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Sep 9, 2011
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Startup accelerators and Internet bubbles

–Joe White is COO of Moonfruit.com. The opinions expressed are his own.–

All this week Seedcamp, a UK-based internet startup accelerator, has been running its headline annual event Seedcamp Week in London.

As an accelerator, Seedcamp has mimicked a successful process established in the U.S. by Y Combinator, Techstars and others of taking early stage internet entrepreneurs and running them through an intense programme of mentoring and business development. Mentors are laid on from different disciplines and work with the entrepreneurs each day. They cover founders, product experts, venture capitalists, marketing specialists and more. The best ideas at the end of the programme get funding to get started. Seedcamp Week brings the best of the best from the Seedcamps throughout the year and around the world for a final London mentor and pitch feast.

Sep 2, 2011
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The legislation affecting your trade

–Joe White is COO of Moonfruit.com. The opinions expressed are his own.–

Legislation affecting your business can seem like one of those extra things you just shouldn’t have to worry about, but it is real and does matter. Some of it is a real pain, and some of it is a good discipline with real benefits.

Mar 24, 2011
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A hopeful budget, but only time will tell

By Joe White

Delivering his second budget speech yesterday, Chancellor George Osborne revealed that he is leaving in place all of the austerity measures which will have a direct impact on the public sector. Meanwhile, there was a lot of policy aimed at supporting business and the private sector. The implicit assumption is that the private sector will take up the slack and continue to drive growth. This is the gamble, and we will have to wait and see if it works.

The government’s predictions for growth are down, and the reliance on the OBR forecasts could come back to haunt George if it starts to get worse and they continue to further revise down their independent estimates. Growth is the ultimate balancing factor for the public finances, so it is all important.

Nov 5, 2010
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Entrepreneurialism is not manufactured in a business park

The motive behind the coalition government’s plan to turn the Olympic Park into a  ‘Tech City’ after the games to stimulate the technology industry in the UK is admirable, but I don’t agree with the strategy. If the ultimate aim is to build world-class companies like Google of Microsoft from the UK, a top down approach is not the right way of doing it.

To encourage entrepreneurs and entrepreneurialism, you need to get entrepreneurs together. Shoreditch has already created an organic hub of very early stage companies who all cluster together because there’s an existing creative culture in the area, and there’s access to technical talent. What the government is proposing will not replicate this as it’s more of a corporate hub for established companies.

Jun 22, 2010
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Entrepreneurs needed if the UK is going to make up the deficit

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-Joe White is managing director of Moonfruit.com. The opinions expressed are his own. Join Reuters for a live discussion with guests as UK Chancellor George Osborne makes an emergency budget statement at 12:30 p.m. British time on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.-

The first Tory budget is a critical one. The Treasury and Chancellor George Osborne have been dropping hints for weeks about a big slash in public sector spending in an effort to try and prepare Whitehall for the worst, and to rally the private sector to step in and fill the deficit.

May 16, 2010
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How the new government should stimulate growth

-Joe White is COO of Gandi.net and Moonfruit.com. The opinions expressed are his own.-

After days of negotiation, we now (finally) can see the shape of the new UK government.

Mar 19, 2010
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Budget should pave way for businesses to hire

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- Joe White is chief operating officer at gandi.net. The opinions expressed are his own. He will participate in a in a Reuters Budget live blog at noon GMT on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. Please tune in and join the discussion.-

With the general election just around the corner, chances are that this will be a very safe budget from Chancellor Alistair Darling.

Dec 3, 2009
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Darling’s pre-budget should support small business

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-Joe White is chief operating officer at Gandi, an Internet domain name registration firm. He will participate in a Reuters pre-budget live blog on Dec. 9, at 12 p.m. British time. The opinions expressed are his own.-The pre-budget speech will primarily be about two things: reducing the size of the national deficit, and drawing the political battle lines around the economy for the general election.In the wake of the Dubai crisis, the level of national debt in the UK has risen right back to the top of the agenda, both for business and the public at large, and as a result, the mechanisms Darling chooses to try and manage the UK’s debt will be both economic levers and a political statement of intent.As an entrepreneur for a company which sells, primarily, technology services for businesses, I’d like to see a series of measures which help to minimise running costs for small businesses and encourage entrepreneurs to build companies in the UK.This can include incentives around National Insurance, tax breaks on research and development activity, or limitations around any increase in capital gains tax, particularly for entrepreneurs.Since the banking crises really took hold last year, we’ve swung from the light touch free-market capitalist approach of the early New Labour years to a more regulated approach to limit unnecessary financial risk-taking. While this is understandable, it’s important to recognise that entrepreneurs and small businesses are essential for creating jobs and wealth.All measures proposed by Darling should be carefully constructed so that they don’t smother innovation. Otherwise, entrepreneurs may choose to build their businesses elsewhere, or won’t have the incentive to build them as quickly here.Throughout the speech, I’ll be commenting with these points in mind and it would be great to hear feedback from other small businesses on whether you agree about the effectiveness of some of the measures for supporting small businesses.