Our guide to the best six conference hotels around the UK.
In a bid to better support the 66 per cent of businesses that want external support, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has relaunched itself with a view to become an “extra member of staff” for Britain’s small businesses.
Thank you for stepping in to this, my first surgery with Business Matters. Each week I will answer questions either, from those posted you, the reader, or from my own surgery sessions.
Many women in the UK are desperate to find a work/life balance that satisfies both their drive to succeed in the workplace, and their desire to nurture their family. According to a recent survey on mums and their work ethics, British mothers are searching for the elusive middle ground between ‘power woman’ and ‘caring mum’.
Following the latest reports that women are still under-represented in big businesses, a leading career accelerator is urging women to stick to their guns and not resort to traditional ‘command and control’ behaviour just to get ahead.
The Business Growth Summit series, hosted by GMTV Presenter John Stapleton, which Business Matters is the supporting media partner of, kicked off in Manchester today with an insight into the challenges of running the Co-operative from its CEO, the Orange Leader of the Year Award Peter Marks.
There has been a lot of talk over the past few months about ‘the green shots of recovery’ that are emerging, as the recession apparently begins to ease. This doesn’t just have to be limited to the housing market and the commercial side of business – it can also apply to REAL Thought Leadership.
REAL thought leadership is based upon the idea that Reach, Engagement, Authority and Longevity are the key to being the best in your field.
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*.
There are a number of reputable website reports that the entry-level iPad, the new touch-screen, tablet-style computer from Apple, which has Wi-Fi and 16GB of flash memory, will cost £389. The 32GB version will cost £439, while the 64GB version will cost £489. These rumoured UK prices are significantly more expensive than Apple’s US iPad prices – there, the entry-level model costs $499 (£326), the 32GB version costs $599 (£392) and the 64GB model is $699 (£457).
Like most of us, I’ve had the culture of long term business planning drummed into me throughout my career. Plotting a three or five year plan for a new venture; hours pouring over spreadsheets, forecasting and re-forecasting. I have to confess it’s been the least useful tool in my entrepreneurial tool box.