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FounderDavid Lester is a UK business advice website, estimated at having 4.8m readers.[1]. It was launched in 2000 by David Lester, who formerly founded the video game development company Impressions Games (responsible for the game Caesar) before selling it to Sierra Entertainment.

History[edit] was founded in 2000 to provide advice for nascent entrepreneurs wanting to start a business[2] and to help aspiring entrepreneurs to 'avoid the mistakes he made'.[3]

In 2017, City AM recorded that the small business website had been bought for nearly £1m by MVF, a customer generation and online acquisition specialist that in 2013 had topped the Sunday Times Tech Track.[1]


As an online business resource, the company has been noted for publishing an annual report of ‘best business’ ideas[4] since at least 2014[5]. TRT World featured its editorial director speaking on start-up trends in a roundtable in 2019.[6] also (since 2008) publishes an annual list called Startups 100 ranking the UK’s 'hottest startups', taking into account factors such as growth potential as well as product ingenuity.[7]


In 2017, won a bronze award for its ‘Startups pop-up shop’ at the British Media Awards, powered by Campaign.[8]


  1. ^ a b "One of UK's fastest-growing companies just bought for nearly £1m". City AM. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  2. ^ "Britain gets down to business". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  3. ^ "Who wants to be a millionaire?". Watford Observer. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  4. ^ "These are the top business ideas for 2017". Stylist. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  5. ^ "Top 14 new start-up trends for 2014". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  6. ^ "Start-up revolution: get rich quick?". TRT World. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  7. ^ "Top 10 startups of 2017 you won't want to miss". The Independent. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  8. ^ "2017 winners". British Media Awards. Retrieved 2019-01-13.