, these loans are for you. You may pay any tax burden and desires as the payment of unpaid household bills, food expenses, tuition fees, collection fees, fixed costs, and small travel expenses, which are few examples of the charges the same regardless of the costs that you may need auto loans are there to help employees.

To establish financial imbalances, self-employment loans can be easily done by self employed people. This funding source may be easy to take care of your financial needs at home. You do not even have to go through any credit checking process because it accepts the application of all borrowers, irrespective of credit record. The presence of arrears, defaults, bankruptcy, foreclosures, CCJ, late payments do nothing to insult.

Just get used to the ease of online application method. Do not move from the comfort of your home or office. The loan you are looking for will be sent directly to your account after obtaining approval. The applicant can apply for low cost and very lucrative business loans to persons with proper research online.

New Zealanders are renowned for their entrepreneurial skills and their desire for autonomy in the workplace while building something that will create a future for themselves, their families and the wider community. With the ability to build an empire out of number 8 wire, many turn their skills to developing and building a business. However, questions do arise as to the best course of action: is it best to start a business from scratch or to purchase an established business that can be streamlined under the careful operational skills of its new owners.

There are many options to purchase businesses for sale in New Zealand which offer the investor a great opportunity to enter the world of the entrepreneur or further extend their business portfolio. One of the key benefits of purchasing an established business is that the company will have a track record of success, staff, stock and a base of customers to which the platform is set for further expansion. There is simply less risk involved when purchasing a business compared with starting a business from scratch. With an established business, the new owners take over an operation that already has a reliable and proven income with future cash generating abilities, a recognised customer base and loyal following of the business, brand and its offerings, along with employees who are familiar with the business.

When considering how the business is to be financed or paid for, it is worth noting that banks and other lending institutions are generally more comfortable lending money for the purchase of a business with a track record. This reduces the risk involved not only for the investors and lenders, but for you as a new business owner.

However, due diligence is required in purchasing any business. Just because a business has a track record of income and profitability doesnt necessarily mean that it is going to carry into the future. Careful consideration must be given to the business fit with the skill set, knowledge and lifestyle that you currently have and your desires for the future. Choosing the right business is a key step, one that reflects your experience and abilities to ensure the future success of that business.

When considering the purchase of a business in New Zealand, it is highly advisable that you seek the advice of a professional consultant from a leading real estate agency. Their experience will greatly assist you in the pre-screening process, ensuring that you are viewing businesses that not only have a viable future, but suit your needs.

An entrepreneur can boost the visibility of his product or service by using a 2,500 Cheap Brochures Printing 85×11. This marketing tool, which uses colorful printing and high-quality paper, contains basic information such as products or services, contact information and additional customer benefits that will initially promote the business.

It is important for entrepreneurs to invest on creative foldable brochures because of its ability to draw peoples attention and stir up their curiosity. An effective brochure focuses on customers wants and needs and can transform random people into loyal patrons, which will subsequently improve a business profitability. This marketing tool can definitely help a small-scale business expand into a larger entity.

The beauty of a 2,500 Cheap Brochures Printing 85×11 is the huge potential for creativity and information. Here are some guidelines in crafting an effective brochure for your business:

1.Planning

One by one, make a list of the information that you want to put on your brochure. This includes products, services, pricing, contact information and photos. The information should be complete enough to answer initial questions from customers. Next, create an appropriate theme for your brochure. For example, an entrepreneur with a catering business may focus on childrens birthday parties and create a kids party-inspired brochure to attract specific clientele. Once youve decided on the theme, consider the physical make of your brochure. Will you use glossy or matte paper? Should the brochure be colored or black & white? Subsequently, settle on a cover photo together with a strong headline, such as Its Time to Step Up! or Take Pleasure in Your Retirement!As soon as youve created a cohesive idea for your foldable brochure, you can start with the design process.

2.Designing

This foldable brochure consists of 3 major parts: the front, interior and back sections. Here are ways of designing each panel:

Front section this panel contains the headline and pictures that should immediately attract customers needs and wants. The images on the front panel should be catchy enough for people to want to read the interior sections of your brochure.

Interior section the conventional design includes a list of products, services, and prices separated on each panel. However, if you want a more visually appealing design, you may create a layout that spreads across all sections with supporting images such as maps, product specifications, graphs and testimonials. Just make sure that image placement is well-organized so that customers will appreciate the design without losing vital information. Once customers see that the brochure looks professionally-made, they will be more interested in what your business is offering.

Back section – contact information is found in this panel, including the address, phone numbers, e-mails, and websites. Likewise, perforated coupons for product discounts or free items can be included at the back. Finally, if you want to create a lasting impression, place a final tag line that reinforces your front section headline, such as Its Time to Step Up With XYZ Company!

The typical online entrepreneur is a different species insofar as they generally work alone and within an industry that can be very stressful and demanding. Being your own boss is great however many are prone to second thoughts about this when they find that everything’ is their responsibility! Without physical, or often times, moral support, people working online have to reach deep within themselves for the strength or motivation to get the job done. Obviously those who succeed on the internet have mastered the ‘art form’ of learning how to motivate themselves! Learning how to get motivated however always has its roots in a very strong reason as to ‘why’ it is people are working online! It is the ‘why’ of every entrepreneur that ultimately keeps them moving forward!

Here are the 3 biggest ‘whys’ entrepreneurs use when learning how to motivate themselves in order to maintain the drive necessary to succeed on the internet.

Money

Always a big motivator, money is one of the most ‘popular’ reasons people market on the internet. Whether it is for need or perhaps to expand an already existent ‘offline’ business earning or increasing an income is a powerful and popular force for people to be working online.

Passion

Some people have taken advantage of the easy to use and inexpensive internet platform to pursue a personal passion. Whether it is a cause, hobby or perhaps a business idea, if it is fueled by passion there is little doubt that these people will lack motivation.

Lifestyle

Most internet businesses involve working online from home or actually anywhere one may choose and this is a very attractive option. In addition, the potential for earning a significant income is very real due to the access you have to a global audience, on a 24/7 basis no less! A lifestyle like this is hard to ignore and even harder to not strongly desire! Even working longer hours is not an issue since you can pick and choose where and when you work!

As we have spoken about here today the typical online entrepreneur must absolutely posses some strong motivations in order to be successful working online. Due to the ‘isolated’ nature of internet marketing, individuals must learn how to get motivated and stay that way without the help or support of others. For this reason their motivations need to be strong and lasting and 3 of the most common motivations people have for working online are reviewed above. As you can see any of these 3 factors that drive people to succeed on the internet are very strong. It is an absolute must however that the individual has the great ‘desire’ or ‘need’ first or they will not be able to sustain their efforts and achieve success.

Modern world is full of temptations and other entertainments that cost much. It became a tradition that children want to become businessmen or entrepreneurs. The dreams of becoming a spacemen do not bother children any more. The desire to have everything and to be able to afford different things make children think about more profitable occupations. Some students, when grow up, change their minds and think about something more realistic, the others still continue dreaming of becoming entrepreneurs. The article is going to represent some advantages and disadvantage connected to the profession. Use arguments to support your choice.

Advantages of becoming an entrepreneur

1.Those who decided to become entrepreneurs are sure to enjoy the whole process, from the very beginning of their business till the highest level of its development. The prediction of risks and their successful elimination is a real delight.

2.The entrepreneurs salary directly depends on his/her intentions. If one wants to get more this month, he/she should work harder.

3.The working schedule of entrepreneurs is flexible. They may easily take a day off in the middle of the week without the moral pressure of being fired. Still, the consequences of such action should be considered beforehand.

Disadvantages of becoming an entrepreneur

1.The entrepreneur does not have a regular salary. The income may be considerable this month, but it may be too low another one. It is impossible to calculate some unpredicted costs.

2.The flexible working schedule is also a disadvantage. The necessity to work till night may be rather stressing.

3.Entrepreneurs are personally charged with the consequences of their actions. One wrong step and the whole business may be ruined.

It is exciting to be an important person in business, to have personal company and run it. Still, there are some cases when this independence may cost too much.

Kimco Realty Corp. (Kimco) announced the launch of another small business through the Kimco Entrepreneurs Year Start (KEYS) program – Carlsbad’s Build-It-Workshops held its grand opening on Friday.

KEYS is a small business incubator program developed by Kimko.

As of Dec. 31, 2012, Kimco owned interests in 896 shopping centers comprising 131 million square feet of leasable space across 44 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and South America. KEYS launched in California, where Kimco owns over 110 shopping centers consisting of over 3,200 stores and 19.3 million square feet of leasable space.

The company says that it is actively seeking startup entrepreneurs and first-time business owners to apply to the program, which currently has over a hundred small shops (2,500 square feet and under) available for KEYS participants, including many pre-built restaurant spaces.

KEYS will place qualified applicants into Kimco shopping centers with one year of free rent and additional benefits such as affordable property charges to minimize initial overhead; access to personal Kimco retail business counselors; a flexible four-year lease option after the first year; as well as access to shop space in established retail centers. In addition, Kimco says that it will provide operational and financial support through the critical startup incubation years to better ensure the success of these first-time business owners.

Kimco has developed relationships with established educational organizations such as SCORE, the California Small Business Development Center, Kauffman FastTrac, and others that offer business resources and networking support.

The KEYS program seeks entrepreneurs who plan to open their first store, restaurant, or other concept (but not franchise companies), who have adequate funding for the venture, a written Business Plan with detailed business goals and who have the ability to articulate their plan for success in an interview. A certificate, endorsement, or letter of completion verifying entrepreneurial classes completed from an SBA sponsored business association, college, university or appropriate training organization is encouraged, but not required.

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Most entrepreneurs are corporate refugees. All they know is the corporate model. It’s kinda ironic; they choose to leave corporate life to be an entrepreneur, to blaze their own trail and then they fall back on all the boring corporate ways that made them escape from corporate life in the first place! Things like the corporate way of dressing and the corporate way of speaking and the corporate way of eating lunch alone in the food court with the sports section of the paper, unless of course they are taking a big fish client out to lunch or twiddling their thumbs at a business function eating rubber chicken.

The beauty of being an entrepreneur is that it doesn’t have to be that way any more. Why? Because you’re the boss!

There are no rules! Even if there are, you can break them. Why?

Because you’re the boss. Want to start feeling like you really are living the dream? Running your own show? Attracting instead of chasing clients? Heres the best kept secret in business!

Lose the Corporate Speak!

Whats Corporate Speak?

Hi, Im Johnathan Snooze from Boreme Some Moreme and Snore. Our company specializes in the facilitation of soft skills solutions in a proactive environment. Im the project manager. Were a one stop shop for small to medium sized business and our client say we provide excellent customer service. Our core competencies lay in the fields of

Dont be doing that!

Speak to prospects like you are speaking to a good friend. Use simple, direct, colorful language and don’t be afraid of humor. Too many entrepreneurs suffer from Professionalitis. Fortunately, it’s curable. Just talk to the people!

Even though I teach ’em, I don’t get why we have to have courses in public speaking. You’ve been speaking since you were 2. You were walking since you were 2 also. We don’t have courses in Public Walking!

Remember that the corporate guy in the 3 piece suit stops off for a beer on the way home from work just like everyone else. And I guarantee he’s not speaking corporate mumbo jumbo to the bartender or to his buddies when he’s watching the big game.

If you’re preparing a speech and want to test it out, ask a kid. Kids have a natural immunity to professionalitis. Don’t use any words with your business prospects that you couldn’t use with a bright 10 year old. Just be yourself!!! Just talk to people. You’ll connect. In our natural state, we are entertaining and fun and attract naturally. I don’t see many boring kids. But as we get older, especially after we get our first real job, we systematically bury our color.

Business marketing is a very important part of any business that wants to stir the attention of the right customers who would someday utilize the products or services of a company. A proper sales pitch is the core of any marketing portfolio because it brings in new customers and makes the old ones stay. One of the many purposes of business marketing is to make the customers feel that they have spent their money on a good investment, namely, your product.

The first thing that an entrepreneur should do when marketing his business is to create a meaningful company statement that can make an impact on its potential clients. Your company statement should target your potential customers’ situations so they’ll find it easy to relate to your company. This will also instill confidence in them since they now feel that they can trust your company and its products.

Customers are becoming very wise because of the number of competitions in the market to choose from. Creating a quality sales pitch will lend class, integrity and value to your products. So it is important that your pitch is the exact duplicate of what your company stands for and who is it functioning for. A weak sales pitch will not capture any attention and will only be a waste of money and effort.

The key to successfully market your business is to know how to highlight the advantages that your customers can benefit from your company. You need to place your customers in every angle of your sales pitch so they would feel they’re given importance. Not only should the sales pitch provide the benefits of the product but it should also describe how it can solve specific problems of the customers. To make an effective sales pitch, make it more about your customers and less about the product.