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Top 10 business books – as recommended by entrepreneurs

As we move into the New Year, we’ve rounded-up the best books that offer advice, inspiration, and ultimately get those entrepreneurial juices flowing…

Business books are an essential resource when starting up – whether you want to understand basic practices such as marketing techniques, hiring processes or learn from successful company founders.

With 2015 just around the corner, we've compiled the top 10 must-reads using recommendations from some of the UK's leading entrepreneurs on the business books they have found most helpful on their start-up journey.

From motivational tips and ‘wresting with pigs' to the rapid scale-up of Amazon and Google, here are the 10 books you should add to your reading list...

1. The Lean Start Up: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

the lean startup

Recommended by: Mark Sait of, Paul Sulyok of Green Man Gaming, and Christian Lanng of Tradeshift

2. Good to Great by Jim Collins

good to great

Recommended by: Logan Naidu of Dartmouth Partners and Michelle Clothier of Livity

Clothier: “[I was so] excited to read this study of brilliant performing businesses and I felt like I recognised and agreed with so many elements of what Collins was describing. In particular, learning about ‘Level 5 leadership’ was inspiring and something to aim for in my own leadership.”

3. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

the everything store

Recommended by: Michael Ross of eCommera and Adam Pickett of

Pickett: “It’s great to read about how the founders were able to overcome ‘the way things are done’ to evolve an industry.”

4. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell


Recommended by: Charlie Marshall of Loaf

Marshall: “It made me realise the relationship and synchronicity between favourable circumstance and hard work. This duality often leads to success rather than just one single factor.”

5. Never Wrestle with a Pig and Ninety Other Ideas to Build Your Business and Career by Mark H. McCormack

never wrestle with a pig

Recommended by: Anna Bance of Girl Meets Dress

Bance: “Drawing upon 40 years of experience, this book features some great tips from McCormack on a range of topics. He understands that doing business in today’s climate still involves the same basic elements of human interaction, intelligence, creativity, and efficiency – which have always meant the difference between success and failure.”

6. The Google Story by David A. Vise

the google story

Recommended by: Paul Currie of the Lakes Distillery

Currie:“It outlines how founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have, in 10 years, taken Google from being just another internet start-up to a company with a market value of over $80bn. They never accepted what is the norm and always questioned ‘normal business practices’.”

7. Teach Yourself Entrepreneurship by Alex McMillan

teach yourself

Recommended by: Lyndsey Simpson of the Curve Group

Simpson: “Before I made the leap from corporate life to running my own business, I devoured business book after business book. The one that resonated with me and I still go back to now when I’m creating a new business plan is [this one]. It really gets my creative juices flowing.”

8. The Beermat Entrepreneur: Turn a Good Idea Into a Great Business by Mike Southon and Chris West

the beermat entrepreneur

Recommended by: Rob Halliday-Stein of BullionByPost

Halliday-Stein: “I found [this book] a useful tool for understanding how to grow a business, and the steps you need to take to go from a start-up to a bigger company.”

9. Who: The A Method for Hiring by Geoff Smart and Randy Street

who: the A method for hiring
Recommended by: Rupert Lee Browne of Caxton FX

Browne: “This wonderful book gives you a straightforward template for getting the right people ‘on the bus.’”

10. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose by Tony Hseih

delivering happiness

Recommended by: Rune Sovndahl of Fantastic Services

Sovndahl: “I have huge admiration for Tony Hseih’s book which is about his growth as an entrepreneur company culture, and creating a workplace which you enjoy going to every day. I think he proved something that we have always known; that happiness and good service comes from the inside.”


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  1. Great article. Love these sort of books and always good to know which are the best.