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Business ideas for 2019: Macramé and houseplants

Looking for your next crafty, interiors-based business venture? Read on to see how nothing more than string and leaves will help you make your mark in 2019.
Hitting the vintage vibes whilst satisfying our new desire to bring the outside in, houseplants are an ever-growing trend, and a highly popular way to display leafy lovelies is in a macramé plant hanger.
But, what is macramé?
Macramé literally means ‘hand knotted work’ – a craft rising in popularity due to how easy it is to master the skill. Doing away with fiddly knitting needles, macramé uses simple knots in cotton rope to create distinctly 70s decorations, accessories and nifty houseplant hangers.
Some big names have picked up on the trend too. Vera Wang uses macramé techniques as an alternative to traditional lace designs in her latest ‘White’ collection. And Ikea is also ahead of the curve with its ‘SOMMAR 2018 Plant pot hanger’ coming in at just £4.
Not only is macramé a trendy way to create some Instagram worthy interiors, it’s a double-edged sword as far as business opportunities are concerned. Whether you choose to go down the horticultural or crafty line of this up-and-coming trend, there’s a wealth of opportunity waiting to be tapped into.

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Business ideas for 2019: Bespoke beauty

With personalised makeup, specially-blended shampoos and skincare ingredients you can pick and choose, embracing individuality is the latest trend in beauty.
As we enter 2019, this trend is continuing to evolve, embracing uniqueness at an even more individual level. The result? Bespoke, customisable beauty.
Continuing the beauty industry’s long-overdue awakening to the fact that everyone is different – and, therefore, one size does not fit all – bespoke beauty brings with it products that can be tailored to each customer’s specific look, tastes and goals.
Think shampoos formulated for consumers’ individual hair types, skincare that asks buyers to select which ingredients they’d like, perfumes customers can create themselves by layering their favourite scents, and more.
The appeal of bespoke hair and beauty is obvious. After all, how many times have you sunk several hours into comparing beauty products, spent a packet on the best one, and then discovered, with dismay, that it doesn’t deliver on its promises to make you look magnificent?
If a product’s been tailored to our own specific needs, it’s reasonable to assume it’s going to work well for us – saving us from disappointment, as well as wasted money and time. There’s also the compelling thought of holding something that’s a true reflection of our unique identity in our hands.
And what we’ve seen in 2018 is that technology – namely, the internet and ecommerce – is elevating the concept of bespoke beauty to accessible new heights (and headlines), giving everyone more control over what their products contain and do.

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Business ideas for 2019: American Sports

With appetite for American sports growing in the UK, next year NFL, NBA, and MLB games will be played in London, an American sports business could hit a home run.
On November 23 1910, the first organised game of American Football in the UK was played between US Navy servicemen from the USS Idaho and the USS Vermont at Crystal Palace.
The game was organised to entertain the men who were forced to spend Thanksgiving away from home. A newspaper report from the time claimed that the sport “did not appeal to the Britishers, and was unlikely to ever do so”.
How wrong that prediction was…
More than 100 years later, US sports are seeing a surge in popularity in the UK, and not just through television screens. Four competitive NFL (National Football League) games will be played in the UK in 2019, with major US teams crossing the pond to take part.
October 2018 saw a record-breaking sell-out game at London’s Wembley Stadium between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars – two of the NFL’s biggest teams.
And that’s not all. The NBA (basketball) and MLB (baseball) will also be coming to a stadium near you next year.
The Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks will play at the O2 in January 2019, while on June 29 and 30, the London Stadium will play host to one of the sporting world’s greatest rivalries as the New York Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox.
Could an American sports business knock it out of the park in 2019?Business ideas for 2019: American sports
With appetite for American sports growing in the UK, next year NFL, NBA, and MLB games will be played in London, an American sports business could hit a home run

On November 23 1910, the first organised game of American Football in the UK was played between US Navy servicemen from the USS Idaho and the USS Vermont at Crystal Palace.
The game was organised to entertain the men who were forced to spend Thanksgiving away from home. A newspaper report from the time claimed that the sport “did not appeal to the Britishers, and was unlikely to ever do so”.
How wrong that prediction was…
More than 100 years later, US sports are seeing a surge in popularity in the UK, and not just through television screens. Four competitive NFL (National Football League) games will be played in the UK in 2019, with major US teams crossing the pond to take part.
October 2018 saw a record-breaking sell-out game at London’s Wembley Stadium between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars – two of the NFL’s biggest teams.
And that’s not all. The NBA (basketball) and MLB (baseball) will also be coming to a stadium near you next year.
The Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks will play at the O2 in January 2019, while on June 29 and 30, the London Stadium will play host to one of the sporting world’s greatest rivalries as the New York Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox.
Could an American sports business knock it out of the park in 2019?

Why American sports are a good business idea
Appetite for home runs, touchdowns and slam dunks is clearly growing – at least in the capital.
The first NFL game in London actually took place in 2007, but popularity is growing exponentially. According to StubHub, demand for tickets in 2018 was up an incredible 333% in five years, and 40% on last season.
According to Forbes, the NFL estimates there are 13 million American football fans in the UK, including four million who would qualify as “avid”. And in 2014, Deloitte found that the 2013 NFL games in London contributed more than £32m to the capital’s economy and a regular franchise could generate £102m…
The prospect of having a permanent London-based NFL franchise has been kicked around for a while. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has picked up the mantle, and has even expressed hopes for hosting a Super Bowl. This dream currently hangs on whether The NFL can galvanise a big enough fan base to make it worthwhile.
There was also an increase of 17% in searches for ‘NFL’ and 18% in searches for ‘American football’ in 2018 compared to 2017, according to Google Trends.
Khan has also expressed a desire to have Major League Baseball in London regularly, and suggested that the capital was the ideal place to help “MLB gain a foothold in Europe”.
Meanwhile, one of baseball’s biggest stars – Alex Rodriguez, AKA “A-Rod” – has been in London recently to promote the upcoming games. He thinks scarcity will be a major asset, as only a number of games will be played a year. “London is open for business and baseball,” he asserted in a BBC radio interview.
It’s easy to see how the irregularity of these fixtures could contribute to flurries of economic activity around each event, and create opportunities for entrepreneurs to ride that wave. But also how the increasing prevalence of American sports is driving awareness and interest in American sports among consumers.
So, what opportunities are out there? Read on to find out…

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Business ideas for 2019: Personal health apps

From treating neck pain to sending medication reminders, smartphones and 5G are putting health management into the hands of consumers
Smartphone apps for healthcare are giving people the power to take control of their health without resorting to a trip to the doctor.
As well as saving money and democratising healthcare, these apps are lifting the burden on our overstretched NHS.
ORCHA – a live database of independent app reviews – has identified more than 327,000 health apps available for download, covering 240 health conditions.
Apps are now available to help us manage existing health conditions, prevent us from developing new ones, and even allow us to have a face to face consultation without leaving the house. The NHS already has a curated list of free apps that meet its rigorous standards.
So why will 2019 be a big year for personal health management?

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