The elite should beware – a white van and laptop rebellion is underway

A version of this article recently appeared on the International Business Times website. Those running small businesses usually side with the elite. Increasingly, they’re doing the opposite By Robert Kelsey As a co-founder of the Centre of Entrepreneurs think-tank I’ve become a missionary for UK entrepreneurship. We believe the surge in small-business creation and self-employment since 2008 saved Britain from a …

From Brick Lane to Mayfair via Uber: a typical week in outsider town

I love my city, not least because I consider London the world capital of outsiders. That said, a run of news this week reminds me that – even in London – being an outsider can be a challenge, not least because it’s not always obvious who’s the outsider, and what constitutes being on the inside. First up, the attack by …

Are entrepreneurs the grumpy gits of business?

Since becoming deputy chairman of the Centre for Entrepreneurs I’ve marveled at the ingenuity of those I’ve come across in this zone. Nearly always, successful entrepreneurs have thrived on innovation. Yet this isn’t always obvious: in many cases it’s what renowned entrepreneurial author Daniel Isenberg (in his book Worthless, Impossible and Stupid) calls minnovation: small changes to existing offerings or …