Business Matters is a proud business media partner of the National Business Awards, dubbed the business Oscars by ex-chancellor Alistair Darling, and over the next few weeks we are going to be highlighting some of the businesses who have made it to the prestigious shortlist ahead of the judging process in September and the glittering ceremony in November. Today we focus our attention on the SME category and Easi-drive.
An interesting story has been published on the negotiations between one of the most successful candidates for investment to appear on Dragon’s Den and two of the Dragons, James Caan and Duncan Ballantyne, who together agreed to invest £80,000 in Sharon Wright’s business, Talpa Products. And she had only asked for £50,000!
When, some time after her session in the den, Sharon signed up to a contract with very onerous terms without reading the contract she had been given.
July marked 75 years since Penguin books began publishing stories. They became renowned for their originality and innovation, which got this Book Midwife thinking back to when she found out that certain publishers out there still think that some books don’t deserve to be written. But it just goes to show that every book deserves to be written and every book deserves to be read!
HSBC have announced the short list of finalists for their Start-up awards 2010, which highlights some of Britain’s brightest young businesses, along with the entrepreneurs who run them who have convinced their regional judges that they have what it takes to be named top business in their region.
New research has revealed the poor state of trust between employees and managers with a quarter of those surveyed saying that they are feeling that the level of trust they have in their manager has deteriorated. A further one fifth of respondents have reported that they are less engaged.
Half of over the 1,000 recent university leavers, that mobile giant, Orange spoke with, expected flexible working, either from a location of their choosing or outside of ‘traditional’ office hours, as standard when they begin their jobs, with 69% stressing that the option to work flexibly was important to them.
Many staff returning to the office from their holiday today will be greeted back with hundreds of emails demanding their attention, which according to research published today, is one of the biggest causes of corporate stress. The problem, says Emailogic, undermines the entire premise of providing paid holidays for employees so they can relax.
For years now we’ve been hearing plenty about how our high streets are suffering at the hands of the supermarket giants and how their ‘evil plan’ to take over Britain’s streets is forcing local businesses to shut shop.
I am currently working with Mary Portas’ shop designer, Callum Lumsden, on a refit of one of our studios so I have been watching her brilliant latest series, Mary Queen of Shops.
She talks about how businesses need to improve in order to compete with supermarkets and I couldn’t agree more.
With summer having finally arrived – the flowers are in bloom, the BBQs are stoked up and the flip flops are out. However, while most of us look forward to balmier days, many business owners find the summer months a challenge. Not only does business tend to slow down, but employees and owners alike can find it difficult to focus and be productive when warm weather and the beach is beckoning.