The best of Startups.co.uk in 2015

We take a look back at some of your favourite content. From business inspiration to practical eBooks and videos, recap our most-read articles here…

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s always interesting for the team to look back on the content we’ve published across the year.

Our primary aim here at Startups Towers is to produce engaging, practical and genuinely useful articles for you each day so it’s a rewarding feeling to see some of our pieces really resonate with you all.

Running a business is by no means an easy task and if we can alleviate any of the pressure start-up owners face day-to-day by providing business inspiration or advice – then all of our efforts are more than worth it.

Whether you’re an avid reader or have come to us via a Google search, we hope we’ve helped or encouraged you in some way – and that after visiting once, you’d be encouraged to come back.

From uncovering exciting start-ups to researching the latest red tape issues, it’s been a pleasure to immerse ourselves once again in the start-up landscape and we have plenty of new and valuable content ideas for 2016.

For now though, recap on our most popular (and very varied) posts of the year below:

The biggest features

Our flagship feature Startups 100 2015 had its best year yet, as did this year’s Startups Awards, which saw more views (and votes) than ever for our 60 outstanding finalists; the winner was revealed here.

If you were looking for business ideas, we had lots of those, including:

What business to start in 2015 – from protein products to proptech and quirky cafes, we shared 14 amazing business ideas you won’t want to miss.

And we also investigated where you should start your fledging venture:

The best place in London to start a business – a comprehensive guide on where to start a business in the capital.
The best place OUTSIDE of London to start a business – find out which city topped our second ranking of the most enterprising cities outside of London.

We had some brand new – and very popular guides – such as:

How to start a microbrewery
How to start a production company
How to start a jewellery business as well as first hand perspectives and advice in:
How to become a property developer: The insider’s view

For more industry specific business guides, view our dedicated start-up guides section here.

Once you had your business idea we had some up-to-date tips for you that were much read…

From How to choose the perfect name for your business to
Applying for a Start Up Loan: What to expect

…as well as some words of caution:

10 reasons why your tech start-up could suck – tech entrepreneur Aerion Azimi shares tell-tale warning signs your business is heading for disaster…
And find out how to create a strong brand identity in

And find out how to create a strong brand identity in What not to name your business

If you were a young entrepreneur we had lots of advice from:

5 low cost business ideas to start at university
19 essential start-up tips for young entrepreneurs
15 young entrepreneurs to watch this year

We also had insights from:

Oli Barrett MBE on 8 guaranteed ways to smash your to do list
And Julie Deane OBE on how self-employment changed her life

View more from our business blog here or get inspired with stories and advice from successful entrepreneurs

Dragons’ Den hit our screens again and there was much interest in:

Dragons’ Den’s most successful businesses to date
Our predictions of who would be the next Dragons not to mention
Who actually were the next Dragons

We published eBooks…

50 great tips to build a winning website
12 finance secrets for start-up success

Videos…

How successful start-ups do business on the move

And you can even win some retail space…

Thanks to our exciting pop-up shop competition!

Stay tuned for 2016 for more business ideas, advice, profile opportunities and more.

In the meantime, take a look at our Tech trends for 2016 and 12 start-ups set to take off in 2016.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the above recap – or, even better, have discovered some new articles you might have missed the first time around.

If there’s any content you’d like to see on the site that we’re missing – whether it’s inspirational business owner profiles or burning questions you want us to answer with practical guides – please let us know.

Leave a message in our comments, post in our forum or send us a tweet @startupstowers.

But for now, all that’s left to say is thank you very much for reading and sharing. We hope you have a fantastic Christmas and we’ll see you all next year!

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