Simon Caldwell

Deputy Editor, Business Advice

Simon Caldwell is deputy editor of Business Advice, the sister title to Real Business. Simon’s professional background lies in ecommerce, where he was content manager for two startup retailers. After a brief stint in local government he entered journalism in 2016 as a reporter for Business Advice. He writes on everything concerning micro businesses.

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Likes to write about

The legal side of running a micro business: Tax, intellectual property, fraud, employment law. And a bit of business banking.

Business idol

Alan McGee. Founded music label Creation Records in 1983 with a £1,000 bank loan, later signed a then-unknown Oasis in a Glasgow basement before he eventually sold the label to Sony. He went from sleeping on the floor of his Hackney office (which was a different area in 1990...) to receiving a personal invite to 10 Downing Street and influencing government policy on arts funding. McGee proved you can start from nothing, do what you love and still make a living.

Industry to watch

The micro businesses that can’t be undercut by ecommerce or replicated digitally will save Britain’s high streets. Barbers, beauticians, baristas. Diverse high streets full of independent businesses that employ locally and use local supply chains are good for everyone.

Guilty pleasure

Late-night sessions watching Justin Bieber piano tutorials on YouTube. And spending too much money on eBay – early-90s football shirts and broken musical equipment are the two main vices.

Lessons from your first job

Customer service assistant at Sainsbury’s. It taught me how important it is to respect customer service and retail workers. Serious violent attacks against retail workers doubled in 2017 (BRC), and without them the economy would ground to a halt.

Productivity tip

Turn off all push notifications on your smartphone. Permanently. Make your apps wait until you are ready.

How do you like to be contacted?

By email or telephone.

Brexit
Business owners deliver warning to “rotten” Parliament as Brexit deadlock continues
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high street
How high street retailers can win shoppers back from the clutches of ecommerce
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Brexit
Brexit chaos disturbs business community as no deal looms
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When perks aren’t enough: Wellbeing needs a culture shift
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postal marketing
7 reasons postal marketing can help small businesses thrive in the GDPR age
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The best companies with a turnover of £10m-£25m in the UK
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The best young entrepreneurs in the UK
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The best family-owned businesses in the UK
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The best rural businesses in the UK
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The best micro businesses in the UK
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Invoice Financing
How to get invoice financing
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Merchant financing is most suitable for businesses which take the vast majority of sales from a card terminal/EPOS system.
How to get merchant financing
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It’s 2018 – do we STILL need Ada Lovelace Day?
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Can Amazon really save the welsh high street?
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Have SMEs outgrown banks? How alternatives are meeting SME needs
Have SMEs outgrown banks? How alternatives are meeting SME needs
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Super Suites at New Tottenham Hotspur stadium
Corporate entertainment, football and the real ROI: Does the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium stack up?
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The 10 most common reasons why British workers have been fired in 2018 so far
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spring budget
New startup visa announced in pitch to international entrepreneurs
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Final day twist sees Premier League newcomers finish bottom of late payments league table 
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PayPal cash advances
PayPal cash advances to UK SMEs reach £625m – but is it really lending?
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Burberry partners with luxury fashion platform for Dream Assembly startup accelerator
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