The best way to learn is from those who’ve been there, done it and have the battle scars to prove it…


I’ve interviewed many thousands of small-business owners who have generously spared their time to tell me how they overcame key challenges, what lessons they learned and what advice they offer to others. Here are just some of them…

How I run my seasonal business

hester-moore-seasonal-businessFor seven months of the year, Hester Moore operates Festival Postcards, a unique postal service for those who go to music festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude and The Big Chill. So what’s the secret to running a successful seasonal business? READ MORE 

How I began selling my products through supermarkets

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne of Edinburgh-based Genius explains how she began selling her range of gluten-free bread to major supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. READ MORE

How I set my business apart from its competitors

griff-hollandGriff Holland set up his Bristol-based takeaway Friska with business partner Ed Brown in 2009. From the start, the Bath University graduates recognised the value of offering something truly new and different. READ MORE

How I got Fortnum & Mason to stock my products

rekha-mehrRekha Mehr, founder of Pistachio Rose, explains how she started her business and managed to get her delicious products onto the shelves of one of the world’s most famous shops. READ MORE

Entrepreneur stories: Gary Sedan of Made in Britain

gary-sedanGary Sedan moved from New Jersey to Chicago to work as an acoustical engineer and later a marketing manager. In 2000 he left his former career behind and set up Made In Britain. So how does an American end up selling British goods from a store in picturesque Door County, Wisconsin? READ MORE

Entrepreneur stories: Wendy Shand of Tots to Travel

wendy-shand“Being a successful entrepreneur is like being an alchemist,” says Wendy Shand, founder of family-friendly holiday villa company Tots to Travel. “It’s all about finding a product that offers the right solution to a problem your target market is experiencing, all wrapped up in a brand that resonates with them.” READ MORE


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