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Eat. Sleep. Startup. Repeat. Over Half A Million New Startups Created In The UK.

StartUp Britain

StartUp Britian, the national campaign promoting entrepreneurship, set a bold challenge at the start of the year. To help promote and encourage more people to start up than ever before and get over half a million new companies going.

In 2011 the figure stood at 440,600 and last year it was 484,224. With an economy that was still unsure of whether recovery might be around the corner it was a bold campaign to kick-start. Read more…

Entrepreneurs And Business Owners Head To Downing Street For The Launch Of Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday UK

This week sees the first ever Small Business Saturday in the UK, a campaign to get shoppers supporting smaller local companies.

Already a huge success in the US, Small Business Saturday is launching this side of the pond on this weekend on the 7th December. The campaign coincides with one of the busiest shopping days of the year in the run up to Christmas. Read more…

Concept Cupboard heads to 10 Downing Street

No 10 Enterprise Nation

Yesterday we had the pleasure of heading to 10 Downing Street thanks to the pioneering work of Enterprise Nation and the brilliant Emma Jones.

The reason for the meeting was to bring a bunch of creative entrepreneurs in to talk about their experiences in growing a company and how the government can help them flourish. Daniel Korski, the PM’s special advisor on enterprise, had kindly agreed to meet with us for an hour to listen to our views. Read more…

Concept Cupboard meets the Governor of the Bank of England to discuss SME lending

Mark Carney SME Lending

Following on from an open letter to Mark Carney, the new Governor of the Bank of England,  a group of journalists and entrepreneurs (including Adam Ball, General Manager of Concept Cupboard) were invited along to the Bank of England to carry on the conversation about funding for SMEs.
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Summer Boat Party 2013!

Last Thursday Concept Cupboard teamed up with our friends at BURN, One Water and Twist for a voyage on the high seas, in search of gold and other treasures.

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£100 Moo Giveaway

Concept Cupboard have teamed up with Moo to give one lucky winner £100 worth of credit to spend on their fantastic new Luxe Range. In addition to this great giveaway, we here at Concept Cupboard will also throw in a free design listing on our site.

All you have to do is to retweet the tweet below to stand a chance of winning, the competition closes Wednesday 24th July 2013 at 12.00pm so get retweeting!

 

Concept Cupboard Nominated By Lord Young And Sir Terry Leahy As One Of Britain’s Brightest Business Talents

Accelerate 250

We’re thrilled to announce that Concept Cupboard has been named one of the Accelerate 250, a new business community championed by Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Young. The selected 250 are representing Britain’s fastest growing companies who are the “vital 6%” and will be “creating half of all new jobs in the UK economy”.

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BBC Feature: How do you solve Europe’s youth unemployment problem?

BBC

If you didn’t catch it last week we were featured on the BBC for a piece on how to solve youth unemployment. This crisis is reaching unprecedented levels across the region and we felt it prudent to speak up about what needs to be done about tackling this issue before it is deemed too big to solve.

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Introducing you to the new Concept Cupboard portfolios!

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes at Concept Cupboard to bring you brand spanking new creative portfolios!

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We knew it was a priority to let the work do the talking and so have focussed on a clean yet bold approach to really let you showcase your best work. We want clients and other creatives to be in awe of the amazing work that our students and graduates are capable of.

As well as creating a platform where work can shine we also had to tie in our mission to help  young creative talent break into industry. We do this by bringing real creative briefs, with real  budgets to our creative community in which they can cut their teeth on anything from logo design through to film & animation.This is why we now allow you to highlight the work you’ve submitted on the site with the briefs that you’ve responded to whether you’ve won a brief or not.

Talking to a lot of prospective employers we know that they want to see how creatives respond to a brief and Concept Cupboard is now a great way to do that. We tie together creative projects, submissions and testimonials to show a true representation of how amazing this next generation truly is.

 Creative Portfolio Example

Another reason for crafting your portfolio on Concept Cupboard is that we’ll be able to connect you with potential employers. From small freelance jobs through to large agency placements we need to have something to show them on your behalf and those creatives with completed portfolios will the be the first we approach.

For too long now we’ve seen the vicious circle that young people are stuck in. You can’t get a job without experience and in order to get experience you need a job. Frustrating. We’re confident that these portfolios will be another step towards helping solve this problem.

Your new portfolios can be found by going to the following address: http://www.conceptcupboard.com/USERNAME

They’re free to use and always will be.

Once you’ve got it all in order make sure to tweet us @conceptcupboard with your portfolio link and we’ll be more than happy to help share your work around the web!

If you haven’t already registered on the site and want to showcase all of your work for FREE then make sure to join us today.

Merry Christmas and here’s to an amazing New Year

Concept Cupboard Christmas
I’d just like to say from myself and the rest of the Concept Cupboard team what a great year 2012 has turned out to be. We’ve had the pleasure of working with some brilliant clients, met a ton of great new people and built on what was a great first year of existence for Concept Cupboard. There have been so many inspirational moments this year from which we have drawn from and keep us focused on building a better service for you each and every day.

As ever, we couldn’t keep doing what we’re doing without all of you and your help so a big thank you from us. Have a very merry Christmas and a smashing New Year. See you in 2013!

All the best,

Adam

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