“UK’s top guy” on business growth – Gerard Burke interviewed on London Loves Business

I was delighted to be interviewed recently by London Loves Business on the subject of business growth.  The article has just been published at http://www.londonlovesbusiness.com/business-news/business/what-do-growth-consultants-teach-the-uks-top-guy-tell-us/3834.article
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The challenges of growing a business – Gerard quoted in the FT

Many owner managers have the ambition to grow their business.  This ambition, and the scale of it, can vary during the lifetime of the business and the owner manager themselves.  At some point, all of us owner managers are likely to hanker after some growth.
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Business growth – are you a tortoise or a hare?

Back in 1979, Prof David Birch at MIT found that, in any developed economy, most jobs are created by a small number of fast growth smaller businesses – what Birch called the “gazelles”.  Just recently, I’ve come to the view that he might have been a bit too simplistic with his zoology!  From my work with thousands of entrepreneurs and owner managers, I believe there are at least two different types of fast growth businesses – the “hares” and the “tortoises”.
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Grow your business – with apprenticeships!

Jason Holt, CEO of Holts the Jewellers, founder of the Academy of Jewellery and past participant of a programme we ran in 2010, is one of the UK’s leading experts on apprenticeships.  Having built a business providing training for the next generation of UK jewellery designers and manufacturers, Jason was invited by Business Secretary, Vince Cable, and Education Secretary, Michael Gove, to advise the Government on how it can encourage smaller businesses across the UK to take on more apprentices.
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New insights into entrepreneurs – “The Rebel Entrepreneur” by Jonathan Moules

Many people want to start their own business and there are many books telling you how to go about it. The only trouble is that most of them are simply wrong!  The Rebel Entrepreneur by Financial Times journalist Jonathan Moules explains why, in many cases, the received wisdom on entrepreneurship just isn’t the best way of doing things.
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