SMEs: If you’re suffering from late payments stress, tell us about it

As the UK’s small business commissioner, I’m passionate about opening up the conversation about SMEs and the late payments issues that are ravaging businesses across the country. My advice to SME owners is to speak up if you’ve been affected by late payments, and we, the government will do all in our power to help you. I’ve already made a start by calling out high-street giant Holland & Barrett for not paying their small suppliers on time.

‘Nice-to-have’ or ‘need-to-have’? It’s time businesses decide on diversity

As the dust settles on this year’s Gender Pay Gap reporting season, it’s time to take stock of the results and consider the ways in which businesses can start making changes now to ensure they are fit for the future. Because in this day and age, hiding away from diversity and inclusion obligations could mean the difference between growth and acceleration, and being left behind.

Instagram Checkout: A blessing or a curse for SMEs?

Instagram recently announced its new checkout feature: “buy from brands without leaving Instagram” the announcement declared! This is great news, right? With customers no longer having to go through the awkward process of leaving the app, brands are sure to see a higher purchase conversion rate, but will SMEs feel the benefit of this new sales based innovation?

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