Preparing for the seasonal rush

The run up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for many businesses. Tens of thousands of seasonal jobs are being created on the high street alone with many of the big retailers recruiting thousands of staff to cope with the Christmas rush, and for ‘specialist’ jobs such as the 10,000 Santas that are reportedly needed. However, the surge in demand from customers doesn’t just have an impact on retailers, many other businesses are affected.

The Pitch 2009 Final

This summer, the search began for the UK’s most exciting and innovative small companies.

Competing in The Pitch 2009, entrepreneurs in five regions presented their product or service to panels of leading business experts.

Five winners plus a wildcard entry will now compete in a live grand final in London where a victorious entrepreneur will walk away with a package of business support prizes worth £50,000 including coverage in a forthcoming edition of Business Matters, and our sister magazine Angels, as well as business research services from our research division Trends Research.

Michelle Dewberry & Goldie to help pick three winners to pitch to the Cabinet

Apprentice winner, successful business woman and Business Matters columnist Michelle Dewberry is joining musician and graffiti artist, Goldie, and Ginny Lunn, head of policy and development at The Prince’s Trust in backing to Bebo’s Big Think – Take Your Ideas to the Top, which is looking for young people to put forward innovative and practical suggestions on how to make a positive difference on crime, careers and climate change.

The idea is just the start

Anyone with a good idea and adequate common sense can start a business, but establishing and growing it is another matter.

In the current climate, where money lending has all but dried up, orders are falling, and firms are trimming all the fat possible by cutting costs, the hard part is often working out how to grow your business.

Small business gets its own TV channel

If talk is cheap, genuinely practical advice and support is invaluable for business owners struggling to access finance and left numb by the politicians’ promises. The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has launched www.smallbusinesschannel.co.uk a free new online service advising entrepreneurs on a range of key business issues – including approaching banks for credit.

Considered the franchise business model?

Most people associate franchising with large brands, but it can also be an effective way for some smaller businesses, struggling to raise finance in order to expand in the present economic climate, to grow at minimal cost. The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is campaigning to raise awareness of franchising as a way forward for many viable businesses.