In focus: The class of 2015

Why is 2015 going to be a landmark year for entrepreneurship, health, music, travel, sustainability and philanthropy?

We ended last year by debating whether 2014 was the year of the entrepreneur, but what will be remembered as the defining movement of 2015? Our first In focus series of the year will see us shed a light on the people, places and trends that are set to dominate the next twelve months.

With insight from industry leaders and key influencers from both inside and outside of the Virgin Group, January will see us hone in on everything you need to know about 2015 - who are the ones to watch, what are they going to do and how you can make it happen too.

Alternatively, check out the best from our previous In focus series…

Why global v local holds the key to radio's future

Global is music, social media, information and news. However local is by far the most important component to the success of radio.  It is the presenters and the personalities that largely reflect community attitudes and taste...

How technology will transform our airlines in 2015

Technology has changed the world that we live in and this year airlines will be taking to it in a big way, Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti explains...

Why every start-up needs to prepare for growth in 2015

This is the year to go for growth. As the economy rebounds and begins to pull ahead, the company that skills up and re-engineers for growth is the company poised for early returns.

Four ways female entrepreneurs can fly in 2015

Disruption is a well-used word these days. We hear about disruptive technologies and disruptive companies. But companies are not disruptive, people are. Disruptive people advocate ideas, influence authority and drive change - without them all disruption is bound to fail.

Why 'smart agility' is the key to success in 2015

2015 will be our third year in the Colombian market. We spent the first year building the company and explaining to people new to the Virgin brand that we were a mobile company that doesn't sell condoms or dairy products (they really thought we did!)...

Why 2015 will be bigger and better for mobile phones

Every year is a big year for us at Virgin Mobile Canada. But 2015 is going to be HUGE. Not only is Virgin Mobile Canada celebrating its 10th birthday, but the mobile service providers in Canada are contending with a major challenge in the industry...

What are Virgin's plans for 2015?

As anyone who’s worked for Virgin for any considerable period of time will tell you, it’s never a dull ride. 2014 took that point and stretched it to its very limit, as the challenges and opportunities came thick and fast. But what will 2015 be remembered for?

Why is looking after your employees so important?

“Take care of your employees and they’ll take care of your business,” says Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group. Wise words, wouldn’t you say?

What can we expect from our mobile phones in 2015?

Virgin Mobile Australia CEO, David Scribner, looks ahead to what 2015 has in store for our mobile phones. From the Apple Watch onwards...

What does 2015 have in store for Bitcoin?

2014 was a terrible year for bitcoin. Well, for the price. It fell 67%, from $800 a coin and to about $320. It was the world’s worst performing currency, beaten even by the Russian ruble and the Ukranian hryvania…

Banking in 2015: What can we expect this year?

Many years ago when I was Chief Executive of the Virgin One account – the all-in-one mortgage business - we ran an advertising campaign which led with the slogan “All the rest are bankers”.

Five 'growth rules' to apply to your business this year

Want to make 2015 the year your business soars? Just follow these five steps to refresh your entrepreneurial approach...

The challenges of running an airline in 2015

For the last two years at Virgin Atlantic our focus has been on recovery. It’s been about changing our business to move ourselves out of the red and into the black while protecting what matters to our customers...

Four ways crowdsourcing will change our lives in 2015

From fighting cyber-crime to revolutionising the publishing industry and giving us all more free time, crowdsourcing is set to further transform our lives this year...

Richard Branson: Why 2015 is a very important year

2015 year is a big year for all of us. In September, world leaders will come together in New York to evaluate how successful the global community has been in achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

What will 2015 look like on Britain's railways?

2015 is set to be a hugely important year for Virgin Trains. And one central theme runs through all our initiatives: demand. Here the Executive Co-Chairman of Virgin Trains, Patrick McCall tells us what to expect on the East Coast and West Coast lines this year...

Why 2015 will be the year of merch for music

It’s really tough to write a genuinely insightful article commenting on the ‘crystal ball’ future of the music industry. After all, we’re only two weeks into 2015, and the only trends I can accurately deduce from Alcopop HQ so far are that subverting right-wing political websites is a very difficult game, and T Shirts inspired by the popular flick ‘Cocktail’ are extremely popular… 

Seven steps to becoming a badass entrepreneur in 2015

We all want to be badass at something, right? Last January entrepreneur Pedro De Abreu laid down the ground rules on how to do just that in 2014. It’s fair to say this went down pretty well, so this year we’ve invited him back to tell us how it can be achieved in 2015...

Three simple tips for every healthcare entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs trying to fix problems in healthcare face daunting barriers. Massive incumbents, regulations, and perhaps most pervasively, resistance to change can leave healthcare start-ups fighting an uphill battle...

2015 is for discovering

January. The very word itself makes many shudder. Long nights, rain and that post-Christmas lull.  It is, of course, the time of year when many choose to join a health club, as people make their annual promises to improve, or shake the guilt from Christmas excesses...

12 tips to avoid burnout in 2015

January often brings with it renewed enthusiasm and optimism, but as the months pass by many of us will experience burnout. Here’s how to avoid the trap and thrive instead...

Three ways we can all become entrepreneurs in 2015

Entrepreneurship is quickly becoming democratized; it’s no longer viewed as a pursuit for the select few. Here entrepreneur Jamie Dunn looks at three trends which are making it easier for everyone to start-up this year...

To Hollywood and beyond - what does the media landscape look like in 2015?

CEO Jason Felts looks ahead at what 2015 has in store for Virgin Produced, with the company taking inspiration from Virgin’s 1970s roots…

10 funding predictions for 2015

There’s no arguing that 2014 was the year that crowdfunding well and truly exploded, but what path can entrepreneurs expect funding models to take in 2015? Crowdcube’s Luke Lang lets us know how he sees things playing out...

Why 2015 should be the year people pay for their music

There are 50 million users on Spotify. Only 25% of them are paying subscribers. Why? People like free stuff. Fact. Even if it means crippling a composer’s career. Too far? I haven’t started yet!

The four types of traveller to watch out for in 2015

Wearable electronics, exotic stays, and booking an evening in a stranger’s home for an authentic meal are just a few of the travel trends on tap for 2015. But who will be the groups dominating the travel landscape this year?

Why entrepreneurship is set to go viral in 2015

We’re on a mission to create 600 new start-ups over the next year. That’s 50 new businesses each month and more than two every single day. A big ambition but one that’s based on whatVirgin StartUp has achieved in the last year and our prediction that 2015 is set to be the year entrepreneurship goes viral.

Nine travel trends to watch out for in 2015

If 2015 is the year of fabulous adventures, then you need to figure out how to do them well. Whether that’s by using the hottest app that everybody in the travel industry is talking about, or by finally getting around to flying on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, here’s how to bring about a year of streamlined travel joy...

Seven trends set to dominate start-ups in 2015

Richard Branson’s prediction that 2014 would be the year of the entrepreneur couldn’t have been more accurate; it was a milestone year for new start-ups. But what lies in store for them and for the countless new businesses being prepared for launch in 2015?

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