Blog

Self-Employment: The Dream Or The Nightmare?

December 26, 2016 by Alice Gallop

Those beady eyed among you may have spotted an influx of articles in the news last week reporting the collapse in the average wage of self-employed workers over the last two decades.

Read more

The Not-So-Fantastic Mr. Fox

by Alice Gallop

According to trade secretary Liam Fox, the UK is “not the free-trading nation it once was.” In the words of the Rt Hon. Gentleman, British businessmen have grown “too lazy and fat” and would rather spend Friday afternoon on the golf course than be out chasing new business deals.

One would struggle to draw a cruder caricature.

Read more

Spotted In 2016 – Will You Be The Winner?

by Alice Gallop

We’ve made no secret how we feel about entrepreneurs. They are the vanguard of change; they challenge the status quo, ask tough questions and have the potential to overturn established industries overnight. Successful entrepreneurs, by definition, have figured out a way to do things better.

Read more

Someday Vs. Today

by Alice Gallop

Nearly two months since British folks voted for Brexit, yet something is absent. No economic collapse. No EUpocalyse. The widely trailed ‘Brexageddon’ simply hasn’t materialised. The UK economy is, for now at least, taking Brexit in its stride.

Read more

Top Drawer A/W 2016: The Debrief

by Alice Gallop

Last week Toucan headed over to Olympia for London’s A/W Top Drawer Trade show. As the UK’s leading international design-led event for innovative retailers and independent businesses, you can imagine Top Drawer was well up our street. The event covered everything from gifts and stationary to home accessories and soft furnishing, and gave us the opportunity to get a feel for the coming trends (and later rack up an enormous wish list on ASOS).

Read more

WHY FAILURE ISN’T FATAL

by Alice Gallop

UK entrepreneurship is booming. Self-employment in Britain is at an all-time high, with 2016 set to be the third successive year in which a record number of businesses are launched.

Read more

THE HARSH MISREPRESENTATION OF THE MODERN DAY ENTREPRENEUR

by Alice Gallop

We are currently in the midst of the fourteenth series of Dragons’ Den and the new series of The Apprentice is almost upon us. Through these shows the viewing public is treated to a ‘fly on the wall’ insight into what makes an entrepreneur.

Read more

WHY YOU WOULD BE A FOOL TO OVERLOOK THE SILVER SURFERS

by Alice Gallop

‘It’s not how old you are, but how you are old’. Renard’s famous 19th century quote makes even more sense four to five generations on. We are living longer; we are looking younger; we are eating better; and we are feeling the benefits of world class health services and amazing breakthroughs in drug technology. A generation ago 40 was the new 30. Today 70 is the new 50 — and that counts. Today there are, pro-rata to overall population size, maybe 12–15% more purchasers of new entrepreneurial products than was the case a generation ago … and they are all over 60 years old.

Read more

“THE PRICE IS RIGHT”- WHAT SMALL BUSINESSES CAN LEARN FROM NETFLIX’S PRICING DEBACLE

by Alice Gallop

Last month, online streaming company, Netflix, raised its prices by £1.50 a month for its longest-standing members, a price hike that has prompted many subscribers to turn off.

Product pricing is a tricky business, especially for any small-business owner and marketer. There are oodles of uncertainties – if I hadn’t priced it as high, would it have sold more? Would it have sold any less if I’d priced it higher? Should I charge more or less than my biggest competitor and why? The questions are endless, the answers are limited. 

Read more

Budget Backs Business

by Madeline Ojakovoh

Last week, the Chancellor’s budget resulted in political upheaval. Despite the fallout, there is much for entrepreneurs to be optimistic about as Osborne delivers a budget with a generally sunny outlook for the country’s businesses.

Read more

« Previous Page|More Posts