Gerald Thompson of McDonald’s in Manchester and Oldham has been crowned the 2010 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year.
Thousands of small companies risk losing rates relief worth £200m because they are in danger of missing the end of month deadline for submitting claims leading business organisations.
Time has virtually run out for UK businesses to register for the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme. Most public and private sector organisations using 6,000 Megawatt hours or more in 2008 have until the end of September before they start paying hefty fines of up to £45,000, warns international law firm, Simmons & Simmons.
Business owners have delivered a real vote of confidence in Britain by saying that it is the best place in the world for their business according to new research released today.
New rules being drawn up following a meeting of central bank governors and regulators from around the world in Switzerland at the weekend could see even less money being lent to small businesses.
Mark Prisk MP, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, has announced a major boost to the North East’s economic prospects. The British Library, NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), Newcastle City Council and Northumbria University have agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to examine the set up of a new business support centre in the North East based on the British Library’s critically acclaimed Business & IP Centre.
Britain’s manufacturers have notched up the strongest year of growth for more than a decade and a half as they recover from the deep slump triggered by the financial crisis, according to government figures released today.
The one year National Insurance holiday for start ups, announced in the budget, is set to begin on September 6 but now the Government has now said that some sectors as well as regions of the country will be exempt.
When Sharon Wright, wanted to increase the profitability of her fledgling business Talpa Products, which produced the award-winning Magnamole product, she did what many entrepreneurs dream of and walked up the famous steps in TV’s Dragons’ Den and walked back down again with a deal done and with the two dragons that she had wanted, for more money than she had asked for. Sounds perfect doesn’t it? However without the cameras, the deal became anything but perfect. We talk to Wright about what went wrong and why the perfect deal turned so sour.
The bosses of six of the UK’s leading banks are joining forces to form a taskforce designed to help get lending to businesses back on track.
We all know the importance of having a strong brand in business, but, in this age of social media, where we expect personal interaction rather than corporate spiel, and especially for start-ups and SMEs, where there may only be a small number of people involved, the idea of a personal brand is becoming more and more important.