Training is key for franchise growth

Thinking about setting up a franchise network” You’d do well to implement proper training programmes for franchisees, says one UK success story.

Intelligence tool maximises sales

A business intelligence tool has helped Driver Hire to better analyse its data and identify new sales opportunities for its franchisees, according to chief executive Chris Chidley.

CFO watch Liam Davis

Liam Davis has been appointed chief financial officer and director of Norkom Group.

British translation firm launches in Shanghai

London-based Rosetta Translation set up shop in Shanghai six months ago. It’s the first foreign business in the industry that’s been allowed an office in the city, says director Trevor Breakspear.

The Apprentice: “Sir Alan’s advisers were a joke”

In the run up to the final episode of The Apprentice, recruitment entrepreneur Zena Everett has hit out at Sir Alan’s advisers for their unprofessional interviewing style: “Their bully boy tactics went against every single professional rule in the book.”

Women on top

In our March edition of Real Business, we played with the idea of a “Businesswoman’s Budget”, asking powerful female entrepreneurs what they would like to see in Darling’s big red briefcase.

The two drivers of business success

Markets are melting. Bonds aren’t safe. Inflation may – or may not – be on the rise. Web 2.0 promises a lot, but few understand it. Global warming is playing havoc with fuel and food prices and the American election could change everything.

What is revenue

I was browsing the Real FD Facebook group the other day when I came across a new discussion topic – what is revenue