Business Matters is a proud business media partner of the National Business Awards, dubbed the business Oscars by ex-chancellor Alistair Darling, and over the next few weeks we are going to be highlighting some of the businesses who have made it to the prestigious shortlist ahead of the judging process in September and the glittering ceremony in November. Today we focus our attention on the SME category and Easi-drive.
July marked 75 years since Penguin books began publishing stories. They became renowned for their originality and innovation, which got this Book Midwife thinking back to when she found out that certain publishers out there still think that some books don’t deserve to be written. But it just goes to show that every book deserves to be written and every book deserves to be read!
New research has revealed the poor state of trust between employees and managers with a quarter of those surveyed saying that they are feeling that the level of trust they have in their manager has deteriorated. A further one fifth of respondents have reported that they are less engaged.
Young entrepreneurs from across the UK have less than a month left to put themselves forward for a chance to win the coveted Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, which highlights the achievements of the UK’s most talented young entrepreneurs.
Half of over the 1,000 recent university leavers, that mobile giant, Orange spoke with, expected flexible working, either from a location of their choosing or outside of ‘traditional’ office hours, as standard when they begin their jobs, with 69% stressing that the option to work flexibly was important to them.
Many staff returning to the office from their holiday today will be greeted back with hundreds of emails demanding their attention, which according to research published today, is one of the biggest causes of corporate stress. The problem, says Emailogic, undermines the entire premise of providing paid holidays for employees so they can relax.
A business owner who turns unwanted old garments into funky children’s clothes has won the Birmingham heat of the nationwide search for Britain’s best new company.
For years now we’ve been hearing plenty about how our high streets are suffering at the hands of the supermarket giants and how their ‘evil plan’ to take over Britain’s streets is forcing local businesses to shut shop.
I am currently working with Mary Portas’ shop designer, Callum Lumsden, on a refit of one of our studios so I have been watching her brilliant latest series, Mary Queen of Shops.
She talks about how businesses need to improve in order to compete with supermarkets and I couldn’t agree more.
With summer having finally arrived – the flowers are in bloom, the BBQs are stoked up and the flip flops are out. However, while most of us look forward to balmier days, many business owners find the summer months a challenge. Not only does business tend to slow down, but employees and owners alike can find it difficult to focus and be productive when warm weather and the beach is beckoning.
Apprenticeships are vital for our business and an attractive recruitment option for other employers, writes Lesley Bowen, Head of HR Delivery at Sellafield, winners of the Employer of the Year at the National Apprenticeship awards.
Jamie Waller is the UK’s best known debt recovery and enforcement specialist. His company, JBW Group, work with businesses and local councils across the UK in debt management and enforcement. Jamie regularly appears on BBC Television and various others stations offering expert advice.
Here he provides his tops tips for businesses to ensure credit and debts are kept under control: