Why do policymakers insist on seeing “access to finance” as a purely financial issue? Bashing the banks is all very well and good, but simply throwing money at the supply side in an attempt to alleviate the problems that growth oriented SMEs face when investing in their businesses is not the answer.
The way the economy has evolved in post-recession Britain the National Minimum Wage just doesn’t cut the mustard anymore.
Have you heard the phrase, ‘Time is the new oil’? What it means is that in today’s world our time – and our attention – are limited resources. This is self-evident when we consider ourselves as consumers: there have never been more brands competing for our attention. But it is also true within the workplace.
The number of start-ups seeking support and advice increased by 58 per cent in the last financial year, according to new figures from the National Enterprise Network.
Paul Croucher, head of trade finance and insurance solutions at UK Export Finance shares his insight on what growing companies need to know about finance as they take advantage of the export market.
The conventional wisdom runs something like this: we live in a “quantified world” where every action, interaction and decision generates data. The systems storing and analysing this data are smart – so we can start to take much better decisions, and much better quantified risks, than ever before.
In the wake of the Bank of England announcing that interest rates would remain at a record low, it's of no surprise that business leaders are calling for more of the same.
Swansea City's finance director, Don Keefe, explains that "the fact that football is really part of the 'entertainment' business should not be an excuse to run a club as if you are playing roulette".
A 2013 Randstad report about job satisfaction found that 9.85m employees were professionally unfulfilled.
UKIP’s provided the most exciting political story of the last few years. Its meteoric rise in popularity led to winning the European Union election and electing its first MP, and there’s a slim change the party could help form a coalition next year; but what do we know about its plans for businesses? Will it do anything to boost entrepreneurialism and help SMEs?
For more years than I care to remember I have stared in goggle-eyed amazement at just how Richard Branson has been held in such high esteem by so many for so long.
Despite continuing economic recovery, more than one-in-five UK small and medium businesses have shrunk over the last three months.