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5 things I wish my 20-year-old self knew about business

As Caspar Lee reaches the big 3-0, he reflects on what he's learned about founding, building and investing in businesses

Caspar Lee

Will Beckett

Hawksmoor CEO: I believe in ‘casual professionals’

Will Beckett, co-founder and CEO of Hawksmoor restaurants, shares his personal business advice for our video series, My CEO Secret

Dougal Shaw

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Is fear a useful emotion in business?

Fear can be useful in the short term to drive performance, but be careful it doesn't become engrained in your business or team

Catherine Baker

Outside of a PureGym

PureGym’s CEO on why leaders need a sense of healthy paranoia

The sin of complacency undoes many good businesses, says PureGym CEO Humphrey Cobbold. To avoid it, leaders must ask themselves the hard questions

Humphrey Cobbold

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Big Zuu’s big vision: Innovating music, TV and the water industry

The rapper and TV presenter is a larger than life character who has turned a tough start into a mould-breaking success story

Josh Dornbrack

Gender Inequality in the Workplace concept black woman in an office surrounded by men

7 reasons why workplace equity audits can be game-changing for SMEs

Equity audits can be a cost effective way to ensure legal compliance, boost employee engagement, enhance reputation, attract top talent and increase productivity

Zara Nanu

Peter Cowley

The tragedy behind one angel’s public success

Angel investor and entrepreneur Peter Cowley talks about how his business success has come despite enormous personal tragedy

Josh Dornbrack

Female racing driver in a Ginetta top

Growth Engines: Accelerating Ginetta into the future

The racing and sports car manufacturer has ambitious targets to triple production but will need to combine great products with excellent customer experience to do so

Pavlo Phitidis

Andrew Dudum, CEO of Hims & Hers at the New York Stock Exchange

Hims & Hers CEO: Hire people smarter than you

Andrew Dudum, co-founder and CEO of online health and wellness company Hims & Hers, shares his personal business advice for our video series, My CEO Secret.

Dougal Shaw

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Britain, it’s time to make some tough decisions

When decision-makers stop making decisions, they're done. As the general election approaches, Britain must make the tough choices, not defer them

Ed Smith

Julia Hartz, Eventbrite CEO

Eventbrite CEO: My leadership style is inspired by rugby

Julia Hartz, co-founder and CEO of the global events marketplace Eventbrite, shares her personal business advice for our video series, My CEO Secret.

Dougal Shaw

Richard Harpin

Ask Richard: Advisory boards, accidental managers and being a public company

Richard Harpin, the founder of HomeServe and Growth Partner and owner of Business Leader, answers your burning business questions

Sarah Vizard

Tom Leathes of Motorway

Motorway CEO on why leaders must learn to ‘eat their vegetables’

Tom Leathes, co-founder and CEO of car-selling platform Motorway, shares his personal business advice in our new video series My CEO Secret.

Dougal Shaw

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7 leadership lessons UK business owners can learn from across the pond

From ensuring you don't collect resentment to viewing other people's success as your own, Jake Humphrey lays out the lessons he's learnt

Jake Humphrey

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The key to building a successful business? Finding your point of difference

Differentiation is important when starting and building a business, but be wary of being different for the sake of it

Ed Smith

Josh Bayliss CEO Virgin Group sitting on a chair

Virgin Group’s CEO on why it’s important to be prepared to fail

For many business leaders, failure is something to avoid. But for Josh Bayliss, being prepared to fail has meant he's learnt more – and taken more risks

Graham Ruddick

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The spicy tale of supersizing Nando’s 

How a small venture in the suburbs of Johannesburg grew into a global success story without compromising its original down-to-earth vision

Bruce Whitfield

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Bookshelf: Rassie Erasmus – stories of life and rugby

We’ve scoured the autobiography of Rassie Erasmus for some of the lessons within it that you can apply to your organisation.

Josh Dornbrack

The outside of a The Body Shop store

What went wrong at The Body Shop – and what can we learn from it?

The Body Shop lost relevance with its core customers, while successive ownership and leadership changes confused the strategy

Patricia Cullen

Ella Mills on her evolving role as a founder and what she has learned from failure

Mills founded Deliciously Ella when she was at rock bottom and, while she has had a lot of success, there have been difficulties along the way

Josh Dornbrack

Smiling businesswoman shaking hands with client before meeting in office

Take responsibility, even if it’s not your fault – it can change your life

Jake Humphrey explores why the balance between fault and responsibility is so vital for business leaders to understand

Jake Humphrey

Somone playing chess

How to set strategy in an uncertain world

PureGym CEO Humphrey Cobbold offers advice on working on a strategy focused on influencing what you can control and being ready to react to what you can't

Humphrey Cobbold

Brendon McCullum looks on during an England nets session at Lord's Cricket Ground

The power of a story: Redefining success in a data-driven world

Former England cricket selector Ed Smith looks at the power of a story and how it should be viewed in a modern business world.

Ed Smith

Steffi Graf holds aloft the Venus Rosewater Dish after defeating Jana Novotna at Wimbledon in 1993

The sweet spot of confidence

Staying the Distance author Catherine Baker looks to sport for lessons in confidence that can help make you a better leader

Catherine Baker