Recent research from the British Business Bank has found that awareness of the different finance methods available is still one of the most “significant barriers” to SME growth. But this “lack of awareness” spreads into the commercial credit score zone as well.
Half of UK shoppers are set to do their festive shopping in larger retailers for value for money and convenience, which means SMEs look to lose £200m with high prices and neglecting services such as click and collect.
Luxury brands have traditionally been reluctant to embrace e-commerce. The reasons for this are manifold, chiefly because they feel that true brand values and the whole 'luxury shopping’ experience, where you dress up because you know it will be a high-end swanky place, can only be achieved within a retail environment.
We've tracked down the biggest movements in the technology and digital space from across the year, which the markets will only look to experience more growth in 2015. How will you incorporate the platforms into your business?
The concept of hiring someone because they are “really, really, ridiculously good looking” (a la Zoolander) is plainly old news in some industries – a concept to which many a cocktail waitress or previous generation of air-hostess could attest.
There are 13 days left till Christmas, and we plan to pack them full of the best articles we can find.
In a transaction that could represent the last large fundraising it does before a possible IPO, enterprise cloud business Huddle has brought together new and existing investors.
The Crossrail development is a work in progress – one that isn't set to be completed until 2018. But the largest construction project in Europe has already employed 10,000 people and promises 75,000 opportunities for businesses. So what’s happening to the scheme in 2015? Real Business investigates as part of a focus on what employment and business trends SMEs can expect next year.
Real Business catches up with Growing Business Award winners LION Trackhire, a company that provides portable roadways for use on difficult terrain and has been beating its rivals off with a stick to attain and retain the title of 'world's no 1 in trackway'.
At 47 per cent, almost half of British companies believe consumer demand will help them to achieve growth in the new year, while 37 per cent expect the availability of better technology will inflate reach.
Jat Brainch has previously held a number of high-profile positions at leading telecoms and technology brands, including being finance director at Logica Group PLC (now part of CGI), group financial controller at Telefónica Europe PLC and head of commercial finance at T-Mobile (UK) Ltd. But today we talk to her as CFO of Adapt.
UK exports increased by £0.2bn to £24.3bn in October, driven by silver sales, according to the Office for National Statistics UK trade figures.