Female business leaders set ambitious goals for 2015

Almost two thirds of female SME business owners and leaders in the UK say they have ambitious goals for their business in 2015, according to a recent survey on behalf of the Business is GREAT Britain campaign.

Top 10 most searched for directors in 2014

New analysis published by Creditsafe reveals that Luisa Zissman the Apprentice runner up and Celebrity Big Brother finalist, is 2014’s most searched for female company director in the UK.

Merging or acquiring, the strategy remains the same

Taking the decision to merge two companies or to acquire an industry specialist is one of the most challenging scenarios a business can face. When organisations are brought together no department, manager or employee is left unaffected. Everyone involved has to suddenly adjust to new work practices, internal processes, IT systems and a combined company vision.

The startup trying to take on Rock n Roll legends

Famous guitar brands like Gibson, Fender and PRS Guitars have been immortalised in the annals of rock n’ roll alongside the musicians that played them. It’s not just that they’re household names, it’s that US companies have dominated the market for decades.

Are you guilty of “hidden sales trolling”?

Sales Commando research has revealed that two thirds of businesses are unwittingly guilty of “hidden sales trolling,” resulting in poor sales performance and severely decreased revenues.

How to work with journalists

Being featured in articles online or in print can be a great marketing opportunity for SMEs and often getting coverage simple comes down to letting reporters know what your business is doing. This is Real Business’ guide to dealing with business journalists, whether you’re in the public relations industry representing small businesses or run your own startup.

Money worries top the agenda for small business owners

Retaining business and managing cash flow – these are the financial worries keeping most small business owners awake at night and potentially stifling business growth, according to Hitachi Capital’s 'British Business Barometer'.

City Link collapses on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, City Link went into administration, with private equity firm Better Capital founder John Moulton stating: “We chased every possible way to save this company." And although he seems to regret the timing of the announcement, he explained that “trading while insolvent was a criminal offence”.

The value of independent brand valuations

What is brand value It is a simple question, yet one that will elicit an array of answers. The words are often referenced but they are infrequently explicitly defined or quantified. Both words are somewhat ambiguous and are likely to result in different interpretations between different stakeholders, be it management, consumers or shareholders.