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Viv is the lead consultant at Bounce Point, which helps start-ups brainstorm and test their ideas before they embark on a business plan or sourcing investment. Her experience spans over 20 years working as Marketing Consultant across various sectors. Prior to setting up Bounce Point, she founded Divine Communications Trust (DCT), a social enterprise that creates education resources and programmes for children and young people. Viv is also a radio presenter and interviews small business female entrepreneurs, charting their journey to inspire women of all ages to follow their dreams and passions on her radio show ‘Dream Corner’. In her spare time Viv loves to read non-fiction and crime thrillers; watches football (a keen Manchester United supporter!), golf, tennis, snooker and athletics. Email: viv@dreamcorner.co.uk :viv@bouncepoint.co.uk, Tel: 020 3002 7899, Mobile: 07710 643 828

Do I give up when the marketplace gets too crowded?

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It’s hard to believe we are already in the 2nd quarter of 2012! I keep asking – as I am sure some of you are – where did the last 3 months go? For some, business may still be tough, and for others the future looks bright; well done and I wish you continued success. However for the rest of us who are feeling the increased pressure of competition in our marketplace, you may be considering giving it all up – yes even as a start-up. You may be thinking ... Read More »

Re-awaken your business Passions

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If you think the cold spell sapped away the passion for your business, you are not alone; and more importantly it has nothing to do with the weather – well, maybe a bit but chances are there are a combination of other things going on. Most times I look at being in business as being in a relationship with someone else. That is true in many ways as your business is an entity of its own and you look after it, care and nurture it so it grows, you communicate, ... Read More »

Should start-ups consider collaborations?

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The beginning of the year is always a good time to assess what worked well (or didn’t) the year before, and consider different income streams for your business. If you are just starting out, then I would say consider all options ahead of laying out your plans. Regardless of how dire it appears economically, this is still the time to set up a business or continue if you have already set up – you just have to be flexible and open-minded. So in the spirit of being open-minded and flexible, ... Read More »

Do start-ups need a business plan?

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Recently I have been thinking how relevant or rather how-not-so-relevant a business plan is for a start-up in this present economic climate. In my mind a business plan ‘is a document that lays out the plan of how a business (product or service) will perform over a given period – usually 1-5 years within a given market’. Map your route I remember years ago – 6 years to be exact, when I was setting up my social enterprise; and everyone said I needed a business plan to demonstrate I knew ... Read More »

Maintaining the balance as a start-up

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After being inspired by The Business Start Up Show which took place at Earls Court last week we thought we’d keep you feeling motivated too with this fantastic business start-up article by Viv Oyolu: There’s something about making that decision of being self-employed that’s so empowering – it really is. There’s a rush when you have a vision of a product or service you are dying for the world to see and use. As a start-up, you put in all the hours possible to bring your vision to life! My ... Read More »

Have an idea for a business? Brainstorm it!

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There has been a sharp increase in the number of small business start-ups in the last few years … it’s the one positive that’s come out of the financial meltdown we suffered two years ago. It’s fantastic to see People are taking action to secure their future. If you are one of those looking to join the increasing number of the self-employed, you probably got an idea you’ve been working on and mentioned it friends and family who have given very positive feedback; so you are now writing a business ... Read More »

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