Guest Authors

Please see below our past Guest Authors

James Holden


James Holden is a serial entrepreneur, whose interests broach areas such as fashion wholesale and e-commerce, this expertise has also lead to James offering his services as an importing consultant.

James touts his top businesses experiences as selling an advertising agency at 17, and having his idea implemented in over 1,250 McDonald’s restaurants, and growing sales at internet start-up hungryhouse by 143% per month.

If you are interested in reading more about James, please follow this link to his official website.


Guanxi: The Secret to Importing Success

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 Gareth Hart

Students discuss their ideas with BETA Enterprise business mentors
Gareth (on the right) and a student from the BETA Enterprise Programme


TEN myths of social enterprise and social entrepreneurs

An Interview with Social Entrepreneur and Entrepreneur in Residence; Gareth Hart

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Dr Emily Beaumont

Dr Emily Beaumont

Dr Emily Beaumont is an early career academic working as a lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre, Plymouth University, UK. She is the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, a Two Year Fast Track degree programme recruiting in 2015.


Guest Post: Dr Emily Beaumont of The Futures Entrepreneurship Centre

An Interview with Dr Emily Beaumont

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Dr. Robert Newbery

Dr. Robert Newbery

Dr Robert Newbery is the deputy Director of the Service and Enterprise Research Centre and pursues research in various areas, including: rural entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial well-being, and entrepreneurial education in developing contexts.


Interview:  Dr. Robert Newbery, lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Development

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Francesco D’Alessio


Francesco is a workflow and lifestyle YouTuber. Covering productivity tools, tips and techniques! He’s also Head of Marketing over at FlashSticks.


My Entrepreneurial Experience So Far

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Michelle Virgo

michelle virgo

Michelle Virgo has a degree in Environmental Science and has led a variety of community and environmental projects. She was a facilitator with Plymouth worker co-operative, Zebra Collective, for nine years and Chair of Plymouth Social Enterprise Network for two. More recently, she has worked at Plymouth University researching sustainability in business. She is currently carrying out research into the significance of values for sustainability communication and the use of technology in cross-cultural communication and learning


Collaborative Leadership For Sustainability: Guest Post Michelle Virgo

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Sarah Preedy

Sarah Preedy Doctoral Teaching Assistant in Entrepreneurship

Sarah is based within the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre at Mast House and is involved in a range of teaching, research and extracurricular activities supporting student entrepreneurship. Sarah teaches on several undergraduate modules within the Faculty of Business concerning entrepreneurship theory and practice. Her PhD research focuses upon entrepreneurial activity within UK HEIs, specifically student led enterprise.  Sarah also runs the BETA Enterprise Programme – a grant-offering mentoring programme for budding student entrepreneurs.

Sarah began her academic career at the University of York, undertaking a BA in Politics, followed by a MSc in Social Research Methods and Evaluation at Plymouth University. Sarah’s MSc thesis evaluated the extracurricular support currently provided to student and graduate entrepreneurs at UK HEIs.

Sarah’s current PhD research examines entrepreneurial learning within UK HEIs. Her research strengths include: qualitative research methods, evaluation, case study research and reflexive research. Subject specialisms include: Innovation and Enterprise activity at Higher Education Institutions, student led enterprise, university-business collaboration, university enterprise strategy, social research methods, political philosophy and extreme political ideologies.

Sarah also holds a MRS certificate in Market Research and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. She is an advisory board member for the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE).

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An Interview with Sarah Preedy, Doctoral Teaching Assistant in Entrepreneurship.

Feyi Ogenyeye


Second year Plymouth University Business student and enterprising inventor Feyi Ogunyeye has demonstrated a high standard of entrepreneurial spirit in his dedication to his ideas, attendance at countless skills development workshops and willingness to step out of his comfort zone and compete in a wide range of business related competitions such as two Social Storm Hackathons, the Range Business Plan competition and the BETA Enterprise Pitches. He has shown himself to posses arguably the three most important traits of an entrepreneur; opportunity recognition, dedication and resilience.

Guest blog post: Diary of an aspiring inventor and entrepreneur

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