I was at UPS’s worldwide headquarters in Georgia, USA. One by one the people I was meeting trooped in and seemed to be nudging one another and laughing. “He’s the one” was the gist of what they were saying. I was a bit puzzled, but eventually one of them let me in on the secret. We had just signed a partnership agreement with UPS, but unfortunately my Finance Director had taken the instruction to “Fedex it to them” a little too literally. Using their bitterest rival to return our worldwide strategic agreement was a bit of a faux pas.
Small Firms Enjoy Fastest Growth In 16 Years: UK’s small and medium-sized manufacturers grew at the fastest rate in 16 years due to strong demand at home and abroad, according to new data from the CBI published by Sky. The CBI Trends Survey goes onto report that companies have also benefited from the competitive level […]
This year’s successful Apprentice will no longer win a six figured salary job working in one of Lord Sugar’s businesses, but instead the winner and their business idea will found the basis of an equity partnership with Lord Sugar making an investment to the value of £250,000.
SMEs in UK slower to adopt cloud computing than Europe’s firms: Small businesses in Britain are adopting internet-based software, storage and communication services more slowly than European peers, a survey of companies across Europe and published by The Telegraph suggest. The research findings, whilst not discussing American based businesses would also highlight that both Britain […]
Office supplies company Staples has put its full weight behind a new StartUp Britain campaign in an effort to create a 500,000-strong army of entrepreneurs to help get the economy moving.
A UK personal finance survey of over a 1,000 workers with expense accounts has revealed that two out of three aren’t claiming everything owed to them, creating a black hole in personal budgets.
Do you find your mind wandering in long meetings? Could you do with a little more concentration and focus? This article looks at the impact of poor concentration and focus in meetings. It also offers suggestions on how to tackle this and improve you and your colleagues concentration and focus.
A recent survey by law firm Mishcon de Reya found that 90% of people-based businesses have never considered changing the legal structure of their company; of those that have, 64% have never considered a limited liability partnership (LLP) as an option and 10% admitted that they had never heard of an LLP structure.
£20m management training fund unveiled to help small business The Skills Minister John Hayes has called on senior leaders in SMEs to take advantage of funding that will support leadership and management training to help them grow their businesses.Business Matters reports that a round 13,000 small and medium sized businesses and social enterprises that demonstrate a […]
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