Is BT a service provider, or an infrastructure owner? Failure to properly deal with this question during its privatisation in 1984 has been a source of numerous allegations by rivals about margin squeeze and unfair cross subsidisation, particularly over unbundling the local loop. True and effective competition within the UK telecoms market is not possible without a network in third party ownership.
London-based football team Tottenham Hotspur FC is in the process of an incredible transformation, and Real Business was invited to White Hart Lane to speak with the directors about the new stadium and how local SMEs will prosper.
On 6 April 2017, a new set of insolvency rules will hit the UK. Many people reading this may think this will be of little significance to them, but that’s not the case.
Many businesses aren’t prepared for death – caught out when the unforeseen departure of a director or shareholder becomes reality. The resulting problems not only impact the company but also the deceased’s loved ones and their employees, both of whom can be left with unwanted issues to contend with.
Michael Conway, an associate and chartered trademark attorney at intellectual property firm Haseltine Lake, discusses recent high-profile cases of Western brands protecting trademarks in China – and what it means for UK businesses thinking of operating in the country.
Writing exclusively for Real Business, Jan Cavelle will be chronicling the events and moments that led to her manufacturing business going into insolvency.
Criticism is not always a sign you’ve done something wrong, especially when it comes to the world of marketing – it all comes down to perspective. The ASA claimed most complained-about adverts were often not the ones that needed banning. But it doesn’t hurt to know what could land you in hot water.
A focus on excellent customer service is precisely the competitive edge that SMEs can make use of to stand out from the crowd.
Describing it as a classic “business banana skin”, Ed Reeves explains why British employment law has caused him to get a bit of a bee in his bonnet.
Katy Moss had a huge challenge to contend with in 2011 – keep her father’s business afloat after he passed away. Here she tells her story of overcoming adversity.
New technologies like automation, robotics and big data will dramatically alter the workplace of the future. Set against a backdrop of political and economic uncertainty, we are likely to see a number of new roles emerge over the next 12 months.
“There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.” After a year of uncertainty and significant hostile disruption, many business leaders will relate with the sentiment of Henry Kissinger’s quip. But the problem is that it also rings true, at least in terms of readiness.