’s best 25 articles of 2014

We unveil our most popular posts published in the last 12 months, from practical guides to inspirational interviews. Recap your favourite reads here…

Here at Startups Towers, we try our best to offer our readers a mixture of practical, inspirational and opinion-based content – to give you the best support we possibly can if you’re thinking about starting, running or growing a business.

And what a year of content we had in 2014 (if we do say so ourselves!). From mammoth reports on the best business ideas to consider and the hottest locations to start a business to video interviews with Jack Wills co-founder Peter Williams and Moonpig founder Nick Jenkins. We also published plenty of step-by-step guides, covering everything from self-assessment tax returns to securing a start-up loan. As well as uncovering a plethora of innovative start-ups, from businesses that have literally just started to a definitive list of the best 20 start-ups to have launched this year (announced just yesterday)…

Whether you’re a regular reader or you came across us via Google or social media (@startupstowers), we hope we’ve helped encourage or guide you in some way over the last 12 months.

In a time when it feels like the start-up scene is more exciting than ever, we’re incredibly proud to be part of such a buzzing and growing space and look forward to publishing plenty more valuable content (and meeting many more fantastic businesses) in 2015…

Below are the most popular posts of the year and what a varied selection it is:

Our biggest features…

1. What business to start in 2014 wins this year, with 14 amazing business ideas – including mobile catering and microbreweries.

2. Closely followed by Where to start a business – a report on the 25 best cities in the UK to launch a start-up.

We also showcased some inspirational entrepreneurs and businesses:

3. 50 outstanding businesses which made the longlist for our 2014 Startups Awards (have you registered your interest for next year yet?)

4. 35 start-ups run by under 35s which are already turning over £1m – check out this year’s impressive Young Guns winners.

5. 14 young entrepreneurs to look out for in 2014 – and beyond. Our pick of the most promising entrepreneurs under 25 with big business futures.

6. 10 businesses with the UK’s most impressive crowdfunding rounds. With crowdfunding becoming increasingly popular, halfway through the year we rounded up the best pitches to date…

7. …as well as our inaugural Great British Startups Cup. Tying in with the World Cup, find out who was crowned champion of this month long competition.

8. …and our ever popular Startups 100. The definitive list of the top 100 start-ups in the UK right now.

Our newest in-depth business guides were keenly read:

9. How to start a clothing line – learn what it takes to become a fashion entrepreneur.

10. A step-by-step beginner’s guide to creating an effective e-commerce website.

11. How to become a property developer in 8 simple steps, a bite-sized guide to getting your property business on the path to success

12. And a step-by-step guide on running your own coffee shop.

We published advice to get a business off the ground…

13. 7 things you need to before starting a business – a launchpad guide.

14. 5 things you shouldn’t do when starting a business, and 5 things you should.

15. And everything you need to know when thinking about becoming self-employed.

…as well as advice to help you once a business has launched

16. 12 must-haves in the perfect 2-minute pitch from the most-connected man in business Oli Barrett.

17. Common mistakes to avoid when completing a self-assessment tax return.

18. The top 5 sectors for getting a start-up loan from the creative director at Start Up Loans.

19. And how to make a video go viral – 8 key things you should know.

There was also advice from leading entrepreneurs…

20. 10 entrepreneurs tips to create a million pound start-up – businessmen and women share their top tips to help your new business thrive.

21. Former Dragons’ Den investor James Caan’s insights on how to survive as a start-up.

22. A video interview with Jack Wills co-founder Peter Williams on his golden rule for starting a business.

23. And Moonpig founder Nick Jenkins’ advice on naming your business, achieving viral growth and plans for expansion…

…not to mention regular blogs, including:

24. ‘Escape to the Shed’ competition winner Pip & Nut on why it pays to get creative when looking for start-up investment.

25. Our own founder, David Lester, sharing key lessons from 25 years in business.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reminiscing with us, or even better have discovered some useful content you’d missed previously. If there’s areas you wish we would cover but haven’t or topics you want us to expand on, do let us know.

In the meantime, we wish you all a fantastic Christmas – thank you for reading, sharing and tweeting over the last 12 months.

See you all in 2015…


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