Category Archives: Inspiration

From Durham to Dubai: Entrepreneur takes Franchise Business Global

After starting up her business in Durham in 2010, Transmit Start-Ups supported entrepreneur Angela Sterling has seen her franchise business, Lingotot, expand into Dubai. Lingotot is a foreign language education provider that teaches over 10,000 children each week a variety of languages including French, German, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin through its classes. The Lingotot Dubai

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Diary of a Start-Up: Month 8 for Entrepreneur Kirsty Gurr

After winning the ‘Start-Up of the Year’ award at the Start-Up Loan Company’s annual awards in November, our 1,000th start-up loan recipient and founder of The Alchemist Cocktails, Kirsty Gurr, let us know what she had been up to in December. “November was an amazing month and winning start-up of the year at the Start

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Strength in Numbers with FSB

You probably have already heard of Federation of Small Business (FSB) but are unsure what it is and how it could help your business. Established in 1974, it is a membership organisation for small businesses across the UK and currently has around 150,000 members. It sounds simple enough, and it is, but you probably aren’t aware

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The Power of PR with Journolink

PR, or Public Relations, is one of the most powerful forms of marketing for your small business, particularly if you are working to a tight budget (aren’t we all?). “If I only had two dollars left, I’d spend one dollar on PR.” – Bill Gates Not only is PR more effective than advertising in magazines,

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Diary of a Start-Up: The Alchemist Cocktails’s Kirsty Gurr on Her 6 Month Milestone

Six months ago, Kirsty Gurr became our 1,000th start-up loan recipient, founding her very own business The Alchemist Cocktails. We’ve been following her progress through our ‘Diary of a Start-Up’ blog series where Kirsty shares with us insights into her journey as an entrepreneur. We caught up with Kirsty to find out what month six

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Create Your Online Shop with Shopify

Are you thinking about selling your products online but don’t know where to start, or don’t want to pay a web developer a stack of cash (that you probably don’t have)? Well, Shopify could be the solution. Even if your coding skills leave a lot to be desired, or are none existent, Shopify is user-friendly

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Be Inspired with Poppy Rose

We’re starting off a brand new series of blog posts in which we meet with some of our most inspirational entrepreneurs from across the UK and Scotland. Each business owner will share their start up story with us in the hope of inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. To start off the series, we spoke to

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North East Success Story: Riley’s Fish Shack

If you’re local to the North East of England, chances are you will already be familiar with the name Riley’s Fish Shack. Situated on the stunning coastline of King Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth, Riley’s offer delicious, locally-sourced fish dishes which are proving so popular that summer trade has exceeded expectation. Their motto “fabulous fish, locally

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Diary of a StartUp: The Alchemist Cocktails’s Kirsty Gurr: The VIP Treatment

It’s been five months since our 1,000th loan recipient, founder of The Alchemist Cocktails Kirsty Gurr, started on her entrepreneurial journey. Through our ‘Diary of a StartUp’ series we’ve followed her progress every step of the way to see month-by-month how she’s been finding running a business of her own for the first time. In

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Diary of a start-up: The Alchemist Cocktails’s Kirsty Gurr: Halfway Houses, Wonderful Weddings and a Vintage Van

Our ‘Diary of a Start-Up’ series follows the progress of 1000th Transmit Start-Up loan recipient and founder of The Alchemist Cocktails, Kirsty Gurr on her entrepreneurial journey. In our last post, Kirsty told us about preparing for her first festival Audio Soup and establishing her brand. This post brings us to month four in Kirsty’s

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