Selling for high growth

A fast-track programme to help ambitious companies out of recession has doubled quarterly sales for a video production company.
Paul Drew, managing director of award-winning production company The Communicator Ltd has enjoyed one of his best sales quarter ever, despite being in a highly competitive business during a recession.

Britain’s workers on six day weeks to keep jobs

Overtime is becoming the norm for almost 50% of staff since the financial crisis began, according to new research from BT Business. More than a third of those Brits feel compelled to work over their contracted hours every week because of the current climate, with most working an average of 7 extra hours per week – the equivalent of an extra day – and collectively putting £200 million in extra hours into the British economy each week.

Smart technology can give businesses the edge

Paul Bray looks at how if you prang your new BMW and the air bags deploy, the car can automatically tell the manufacturers so they can alert the emergency services. If you’re in hospital in Madrid and a nurse tries to administer the wrong drug, an alarm automatically sounds. If you buy a chop in a Norwegian supermarket, you could be told the name of the pig it came from.

Are you a ‘Green’ Entrepreneur? You could win £220,000

The search begins today [8th June] to find Europe’s green entrepreneurs for a new TV series to be screened on CNBC later this year. Called ‘The Good Entrepreneur’ the new business competition, backed by business and financial news channel CNBC and financial services provider Allianz, aims to find the entrepreneur with the best eco-business concept which is sustainable, responsible and innovative.

Investors tag onto tweety pie

Unless you have been living in splendid isolation in recent months, you will have struggled to avoid the latest online social networking craze ‘Twitter’. Andy Lopata, business networking specialist, looks at how Twitter, Hot on the heels of ‘Facebook’ as the next great communication tool, it is being championed by celebrities such as Jonathan Ross and Stephen Fry, used by politicians such as Barack Obama and adopted by people of all ages and walks of life at a rapid rate.