Pressure is mounting among many business owners according to a survey which shows that 41% of private company bosses say their stress levels have increased compared to a year ago.
If this election is about two things it’s fairness and change. The Labour party have adopted fairness, the Conservatives change and the Lib Dems sat on the fence and used both. What a cop out.
In all the fuss over mounting debt and sneaky give-away’s, Claire King thinks that David Cameron made a crucial point in his riposte immediately as Alistair Darling sat down, which I fear will be overlooked by many Budget commentators.
According to bosses women perform better at interviews, have better presentation, communication, motivation skills, understand companies and cultures better, are more thorough, affable and better able to balance multiple tasks and yet according to 42.7% of senior management surveyed by TheLadders.co.uk, they will not get the top job because they fear that women will leave to have children.
With Twitter expected to serve its 10 billionth tweet on Friday, 5 March, research has found that just a fraction of the FTSE 100 have got on board with Twitter. Just 16 of the UK’s top 100 companies are using the social networking site to chat with customers. The sidelining of Twitter as an informal communication channel could well be costing them dearly – 20 per cent of ‘tweets’ contain a reference to a product or brand, according to metrics released last week*.
In the late 1980’s, Clive Woodcock was about the only journalist reporting on small business issues through his column in Friday’s Guardian. His solitary status reflected the lack of media interest in the subject; the term entrepreneur hadn’t been widely adopted, nor had our work culture embraced the positive options of self-employment.
Lord Sugar has hit back at the critics who claim that he is “out of touch with SMEs”, insisting that he is “passionately committed” to helping small firms and that SMEs who complained about being refused loans were “moaners” who were living in “Disneyland”.
The season to be merry is upon us as we rush to prepare for a few days off work. Then comes the strain of too much food, drink or financial worries and Christmas is anything but relaxing. Hoping to promote Christmas cheer in tough economic times, Apprentice star, Claire Young has launched the ‘Balancing Britain Campaign’, working with Chinese health and wellbeing organisation Lishi in a bid to encourage the nation to switch off over Christmas.
Charlie Mullins has hit out at the ‘excessive’ boardroom habits of UK businesses, saying firms need to adopt a ‘less talk more work’ attitude if they are to survive the downturn.