Does swine flu spell the end to civilisation as we know it? Or has it been blown out of all proportion to take our minds off the financial crisis? Whatever your view, here are some tips to keep your company in good health throughout the current "pandemic".
Last Friday, Lush founder Mark Constantine unveiled the company’s new spa in Chelsea – and told us he’s planning on opening another seven over the next 12 months. With the economy in freefall, we ask Constantine: “Are you mad?”
The UK’s small and medium-sized manufacturers are suffering, according to the CBI’s latest quarterly SME trends survey. It shows orders for goods and output declined at the fastest rate in more than 20 years.
“I’m reluctant to hire women of child-bearing age," writes one entrepreneur. "Sure, they can make fantastic employees – but they always leave after a year or so and I end up having to re-train someone else. Will the proposed changes made by EHRC affect me?”
“Home work” is always a feature of businesses such as ours. It seems ridiculously unreasonable to not allow someone to construct kitchen doors out of some otherwise unusable off cuts, or to spray an old piece of stock in an alternative colour.