In this report

The UK is the most entrepreneurial country in Europe, offering the strongest environment for start-ups, according to a leading index. But foreign governments are catching up

Once-in-a-century opportunity

The UK wants to be a leading technology nation, but can it rise to the challenge?

Staying in business proves greatest challenge

Failure rates are high for mid-sized companies, but mistakes can be avoided

Campus Google in the heart of East London's Tech City, flexible working spaces powered by Google, London, UK
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Founders face dilemma over the right path to growth

Is it best to expand a business organically or via acquisitions?

Richard Steeves
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Interview: UK Entrepreneur of the Year

Synergy Health’s Richard Steeves on his company’s takeover. Plus winners in full

Mike Loggie

Interview: Mike Loggie, Saltire Energy

Ex roughneck aims to pass the oil-price test

Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann

Interview: Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann

TransferWise, a peer to peer currency exchange, takes on banks by offering low rates

Alex Chesterman

Opinion: Young entrepreneurs need us

Schools cannot do it alone. Business must help educate the next generation of founders, says Alex Chesterman

Opinion: Steve Varley

We share responsibility for keeping UK in prime role, says

Meet the venture class of 2015

Three founders who have set up businesses in the past 12 months explain their models to Charlotte Clarke

employee of The Clean Space

Hiring Generation Y

Creative approaches to recruitment are a necessity

Equity crowdfunding market no longer the preserve of start-ups

Mid-sized companies raise millions but pitfalls remain


Creative clusters beyond the capital

The UK’s regions are hotbeds of innovation and networking

Ways to foster enterprise and ambition in young minds

A primary school scheme inspires pupils to build a business

New regulations face their first big test

The UK has led a revolution in lending, with a crowdfunding market worth £1bn last year. Will the FCA rules pop the bubble?

Raising equity

How Chapel Down, the winemaker, is raising funds through crowdfunding

Start-ups want more clarity and less red tape

The state woos entrepreneurs with support programmes, trade initiatives and tax relief

From the West End to international beginnings

As she is recognised for her business acumen, Rosemary Squire of the Ambassador Theatre Group talks global expansion

Meet the winners

The talented entrepreneurs nominated in this year’s EY awards. Plus: methodology of the award

Sweet smells of homegrown success

The owner of a thriving bath and beauty brand says her ‘Made in England’ label is key to sales

Naked Wines boss has the angels on his side

Rowan Gormley is the man who brought crowdfunding to the wine business, and he tells the FT why the business model is powerful

More to tech scene than London as cities transform into digital hubs

Agency promotes benefits of other centres as well as the capital

More entrepreneurs – but few are looking to hire staff

Many of today’s companies do not necessarily require large numbers of employees, whether they are start-ups or not

‘Never mind the big names – has your mentor got the time?’

Start-ups must be selfish if they are to make the most of a business adviser’s support