It's been said that small businesses were the ones to lead the UK out of the recession. Dubbed the “lifeblood of the economy”, it's not hard to see why the sector has been subject to so much government focus. But would we be looking at a slightly different picture if Britain only had a total of 100 businesses?
James Lyons, partner at law firm Ashfords, explains the different ways businesses can interact with the capital markets, and what the pluses and minuses of doing so are.
Following the difficult period the majority of SMEs across all sectors endured during the financial crisis and commercial downturn, there is light at the end of the economic tunnel.
Private equity has had a bad press recently with politicians attacking greedy financiers and severe criticism in particular over its role in the demise of logistics firm CityLink just before Christmas.
Declaring it a UK first, Barclays has revealed plans to let individuals make payments to each other and small businesses via Twitter handles and its Pingit banking app.
Innovation today is a key driver of organic growth for all companies—regardless of sector or geography. And it is increasingly important for companies to be able to deliver a pipeline of “breakthrough (or radical) innovations” in order to respond to emerging competition and increasing customer power.
Two sisters working in immigration law, Sadia Tanvir-Navaab and Almas Tanvir-Khan, quit their legal careers for a move into entrepreneurship to open the Avant Garde vaping bar in London's West End, noting Wonder Woman as an inspiration.
Late payment by suppliers is a constant challenge for SMEs. The recent news that Diageo could take up to three months to pay its bills has only served to highlight the issue.
Another pre-election hot potato has landed on George Osborne’s desk today in the form of a report from OECD – the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Edinburgh-based Camel Audio, a developer of music effects software, is thought to have been acquired by American tech giant Apple.
As much as we try to deny it, the general stereotype is that women have an insatiable appetite for shopping. This might be true, given that women influence a greater portion of household spending and an ever increasing share of the business market. However, the women's market still remains an under-developed opportunity, especially where the teenager is concerned.
Companies that ignore digital customer engagement including web chat, social media, text, smartphones, apps and video within the next two years risk losing customers to tech-savvy rivals.