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2019

Monocle is launching a brand new annual, The Entrepreneurs. It's packed with fresh takes on finding funding, establishing a niche, starting out and moving on. Under the covers we meet industry leaders, visit the alternative business schools and scour the cities that we think you should move to. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, tips on kitting out your office, advice on scaling up a business or the impetus to start over, this is the magazine for you.

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Grand Seiko

Grand Seiko has a storied and uniquely Japanese heritage that is ingrained in the face of every watch crafted by the company. The first Grand Seiko was made in 1960 with a simple ambition: make a watch as precise, durable…

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World at your feet

Whether they’re grand business behemoths or single-person start-ups, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to entrepreneurs. We’ve traversed the globe and searched across industries to bring you the stories…

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Born to do it

From a blue-sky thinker to a master fashion brand builder, we meet the founders, owners and CEOs who have navigated the rocky road to success and are only too happy to share directions.

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Rip up the business plan

The start-up landscape is always shifting and the latest crop of business owners will surprise you. We meet the people who are changing the game and look at the countries, age groups and sectors reshaping business.

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Friends in the north

You don’t need a city to start a business. A new generation of greenfield entrepreneurs are planting the seeds of clever companies in the likes of the East Neuk of Fife.

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This is what success looks like

Will quitting the nine-to-five to be your own boss mean never having to work into the weekend again? Or will it mean never getting home before midnight? We caught up with eight successful entrepreneurs on a Friday evening…

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20 ideas to steal

Where are the new fronts for investment? Is it possible to park your money somewhere that does a bit of good in the world and makes a tidy profit? We’ve done the legwork for you and spoken to 20 business leaders and entr…

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They found a gap

/ Have you ever come across a product and said to yourself, ‘I wish I’d thought of that’? We all have but successful businesses aren’t always the result of a groundbreaking idea or revolutionary technology. The key is…

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Back to school

From a baking school helping to cook up a business plan to an arts retreat that will get those creative juices flowing, we pull up a chair at some of the best courses on offer.

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Smarter art

The image of the starving artist, or the musician with nothing to show for their efforts other than a million YouTube fans and an overdraft, is well established. But, as these entrepreneurs show, there are ways to make…

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Follow the leaders

There’s truth to the adage that too much advice can be a dangerous thing, which is why we’ve decided to focus on words of wisdom from six people who know what they’re talking about. So before you go it alone, enjoy some…

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20 books in 20 words

It’s a crowded – and potentially profitable – space but do such tomes really teach us anything that we don’t already know? We take a look at 20 books (some old, some new; some serious, some less so) and summarise them in…

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Hot desking

Furniture isn’t just about how your office looks – it’s also about how it feels. Choosing warm materials, striking pieces and plush upholstery will show the world that you mean business.

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Scaling up

The actual space in which you work plays a key part in any company’s story; find somewhere that reflects your values, get the details right and think of the future. Here’s our rulebook.

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The New York Wardrobe

Amelia Lester REPORTING ON office attire: The rise of trainers and hoodies as acceptable clothing for the workplace, in the West at least, has seen sales of suits and ties decline. But is the blurring of workwear and casual…

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Follow suit

In many offices dress codes have become relaxed. But whether they’re sporting casual kit or are suited up, guys still want to look sharp for their jobs. These brands are doing fine business by catering to working men.

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Revel in the details

Don't dress for the job you have; dress for the job you want. So the old adage goes. But don't forget the finishing touchers; when it comes to looking the part, the little things make a big difference.

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Meal deals

From a rooftop barbecue in Vienna to breaking bread with the neighbours in the Copenhagen district you designed, eating at work doesn’t have to mean a sad sandwich served in the glare of a screen. We meet seven companies…

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Get a move on

From a cosy town in eastern France to easygoing Hiroshima, we’ve visited three compact cities with nature on their doorsteps that offer big business potential and quality of life.

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