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Author: Sarah Downs

Four Aberdeen-based Entrepreneurs have been shortlisted over three categories at the 2019 Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards.  Sarah Downs and Yekemi Otaru, Co-Founders of Doqaru Ltd are shortlisted for the ‘Start-up Entrepreneur of The Year’ Award.  Michael Ballantyne, Founder of Storywood Tequila is shortlisted for ‘Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year’ and […]

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Business Development & Sales – What is the Difference?

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By: Sarah Downs

Posted on: 30/07/19

Many people in my network have asked me “What’s the difference between business development and sales?” It’s a great question and one that I will answer, to the best of my ability, in today’s blog. I understand the source of the questions; many sales and business development professionals have similar job descriptions. The roles appear interchangeable in […]

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Over 600,000 companies launch in the UK every year. This is an incredible number of businesses, many of which will develop a business plan at some point. But few of these businesses will plan for their exit. Whether you want to build a company that takes over the world or you want a lifestyle business […]

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Great! Your Technology Works but Can You Run a Business?

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By: Sarah Downs

Posted on: 16/04/19

There are over 600,000 companies set up in the UK each year. Many of these companies seek to offer new technology to the market, technology that they hope will improve their customers’ efficiencies, safety and cost. Indeed, there are fantastic ideas out there. Most companies only launch a fraction of developed products. In addition, over […]

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How to Build a Support Network for Your Business

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By: Sarah Downs

Posted on: 03/04/19

Many of us start our own businesses for the same reasons: to have more flexibility, to make a difference, to be rewarded for all the hard work we put in and maybe to look after ourselves better. These were the reasons I went into self-employment in 2015; following a cancer diagnosis and finally getting the […]

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