There be Money in Old Junk.

RECRE8 is a Community Interest Company set up on the Island to help groups of unemployed people take the skills they have, or acquire new skills to develop a range of upcycled products that are then sold to create a revenue stream that all involved can take an equitable share in. The principle is that it helps people acquire the skills to make something and then it trains others to sell the products and everyone shares in the revenues created. It started with the...

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Starting up With Next to Nothing.

We stumbled across this book whilst researching the types of businesses that entrepreneurs around the world were setting up. Whilst research and written in the US, it caught our eye because we are big fans of starting micro-businesses with little to no investment. It isn’t always possible and it may not be an appropriate route for some people but for many, particularly those who might not have considered starting a business before now, it can be a fun and rewarding...

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An International Success Story with a Royal Pedigree.

Medichem, which is situated over in Rushenden, is a great example of a business that started from humble beginnings and has just gone from strength-to-strength, thanks to the vision and determination of its Founder Tom Allsworth. Tom decided not to follow his parent’s wishes to study at University. Instead he jumped straight into a job at 16. Fast forward 2 years later and Tom’s ambition got the better of him and so he left to start his first venture. It took...

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Recognising Entrepreneurial Qualities

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. Thirteen of its members shared their favorite traits of successful entrepreneurs.     Question: What is one surefire, inborn trait that you believe inevitably leads to entrepreneurship?   Curiosity   “Entrepreneurship starts by asking questions. Why is there not a product that helps me do X? How could we build a...

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How to Start a Successful Web Business

Creating a company was never an easy task. In recent times the startup fever has been growing and spreading its passion around the world. One measurement of the growth of the startup scene is the proliferation of startup accelerators and incubators worldwide. According to TechCrunch sources in 2013 there were at least 170 worldwide. The graphic bellow displays the massive growth the accelerated startup funding vs accelerator growth and shows the trend towards a global trend...

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Breaking Into the Mobile App Sector

At the end of August 2014 Matt Heaney, an iOS developer, Aaron Negus and Dean Johnson, two visual and audio creative specialists and Rupert Lawrence, a 3D graphic artist, came together at Innov8 On Sheppey to explore the possibility of spawning an indie app studio out of the business incubator. The meeting came about because Andrew Deeley, Innov8 On Sheppey’s founder, had met each of the group on separate occasions and saw the potential to combine their skill sets to...

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