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.
Lord Drayson and James Caan joined industry leaders in celebrating companies at the leading edge of science, technology and innovation. The iawards ceremony at the Science Museum saw the teams behind this year’s best British innovations rewarded for developing practical solutions to some of society’s greatest challenges.
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.
Building on their nomination last year, recruitment specialist GCS has gone one step further and won the Best Small Employer’s Website award at Alljobsuk.com’s National Online Recruitment Awards 2009. The website, www.join.gcsltd.com, beat out strong competition from a distinguished field of nominees, including Innocent Drinks.
Two businessmen who run an online hand-tailored suit-making company have outperformed thousands of entrepreneurs to reach the National Finals of the 2009 HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards.
Despite the downturn, more than half of small firms in the UK are providing support to charities, according to new research.
The research, conducted by Barclays One Step programme, reveals for the first time the size and scope of local business support for the charity sector, with over two million firms across the UK helping good causes through donations, volunteering and pro bono work.
The sixth series of Alan Sugar’s The Apprentice has been rescheduled to take place in the summer.
Lord Sugar’s show will now be broadcast to clash with Channel 4 reality series Big Brother, which traditionally airs in late May or early June, according to reports in The Guardian today.
The awards, which take place tonight, described by Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, as the “Business Oscars” have this year attracted entrants that combined employ more than 1m staff, have revenues totalling £253bn and make profits in excess of £40bn.
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 Telegraph Media Group (TMG) has launched a six-month partnership with British Airways (BA) to promote its ‘Opportunity Grant’, awarding 100 SMEs 12 business class return flights for a year, set to appear in The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and on Telegraph.co.uk.
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.
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.
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.