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Handy Links & Tips

Expert’s tips for building a booming business.

Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop believes people should consider the way the world is changing to spark winning ideas and said, “I am aware that success is more than a good idea. It is timing too. The Body Shop arrived just as Europe was going ‘green’. The Body Shop has always been recognisable by its green colour, the only colour that we could find to cover the damp, mouldy walls of my first shop…”

Sahar Hashemi returned to the UK after a trip to America and decided she couldn’t live without Skinny Lattes, and so Coffee Republic was born. She said, “Do your homework-you have to be a world expert about the market you are in and know your competitors…”

Sheffield-based Jay Cousins invented the Orikaso Range of cups, bowls and plates that fold from a flat sheet of plastic using origami like principles. Jay set up the business in his bedroom and said, “Network like crazy and never be afraid to ask for help, people will surprise you…”


Wildfire – spark up your business

“We’re serious, and if you are too then register to create your own business homepage and get access to expert advice so that your business idea can spread like wildfire.”

Young enterprise UK – Students’ Section

“Young Enterprise takes an active role in building a better-motivated, educated and enterprising workforce, at the same time making a real difference to the existing lives and future potential of young people who live and attend school in their area.”

Start Talking Ideas : Make your Mark

“Helping you turn your ideas into reality.”


“Shell LiveWIRE helps 16 to 30 year-olds to start and develop their own business and hosts a national competition for new business start ups.”

Youth Information.com

“…The National Youth Agency’s online information toolkit for young people and all those working with them.”

Start Up Britain

“StartUp Britain is a new campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, designed to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK.”

Business Link

“Government’s online resource for businesses. It contains essential information, support and services for you and your business.”

Prince’s Trust

“The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity that helps change young lives.”