Surviving the Downturn – Part One

When doom, gloom and despondency reigns in business, the inevitable response is always to make cuts. No surprise here. The media resound with everyday stories of staff cuts, budget cuts and training and development cuts. And yet, at the same time, there is an astounding growth in job advertising for ‘business development’ executives of multiple shapes and sizes. It’s a stereotypical and oh-so predictable response to tough times ahead. Jeremy Thorn assesses the problem

Remote & mobile working clinches the deal

The option to have flexible and mobile working can be a deal breaker when choosing a new job according to 70 per cent of respondents to a commuter survey carried out by THUS plc.  An encouraging 72 per cent of employees said that their employers actively promote this style of working within their corporate cultures which demonstrates how UK companies are embracing flexible and mobile working.  However, this still means that 28 per cent of companies are not currently offering flexible and mobile working and risk losing out on the best candidates.

Older workers boost UK enterprises

UK entrepreneurs are increasingly relying on older workers to plug skills shortages in their businesses, according to figures released today by entrepreneur think tank, the Tenon Forum.

Nearly half (45 per cent) of UK owner-managers are concerned about skills shortages and many claim younger recruits are often just not up to the job.  Over a third (34 per cent) of SMEs report a lack of work readiness amongst graduates and 31 per cent cite poor literacy and numeracy amongst school leavers as a key issue facing their business.

Office workers are animals when it comes to the colour printer

Are you like a Parrot and need colour in everything regardless of cost? Or are you a Cheetah and need everything at speed? Or perhaps you are a Panda or Polar Bear and are happy with everything in black and white?
 
Leading behavioural psychologist, broadcaster and journalist, Donna Dawson, says that office printing habits are the best way to examine the dynamics of the modern workplace, where people’s behaviour can be equated to The Human Zoo.

Don’t crack in the credit crunch

In February Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, stated that “tighter credit conditions will bear down on demand” and he projected poor growth forecasts and higher inflation.  At times like this, banks may refuse or reduce credit facilities and so it becomes vital that businesses have their own stringent credit control systems in place to ensure cash flow is maintained.

The secrets of survival

So the decision has been made to go it alone. Casting the master-servant relationship aside after years of promising to do so has finally arrived and the world is now your oyster.
Launching a small business is tough, with the line between success and failure being extremely fine.
However, there are a few simple questions and rules, which, if followed through, may make the difference between deciding to throw in the towel before you get your feet wet or wading into the murky depths of small business ownership.

The future of networking

Increasingly, businesses have been looking to ‘word of mouth’ marketing to find clients with the growth of networking groups providing opportunities for companies to spread the word and get referrals.
Times move on and with the growth of online social networking opening people’s eyes to the power of the internet, companies are looking to see how the increasing number of ‘social’ business networks can be used for marketing and sales purposes.

Team building with a difference

IF you’re tired of your staff singing the blues help is at hand with a unique team building experience to improve working attitudes.
Orchard Studios, based in the stunning Cheshire countryside, is opening its doors to businesses across the country and offering a fantastic day of team building with a difference.
As well as being an innovative, inspiring and highly motivational experience, a day at Orchard Studios will cost you only a fraction of the cost of most corporate events – and best of all, it’s great fun and it works.

Supporting the ‘business oscars’

Tenon, the accountancy and business advisery firm is sponsoring The Tenon Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit in the 2008 National Business Awards for the second year running.
Tenon, who has just announced its sponsorship of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in The National Business Awards for Scotland, has more than 1900 staff in 44 offices and is a leading adviser to entrepreneurs nationwide.

Surviving the Downturn

When doom, gloom and despondency reigns in business, the inevitable response is always to make cuts. No surprise here. The media resound with everyday stories of staff cuts, budget cuts and training and development cuts. And yet, at the same time, there is an astounding growth in job advertising for ‘business development’ executives of multiple shapes and sizes. It’s a stereotypical and oh-so predictable response to tough times ahead.

Retailers fight against an ever increasing card crime threat

Credit card fraud protection specialist, The 3rd Man, says that ‘card not present’ crime in the UK is far higher than official statistics suggest and is getting worse. Over £500 million of fraud was attempted during 2007.

This alarming figure shows that the appetite among fraudsters around the world to use the Internet for crime among UK retailers has far from diminished, and comes at a time when retailers need every penny of revenue they can get to cope with the effects of the global credit crunch.

Businesses are leaving themselves open to collapse

THOUSANDS of business owners are risking the collapse of their companies due to inadequate business insurance.
 
Mitchell Charlesworth Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors has found that business owners, whilst protecting buildings, finance and equipment, often forget to insure the key ingredient to their success – their people.

Stress is all too common a reality in the workplace

Did you know that little or no awareness of your staff’s natural behavioural styles can lead to their poor physical health, stress and even depression?

In a recent report from Dame Carol Black, the National Director for Health and Work, it was revealed that ill health is costing the economy over 100m pounds a year. We all hear sad cases of people having a mental breakdown or worse, this costs not only the companies they work for, the government and the NHS, but the costs to the individual in the worst cases are often overlooked.