Businesses that apply for the Springboard investment and business accelerator programme which provides seed capital, office space and mentors are being given the opportunity to learn valuable business lessons in a series of one to one mentoring sessions followed by a network event.
As part of our initiative to help profile some of the smaller businesses in the UK, every Friday we accept pitches from business owners who want us to Get To Know Them Better via our Twitter account. @BizMattersMag. This week we chose the pitch from John Sollars from ‘stinkyink’
Over half of businesses across the UK are unsure of what to expect in 2011. Mid-sized companies are the most bullish. Half declared themselves to be positive about the future, with smaller companies being more confident than large enterprises, with nearly half of SMBs questioned are looking forward to a good year.
At a time when the number of people starting a business is at a record high the small business publisher Brightword Publishing has launched a Start Up Kit to ease the process of going it alone.
The government plans to allow parents to share childcare and will allow new fathers to take up to 10 months of paid paternity leave, a huge increase from the two weeks currently allowed.
The government has announced that it is to scrap the default retirement age of 65 this year, against the wishes of businesses, who wanted another year to manage the change, and who fear it will cause legal confusion and lead to a rise in cases taken to employment tribunals.
According to new research, SMEs still haven’t recognised the impact a disaster can have on their businesses. Despite warnings, it seems like many still think it can’t happen to them.
Nearly two thirds of UK businesses have admitted they do not provide a good level of support for their employees to volunteer. Despite strong demand from employees to engage more with their local communities, just over a third of business managers said they currently provide a good level of support, such as allocating staff a few hours a month to volunteer.
Working hard is the only way you can really ‘make it’, so why do so many people think working long hours is a bad thing?
Orange have announced the launch of Pocket Landline – a new service for small and medium sized businesses which is set to offer the advantage of having a local landline number which rings directly through to their mobile, so they never have to miss a customer call.
For those forward-thinking SMEs already reaping the rewards from moving their sales and service to the cloud, the next stage is to build in real-time business collaboration. Time is a premium for most SMEs, particularly in today’s highly competitive business environment it can be difficult for management to stay in touch with employees and ensure they are kept informed of all the latest company or market developments.