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Business Finance - New Sources for Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Setting up a business is hard enough. Setting it up in this economic climate is nearly impossible. So entrepreneurs are having to seek out some imaginative solution. With banks seemingly reluctant to lend to new and smaller businesses, start ups are having to be more imaginative in how they raise cash to get going. This Channel 4 news report looks at the growth of unregulated peer to peer lending such as Zopa, Rate Setter, Funding Circle and KickStarter.

The UK’s peer-to-peer lending market remains small in the context of total commercial bank lending but it has trebled in size in just three years. According to a new report from the Open Data Institute, "lenders have been attracted by the relatively high rate of returns available by lending in this market, given the current low yield in bank and other conventional debt instruments."

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Exam Countdown Timer for A & AS Level Business Studies

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Here's a very simple, but totally unsubtle reminder for your students on the upcoming dates and times of the AS and A level exams in Business Studies for the AQA, Edexcel and OCR awarding bodies.

Follow this link to download the 'Exam Countdown' file.  There you will find a small and easy to use Powerpoint file called 'Exam Countdown'.

Follow this link for a quick tutorial on how to use the resource.

Open and run the slideshow (ensuring that you have 'enabled macros').  The screen will change to a setup slide after a couple of seconds.  Click on the exam that you wish to remind your student about and the countdown timer will start.  The timer shows how many days, hours, minutes and seconds remain before their exam starts.  There's nothing like instilling a sense of urgency!

Please note this file is fully functional.  If you would like an editable version (where you can edit the times, dates and 'event') you will find one as part of the 'Super Teacher Utility Belt' resource available from our PowerPoint games-based learning site.

Making the most of Edexcel ResultsPlus- updated for Jan 2013

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Read on to find out how to print out individual grade reports for all your students using the complete results spreadsheet you can download from ResultsPlus

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Revision exercise - Chantelle’s Jigsaws

Sunday, October 02, 2011


Here is a revision exercise that combines capacity utilisation calculations with some workings on breakeven and net profit.

Download Chantelle’s Jigsaws - Capacity Utilisation Worksheet (pdf)

Edexcel AS Business Unit 2a - Specification Resource Map

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The key topics on the Edexcel AS Business Unit 2a (Managing the Business) have been mapped to all the content on the tutor2u business studies blog in a new specification resource map.  You can download the resource map from the link below.  As new resources are added to the blog, the Edexcel Unit 1 resource map will update automatically.

Download Edexcel AS Business Studies Unit 2a (Managing the Business) Specification Resource Map

Cash flow Clue-doh! The Mystery is Revealed…

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Over 10,000 colleagues have now downloaded our cash-flow murder mystery activity - Cash Flow Clue-doh! And we’re getting an increasing number of enquiries asking what the solution is!

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Revision Quiz - Marketing Mix (20 Questions)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Here is a revision quiz which might help students preparing for AS units requiring knowledge and understanding of the marketing mix.Each time you take the quiz, 20 questions are drawn from the quiz database of 80 revision questions on product, place, promotion and pricing.  There is also a VLE version which you can import into your learning system to track student usage and performance.  The links are below:

Launch Interactive Quiz on the marketing mix

Download VLE-import version (Zip file)

Exam Board resources

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Exam board specific materials will be added to the relevant subject blog categories

CelebAir - Price Elasticity of Demand Exercise

Saturday, March 07, 2009


Peter & Jordan have abandoned their celebrity makeover business and have decided to move into a much less risky industry.  So they have launched their own private airline - CelebAir.  Can an understanding of price elasticity of demand help them make the right business decisions?

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