If small is the future we all win big

Large companies mostly depend on financial engineering

The Vinyl Factory is the old EMI vinyl works that produces limited editions of new releases, plus re-presses of classics

Corporate failure’s à la carte menu

Each sector has its recipe for disaster, such as rent in the restaurant trade and fraud at banks

The absence of trust is perilous

Putting faith in business partners is a vital first step in any enterprise

Professors and founders should unite

Business opportunities are lost when academics and entrepreneurs inhabit separate worlds

Rodney Fitch at his west London home
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A founder’s epitaph: he was fully engaged

The late retail designer Rodney Fitch embodied the greatest qualities of an entrepreneur

Sentiment and squeamishness bloat costs

As businesses prepare their annual budgets they should not become blinded by sales growth

Virgin Galactic and need for risk-takers

Pioneers such as Sir Richard Branson can never calculate precise odds for their ventures

Agents to stars can teach motivation

Like other professional service firms, such as lawyers, they need to keep clients happy

Crowdfunding merits its hype

The sheer variety and ingenuity of schemes that are seeking backing is inspirational

Nice v nasty: which workplace is better?

Happy staff and customers do not guarantee a lasting business

Feedback: Fatherhood and business

Luke Johnson’s article drew a variety of reader reactions

Can you be a good dad and businessman?

Children of high achievers often long for more attention

Lies, damned lies and running a business

So often confidence is a euphemism for ‘convincing fibber’

The big gaps on Tesco’s board

General business skills are not nearly enough

Don’t be sidetracked in board meetings

Keep the numbers down to a handful if possible and impose a two-hour limit

A Big Mac, Coke and side order of decline

Younger customers are less tolerant of dominance by a few large businesses

Thrill of searching for the right site

Finding the perfect spots for retail operations is a favourite task

Founders never had it so good – or so bad

I have never known a period with such contrasting business conditions

Second home is my first choice of reward

Rising wealth has created demand to own a place in the sun, snow or countryside

Contenders for patron saint of start-ups

The greatest advocates for the entrepreneurial life from the humanities and social sciences


Luke JohnsonLuke Johnson runs Risk Capital Partners, a private equity firm, and is chairman of the Centre for Entrepreneurs and The Institute of Cancer Research. He is the author of 'Start It Up: Why Running Your Own Business is Easier Than You Think' (Penguin)

He is an owner and chairman of Neilson Active Holidays, Patisserie Valerie and Gail’s. Previously he chaired PizzaExpress, and is the former chairman of Channel 4 Television Corporation.

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