Letter to my younger self: be proud of what you have achieved

At 22, Samantha Kingston felt lost until she discovered virtual reality. Now running her own company, she still faces prejudice because of her age

Dear Sammy,

You have just moved back home with your parents and feel like you’ve entered the twilight zone. Nothing has changed. Everyone is sitting in the same pubs and cafes, having the same conversations. At 22, you feel more lost than ever. It’s depressing.

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Source: Guardian

Investment down for businesses through government relief schemes

Figures from HMRC show there’s been a downturn in investment through EIS and SEIS schemes. Experts blame changes introduced in 2015 budget

The amount raised by companies through the government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) has fallen by more than £200m, figures released by HMRC show.

In 2015-16, a total of £1,647m of funds was raised under the scheme, compared with £1,881m in 2014-15. The number of companies seeking investment has also fallen slightly.

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Source: Guardian

Survey finds 11.5 million incidents of cybercrime in England and Wales

New figures published today by the Office of National Statistics reveal the extent of cybercrime facing individuals and businesses. According to the Crime in England and Wales: year ending Dec 2016 report, there were 11.5 million incidents of crime relating to computer misuse and fraud offences in 2016. This is the first time that the ONS

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Getting the right insurance in place for a digital marketing agency

In this piece, Simon Douglass, founder of digital marketing agency Curated Digital, discusses the key insurance provisions he made for his new and growing company. 1. When did you start the business, why, and what were you doing before this? Curated Digital was formed in 2014 to provide brands with a complete cross-channel strategy to achieving their digital

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How to navigate uncertain political situations as a small business owner

After a long bank holiday weekend, I was sat in a meeting with some of our employees on Tuesday morning to plan for the coming week. At around 11am, we were wrapping up our meeting ready to get back to work. Theresa May had other plans for us. The prime minister unexpectedly announced that Britain

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