Whilst Helen Milligan might have lost out in the final of The Apprentice missing out on the £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar to Tom Pellerau, she might have received an offer that she cannot refuse.
Highlighting business success stories is something that the NatWest everywoman Awards have been doing since their inception in 2003 and this year’s awards will doubtless raise awareness of yet more inspiring stories and it is not too late to nominate extraordinary women who deserve to be recognised for their achievements with entries closing on 22 July.
Whilst the London 2012 Games will provide fantastic opportunities for businesses in the Capital and across the UK the influx of additional visitors top the capital and road closures will combine to create potential problems for businesses and their staff. However Transport for London (TfL) and London 2012 are determined to ensure that businesses can take advantage of all these opportunities and have today announced two new programmes to help SMEs run smoothly – and minimise any transport challenges – during the 2012 Games.
Independent and start-up hospitality businesses, such as restaurants, pubs and cafes, are trumping independent retail stores on the high street, according to research by Simply Business, the largest business insurance provider in the UK.
Innovative and creative digital businesses based in east London are to benefit as funding for a pilot innovation initiative designed to encourage collaboration in the area doubles. The Technology Strategy Board has decided to increase the amount of funding available for the Tech City Launchpad initiative to £2 million, enabling it to provide support in the form of £100,000 grants to twice as many companies.
A look at how your hobbies can also benefit your business and some advice on choosing hobbies that are both fun for your personal life and productive for your business life.
Optimism among owner managed businesses has increased it is claimed, with over half of the respondents to a recent survey revealing that they have either ‘very’ or ‘quite’ positive sentiments about their business compared, up ten per cent to the same survey a year earlier.
At the recent Chief Executives Summit held in London some of the country’s leading CEO’s spoke as one of the need to kick start the economy through a ‘pro-business, pro growth agenda’.
The government has recently suggested that businesses allow employees to work from home during the summer months next year, in a bid to avoid travel congestion around the 2012 Olympics . Whilst for many employees this might seem like a logical idea, Thomas Coles, managing director of MSM Software says it could have huge implications for business leaders.
A single European patent looks ever more likely as ministers have reached agreement on the detail of a unitary patent at the Competitiveness Council in Luxembourg.