Recruiting new staff for SMEs has always been too time-consuming, expensive and error-prone. The cost of making a bad hire is huge but businesses make them all the time. It’s become such a norm that we’ve all become immune to just how painful hiring is.
Real Business has started the countdown to Christmas, which means we're bringing the most popular articles from across this year to your attention throughout December – read on to see what delights day one brings.
Jonathan Pryor, head of FX dealing at Investec Corporate and Institutional Treasury, explains the finer points of currency hedging as a way to mitigate against fluctuations.
In the spirit of sharing during the festive season, Real Business is featuring its very first Christmas countdown.
The week or two before a Budget or Autumn Statement is usually awash with speculation and predictions about what will be announced – but how much of it should be taken seriously.
Last week we posed a question to FDs ahead of the Autumn Statement: In what areas they would like to see the most policy change? The results are now in, with business rates and corporation tax being the top of the Christmas wish-list by far.
The Europe versus Silicon Valley debate is a discussion that always comes up, especially as startups are expanding and in need of more capital.
Children's book and app publisher Nosy Crow was named the Young Company of the Year, which was sponsored by Citroën, at the Growing Business Awards on 25 November. To find out more, we've spoken to the company's founder and managing director Kate Wilson about the win, what it's like to operate in an area that fuses print and digital, and having a Disney character as a mentor.
Often seen as organisations without much of a commercial agenda, charities are helping to improve the core skills of business builders.
Although the new Shared Parental Leave regulations that have become law today are a step in the right direction, law firm Howard Kennedy warns that businesses may start withdrawing enhanced maternity pay for new mothers as employers take steps to avoid potential sex discrimination claims.
Childcare and education minister Sam Gyimah explains how the new Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill should make growing a childcare business simpler.
The wealth management divisions of wealthy families around the world are becoming more active when it comes to directing capital into private equity investments, new findings have revealed.