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.
Author posts
Business owners deliver warning to “rotten” Parliament

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How high street retailers can win shoppers back from the clutches of ecommerce

6 min read

Brexit chaos disturbs business community as no deal looms

8 min read

When perks aren’t enough: Wellbeing needs a culture shift

8 min read

7 reasons postal marketing can help small businesses thrive in the GDPR age

6 min read

The best companies with a turnover of £10m-£25m in the UK

11 min read

The best young entrepreneurs in the UK

10 min read

The best family-owned businesses in the UK

14 min read

The best rural businesses in the UK

10 min read

The best micro businesses in the UK

14 min read

How to get invoice financing

5 min read

How to get merchant financing

3 min read

It's 2018 – do we STILL need Ada Lovelace Day?

6 min read

Can Amazon really save the welsh high street?

6 min read

Have SMEs outgrown banks? How alternatives are meeting SME needs

3 min read

Corporate entertainment, football and the real ROI: Does the new Tottenham...

8 min read

The 10 most common reasons why British workers have been fired in 2018 so far

4 min read

New startup visa announced in pitch to international entrepreneurs

3 min read

Final day twist sees Premier League newcomers finish bottom of late payments...

3 min read

PayPal cash advances to UK SMEs reach £625m – but is it really lending?

4 min read

Burberry partners with luxury fashion platform for Dream Assembly startup...

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