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Mind your language! Rude company names are out

A FREEDOM of information (FOI) request found that 56,640 business names were rejected by Companies House between January 2019 and April 2022. Nearly half (25,400)...
Kitepower kite

‘Greener’ wind power — but military potential clouds motivation

CEO starts a pan-European crowdfunding bid to advance airborne power generator MOBILE wind turbines tether a sea container to a kite, which turns in a...
Anna Jenkins, floral tributes, Tik Tok

TikTok now a dead cert for SME owners post-pandemic

MILLENNIAL entrepreneur Anna Jenkins creates bespoke flower tributes for funerals and sells them on TikTok. She also does weddings and baby showers, but funerals...
Lost Boys brewery, George and Jordan

St Albans’ Lost Boys Brewery: finding the path to beer glory

By HAL WILLIAMS LIKE many of the UKs great craft beer manufacturers, the Lost Boys Brewery started as a homebrew. Four co-founders — George Sanderson (head...
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Is standardisation the next big thing in private markets?

By SERKAN FERAH IN RECENT years there has been rapid growth in private markets — and specifically in venture capital. Investments have increased, while founders are...
Self driving Uber prototype in San Francisco

Uber über alles? Ride-hailing firm damaged by leaked files

By HEATHER LEAH SMITH DISTURBING details have surfaced surrounding ride-hailing service Uber’s chaotic global expansion period. Uber was founded in the US in 2009; within three...
Preply Employees, Barcelona

Ukrainian support from ed-tech series C

UKRAINIAN-founded Preply has raised $50m in its series C, amassing more than $100m in investments since its inception. From an education start-up, Preply has become...
Turing Fest CEO Brian Corcoran

Turing Fest returns to connect tech luminaries

ONE OF Europe's leading tech conferences, Turing Fest, returns next month as an in-person event in Edinburgh. Attendees from around the world include the founders,...
Microsoft for Start-ups, Ansarada

Global partnership to give start-ups wings

A NEW global collaboration aims to make it easier and faster for start-ups to raise capital and grow. Start-ups play a pivotal role in a...
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No more Ms Nice Girl: trust your gut instinct

Business coach and podcaster Melitta Campbell gives BV readers some timely advice for International Women’s Day RESEARCH last year by Starling Bank found more than...