doug richard

Doug Richard to Deliver Enterprise Boost for Universities

Leading business trainer for entrepreneurs and founding Dragons’ Den star Doug Richard has teamed up with the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) to launch a nationwide training programme for academics that will boost entrepreneurship in universities. With the support of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), The Enterprising Academic Programme will challenge academics and researchers to understand the business context of the world they live in and the potential business impact of their academic research. The programme is being sponsored by Santander Business Banking and the Technology Strategy Board. The programme, which will be presented by Doug Richard himself, aims to stimulate a more entrepreneurial approach by discovering, creating and developing ... »

Tax Cuts

Former Dragon wants Tax Break for Start-ups

Former Dragons’ Den investor Doug Richard has called for start-ups to be given a tax exemption during their first few years of trading, in a new report published by the British Library. The idea has been put forward in the British Library’s Enterprising Voices: Supporting the Drive for Recovery report (372k PDF). According to Richard, tax incentives are the most effective way to encourage budding entrepreneurs; “It takes a good 18 months of solid work before a new business starts to really establish itself. If the Government is serious about encouraging enterprise in the UK, then they need to avoid gimmicks like the VAT cut, and offer start-ups a genuine exemption from tax until they get their businesses up and running.” The proposal was also endorsed by founder of ... »

Former Dragon Offers Discounts to Attend Start-Up School

Former Dragon Offers Discounts to Attend Start-Up School

Social and ethical entrepreneurs are being offered a 60 per cent discount on business training at the School for Start-ups, founded by ex-Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Doug Richard.  Established last year, the School runs courses aimed at growing businesses around the UK. Locations include Edinburgh, London, Southend and Colchester, and each event is hosted by Doug Richard. Social and ethical entrepreneurs are categorised as those pursuing projects that offer long-term solutions to social problems. “By supporting social entrepreneurs and social enterprises working to create sustainable solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems, School for Start-ups hopes to play some role in their success,” said Richard. The School’s next course is Fast Growth Marketi... »