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Welcome to Shell LiveWIRE, the UK's biggest online community for young entrepreneurs aged 16-30.

Established in 1982, the Shell LiveWIRE programme offers free online business advice and funding to young entrepreneurs in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). 

The new Smarter Future Programme supports young entrepreneurs with smart and innovative ideas that meet the energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population. The new programme awards a start-up grant of £5,000 and mentoring each month to one 16-30 year old entrepreneur with an idea that addresses sustainable living challenges through smart innovation. The awards will be judged against the following four categories:

  • Smarter use of natural resources – the most innovative and commercially viable solutions that reduce, reuse or recycle essential natural resources to help meet the demands from a growing population.
  • Shaping a sustainable energy future – ideas that could enhance energy efficiency, produce cleaner energy or reduce carbon emissions.
  • Smarter mobility solutions – solutions that help transport more people and goods safely, cost-effectively, efficiently and with a reduced impact on the environment.
  • Smarter cities solutions – start-ups that will help make our urban environments cleaner, smarter and more sustainable places to work and live in.
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How to use online videos to make your business successful (Posted by Michelle Ogun)

To ensure your business is a success there is a key ingredient, which is engaging your target audience. You may be wondering how exactly do I do this, well one thing many successful organisations do is provide quality content. This article will be focusing on engaging your audience through providing online video content.

Spotlight on March's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Solveiga Pakstaite founder of Design By Sol

Solveiga Pakstaite won £5,000 and mentoring in the month of March as part of the newly-opened Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme.

Innovating for a Smarter Future: Business Success Through Sustainable Innovation (Posted by Business in the Community)

In Responsible Business Week 2015 (April 20-26), Sam Etherington, winner of the 2014 Shell LiveWIRE Future Impact Award, shared a high-level panel platform with some of the world’s leading companies on how innovation is increasingly going hand-in-hand with sustainability and business growth.

April 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!

These five young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme for the month of April!

What is the most sustainable way to self-promote as a new business? (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE Alumnus, Jason Bowers)

Back in 2002 I was awarded Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur for Yorkshire with my business:, an Interior Design and Contemporary Furniture showroom in Hull. Fast-forward 13 years and here I am in the process of setting up another

Solveiga Pakstaite wins March's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

Solveiga Pakstaite won March’s £5,000 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for her business, Design By Sol.

Man with a Toothbrush (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE Winner, Dan Roberts, Founder of BananaBerry)

There is no point in "the small" competing against each other whilst "the big" look down and laugh, many of whom are meanwhile moping along in their sluggish manner doing the same thing that they were 10 years ago.

Arthur Kay: Guardian sustainable business leader of the year 2015

Designing cities efficiently and effectively is what drew Kay to waste management – a sector to which he would like to bring ‘rigour and ambition’

Standing Out From the Crowd (Posted by Michelle Mone OBE, Founder of Ultimo)

The aim of any business is to sell more than your competitors. But for this to happen, you need to remind your customers why they should buy from you rather than a rival. So ask yourself, what is it about your firm that is distinctive?

Spotlight on February's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Mason Holden, co-founder of Admium

Mason Holden won £5,000 and mentoring in the month of February as part of the newly-opened Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme