The autumn and winter months can be a difficult time for the small business owner. Full offices are a rare site as employees are struck down by colds and the flu, or are unable to make it into work due to adverse weather conditions.
Organisations working across cultures often adopt a corporate language in the belief that it makes business easier if their global employees speak the same language. In most multinational organisations, English is usually the chosen corporate language. But many organisations can be lulled into a false sense of security that, due to use of a common language, business communication should be easy.
Later this week there’s a good possibility that the economy will receive another shot in the arm when the Office of National Statistics publishes its estimates for UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The UK and Germany have the worst sickness absence rates in Europe, lagging behind countries such as Poland, France and Romania. But fear not! There is a way to get productivity back on track!
Britain's innovative businesses have garnered a lot of attention this year, but it's still rare to hear about a British entrepreneur competing on a global scale. And why are we finding it so difficult to contend with the US?
Exporting can seem like a daunting prospect but, with an increasingly connected world, less trade restrictions and the power of the internet, selling to international customers from Kolkata to Kansas City has never been easier for SMEs.
The bank will pre-approve loans for two thirds of its business customers, it announced yesterday.
"Where is your business on the journey from non-exporter to global business?", asks Kim Hayward.
Some 32 per cent of UK SMEs believe that implementing an English-speaking website and other communication materials would suffice when attempting to trade or expand their business overseas.
“Blurring”, or the gradual intermingling of professional and personal activities, is a rising global trend.