TikTok explained – and why businesses need to wake up to its potential ESG Book CEO: How to build a sustainable business Connectd CEO: My first business was built on delusion Why a 'for sale' sign will hurt your valuation Startup offers 'work from anywhere' policy to boost recruitment ‘Working in tech wasn’t as scary as I thought’ Why failure shouldn’t be a dirty word in business North East tech accelerator Ignite opens applications ‘I’m glad I swapped my legal career to become a software developer’ COVID cost Peter Rabbitt’s son his business - but inspired a networking revolution Bankruptcy almost led me to suicide - these were my mistakes ‘I was advised to work in a prison – but I’m glad I chose tech’ Tech expert predicts sector will 'tighten its belts' but calls for 'patience not panic’ Fast-growth EdTech ‘has a team of 20 entrepreneurs’ ‘How I got former Just Eat COO to become chairman of my startup – for nothing!’ 'stockport.com will become £100m business' - CEO Could these tech startups be the next unicorns? Modern Milkman win double award on back of 541% growth 'Don’t believe everything you’re told about private equity’ High-end technology must still target mass market 'Starting from zero is a challenge - but also exciting' London RegTech doubles customer base in 12 months Manchester Angels launched to support early-stage businesses The ‘investment matrix’ driving kitchen network Peckwater Brands Swoop forecasts 450% growth amid surge in SME financing  ‘I wouldn’t have set up my business if it wasn’t for a rubbish game of football’ Record Q1 tech investment sees UK overtake China TechBlast partners with Trailblazing Tech for 2022 HR software platform StaffCircle triples revenue Yorkshire FinTech Contis to hire 123 staff 'I wish I’d learnt to love myself more when I was younger' New CEO at British Business Bank following COVID loan fraud row Flexibility is more important than a 4-day week Launching: Debite - a financing platform for early-stage companies ‘I wish I’d put myself first before I collapsed from stress – twice' Why I recruit character over competence every time Why running could be the secret to business success Will pre-pack administrations play key role in restructuring UK businesses? Wheelchair made me resilient to vicious circle of business The true reason companies aren’t attracting quality candidates Ambisense boss: Belief in your mission is vital to success ‘I’ve never been more excited than I am now’ - Lou Cordwell Does your company really understand the term ‘diversity’? Meet the entrepreneur who definitely won’t be buying a Lamborghini after $94m fundraise 'Launching my first business at 50 is the best thing I ever did' How do you attract private equity investment? Taskforce to boost next generation of fast-growth female founders How tech startups can pave the way for social mobility I’d tell my younger self: Rock your own style EdTech unicorn launches CTO programme with University of Cambridge Why the death of the founder shouldn’t signal the end of the business ‘Diversity & inclusion is about progress, not perfection’ Why CEOs must learn to delegate Should employees have full control over their learning? ‘David Attenborough's Blue Planet convinced me I had to join the fight to save the world’ The global tech success stories ignited by a single-week programme ‘The secret to success is not trying to be perfect’ How SMEs can thrive despite cost of living crisis & Brexit red tape Meet one of the UK's most highly rated entrepreneurs (just don't expect to pronounce his name!) ‘Time for government to support co-working hubs’ Meet the woman leading a green energy revolution Ranked: The most prominent VC investors in EMEA Profitability on a knife edge for 2.1m UK SMEs Open SME: Greater Manchester unis to help SMEs post-COVID Trinny Woodall: The pain of closing down my tech business Ideagen boss's journey from bootstrapping to £1.1bn takeover Address the Big L this Mental Health Awareness Week What it’s like to make a fortune and lose it - twice Looking to launch in a new market? Create a beachhead Meet the tech startup looking after pets and vets How ‘kaizen’ is driving forward mortgage disrupter SME lending ‘back at pre-COVID levels’ ‘I wish I’d known it would work out in the end’ ‘Bootstrapping saw us outlast & acquire our competitors’ Launching: Dittolo - a digital mental health platform for businesses Strategic partnership to boost funding for SMEs Record lending levels at Praetura LinkedIn post that sparked ‘game-changing’ partnership  We started in a Portakabin - now we’re a multi-million-pound tech business 'At 21 I knew nothing about life as I fought in the Gulf War' - entrepreneur Xerox UK MD: Why businesses must scrap the CV ‘Four-day week made us more productive’ Do local authorities hold key to unlocking regions’ tech potential? My wife’s cancer showed need to give patients control Launching: Arbor Steel - a 'citadel' for digital identity New fund to back UK university ‘frontier talent’ Metro Mayors set for Connected North event Problem-solver? Why it’s vital to break that mindset Praetura deal to give funder ‘greater firepower’ 'Seeing a jumbo jet take off at nine inspired my career' North West’s Top 50 Tech Transformers revealed Diary of a tech CEO: Going back to basics to find your why Meet the gamer who now advises on buying and selling of gaming firms  CEOs confirmed for Manchester Tech Week panel The rise of ‘kidfluence’ and how businesses must adapt Senior arrival as Fearless Adventures boosts investment in women How to protect your intellectual property as a startup Meet the former tank driver changing the world of FinTech  ‘You wouldn’t cut corners on a plastic surgeon so invest in tech’  How tech is reducing hospital anxiety for children Meet the gaming studio that gets 1,000+ applications for its jobs Going into business with my brother made our relationship stronger Is Brawn the Strava of weightlifting? UK must better equip students for changing world of work New tool launched to help businesses kickstart their podcast Growing Leeds City Region tech businesses are showcased ‘I encourage my staff to fail 85% of the time’ ‘Show me the money’ Launching: Growth Kitchen - a smart satellite kitchen network UK SMEs ‘still stumped by Making Tax Digital’ Uber founder’s $200m fund to bring UK startups to US How consciousness can resist burnout and create a better workplace We moved to US - then COVID threatened to destroy my business Co-op Bank and Cinch to share insights at Manchester Tech Week Marketplace offers access to IPOs and private placements Bootstrapping was difficult but made our business solid How we executed our all-important US launch Technology that cuts through the cr*p Could better cash flow management save your business? These 4 simple calendar tricks will make you productive Why insurance broker is jumping into the metaverse When I was 21, I wish I’d been happier in my own skin Business coaches are everywhere now - so how do you spot a good one? Why you need a map to scale your sales How do you modernise a traditional family business? I wish I’d got to know my 21-year-old self better Why I swapped acting to be a tech CEO I wish I’d been brave enough to find my voice earlier Startup businesses need a strong narrative Launching: Konfir - a SaaS platform for instant verification Meet the man turning the world Purple Exceptional Northern founders building global businesses University of Bristol launches student startup accelerator Scaleups need milestones - but must also live in the moment Dark days of insolvency taught me value of honesty The bias we faced after launching our business as teenagers 50 female entrepreneurs to watch in 2022 Why UK tech firms should consider onshoring their manufacturing How to rid your business of dysfunction from the start Launching: Rezigo - a 'virtual concierge' for property jobs Why female leaders sometimes need support ‘Women are killing it in FinTech - when they are given the opportunity’ How technology has changed the world of taxi insurance We can reach 100m patients by championing inclusivity Tech companies must think global  One factor will decide whether your business succeeds - people How one German tech business set its sights on the UK ‘Why my daughter will be getting a job for her 16th birthday’ SMEs returning to profitability - but there’s a catch Launching: Nosso - a finance app for families and their children ‘Never surprise an investor (unless it’s their birthday)’ Manchester Tech Week 2022 to power UK’s Northern digital revolution ‘I’ll know when it will be time to replace me’ - CEO Sir Ian Livingstone: The secret to a billion-dollar exit 'IPO was right for us, but do your research' 'The day we hit our first £1m' Growing businesses must get on TikTok The common mistake that can puncture your startup Many startups raise investment too early Is this the tech unicorn you didn’t realise was a unicorn or even a tech business? 'Greater SME support needed as insolvency figure doubles' The ‘three Ts’ that drive MedTech success Why moving to a four-day week transformed our business Launching: NewsPlayer+ - an app for global news channels Can this man address the UK’s connectivity problem? Meet the VC taking bets on ‘genius’ Is PollenPay the future of Buy Now, Pay Later retail? Startups can’t keep sprinting for years - they’ll get tired 'Supporting my family at age 11 made me resilient' 'We went through nearly 90 prototypes to get to our final design' Is Biddle the solution to the internship riddle? TechBlast to host event at Digital City Festival Huge SME earnings boost as COVID impact recedes How to grow your business in the UAE  Which UK cities are best for apprenticeships? Why there’s life after hitting rock bottom Launching: GoWalkies - an app helping dog walkers to build a business TransferGo boss: Diverse talent key to levelling up non-London tech companies Which UK city is best for SME jobs? Meet the sustainable version of Jeff Bezos Meet the ‘productivity geek’ unlocking human potential Former strongman and MMA fighter targets climate change My experience in A&E made me a better founder Inspirational training specialist expands to North West The key to commercialising a medical device Are regional SMEs being hurt by digital postcode lottery? ‘Luka Modric, Silicon Valley and me’ Why size doesn’t matter if you want to grow internationally ‘Never tell a woman they can’t do something’ 'We will support SMEs and drive economy forward' Why exit shouldn’t be a dirty word in business  Is SME confidence growing after Omicron shock? ‘I found my nirvana moment after getting a personal coach’ - CEO Meet the UK’s most energetic tech entrepreneur ‘I wish I’d launched my business earlier’ Launching: Fitafy - a healthy dating app for active people The market is changing - give your clients a platform for growth Why founders shouldn’t focus on exit or investment The secret of success: Fire bullets, then cannonballs Why NSI Act could have chilling effect on startup investment Launching: WiziShop - a no-code eCommerce solution HealthTech pioneer wins TechBlast's Star of the Week Don’t be afraid to test, test and test again Why the hardest part of running startup comes after three years 27 young entrepreneurs aiming to change the world through tech ‘The day I realised the biggest blocker on growth was me’ – CEO ‘I won’t apologise for reducing my hours after becoming a mum’ How to wow institutional investors  Picking the right investor is about more than just money ‘Tragedy prompted me to finally launch my business’ ‘Our brave pivot built TikTok’s largest nano-influencer network’ Help to Grow: Digital scheme - are you eligible? LoopMe founder wins Star of the Week on 10th anniversary Can a startup be TOO ambitious? Launching: Vulse - an AI social media platform for small businesses Don’t let rejection put you off from finding investment  A COVID PCR test in 30 minutes - but 14 years in the making Is running a business better second time around? ‘Elevator pitch convinced me to launch my business’ Mental health pioneer 'astounded' by derogatory investor Meet the investment world’s ‘Fab Five’ On Blue Monday, protect your staff’s mental health with Microsoft Viva What is click fraud? How it could kill your business Could Xpllore be the curator of the new metaverse? The 5 biggest challenges facing tech leaders, according to Tech Nation Investor rejection is hard to stomach - but don’t discount their views Tred co-founders win latest TechBlast Star of the Week award Launching: Onoco - more than just a baby tracker Driving UK's coronavirus vaccine programme - meet Axiologik ADHD inspired top entrepreneur's business 'We raised £400k in 90 minutes with our 67th business idea’ Pivoting your business into a SaaS-based model ‘Lord Sugar’s boardroom rebuke changed my life’ Sarah Pawson is inaugural winner of TechBlast Star of the Week award Beware of early dilution and other funding 'rabbit holes' How to launch a startup in a pandemic – and succeed Collaboration - the key ingredient to a successful merger Why Elizabeth Holmes’ conviction must be a ‘wake-up call’ to investors and entrepreneurs Execution risk: How to avoid scuppering your business sale Thinking of an IPO? Get a TikTok strategy Meet 50 people who kept the UK growing in 2021 Is growing through acquisition the right move? Pay for the advice you need, not the advice you want Let the market teach you a lesson - or flog a dead horse Launching: Keebo - empowering users to achieve financial wellness What happens when your first investor wants to sell? Focus on one thing - and do it better than anyone else 'Why an IPO was right for musicMagpie' - Steve Oliver The key ingredient for global growth which is often forgotten The rise and rise of musicMagpie Why former PayPoint CEO couldn’t wait to return to startup world Meet the man taking on Just Eat and Deliveroo How startup turbocharging VCs began with a blog ‘Having a disabled son changed my outlook on life’ Taking funding vs bootstrapping – what’s best? Are SMEs’ global ambitions being thwarted by banks? 'Don't create a company for the sake of it' Launching: Bound - protecting SMEs against yo-yoing exchange rates How to build and sell two businesses for £50m inside a decade  Meet the VC backing underrepresented founders - and looking for more You can’t ‘rinse and repeat’ in new markets Startup founders: Give yourself six months to raise capital Meet the 'transformation CEO' leading fast-growth Sorted Why private equity can be a force for growth Look after your customers - they are the people at the coalface Why DealCloud is the real deal Ambition pays off for startup born above Manchester pub Launching: Swapi - an all-in-one loyalty e-wallet app ‘I sold my racehorses before raising investment’ Why your startup business needs a solid core to succeed ‘Rollercoaster’ journey creates £200m business in five years Don’t be seduced by big-name brands Startups must remember that cash is king When should a startup establish a board? Co-founder’s coma triggered InsurTech DeadHappy ‘In the startup world, a good idea often isn’t enough’ What do you do when your best friend and business partner dies? Mission Control: How to raise investment remotely 'Dyslexia and deafness won't stop me building a tech unicorn' 'I was a financial nightmare – so I built a business to help other women’ From football touchline to trailblazing FinTech Don’t apologise for putting growth before profit Launching: HYBR - fixing the 'toxic' student rental market Why? The one-word question you need to ask yourself in business Why Bristol is the Boston of the UK tech scene ‘I didn’t believe it was Sir Terry Leahy on the phone’ Startups should follow ‘scientific method’ to success How three self-confessed introverts created one of the UK’s most exciting tech firms Is your infrastructure keeping up with your growth? Launching: Cosmico - A videogame linked to the national curriculum 'I thought I wanted to retire after selling my business - I was wrong' How we scaled to 200 staff in eight months HealthTechs must move from 'clicks to bricks' Startups are ‘golden opportunity for laser focus on customer’ Events boss: Founders should focus on building teams and systems Keep hunting for funding - you only need one ‘yes’ in 100 Why Northcoders chose to IPO over VC investment Which city is the UK’s tech startup capital? How to become the world’s fastest-growing FinTech The ‘knowledge gap’ which leaves regional startups unprepared COVID cut off our revenue - but we doubled our profits The three rules of hypergrowth: Product, scalability and people How a plan drawn up on a napkin turned GP Bullhound into a $100m a year business Hiring former RBS executive pivoted my FinTech in weeks From contemplating suicide to tackling business’s ‘silent emergency’ How can you cope with 400% growth? Plan ahead Partnerships drive growth at $3.2bn EdTech You must stay humble in business - just look at Manchester City Launching: Lindus Health - revolutionising health research We raised £400k from family and friends - and lost it Backing of high-profile investor transformed business Why turnover is for vanity and profit is for sanity Video games firm enjoys 205% growth 'We had 2 staff when we landed Channel 4 as a client' Why steering a startup is like captaining a super yacht Unicorn founder: Why we stopped selling our product for months Mission Control: How do you build a company culture during remote working? Don't entertain buyer's remorse when you take investment McDonald’s was the order we just couldn’t turn down Launching: Pitchspace - helping founders secure capital How do businesses crack America? Why there are no shortcuts to success - Wejo CEO Why do investors ignore BAME entrepreneurs? What difference can a chairperson make to a business? Attention to detail: How Steve Jobs pulled Apple back from brink ‘Mission, management, momentum’ – what VCs look for ‘Pandemic opened our eyes to the power of tech’ How COVID changed the rulebook for CEOs 'If I saw a ceiling, I'd become bored' - immersive tech CEO Don’t sell your business too early 'People aren't used to hearing my accent' - CEO of listed business 'We headed straight to the US to beat our rivals' VC powers startups with a team of 100 experts 'I thought we were dead': How reborn startup beat the odds Can you run a growing business and have a family? Don’t chase money, chase success