Did you know that TV chef Jamie Oliver, fashion designer Alexander McQueen and hairdresser John Frieda all started out as apprentices?
Shaun Ellis, animal researcher and star of this week’s Mr and Mrs Wolf documentary on Channel Five, says a wolf pack behaves just like a well-managed company.
Real Business has been a member of the John Timpson fan club for years – the master cobbler and tough-talking entrepreneur writes a column for us and also answers all your management questions. But now the Telegraph has wised up to Timpo’s truths and tips, offering the big man his very own spot in the top-selling national.
"I’m no fortune-teller and I can’t predict how bad the recession will get. The thing that interests me is what will get us out of it." Sophi Tranchell of Divine Chocolate says it’s time for businesses to rethink their entire structure.
Real Business agony uncle Martin Dunne is the answer to all your accounting woes. Each week he will tackle another problem faced by entrepreneurs. This week: "Should I start a business during recession?"
Most finance directors voting in this year’s FDs’ Excellence Survey have given their audit firm top marks for quality of staff.
These are tough economic times. To help you survive, Ann Jones, MD of cost optimisation firm LowendalMasai, offers her cost-cutting tips for SMEs.
The phenomenal rise of social media has taken the marketing world by storm. Driven by the emergence of Web 2.0 tools and techniques, social networking sites are empowering individuals and communities to engage, interact and contribute content and opinions in real time.
Family-owned manufacturing business AJT Equipment is defying the recession. Rather than batten down the hatches, the West Midlands-based firm is buying a competitor in the US state of Georgia.
Curb, of course! But Anthony Ganjou, who founded the natural marketing agency under the streets of Marylebone, quickly disovered that there were pitfalls to his kooky basement location.
Should finance directors bother doing an MBA? Brian McCarthy, the FD of property company C Le Masurier, completed one just over a year ago. He tells Real Business why he’s glad he took the plunge.
"Help! I desperately need to reduce my employee salary bill. I’d rather avoid redundancies – but I don’t want to ask staff to take a pay cut, either. Are there any other alternatives?" Agony uncle Richard Davies, head of employee benefits at P&MM, solves your problem.