Financial day with a meeting with both my bank manager and my accountant. Not as gloomy in either case as initially might appear on the surface.
Mark Dixon, the former hotdog-seller and boss of office rental firm Regus, is winning his battle against the downturn. Regus today posted its annual results, showing a 25 per cent rise in revenues to £1.08bn, and £149.2m in pre-tax profits.
When Dragon Peter Jones called Absolute Radio’s "Who’s calling Christian?" show in aid of his charity, Forgotten Children, he was challenged to convince music mogul and international superstar Simon Cowell to follow suit. And, true to his entrepreneurial roots, Jones came up with the goods.
For many successful UK businesses, international expansion marks the logical next step in their bid for sustained growth and competitive advantage. However, in the current economic climate, UK companies are understandably cautious about venturing into new territories.
Real Business agony uncle Anthony Holmes can help with your recession-time strategising. Every fortnight he’ll tackle another restructuring problem faced by entrepreneurs. This week: waiting for green shoots of recovery.
Usually, the Real Business funnies need to fulfill two criteria: to be (at least partially) relevant to business and preferably only light-to-medium on the offensive scale. Today, those rules go out of the window.