They say money can’t buy happiness, but apparently there are strong correlations between love and the economy – at least when it comes to getting out and dating.
Half of countryside-based businesses at 49 per cent are unimpressed by the quality of their broadband services, almost doubling the 28 per cent of dissatisfaction from urban small businesses.
The government has already named 55 employers since the new naming regime came into force in October 2013 and that don't seem to be stopping now. In fact, they're unveiling their biggest list ever yet. Their latest catch? H&M.
Malcom Webb, CEO of Oil and Gas UK has recently made a bid to scrap one of the industry's most important taxes. This can't come any sooner, as well-known Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talan suggests that the $100-a-barrel threshold will never be achieved again.
There has been a downward trend of traditional business lending and the alternative now seems to be borrowing money from trusted friends and family.
In a previous Real Business article, it was revealed that the tech sector outperformed the UK economy in terms of job creation and business activity last year. In fact, hiring in tech is close to its strongest for over three years. But despite this, only 17 per cent of women work in technology. This is an astonishing figure given IT's ever growing presence in our everyday lives. This figure doesn't seem to have changed. In fact, has it gotten worse?
Engineering sectors contributed £455.6bn to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2014, 27.1 per cent of the total. But imagine how much more could be accomplished if they had a greater amount of skilled workers?
When Ben Smith and John Abrahams launched a homemade video on YouTube some four years ago they had no idea how quickly their product would go from rough prototype to being stocked by some of the biggest names in cycling.
As digital technologies continue to evolve beyond the PC, 87 per cent of retailers are planning to make mobile marketing a key priority in 2015.
James Cunningham, lecturer in management at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, looks at the mind-set of UK small business owners against German counterparts.
Management burn out across the board has increased dramatically during the last 15 years, but it is small business owners who have felt the most pressure recently.