In an age where reputation is increasingly becoming seen as competitive currency for businesses, it’s important to understand what it is and how to build and protect it. Small businesses in particular can use it to their advantage over bigger, perhaps less agile, competitors.
According to the final 2014 figures, a record number of Brits are in employment.
It’s one of the business world’s more annoying sayings, revealing little and very much sitting on the fence. But fear not, “cautious optimism” is on its way out!
British consumers are increasingly turning to mobiles and the web to engage with products, but SMEs are trailing when it comes to supporting their shopping habits, which is suffocating their potential for success.
The Chancellor has recently set out the next stage in the government's plan to return Lloyds Banking Group to private ownership and get taxpayers' money back. Essentially, the government will sell part of its remaining shareholding in the firm through a trading plan.
The top strategies for mid-market businesses over the next 12 months are increasing customer loyalty and reducing operating costs, according to a survey of over 2,000 decision-makers in mid-market businesses.
If those presents under the tree are driving you crazy with intrigue, here are some early gifts to unwrap as we peer back into the big moments of 2014.
The overall quality of management in the UK continues to trail the US and Germany and is reportedly one of the key reasons behind the UK’s long-standing productivity weakness.
Preparing for an exit needs to take place long before there’s an offer on the table. We spoke to Andrew Westhead, partner in tax at Grant Thornton, about how you can make sure your firm is in the best shape to maximise the return from any exit and what to do when an offer is on the table.