With fewer than 200 days to go to the 2012 Olympic Games, it is now more important than ever for businesses to make plans to minimise the number of employees who do not come to work during the Games
Ten SMEs are in the running for a national HSBC business award that will help boost their UK expansion on a national or international scale. The ten finalists are from across Great Britain, with four receiving a £50,000 HSBC Business Growth Grants.
United in the belief that the UK’s education system is failing both British business and its workforce, a group of senior business leaders is today calling upon the Government, educators and fellow employers to work more closely together to ensure that the employees of tomorrow have the critical skills needed to secure employment – a mix of qualifications and interpersonal skills – that they have found are missing in too many young people today.
An increasing number of SMEs are facing cash-flow problems with two thirds of debt recovery specialists having noticed a substantial rise in the number of small and medium sized businesses chasing large debts over the past 12 months.
Elance, the Internet platform used by businesses to gain instant access to over one million independent workers online, and Enterprise Nation, the small business support company, have partnered, offering UK startups and small businesses over $100,000 to help them grow their companies.
With ‘National Apprenticeship Week 2012’ next week, Theo Paphitis, former apprentice and retail expert, is calling on UK companies to continue to invest in apprenticeships and training despite the economic slump.
When the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions published its report Revitalizing Health and Safety Strategy Statement in 2000, it revealed the shocking news that the cost to the UK of work-related ill health and accidents stood at £18 billion per annum.
Raising finance is very difficult and as many are starting the process with a view to driving their businesses forward in this new year, but with banks still unwilling to lend to many we spoke to Guy Rigby, entrepreneur, mentor and now Head of Entrepreneurial Services at Smith & Williamson, the accountancy and investment management group who is an expert on the topic of raising equity finance.
Freelancer.com have announced today that it has rocketed through 2,000 projects posted and 3,000 new user registrations per day to become the world’s largest outsourcing marketplace.
With over half of the entire UK population having a Facebook account, it is claimed that employers are losing £14 billion per year as a direct result of employees accessing social media sites during work hours, yet their hands are tied when it comes to disciplinary action resulting in a minefield for employers and the rules of what is acceptable and what is not are very hazy.