Lizzie Slee

Head of media Enterprise Nation and StartUp Britain

Location icon United Kingdom

Journalist turned PR specialist, fighting the corner for small businesses. I had a hand in all these articles, but I didn't write them. I leave that to them.

CheckoutSmart raises £1.5m to reward you for shopping

Cashback app CheckoutSmart has raised £1.5m as it gets the backing of a number of industry leaders. The London-based startup sends cashback offers straight to a user's phone when they do grocery shopping. Investors in the round include Duncan Jennings, founder of, and Paul Nikkel, the founder of Quidco, the UK's leading cashback site.

London Startup CheckoutSmart, A Grocery Cashback App Similar To Groupon's Snap, Scores £1.5M Funding

London-based CheckoutSmart, a cashback app for UK supermarket shoppers - and similar to Groupon's Canada and U.S.-only Snap - has raised a £1.5 million round of funding. Not only is the startup founded by Chris Howarth (who previously founded and exited retail analytics company Retail Insight) but the list of backers is also noteworthy, given their experience in the retail/rewards space.

World Stock Markets & Stock Index Performance - Businessweek

Recent Market Articles 84% of Brits believe that not enough is being done to educate and encourage entrepreneurs 62% are calling for improvements 68% believe the nation is entrepreneur-friendly But only 38% of Brits can imagine starting their own business Companies founded by young people in the UK have increased from 145,104 in 2006 to 247,049 in 2013, according to Deudil (Small Business Enterprise Nation) Entrepreneurship lessons should be taught in schools to equip the next generation with...

This week's fashion sales and events

Score yourself 75 per cent off J.W.Anderson and Marios Schwab, unleash your inner retro fan girl in Etsy's first ever UK pop-up shop or sup on a couture afternoon tea BY Alice Newbold, Sonia Juttla | 04 December 2014 Photo: Isidore Montag Seasonal samples This season's string of sample sales reaches its peak at London's Music Room on December 8.

The Fashion Fix

Our edit of the stylish rainwear essentials to keep you dry - whatever the weather! The good old British weather can pour cold water over the best-laid fashion plans. So just how do you maintain your style integrity when the heavens open? We've pulled together some elegant solutions to ensure you look your best - whatever the weather...

Thank God it's Saturday - for fledgling entrepreneurs | The Sunday Times

Icing on the cake: Tina Katsighiras, who runs Amanti Cupcakes in Northumberland, says the free promotion provided by the event has given her national exposure (Mark Pinder) In the castle town of Prudhoe, near Newcastle, Tina Katsighiras is busy preparing for the opening of her first shop.

Enterprise Nation opens innovation advice centre at Somerset House

Small business network Enterprise Nation is set to open an events and education space dedicated to small businesses in time for this week's Small Business Advice Week. The network will take over a suite of rooms at the historic Somerset House on The Strand, in central London, providing a national base for support projects including tailored training and in-depth research, while supporting the network's campaigning arm.

Meet the young entrepreneurs shaking up old industries

Most of us only hear about young entrepreneurs when they grab the headlines with a money-spinning new app or innovative online business. But that's not the whole story: young people are starting up new ventures in record numbers and many are flourishing in more traditional sectors.

HMRC to face critics of VAT place of supply rules

The taxman has agreed to meet with one-person digital consultancies worried about the impact of the EU's VAT place of supply rules on their businesses from January 1 st. In fact, 10 suppliers to consumers on the continent say HM Revenue & Customs has accepted their invitation for a face-to-face, so improvements to its guidance on the rules can be tabled.

Treasury listens to VAT fears of digital entrepreneurs -

Business campaigners say the government is finally listening to their warnings that EU value added tax changes intended to catch internet giants could force thousands of small UK enterprises to close. David Gauke, financial secretary to the Treasury,

Small businesses selling digital products hit by new EU rules on VAT

The forthcoming EU rules mean small businesses will be forced to register for VAT if they sell digital products direct to consumers in Europe. This will create extra costs, paperwork and headaches for firms that would not normally be registered for the tax.

HMRC admits new VAT rule is a burden

HM Revenue & Customs has admitted that new EU VAT rules coming into force on January 1 are a 'burden' for small firms and said it will bolster its efforts to make the changes easier for them by publishing guidance this week.

Government SME spending figures called into question

The latest data covering public sector spending with small and medium enterprises is expected this week, but a business analysing such contracts has warned that the Government's figures are not open enough to be independently judged.

Is it me, or are entrepreneurs getting younger? | The Sunday Times

Sky Procter set to work on her business straight after graduating (Jon Rowley Sky Procter runs her textile design company from the living-room table in her rented one-bedroom flat. It has been a year since the 23-year-old graduated, and becoming an entrepreneur was always first on her list of career choices.

Number of home workers in the UK rises to 4.2m -

The UK has 4.2m people working from home, or a record 13.9 per cent of those in work - and more are in highly skilled roles than other workers, official data have shown. The growing numbers of home workers tend to be self-employed, older and earn

John Lewis seeks hot retail talent

Budding product designers have been invited to pitch their ideas to John Lewis as part of the high street retailer's PitchUp initiative. Now in its third year, the competition gives retail entrepreneurs the opportunity to demonstrate their products to a panel of buyers at the John Lewis headquarters as part of a day-long pitching day.

The new mum guide

TIM ALLARDYCE is an osteopath and physiotherapist in Croydon, South London Pregnancy and coping with a new baby place an incredible strain on a woman's body. It can take up to a year before everything's back to normal.

Migrant Entrepreneurs Prove Their Worth

The headlines are buzzing about immigration, especially as the 2015 elections are quickly approaching for Britain. Shockingly, migrant entrepreneurs play a much bigger role than previously believed. We can thank migrant entrepreneurs for starting one in seven UK companies. Surinder Arora is part of that one in seven.

Migrant entrepreneurs prove their worth

March 11 - Immigration has become a hot topic in Britain ahead of elections in 2015 but a new report by the Centre for Entrepreneurs shows they are crucial to the economy, responsible for starting one in seven UK companies.

Budget 2014: What have they suggested to help small firms?

By Vicki Owen, Financial Mail On Sunday PUBLISHED: 10:54 EST, 15 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:54 EST, 15 March 2014 The Chancellor has already said he wants to address key issues facing the UK's small firms when he delivers the penultimate Budget before the election this Wednesday.

Businesses to get subsidised access to experts' advice in new scheme

By Vicki Owen, Financial Mail On Sunday PUBLISHED: 17:20 EST, 4 January 2014 | UPDATED: 06:04 EST, 5 January 2014 A £30million Government-backed scheme to offer small businesses subsidised access to advice from thousands of experts will be launched this month.

Trapped in my flat by high office rents | The Sunday Times

Trapped in my flat by high office rents One of a start-up's biggest problems is moving from home into a real workplace Alice Revel, who runs her web magazine from home, wants to expand (Vicki Couchman) At 6.15am every day Alice Revel wakes up and moves from her bedroom to her living room to work on her web magazine, Running in Heels.

'Wear a pair, share a pair': Young entrepreneur socks it to John Lewis

By Vicki Owen, Financial Mail On Sunday PUBLISHED: 17:29 EST, 21 December 2013 | UPDATED: 06:17 EST, 23 December 2013 A pair of socks might for many be a Christmas gift of last resort, but one entrepreneur is hoping his garments will be given a warm welcome, as department store John Lewis has started to stock them.

Lord Young announces £30m Growth Voucher scheme for small firms

Lord Young said at the launch in Somerset House on Monday, "Most companies, when they are launching a new product or service, do a lot of research before they enter the market. With Growth Vouchers, the Government is doing just that to work out the value of early stage advice for the growing number of start-up, micro and small businesses."

There's a world of start-ups outside London | The Sunday Times

There's a world of start-ups outside London Britain's enterprising cities are not prepared to let the capital steal their thunder There's an entrepreneurial buzz in Birmingham, says Anisa Haghdadi (Richard Stanton) FOR Anisa Haghdadi, the transition from student to businesswoman was seamless.

Birmingham top start-up region outside London | The Sunday Times

Birmingham top start-up region outside London Birmingham is home to the greatest number of start-ups outside London (Rui Vieira) BIRMINGHAM is the most entrepreneurial region outside London, according to figures that will be released tomorrow by StartUp Britain, the campaign for fledgling businesses.

Scheme bids to bolster growth of SMEs

The Growth Vouchers programme, which aims to support more than 20,000 small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, has been set up by the small business network Enterprise Nation to help aid the growing number of UK start-up firms. Successful applicants will receive a £2000 subsidy to use for advice in either leadership skills, using digital technology, financial management, sales and marketing, or recruitment.

Britain hits 500,000 start-ups

Britain's start-up community is booming in 2013. According to the latest figures from Startup Britain's Daily Tracker, 502,068 businesses have now been started, putting the country on track to hit 523,410 by the end of the year. This is the first time in the three-year history of the tracker that the 500,000 mark has been breached.

Almost 500,000 new companies set up in 2012

Posted by Dan Martin in Business trends on Tue, 01/01/2013 - 11:52 The number of new businesses started in 2012 reached almost 500,000, a 10% increase on the previous year. Research by campaign group StartUp Britain showed that last year 484,224 businesses were set up, compared to 440,600 in 2011.

12/13/2013 Starting a business advice and business ideas

Britain has hit a record with 502,068 businesses launched this year, according to recent findings from national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain. The figures, which have been analysed by the campaign's Daily Tracker and are verified by Companies House, report a major increase on the number of UK start-ups launched in previous years, up on 482,224 businesses started in 2012 and 440,600 in 2011.

Brits Start Over 500,000 New Businesses This Year

Over 500,000 new businesses have been started up this year, according to new research that points to increasing optimism among British entrepreneurs. According to the national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain, 502,068 businesses have already been started this year, with the total set to rise to 523,410 by the end of the year.

Sink your teeth into the world's juiciest market | The Sunday Times

Sink your teeth into the world's juiciest market Entrepreneurs are at the fore of Cameron's trade trip to China - with as much to learn as to earn Jeremy Cooper wants to sell accessories to Chinese pet owners (Vicki Couchman ) China is at the top of the list of countries where Jeremy Cooper wants to sell his pet accessories.

Small Business Saturday: All You Need To Know And How To Help

Small Business Saturday has hit the UK for the first time, with politicians across all parties urging Brits to go out and shop at small businesses. Small Business Saturday is another American import like Black Friday, after starting up across the Atlantic in 2010 with the support of American Express as a way to encourage shoppers to support local, independent businesses.

Big day for small business | The Sunday Times

Big day for small business Eggs for breakfast: Victoria in her kitchenware pop-up shop (Vicki Couchman ) Hundreds of entrepreneurs eager to open their own shops set up temporary "pop-up" stalls to promote their products yesterday on Small Business Saturday, writes Kiki Loizou.

Emma Jones Interview: Women in Technology

Emma Jones MBE, co-founder of StartUp Britain talks to us about starting your own business, going back to work after having kids and gives us her best interview tips. Emma Jones started her career at international accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, and set up the firm's inward investment practice that attracted overseas companies to locate in the UK.

20 QUESTIONS: Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation

By Emma Haslett Friday, 08 November 2013 The Spare Room Start-up author on why she couldn't have a normal job. 1. If you had done something else, what would it have been? Having studied law and Japanese at university, I was heading towards law but soon realised I'd be miserable overseeing deals in a skyscraper.

Introducing The Entrepreneurs' Alliance: Standing up for small businesses

When City AM editor Allister Heath called for a ' union of entrepreneurs ', Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones responded by organising a meeting of groups already representating small businesses . Dan Martin attended. We worked together on an open letter to Heath and the nation's media, outlining this new alliance's agenda.

Entrepreneurs for a better Britain

Today is the first day of Global Entrepreneurship Week - the world's largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. To mark the occasion, we have come together to create the Entrepreneurs' Alliance: a pressure group to stand up for Britain's wealth creators. Together we represent more than 2.5m small and micro businesses.

Women ride the wave of start-ups | The Sunday Times

Women ride the wave of start-ups More females are becoming entrepreneurs Jenny Griffiths gave up a job at an engineering giant to found Snap Fashion (Vicki Couchman) Jenny Griffiths was met with a stunned silence when she told friends she wanted to start her own business.
Icy way for a sculptor to carve out a career - Telegraph

While the rest of the country grinds to a halt in freezing conditions, Matthew Ainsworth happily carries on working in temperatures of -15C. His workshop is a giant refrigerator where he creates ice sculptures.

Emerald Street

The weekend is here! What will you be doing to celebrate?

The Huffington Post UK
Could SMEs Use HMV And Jessops Stores For Popups?

Could there be some good news to come out of Jessops and HMV falling into administration? A group of pop-up experts is in talks with Deloitte and PwC in a bid to re-open hundreds of the now defunct stores to help home-grown British businesses for a short period.

The Huffington Post UK
How Is Eric Pickles Helping Entrepreneurs?

Communities secretary of state Eric Pickles and local growth minister Mark Prisk have launched a new pop-up store in Whitehall to help promote UK entrepreneurs. Created with the help of StartUp Britain, it's hoped the showcase will act as a blueprint for high streets across the country to emulate. According to StartUp Britain, six new British start-ups will move into the shop to trial their business ideas every fortnight from this week for at least the next year. The government has said it...

Enterprise Nation
Why the UK needs a ‘Hug A Start-Up’ campaign

When Enterprise Nation took its second group of British start-ups into No 10 Downing Street to talk about the real issues affecting small businesses, there had been no hint that there would be some ministerial cuddles being handed out.

Blackpool Gazette
Pop-up shop aims to boost high street

An empty shop in Poulton is to become only the seventh in the UK to take part in an initiative aimed at creating the high street entrepreneurs of the future.

the Guardian
How going pop-up helped us sell our ponchos

Katy Isaacs and Julia Wonke, co-founders of poncho company Rainwave, started online but jumped at the opportunity to use a pop-up space on the King's Road. Here Katy tells their story

the Guardian
How going pop-up helped us sell our ponchos

Katy Isaacs and Julia Wonke, co-founders of poncho company Rainwave, started online but jumped at the opportunity to use a pop-up space on the King's Road. Here Katy tells their story

The Independent
Small Talk: If StartUp High Street is to work the road must be clear

When the Prime Minister first began talking about the Big Society, one assumed he was thinking about volunteers and community groups providing social services, rather than potentially crucial planks of his Government's business policy. As it turns out, some of the most interesting examples of what might be described as big society initiatives are in the latter space.

the Guardian
How can we save the high street?

Anna Minton, David Skelton, Richard Sennett, Chuka Umunna and Emma Jones: As HMV goes into administration, our panellists offer ideas on how to restore the high street to the heart of local community life