Over 3,000 small and medium-sized British businesses are set to benefit from a new deal inked between the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) and an online finance platform.
If London mayor Boris Johnson or his team thought for a moment that his Twitter Q&A session today was going to provide anything other than an opportunity for mockery and trolling, they were largely mistaken.
News that Uber’s CFO has thrown the towel in, the company’s Paris offices have been raided and CEO Travis Kalanick is the subject of a criminal indictment in South Korea begs the question: can Uber, even with all of its financial firepower, weather the storm it is currently embroiled in.
The debut Start Tank mentorship programme from PayPal and Braintree has come to an end after six months. And as the payment firms prepare to welcome another selection of startups into the latter's London office, they've revealed how the five companies graduating from the scheme have grown over the period.
For any SME, the motivation and retention of key talent is vital. Employees need to remain engaged and involved as much as possible – here are five steps you can take.
The Durex Connect campaign continues and the sexual health brand has now actually introduced a smartphone app – for real this time – that will bring couples together and “truly enhance their sex lives”.
The new Sprint Programme from Crowdcube is designed to support UK seed-stage businesses with funds of between £20,000 and £150,000.
With schemes like Enactus KCL, which enables young entrepreneurs to set up social enterprises, students are finding more to put on their CVs than just a 2:1. Enactus was founded on the belief that students can have an impact on the lives of others through entrepreneurial action. The group’s president, Oli Slattery, started a business that was recently offered an investment of £100,000.
High tax rates, government regulation and growing awareness of the health impacts of smoking have all led to the declining popularity of tobacco products. This likely means that tobacco brands will start trying to find more innovative ways of competing.
Women, speed, villains: The 007 era began with Dr. No in 1962. This consequently also marked the beginning of the James Bond brand which, in 2012, had an estimated value of $1.8bn. With companies piggybacking on his name and vying for advertising spots in the movies, this value is undoubtedly set to increase.
The world has experienced a recent trend of traditional business models being eradicated by startups which prove disruption doesn’t have to be about creating a new service. EVEN Card is one such company, highlighting the need for the seemingly unchangeable finance services market to adapt to customer needs.
Don't be stingy, admit mistakes and be personal. Bill Akass, A Spokesman Said’s chief content officer, gives his top ten tips on how SMEs can effectively handle complaints, protect their reputations and keep their customers happy.