As the UK’s small businesses gear up for another two bank holidays this May, we take a look at some of the more random public holidays celebrated in different parts of the world.
The Real Business team was recently invited to experience a unique team building experience created by the UK’s first circus school, the National Centre for Circus Arts, and came away knowing just how inflexible we were.
When it comes to alternatives to money, our forebears weren’t averse to paying with the big and the furry. We took a look at the weirdest payment methods from history.
A tale of pride and prejudice has led our top ten articles this week, as entrepreneur Alfie Best told us of the hurdles he faced as a gypsy building up a £200m enterprise, while readers were also keen to read about Tottenham Hotspur shares and daredevil bosses.
On the surface, HSBC’s announcement of its largest funding commitment to date for UK SMEs may seem astounding. It is well known that since the financial crisis banks have been lending less to small businesses, hence the rise of alternative finance.
The UK faces quite a dilemma – research has claimed that despite a productivity crisis, 1,064,598 employees are spending more time on tea breaks than on any form of work-based training. But hang on, aren’t tea breaks good for productivity
You’ve built a solid foundation for your business which has attracted a number of clients through your contacts and word of mouth, thanks to your good work. But where next How long can the flow of new business last without some calculated investment in marketing
Following poor performance results from Argos and the continuing troubles at British Home Stores, it’s been suggested that the focus for reinvigorating the high street should primarily involve smaller, more innovative retailers rather than large traditional brands.
In what marks the 12th anniversary of The FDs’ Excellence Awards, the 2016 iteration of the event will be given a twist – as the UK’s most praised service providers will be named at our inaugural FD Surgery.
Much has been said about how much companies lose when it comes to time spent in meetings, with 40 per cent of respondents in a recent survey saying half of them are unnecessary.
Employment Tribunal fees have led to a significant drop in Employment Tribunal claims. However, Ministry of Justice official statistics still showed that in 2014/15 over 61,000 cases were brought, often involving multiple claims. These statistics confirm that wages and working time claims account for the largest number of claims, unfair dismissal, discrimination and equal pay claims are also significant.