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Ritika Bajaj, founder of MeritC2 - Creatives and Communications Ritika Bajaj shares with The NextWomen her top seven key tools for entrepreneurial success, drawing on her own experiences of starting up her own enterprise, design and content house MeritC2 - Creatives and Communications

On the 17th July 2014 the world’s first digital market place for independent and interactive travel guidebooks, favoroute.com, went online.

World travelers can find an abundance of travel guidebooks that are completely independent and composed by the traveler him/herself. Travelers can choose (or share!) their favorite travel guides based on their specific wishes and be inspired by professional travel bloggers and travel journalists.

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It is a well-known fact that startup competitions are growing at a high rate globally. From incubators and accelerators to corporations fostering their own competitions, the hunt for disruptive technological ideas seems to be endless. In a world of startup noise, how are interested parties finding prototypes of what really matters? Adriana Galue investigates.

Kirstie White portraitKirstie White shares her journey and the lessons she has learned from the major corporate world to following her childhood dream of becoming her own boss.

The first business I built was ‘Kirstie’s Candy Corner’. It was basically a sweet shop where I created my own sherbet and sold it profitably. The only problem was that I was just seven years old! From there, the entrepreneurial spirit just grew, and the following is a speedy journey through my career and specifically how I started in the big corporate world, but just couldn’t fight that inner entrepreneur. I hope you identify with some of my experiences and gut feelings, and that you also have the confidence to cut loose and go for it to realise your career dreams!

The beginning… After leaving university in Manchester, I applied for various blue chip companies and landed a graduate job with Procter & Gamble.

Misty W. Gibbs explores whether you need to fail or whether you just need a first draft...

Fail fast and fail hard. Fail early and fail often. This message is drummed into aspiring entrepreneurs, almost like a badge of honor. The essence of the idea makes sense; you need to make mistakes to learn. And mistakes are unavoidable – you WILL make them. I have yet to meet an entrepreneur or businessperson who doesn’t have an answer to: ‘If I knew then what I know now…’

Kristel Kuit, founder of personal assistant services company Headroom Assistance, talks to The NextWomen about the importance of finding the right people to be in one's start-up life, and shares her top tips for success in entrepreneurship.

Helen Croft and Agnes Bamford from The Results Centre discuss the under representation of women at the highest levels of business.

Business Coach Shweta Jhajharia Founder The London Coaching GroupShweta Jhajharia explains why over two and half million UK businesses are unable to break the coveted £1 million threshold and highlights three areas that might just hold the key. 

The majority of businesses never reach the £1M turnover mark – a level often used to benchmark firms. This is significant because most business owners, when they first started, envisaged not just a multi-million pound business, but a multi-billion pound business.

Statistically, only 4% of business owners ever reach the £1M mark and further, only 10% of these businesses (that’s 0.4% of all business owners) ever reach the £10M mark. 

So the question is; what's holding back more than 2,500,000 businesses, across the UK, from crossing that coveted £1M mark? 

Having worked with hundreds of businesses over the last several years, I have discovered that there are striking differences between the ‘micro’ business owner and the owner of a £1M enterprise:

Winners and finalists of the 2014 Women in Logistics AwardsOn the 18th June, The Next Women reported on the shortlist for the Women in Logistics Awards 2014. Read more here. Well, a few weeks on and we now have great pleasure in being able to follow up on the winners.

Hashtag Collective was born in the leafy suburbs of North LondonAdele Woodthorpe of Woodthorpe Comms introduces Lorraine White of Hashtag Collective; a new men’s fashion brand, that gives emerging designers and artists a place to showcase their talent. Founded by husband and wife team Paul and Lorraine White, The Hashtag emblem represents strength, confidence and individualism.

My husband and I met at university and entered adulthood together! We know each other inside out.  Two years ago, my husband and I decided that we would enter into business together.

In the autumn of 2011, we put our minds together and over a cup of tea, we came up with the concept of a business venture that we would enter into together.  That day was the beginning of our journey as entrepreneurs and more specifically as business partners.

Style has always been an integral part of both our lives. More specifically, quality, tailoring, and customer service have always been fundamental to clothing and style purchases we make and we like to blend key designer pieces with high-end quality high-street pieces for our ‘go-to’ looks. This is what inspired us to start our own brand that focuses on doing just that.