start your own business17 Jul 2018

Start your own business: Everything you need to know

It’ll come as no surprise to you that to start your own business is a huge decision. You’ll need drive, motivation, and a message that you believe in with your entire heart and soul. In fact, over 84% of small business owners say they’d never do it again! So if you’ve started to think about lift-off, know there’s a few tips and tricks we’d like to share with you - to help guide you along

start small with your business5 Jun 2018

Why you should start small with your business idea

Launching a commercial venture needn't take months. At RDI investments, we pride ourselves on our active search for the hottest new idea or app that’s on course to take the world by storm. If you’re ready to enter the world of business, you might have started to feel a little overwhelmed. But, never fear. We’re here to tell you, you should start small with your business idea. Just remember, Facebook was initially coded in 30

digital ordering apps31 May 2018

How apps are revolutionising digital ordering

Gone are the days when we had to leave the house. Kind of. Whilst we all do still need to occasionally venture out and about, however, we do now live in a time when almost anything we could wish for can be brought to our door. Not only that, these things can often arrive in a matter of hours rather than days. Apps have been at the forefront of this digital ordering revolution. Whether its

needs an app22 May 2018

Why your business needs an app

If you’d asked us at RDI when we were but children, we’d never have been able to predict the extent of technology’s synthesis into the modern vernacular; and why it means your business needs an app. Back then, we had to call our mates on our landline, only after 7pm (because then it was free), and we had to hang-up if someone needed to use the internet. Yes, it was a dire as it sounds.

idea to investment15 May 2018

3 Inspirational people who have gone from idea to investment

Seeing an idea to investment can sometimes feel like an impossible task. Competition is fierce and more and more investors are shying away from risks. However, whenever you feel like that, take a look at these inspirational tales of industry success. These individuals all managed to find a way to take their idea to investment, and success thereafter.   1. Levi Roots Where else could we begin but with the man who put music in

Business pitch1 May 2018

6 Steps to a winning business pitch

You’ve carefully created your business idea, done your research, written your business plan and now, all that is left, is that crucial investment that’ll make the difference between your business soaring or slumping. There is just one vital step between you and said investment from an investor, and that is your business pitch.   One way to an investors heart is to sell them on a winning pitch. If your pitch is gold, no doubt

Business plan myths24 Apr 2018

4 Business plan myths that hurt your business

A business plan’s existence is obvious. Drafting one can help start, grow or enable any next steps/ future plans in the pipeline of your business. With the age of the millennial well and truly upon us, the entrepreneurial life is in full swing. And where there is an entrepreneur sure enough there is a business idea being conjured up behind them. Despite this rather refreshing desire to start and nurture a business, creating a business plan

business plan10 Apr 2018

5 Tips for creating the best business plan you can

A solid, impressive business plan is the foundation upon which your business can then be built. Your plan is therefore a vital piece of work that, if done correctly, can set you on your way to achieving your entrepreneurial goals. If your business plan isn’t up to scratch, then of course there are consequences. For a start it will turn off investors. Furthermore, a poorly designed and calculated business plan makes you vulnerable to unforeseen

Business Idea full size image15 Feb 2018

Seven Steps to successfully stealing someone’s Business Idea

Many entrepreneurs are over protective of their new business idea when, in fact, collaborating and/or discussing it would prove extremely invaluable for them. The reason for their reluctance is usually that they fear whoever they are speaking to will reveal the idea to other people who will then steal it and make millions with it themselves. Sure, this has happened in the past, but to be honest, so rarely. It’s not that easy to steal

startup team management24 Apr 2017

Managing a Start-up Team Effectively

Managing a Start-Up Team is probably one of the most challenging tasks you will face as an entrepreneur.  Not only will you have to self-motivate yourself but you will have to motivate and get the best out of your team; the former being far easier than the latter.  However, there are some basic techniques that you can use to ensure that you get the most out of your growing team. First and foremost, you need

ugly pitches5 Dec 2016

Week 9: Pitches: The Ugly

I have covered the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ pitches in my previous post; now I’d like to write about the ugly side of what I have come across. If I’m honest, I had always suspected that there was an uglier (or darker) side to the start-up space, but listening and speaking to so many entrepreneurs, those suspicions have been more that proved – which is incredibly sad. The start-up space and working within it is

Bad pitches10 Nov 2016

Week 8: Pitches: The Bad and The Unluckiest Businessman alive?

In my last article I discussed some of the good pitches we have received to date and some of the common attributes that encouraged us to invest in them. Today I’m going to take a light-hearted look at the not so good proposals, including one by someone I think must be the most unlucky businessman alive – more to come on him later! What’s a ‘bad’ proposal? In all honestly it is probably not ‘bad’

Government Internship Scheme mistakes18 Aug 2016

The Folly of the Government’s Current Internship Scheme

As no doubt many of you will be aware, the controversial subject of Internships has sparked much debate within the past year or so. It’s been fuelled by US graduates who worked for huge international companies - Fox and Conde Nast instantly spring to mind - filing lawsuits insisting they were putting in a 12 hour day in some cases and receiving no financial compensation. While I certainly don’t agree with exploiting graduates and other

Action plan for SMES10 Jul 2016

My 10 Point Plan to Get the UK Moving Again for SMEs

Just last month I was asked to partake in a panel at the House of Lords to talk about what the government could do to encourage, support and nurture small businesses in order to ensure continual growth and success and, in doing so, boost the UK economy as a whole. It was my work with start-ups and hands-on experience with various ongoing ventures – as well as my own entrepreneurial tendencies – that prompted the

26 May 2016

Virgin Start-Up: “Good – But Could Have Been Fantastic”

Of all the entrepreneurs currently doing their thing out there, were you looking to identify the one most likely to inspire and bring forth a nation of new budding entrepreneurs then, unquestionably, you’d be pointing your finger at Sir Richard Branson. To me, personally, Sir Richard is without doubt one of the best entrepreneurs of our time. And I’m well aware I’m not the only one who thinks along those lines. Both the man and

startup business mentor8 Apr 2016

Why You Need a Business Mentor at Start up

Making the transition from a full-time payroll job to entrepreneurship can tend to be a lonely one. You’re used to the feeling of other professionals being around you, helping you go past hoops and hurdles every now and then, for instance. Entrepreneurship by contrast, is a different ballgame altogether. Everything squarely falls on your shoulders. May be it’s time to consider hiring a business mentor. You may have the support of your friends and family,

avoid home startup plan pitfalls3 Mar 2016

Starting up at Home – Traps to Avoid

Running a business from home offers ample flexibility and the kind of work/life balance most of us crave. However, it can bring with it some baggage in the form of challenges and often traps often may go unnoticed. Avoiding these traps is a must to keep your productivity moving along at a healthy pace: People working from home often complain of loneliness. Most are not prepared to work in an isolated environment. It may be

social media networking for business5 Feb 2016

Making Social Media Networking Business-friendly

It would make sense for just about any business, especially one that’s starting out, to include social media networking among its chief goals; cementing relationships in and outside the industry and having business contacts in abundance. These “friends” and contacts may very well vouch for your services down the road and it’s no secret people have a tendency to often choose their friends’ recommendations over their own findings. Keep in mind social media is not

Momentum for Your Business Idea22 Jan 2016

Building Momentum for Your Business Idea

An entrepreneurship in motion without any direction or momentum is akin to no motion at all. Business startups are aplenty in this economic age, but not every one of them builds the right kind of momentum to really take off the ground. To ensure you are successful as an entrepreneur means you have gained enough momentum to continuously charter your course as the business landscape shifts. A lot of that momentum is going to come

knowing your business to succeed12 Jul 2015

Knowing Your Business Inside and Out – Knowledge is King

Ponder over this if you will, for just a moment – are you completely in touch with the day-to-day processes of your business? Far too many business owners feverishly work to enjoy a good standard of living, often choosing not to look into key aspects of their business. Can you honestly say you took time out to have a walk-around and look at your business objectively? If you haven’t done so, or feel that it’s