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Success stories

Gain inspiration for your small business from our featured success stories from growth enterprise professionals. This section offers practical help and advice from UK entrepreneurs and small business owners who share their stories and business success tips across a wide range of sectors and markets.

Single and pregnant with no funding: how one woman made her online business a success

Starting a business by yourself is tough enough, never mind when you're pregnant and strapped for cash. Sara Lou-Ann Jones tells us how she did it with her company, Centre of Excellence.

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Entrepreneur Q&A: ‘We are the underdogs when it comes to funding’

Luke Johnstone of PACK'D smoothie kits talks about launching a business with his childhood pal, crowdfunding and living in a shed.

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How this entrepreneur created the ASOS of women’s sportswear

Starting a business is often challenging, especially if you're younger. Kamil Bajolek talks more about how his online women's sportswear business, Flybery, came to be.

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What Estonia’s youngest inventor can teach us about entrepreneurship

Karoli Hindriks is the founder and CEO of global employment site Jobbatical, but she has a long history of entrepreneurship. She talks to SmallBusiness.co.uk about running her business.

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Entrepreneur Q&A: Joshua Akorah, creator of My Valentine Watch

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Entrepreneur Q&A: Adam Root, founder of Inheriting Earth

Adam Root is the founder of Inheriting Earth and a winner of an Ideas Mean Business award from The Prince's Trust and Innovate UK. He explains more about his fight against plastic and the importance of creating a great business plan.

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How virtual reality can revolutionise the way you train your staff

Virtual reality (VR) is set to grow over the coming years – and it's not just for gaming. Emanuel Tomozei tells SmallBusiness.co.uk about Insilico, his virtual reality training and immersive experience company.

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Entrepreneur Q&A: Ryan Palmer, co-founder of London Sock Co.

Ryan Palmer, co-founder of London Sock Co. talks about bringing Victorian style to the modern gentleman and the importance of having an entrepreneurial spirit.

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Entrepreneur Q&A: Jason Goldberg, director of SpaSeekers.com

SpaSeekers.com director Jason Goldberg tells SmallBusiness.co.uk about his mother's struggle to find a health farm, working out of his garage for 10 years and setting the bar for employees.

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Q&A: Mark Johansen-Berg, owner of SkateHut

SkateHut owner, Mark Johansen-Berg, tells SmallBusiness.co.uk about the growth of his online skate business and what advice he has for budding entrepreneurs.

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England’s wine industry: an overview

Here, specialist wine insurance provider Lycetts documents the growth of the country’s wine industry.

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Rising star: Jo Young on starting her Urban Sprawl sofa covers business

It's brave to start a business, but even braver to ditch it in favour of something else. Jo Young did just that and has turned her sofa throw company, Urban Sprawl, into a spreading success.

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Rising Star: Simeone Salik of Blinds in a Box

67-year-old Dragons' Den contestant Simeone Salik drew Duncan Bannatyne and James Caan to the potential of her product Blinds in a Box, after appearing on the show.

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Starting up later in life

By 2042, almost a quarter of people living in the UK will be aged 65 or older, up from 18 per cent in 2016. The number of people aged over 70 who are in full- or part-time employment is steadily rising too, with around one in 12 of those still working compared to one in 22 working 10 years ago. Is starting your own business another option?

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Can businesses save money on CBILS repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Your business could save money on CBILS repayments by refinancing for an RLS loan – Funding Options tells us how

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?

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Business insurance everything you need to know

Every small business may need to be insured at some level. But which policies are must-haves, and which are optional? Edward Murray guides you through the maze