The Dragons’ Den star, entrepreneur and one of our columnists, Duncan Bannatyne is set to be discharged this afternoon (Monday) following tests that he suffered a suspected heart attack.
Hundreds of live music venues will be exempt from licensing laws and small firms will benefit from more flexible audit and accounting rules as thousands of businesses are freed from unnecessary red tape today.
A leading expert on the UK’s small and medium sized companies has welcomed Vince Cable’s £2bn British Business Bank, but warns that finance alone is not enough if the UK’s growing firms are to match the success of Germany’s Mittelstand.
“Engagement” is the new buzzword: employee engagement, community engagement, stakeholder engagement. But what does engagement mean in relation to strategy, and is it more than just a fad and fashion? Is there really something important here? Philippa Hardman and Chris Nichols of Ashridge Business School tell us why its the new buzzword.
Retailers reported a slight rise in sales volumes in the year to September, along with the expectation that growth will strengthen somewhat next month, the CBI have announced.
Small enterprises looking for a “no strings attached” financial boost to aid the development of innovative, low-carbon business ideas can now apply for an award from Shell Springboard. Now in its eighth year, Shell Springboard offers businesses the chance to win up to £40,000 to help make their commercially viable ideas a reality.
The government’s plans to restrict income tax relief has given rise to concern that small businesses could be unfairly affected by HMRC’s campaign to crack down on aggressive tax avoidance.
Running a business at school almost doubles your chances of self-employment later in life, according to independent research by Kingston University Business School for Young Enterprise.
So says leading customer feedback experts, Rapide, speaking out after receiving the shocking results of its latest research. Rapide has revealed that a staggering 91 per cent of people in the UK don’t always complain about bad service and yet 51 per cent don’t expect the service to improve if we don’t speak up.