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I’ve recently rediscovered the value chain. Actually I’ve never lost it but I’ve found it increasingly valuable as I work with more start-ups and small companies through my work with CUE and the St John’s High Growth Coaching program. It’s a simple way of taking people through the analysis of what their companies need to be doing and where they needed to be focussing their management time. (more…)

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Shen Wei, CUE president, JDJ and Suzanne Oliver, HLBBShaw

I attended, and participated in, the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE; www.cue.org.uk) ‘Entrepreneurs’ 5K challenge’ training event today. It was attended by about 70 very keen (it was Saturday afternoon) and clearly smart budding entrepreneurs from Cambridge University and I was one of 5 speakers. My topic was ‘routes to market’ and I had a brief which posed 3 questions which were a challenge to address in just 30 minutes. (more…)

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The recent UK government ‘emergency’ budget and its implications for local economies has once again had the great and the good of Cambridge (that’s Cambridge, UK not Cambridge, US) asking why, despite its reputation as a source of technology innovation, it hasn’t generated a substantial local economy. (more…)

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Despite a modest rise in entrepreneurs’ confidence over the past year, the majority still believe it will be difficult to secure funds in the near future. Overall confidence levels among entrepreneurs have risen by 2% since December, according to an Investec and Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (EO) report. Click here for more information. (more…)

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