Lush, the well-known cosmetics brand, has announced its departure from social media platforms Instagram and Facebook as they insist Meta takes steps to create a safer and healthier environment for its users.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a buy-to-let property, you might be wondering whether you should purchase the property in your own name, or through a
Real Business talks to Serial Entrepreneur and Designer, Jessica Kruger on where her love for sustainability came from and how her previous life lessons have carved her brand values into what they are today.
E-commerce is a high-growth, yet highly competitive space, and data analytics has changed the way companies interact with their customers. Consumers these days expect tailored experiences and will not hesitate to switch to alternative vendors if their needs aren’t met.
If you’re planning to sell your business, for whatever reason, it is absolutely crucial to ensure that you start planning early. To attract the highest possible interest, it makes sense to put in the hard work as soon as possible to make your business appealing to prospective buyers.
Despite the prevalence of cybercrime and the cybersecurity industry, many UK SMEs do not have the right protection in place to safeguard their business and their customers. That’s where companies like Computer Network Defence Ltd (CND) play a vital role in helping small UK companies build the tools and knowledge they need to trade safely in the increasingly digital world of business.
A commodity code is a number that determines the type of goods you are importing or exporting. This number can be six, eight, or ten
The volume of data showing that diverse organisations – whether neurodiverse, racially, gender or generationally diverse – perform better than their peers, shows there is enormous strength in diversity.
On the back of 2021’s yearly climate change conference, it’s no surprise that the world’s most influential meeting yet, COP26, has ruffled some feathers in the corporate world.
The VAT flat rate scheme was introduced by the UK government to make it easier for small businesses to arrange their VAT payments. The scheme
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is known as “the world’s toughest row” with participants rowing over 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua. Perhaps not a situation many entrepreneurs find themselves in but Guy Rigby and David Murray, the team members of “The Entrepreneur Ship”, decided to take on this immense challenge last year and are soon set to row the massive distance as the oldest (combined age is 124) team to complete the journey.
Last week, Lidl announced that, as of March next year, all employees outside of London will be receiving a significant pay rise. The new £10.10 entry level wage for all Lidl employees follows Morrison’s pay increase earlier this year, becoming the first supermarket in the UK to pay its staff at least £10 per hour.
If your small business is looking at raising funds, selling shares may be a viable option for you. Selling shares is also often used as
Over the past few years, there has definitely been a significant jump in the number of sole traders in the UK. It appears as if
You may have never experienced being in a boardroom, with the overwhelming feeling of paranoia that you aren’t speaking enough or like you are coming across as being disinterested in the conversation. However, for us introverts this is a daily struggle. Training consultant and Founder of ‘Flourishing Introverts’, Joanna Rawborne has over 24 years experience working with those who struggle with just this, and she explains her tips on what you can do to speak your mind when you feel like it’s “just not the right time”.
With a deal being reached at COP26 over the weekend, and a target to limit temperature raises to 1.5°C, what can SMEs do to help contribute to this?
Nearly six month on since the launch of TikTik Resumes, Real Business interviews Wonsulting CEO, Jonathan Javier, and Co-Founder/Chief Operating Officer, Jerry Lee, who partnered with TikTok to create and launch the pilot program.
It’s been a difficult few years for small businesses. As we move towards the end of the second year of pandemic measures, we’re seeing interesting reports of the effects on SME, and a strong sense of urgency to introduce support measures for the uncertain months ahead.
It’s nearly Christmas and the frantic shopping has begun. Using your rewards program as part of your festive marketing campaign could be the boost your sales needs moving into the new year.
This Alcohol Awareness Week 2021, Real Business finds out what it means for the workplace to embrace a company culture which doesn’t involve social drinking habits, and what business owners can do to facilitate those who don’t drink within their workplace social events.
Last month, it was announced that next April (April 1st, 2022) the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage are set to increase. Subsequently, this has had a knock-on effect with the Real Living Wage now being raised to £9.90 for the 300,000 employees whose employers have voluntarily joined the scheme.
If you find yourself suffering from a condition that means you need to take time off work, the last thing you want to be worrying
Real Business predicts what Black Friday will look like in 2021 and recommends what you should be doing in order to compete in the saturated market of retail. Now considered one of the most significant shopping events on the retail calendar, there is no denying that UK small businesses’ must not ignore the novelty despite it being over-exhausted by online retail giants.
As a business owner, you should be conscious and aware of all of the ways in which you can save money and access relief. All
A significant challenge for businesses is maintaining their cash flow. Daniel Bowsher, owner at Invoice Finance Connect, provides companies with the right advice and connections to secure the financial support they need.
The all or nothing approach of wanting to be nothing but the best eliminates the opportunity for your business to be good or even great.
Entrepreneur and leader, Jessica Kruger discusses why it’s time to stop focusing on profitability and more on growth. Ultimately, the growth of a company is the point where you are reaching expansion and allows for you to seek additional options in order to generate more profit. So, if you aren’t considering growth within your business strategy maybe it’s time you should.
Just as another Facebook scandal hit our news waves with former employee Frances Haugen imploring regulators to take serious action against the social media giant, the company did their best to play the ultimate reverse card. A total company-wide rebrand. It unfortunately and understandably fell flat.
When you own a business, it is very easy to get caught up in the small intricate details of running it. There is always something
Real Business sat down with Amrit Bhogal, designer and owner of indie fashion brand, Dastaar Clothing, to discuss breaking into the fashion retail industry and prioritising sustainability throughout the product creation process.
Admittedly bittersweet, the past eighteen months have reminded our, at times, fragmented world of the power of community engagement and what we can achieve when working together. Neighbours pulled together to support vulnerable community members, be it picking up their shopping or checking in regularly by phone; schools and other public institutions flung open their doors to act as vaccination centres; we stood together, weekly, to recognise our healthcare system and other key workers.
Brendan Flattery, Managing Director, ERP, at The Access Group, discusses how technology was bringing about business change way before Covid and why it is going to be vital as we move into the recovery phase.
A contract of employment sets out the terms that both employer and employee must adhere to during the period of employment. This includes contracted hours,
Over the last eighteen months we’ve experienced unprecedented change, affecting the way we work, communicate and do business with the pandemic forcing businesses to operate
After the past 18 months of economic uncertainty, it seems an odd time for unemployment rates to fall to record lows. Nevertheless, we have witnessed a significant downward shift in the availability of candidates since mid-July, with the number of job seekers applying for roles appearing to decrease almost daily.
It happens every year. You are invited to a last-minute Halloween bash. You frantically pull out the witch, pirate, or zombie costume you wore last year, only to find it doesn’t fit, or maybe it hasn’t stood the test of time at the bottom of your wardrobe. Maybe it’s stained with last year’s fake blood.
Entrepreneurship can be extremely rewarding. The opportunity to be your own boss, making money doing something you love or getting the chance to meet like-minded people — these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of being a self-employed entrepreneur.
Did you know that the average person spends over 90,000 hours of their lifetime working? This makes up around a third of your life. Your
The UK is fast becoming one of the biggest markets for Halloween, so what ghoulish goods and services are British consumers buying this year?
The spooky season is the perfect time of year for SMEs; it’s an exhilarating window of opportunity to enhance your business in so many ways. The festivities reaps much more than just tasty treats for enterprises. It can be both profitable and exciting for SMEs that choose to incorporate anything and everything Halloween.
“Perfection is the enemy of progress” is a famous quote by Winston Churchill, and this quote still holds a lot of meaning today. Other similar
If you are an aspiring entrepreneur but are battling to come up with a viable business idea, don’t worry… you are definitely not alone in
Bitcoin is on shaky ground once again, as China’s central bank declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal. The change in law has effectively banned trading in cryptocurrencies across the country.
Serial entrepreneur and founder of The Webinar Vet, Anthony Chadwick explains the benefits to having a canine friend in the office.
Yell Business is the business-to-business side of Yell, which offers a Yell.com listing to business owners for free.
Many people are considering whether now is the right time to set up their own business. However, building a business isn’t easy, with around 20% of UK businesses failing within the first 12 months.
There are many reasons to start a career in corporate video production. Making videos is one of the most collaborative types of filmmaking, requiring everyone on set to work together for the best possible outcome.
Entrepreneur, author and educator, Eloise Skinner, talks through what you can do as a leader to help your team get their zest back through self-fulfilment and a purpose-filled life.
Many people think that the hardest part of bringing a new product to market is the original idea or the development stage. The truth, however,
Saturday 16th October 2021 is World Food Day. Yes, a day to celebrate the beautiful thing that fills our minds, days and of course stomachs.
The majority of people will have heard of gross misconduct. Whether you’ve got a friend or family member who has been dismissed, you’ve heard the
Independents have been having somewhat of a revival over the past two years, namely due to the pandemic and Brexit but also thanks to consumers wants and needs for a higher level of customer service, the opportunity to be able to speak to someone and the need for a more sustainable product offering. Managing Director and Founder of Polypouch UK, Stephen Frankel explains why you should consider going independent to improve the logistics of your business.
Recent research conducted by Workday, a leader in cloud applications for finance and HR, in partnership with Sapio, has found that despite the economics issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 75% of UK businesses plan to maintain or increase their ED&I investment and introducing new initiatives to improve diversity and inclusion.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, 14.7% of the UK’s employees have experienced mental health problems in the workplace. It can take the form of
In any business model, problems are likely to arise frequently, and when you least expect them to. Problems can range from everyday nuisances such as
Paul Alder, Vistafolia’s founder and expert horticulturist and technical landscaper, details advice on how to promote innovation in a company culture and maximise growth potential. An experienced visionary, Paul is utilising sustainability to innovate a lacklustre artificial living wall market with a fresh product.
Addictions Therapist and Founder of Love With Boundaries, Candace Plattor, explains how you can overcome the inner compulsion of always working, as well as feeling guilty when you’re not working, in 3 simple strategies.
Last night we saw the worst Facebook outage since 2008, only this time round, many of SMEs are now relying on the operations of Facebook and it’s apps, Instagram and WhatsApp. Has the outage underscored the reliance our economy has on the tech giant, and not just as idle entertainment?
The Covid-19 Pandemic has forever changed the way we look at the world of work and the way that many businesses operate. Social distancing rules
The last 18 months have proved to be a transformative roller coaster for thousands of organisations in every industry sector, thanks to the disruptions created
A business angel, or angel investor as they are also known, is an individual who invests in a company, typically after seeing the startup pitch
Dr Ghazala Aziz-Scott, specialist in women’s health at The Marion Gluck Clinic explores how the menopause can affect working women and how they can go about discussing this problem with their employer and create a more open and caring workplace.
Harnessing the power of human emotions will be needed to fill job vacancies and stem the tide of resignations after the pandemic, say experts. In
Here’s how you can use the government’s R&D tax credits scheme as a launchpad for your new business, writes CEO at Myriad Associates, Barrie Dowsett.
As we celebrate International Happiness at Work Week 2021, Real Business are encouraging you and your workforce to be happy, starting at the place you probably spend most of your time. Spiritual leader and mindfulness expert, Arika Trimnell gives her take on what you should be doing to be more mindful in the workplace, and how you should encourage your team to be doing them same.
We believe that one of the main priorities as a business owner is to look after your workforce, and as we celebrate ‘International Happiness at Work Week 2021’, we have been highlighting how you can do this. Renowned Neurophysiologist, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan explains how you can increase your energy levels through the simple things, which can make the biggest difference to you and your workforce’s happiness.
We all know how important exercise is within our daily routines; not just for our body but for the sanity of our mind too. This is especially true with the busy schedule of our workforce. Founder of The Engagement Coach, Amrit Sandhar, describes the positive impact physical activity could provide within your work environment.
In 1984, Lashings Bar was challenged to a game of cricket in the famous Mote Park by another local pub, The Minstrel, after another team
The money-making journey is different for everyone. Some people have a very well-paid job, and they never need to consider potential extra revenue streams from
If you’re thinking about starting a new business, have you considered e-commerce? E-commerce involves selling products or providing services online, and it can be highly
If you’ve ever purchased software for either personal or business use, it’s likely you’ve bought proprietary software. Whilst you will have purchased a license to
Celebrity hairstylist and founder of HNB Salon and Spa, Steph Stevenson says customer loyalty “is no easy feat” but successfully executing a loyalty program revamp can be something your SME may be missing. Stevenson explains to Real Business how.
Mission Commander and Billionaire, Jared Isaacman and his team, ‘Inspiration4′, are set to be the first all-civilian orbital mission to space this afternoon, nearly 50 years after the United States’ first space station was launched. What can a small business today learn something from a relatively unknown part of NASA’s Space Program? Dwight Steven-Boniecki, director of the film Searching For Skylab: America’s Forgotten Triumph explains.
Opening your own shop can be a daunting task but it can also be very rewarding. A successful shop will enable you to be your
Last Summer we prepared ourselves for a job crisis, instead businesses are struggling to fill positions. It was reported this morning by The Office of National Statistics (ONS) that job vacancies in the UK have risen above one million; a new record high.
Founder and CEO of Umii, Georgia Wheadon, launched her app to try to combat on-campus isolation, a nationwide issue that has worsened during the pandemic. She now works with
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we work and run businesses. Online teams are now a part of everyday life and this has brought
Adults are choosing to get orthodontic treatment to make their teeth straighter because there are a variety of options available to them, depending on the
Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Miappi, Toby Britton, explains how your SME can adopt an influencer loyalty marketing strategy to in a bid to keep up with competition and cultivate a strong customer community.
Not so long ago, there was a time in which you would need to get a university degree if you wanted to get the job
Reading the latest business headlines makes for rather a surreal experience now. Previous predictions of financial freefall, mass job losses and overheating interest rates have been turned on their heads. The good news is that demand is well and truly back with a bang.
Addictions Therapist and Founder of Love With Boundaries, Candace Plattor, explains what you can do to help your loved one who is feeling overwhelmed at work, all through the power of self-respect and self-care.
Real Business sat down with Michael Lillelund and Shaun Houghton from My Gold Platform, the bespoke gold company that trades physical gold internationally, offering customers reliable investing advice and secure delivery or storage.
Many businesses begin their life as a sole trader, with just one person working on a self-employed basis. However, if your business really takes off
A franchise is a type of business that offers an entrepreneur the opportunity to buy into a proven and successful business model. Buying a franchise
Loyalty and rewards programs can help businesses increase their customer lifetime value and customer retention. In order to, compete with high technology-driven consumer companies like Amazon, Apple, or PayPal, for repeated business and to build customer relationship by providing personalised content or discounts and value for money.
There are various types of loyalty programs but what are some of the key strategies for launching a successful rewards program?
In the business world, it is inevitable that disputes will arise. This is part and parcel of every competitive industry, but these disputes can be
Many entrepreneurs start their business as a sole trader, but want to grow and take on more staff. As your company grows, you may find
There’s a common misconception that SMEs aren’t aware of cybersecurity threats. However, in reality, it’s not that SMEs aren’t aware of threats, more that they’re
When an employee returns to work after sickness absence, it can be a challenging transition. Conducting a return to work interview can help the employee
Olga Andrienko, VP of Marketing at Semrush suggests why your SME should start to implement video platforms such as YouTube within your marketing strategy.
Protecting business ideas is a crucial step in every entrepreneur’s journey. Your idea may seem like a small thing now, but you don’t know what
The online shopping boom has almost doubled activity in the shipping and distribution sector over the last five years. After the temporary shock of COVID-19,
Deferred tax is the accumulation of taxes that are not paid or deducted during a current tax period but are instead deferred to future periods.
How do we create customer loyalty? Often, a customer is drawn to a brand or SME by a specific product or service. For small-to-medium sized
In the past decade, technology has grown exponentially and has affected our everyday way of life and impacted almost every industry, including international business. Technology
Do you have a small business and are looking to attract customers in your local area? Businesses such as restaurants, cafes, hairdressers and shop fronts
SME brands might be at risk of trademark trolls, brand clashes, and unexpected court battles. We sat down with Jon Paton, Director at The Trademark
“Consumer finance” is a broad term for any arrangement where a customer is loaned money so that they can make a purchase. This loan may
In the business world, it is inevitable that disputes will arise. This is part and parcel of every competitive industry, but these disputes can be
A franchise is a type of business that offers an entrepreneur the opportunity to buy into a proven and successful business model. Buying a franchise
The market stall is a timeless institution and many people still prefer shopping at the market rather than in big modern stores. Market stalls often
Real Business sits down with the Managing Director of Stokes Tea & Coffee, Nick Peel to talk about the current, unprecedented challenges for SMEs throughout the UK.
Co-founder of Shine for Women, Caroline Whaley, explores how you can take a leap of faith by changing careers just as she did after a senior career in global brand marketing for Nike.
Family businesses have been the backbone of the UK economy for many years. Small local firms that punch way above their weight, larger companies that go multinational, all backed and supported by a strong work ethic, a willingness to succeed and unrivalled dedication to the family and the company. Managing Director and Founder of Polypouch UK, Stephen Frankel finds out what you can do to run a family business.
Compliance consultants are arguably the most important type of consultant, especially when your business experiences any form of rapid growth. This is because a compliance
Sales managers and marketing managers are both responsible for managing and organising their respective divisions within a company. While sales managers and marketing managers may
Founder and Managing Director of Avandis Consulting, Dr Anino Emuwa talks through why fintech is the darling of investors.
Over the years, entrepreneurs have become more and more associated with creativity. So much so that when you meet an entrepreneur (especially a successful one),
When your loved one is overwhelmed from work, do you wonder how you can help? You may have seen a variety of ways they try to handle those work demands, with differing degrees of success. Addictions Therapist and Founder of Love With Boundaries, Candace Plattor, explains what you can do to help.
For most B2B SaaS companies, the product demo is one of the essential aspects of their sales process. In many cases, the performance of the
As the Tokyo Olympics are finally about to begin, journalists and sports leaders are formatting their tables to count the number of shiny round pieces of metal that our nation’s athletes bring back. Olympic medallist and business coach discusses the ‘results fallacy’, and how much of an impact the craving to win is really having on the workplace and society as a whole.
Anna-Sophie Hartvigsen, partner and co-founder of Female Invest, explores the unaddressed gender disparity in finance, investments and savings, and explains how women can take the simple step of learning to invest in order to make a difference.
A record number of people who have come into contact with an infected individual are being forced to self-isolate, whereby most have been ‘pinged’ by the NHS contact-tracing app. Having already produced significant disruptions for many SMEs and critical services already, the “Pingdemic” threatens to undermine the efforts of the country and it’s 6 million SMEs it inhabits who have tried to keep afloat over the past 16 month.
As an exporter, one of the biggest challenges in the export business is the waiting period between shipping goods (or providing services) to an overseas
Debt financing is a type of financial arrangement where you borrow money from a lender or creditor for a certain period over time and at
In the world of business, ‘finance’ and ‘economics’ are two words that are often used interchangeably despite the stark differences between them. As an entrepreneur,
No matter how hard your management team works at improving your business strategies and structures, sometimes you need an expert, objective pair of eyes to
A decade ago, partial exits were a fairly rare occurrence for entrepreneurs. Buzzacott’s corporate finance director Andy Hodgetts explains why private equity houses in particular have more of an appetite for partial exits, becoming a very attractive middle ground for many entrepreneurs.
The National Food Strategy Plan, led by businessman Henry Dimbleby, has stated that the food industry exploits our nation’s poorest, as fast food and high-food products are typically more affordable and more readily available to those on a strict budget. The report has advised the government to hike taxes on ingredients like salt and sugar; this would inevitably raise production costs and market prices, discouraging people from turning to the high-calorie foods like confectionary and cheese.
Getting a good night’s sleep is the worst kept secret when it comes to productivity and success within business and decision making, but, neurophysiologist and sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan explains how you can do more to train your brain, and be the best version of yourself beyond the advised 8 hours.
If you are a dedicated LinkedIn user, you may have heard of the Pretty Little Marketer page. We chatted to its creator, Sophie Miller, about how young professionals, freelancers, or individuals looking to enter a new industry can make their own experience and boost their personal brand without relying on traditional employment.
“Maybe our greatest gift to the future leaders of business is teaching them to fail”, Alison McClymont
Leading child psychologist, Alison McClymont talks through the ways we can encourage our future business leaders to fail fast, grow-up with strong emotional intelligence and accept that vulnerability is ok.
TikTok are piloting their latest addition to platform: TikTok Resumes. Currently only available in the USA, the new feature in the app will help employers find their ideal candidates through short, creative videos while also helping users find new career opportunities and apply through TikTok’s easy-to-use tools.
From TV-host to Author turned Cook, Real Business catches up with Capri Cafaro on why she is empowering entrepreneurs through her female equality activism and the importance of food for creating unity. The former Ohio State Senator explains the significance of food during her time in government, frequently leading to productive conversations while reaching over the political aisle.
In the late 1990s, a father-son team from Slovakia to create the ultimate vehicle anti-theft device. They succeeded, and to this day no thief has yet
What is the role of information technology in business? Information technology or the IT department is a crucial part of any company of business as
This afternoon, 7-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, and Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering, co-chaired and published ‘Accelerating Change: Improving Representation of Black People in UK Motorsport’. But, what does this mean for SMEs across the UK? Real Business finds out.
If the Euros 2020 taught us one thing, it’s that we can all come together if we have a common ground. The 26-strong England squad encouraged and included everyone. Everyone of all cultures, religions, backgrounds, sexes, ages and more to be as one, as we all gained a mutual interest and understanding of one another’s joy – and pain. TV host, Cook, and Author, Capri Cafaro talks through how you can instil that same culture within your workplace all with the simplicity of food.
Whether you are thinking about starting a business, or you are already in the early days of running your small business, you might be thinking
Strategic and effective marketing is more important to the success of your business than ever before. In the age of the internet, you’ll need a
Careers in finance are well-known for their healthy salaries and clear routes of career progression. And with those holding advanced finance qualifications commanding the highest
It’s not easy to find leadership role models when you look around public life but there is one that stands out this summer: Gareth Southgate. His style, approach and thoughtfulness as a leader has led to sustainable results on the pitch as well as a positive impact off it.
Renowned celebrity hairstylist and founder of HNB Salon and Spa, Steph Stevenson knows first hand how demanding customer-facing roles are. The idea of always being on your A-game, allowing room for positivity on your darkest days and ensuring you’re delivering the best quality service has to take it’s toll on your workforce at some point.
If you have signed an employment contract stipulating a three month notice period, here are the facts that you need to know: You are duty
The past year has brought a fundamental change to the way we think about business and working environments, shifting expectations of what’s possible for employees
If the past year has taught us anything it’s that sticking to the same business model and strategy just won’t do anymore. Many businesses have had to extend their offering to keep afloat such as moving their services online and some have had to completely alter their product temporarily until normal trading begins, whatever that new normal may be or look like. Some have even been online but are now considering bricks and mortar premises to enable them to re connect with their customers in a new, post-pandemic way.
An apprenticeship can be a great opportunity for both an apprentice and their employer. The apprentice will learn skills which will enable them to progress
The pandemic has dramatically accelerated the rate of digital adoption amongst the UK’s small business community. What needs to happen now is the signposting of
Last year, not all firms could offer remote working options for employees, but many of those who were able to are now considering how they can blend the best of home working with the best of working at physical premises.
Employees’ expectations have also changed for good. According to Microsoft’s recent Work Trend Index, 71 percent of UK workers want flexible remote work options to stay. Data from the CIPD shows that 65 percent of employers offered no option to work from home before the pandemic, a figure that has now fallen to 37 percent.
As SMEs now look at their return to physical premises, business owners and leaders can build the true hybrid workplace of the future. And there’s a strong reason to do so.
The global pandemic has set new precedents in our attitudes towards how, where, and when we work. Lockdowns taught us that so much more can be done remotely than we ever thought possible and proved to the UK workforce that a large percentage of businesses could facilitate remote working structures – and now it could be here to stay.
As labour markets become increasingly competitive, SMEs must make sure they stand out as businesses that will invest in their workforce, show care and compassion towards their wellbeing, and be flexible in how their employees’ work.
Over the past year, we have had so much time to confront deeply rooted habits and make small changes to our lifestyles that benefit our health and wellbeing. One of the main ones: moderating our alcohol intake. Real Business had the opportunity to sit down with CEO of Lucky Saint, Luke Boase, to talk about how his company’s non-alcoholic beer is shaking up the drinking industry.
Described as a “punk” ethos, BrewDog was and is built on a cult of personality, with the “craft” beer giant priding themselves on being a company where every Millennial and Gen-Z crave to work. But it was the same punk cult that has allegedly left 300 former employees in fear when an open letter from, Punks with Purpose published at the start of the month.
With customers across the world using their mobile devices more and more to make purchases, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure you have your
It’s something that we all learn at school and, at one level, it’s a pretty easy skill, says Charlie Laidlaw.
The makers of Hunted, Masterchef, and The Island with Bear Grylls are developing a new and exciting television project, putting UK entrepreneurs through their paces.
Salaries are often kept quiet as an agreement between employees and bosses to prevent disputes and conflict. However, this secrecy can subsequently promote the unfair gender pay gap that favours men in the workplace.
Are brands using performative activism during Pride as a good PR opportunity?
The role of human resource management has been around in business, at least in a simple form, since the late 18th century. During the industrial
The rise of different COVID-19 variants may keep delaying the recovery of the travel industry, making it difficult to forecast its recovery.
It’s no mystery that technology has brought impressive changes. Most businesses wouldn’t be able to run profitably without keeping up with changing technologies. But
Real Business is excited to announce it is a proud partner of the 2021 Growing Business Awards. The awards recognise exceptional growing business throughout the
When it comes to the working world, you basically have two options available to you: work for yourself or work for someone else. If you’re
The COVID pandemic has created a crisis for many businesses. It has forced entire industries to change how they operate overnight and rapidly adapt to
If you own and run a business, registering for VAT should be something that you give some thought to. While it is necessary for certain
It is understandable to feel overwhelmed by information in the eternally evolving world we live in. But, by educating yourself and listening to people’s experiences and feelings, you can always become a better ally to the LGBTQ+ community in the workplace.
You may have heard that sole traders have unlimited liability, but what does that actually mean” And how does that affect how a sole trader
When you complete a tax return for your company, you will be asked for your turnover. This tax return will be submitted to both HMRC
Even before the government issued a mandate for people to stay home and work remotely wherever possible, remote working was becoming more popular. There are
Over the past year, the government has been under mounting pressure to help support those affecting by the COVID crisis. Schemes were made to help support those in-need, but were certain groups abandoned Over three million freelancers and self-employed workers across the country certainly think so.
If you’re setting up a limited company and are confused about how much money that you should set aside for tax payments, or want to
As a business owner in the UK, there are many different responsibilities and obligations that befall on you. It can be tricky to know when
Are you a newly registered sole trader and trying to determine how you’ll extract money from your business” Being self-employed as a sole trader is
Have you recently started a business as a sole trader” Or are you thinking about starting one Starting a business doesn’t come without its challenges
Dog walking as a side business, or even as a small business venture, is becoming more popular. All you need is close proximity to dog
Starting a business doesn’t come without its initial expenses, and an effective way to gain funding for things like stationery, rent, website packages and other
Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Miappi, Toby Britton talks through why your business should start considering building up your brand community to have a competitive advantage particularly in a saturated market, and why it could be your secret weapon.
Agata Nowakowska, Area VP EMEA at Skillsoft, discusses the rapid evolution of the modern workforce and how this should be reflected in new approaches to learning and development.
Working from home has become more popular, especially over the last year. Many people have realised the benefits of flexible working, avoiding the commute, and
Dr Ghazala Aziz-Scott, specialist in women’s health at The Marion Gluck Clinic explores how the menopause can affect working women and how they can go about discussing this problem with their employer and create a more open and caring workplace.
The hospitality industry jumped for joy today as it was announced that indoor venues are now allowed to welcome people back through their doors. Restaurants, pubs, and bars are no longer restricted to outside-only service and can now serve their patrons without curfews, though guests do need to remain seated when eating or drinking and establishments need to enforce table service only when ordering or paying.
Many industries that once relied on live and in-person events have adjusted to online and virtual set-ups with significant success. London Fashion Week, a highly
Over the past decade or so, social media marketing has really taken the world by storm. Social media platforms, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter,
With many businesses starting to open back up, are we ready to return to the office To be ready, we must understand the needs and requirements of our employees.
In the UK alone, there are around 1,000 franchise systems, with more than 22,000 individual franchisees. Franchises employ approximately 710,000 people and bring in more
When the government announced plans to broaden the Right to Buy initiative and improve access to affordable housing, it was welcomed as a positive move
Habits can help you get ahead in life, or they can hinder your progress, development, and happiness. The good news is that you can cultivate
Amazon.com was founded way back in 1994, and for decades it was known as the internet’s one-stop-shop for buying practically anything you can imagine at
Flexibility is often a key asset in the world of business and in unprecedented times, it can be the difference between sinking or swimming. So, when a thriving opportunity presented itself to businessman Jani Moran, he stepped into a completely new market and threw his support behind a world changing product.
Excel holds a mythical place amongst software that financial professionals use. No matter how advanced data technology gets, Excel has retained its place as the
Interview: “I think it’s very important to take a step back and think about what you can do to let go” says SEO Entrepeneur, Steve Grant
Founder of Figment Agency, Entrepreneur and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) guru, Steve Grant talks to Real Business about knocking on the doors of Penny Lane business owners in the 90s, how a life-changing trauma has given him a new approach to business management, and why it’s crucial for SMEs to start focusing on their SEO strategies.
Is there a business that you have your eye on” Being a business owner can offer you financial freedom and a solid platform to express
As with any major push in social justice, more companies are waking up and addressing racial inequality, but with that comes critics widely panning the notion of diversity training claiming to be ineffective or at worst likely to cause harm. Founder and CEO at In Diverse Company, Johanna Beresford discusses what you need to do to embed anti-racism within your company culture, without scratching upon Unconscious Bias Training.
Jack Pretty’s men’s designer fashion and athleisure brand has gone from strength to strength. Initially using his connections with footballers and boxers, and making full
Equity release activity remained high throughout 2020, as homeowners sought to leverage the money tied up in their homes to weather the storm of the
With the stamp duty holiday having been extended until the end of September at the earliest, motivation among movers and buyers is high. Particularly among
When an employee announces their pregnancy to their employer, there are mixed feelings. Of course, from a personal point of view, you’re really happy that
What was once a Generation Z hang out, is now an app spanning all demographics and industries. TikTok can be a powerful platform for your marketing strategy, propelling engagement and potentially achieving leads. Leading female entrepreneur and talent representative, Jessica Henig explains why your SME should be including TikTok within it’s marketing strategy now, before it’s too late.
April Fool’s Day: a day where brands jump at the chance to generate laughs or drive home bigger messages, with the hope to create traction and impressions on their social platforms. Want to know who took the lead when it came to comic relief this April Fool’s Day 2021″ Real Business found out, so you don’t have to.
Legal disputes can be time-consuming and costly, especially to small business owners who may not have the funds for adequate legal representation. The more you
Running a business is stressful – even if you do what you love. 2020 was a particularly difficult year for most people and you may
Are you a new female entrepreneur or thinking of starting your own business” Founder of SEAMS and female entrepreneur, Karen J Gerrard, shares her tips that she learnt along throughout her entrepreneurial journey.
Have you ever noticed that what you think about has a direct impact on your behaviour” Rarely do actions lead to thought, instead, your thoughts
Karen J Gerrard’s hand care empire has made her brand, SEAMS, a favourite among sewers and craftspeople throughout the UK – now recognised in the country’s most reputable newspapers and lifestyle magazines as a top pick hand care cream. Here, she talks about the road to SEAMS, life as an entrepreneur and why she is motivated being a woman in business.
Serial entrepreneur, Anthony Chadwick talks through what he think business leaders should do in-order to stay on top once the world starts getting back to it’s norm.
From Liverpool to Singapore: How Anthony O’Brien’s Digital Marketing Vision Is Now A Global Powerhouse
Real Business catches up with Digital Marketing mogul and Liverpool business leader, Anthony O’Brien to find out what makes his business stand-out above the rest, how he has dealt with the challenges of the pandemic and where he sees the company going within the next decade.
From Walt Disney to Jeff Bezos, from Cath Kidston to Oprah, some people just seem to have what it takes to build a business empire.
The key to effective fleet management is recognising what “effective” really means. To some businesses fleet management is a function absorbed into other roles and
Mental exhaustion is nothing new for working mums, but the pandemic has brought a whole new meaning of fatigue, with some unable to do either job as a mum or as a business owner, well. Founders of The Positive Planners and mental health campaigners, Ali McDowall and Finn Prevett discuss the reality of being a working-mum amidst the pandemic.
Leaving the comfort and security of your 9-5 to pursue a passion is daunting, but it is highly rewarding if done right. Before you do, you want to ensure you’re prepared in every way possible. Author and social media expert, Unsah Malik, did just that amidst the pandemic, and now she is sharing her top tips to flourish as a new business owner.
Work is a strange thing: sometimes you find yourself excited to get to work and motivated for the day, week, or project ahead of you.
This International Women’s Day we once again turn our attention to gender equality in the workplace. It’s an important opportunity to take stock of progress and look forwards to what more we can all do to ensure a culture of female inclusion in organisations from entry-level, right to the top.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we take a moment to recognise the incredible social, political, cultural and economical achievements of women. This year’s theme is #ChoosetoChallenge, with a call to action for stepping up for gender injustice and challenge inequity. The 8th of March is and should be an important day for everyone, but it also marks a whole year of women wearing multiple hats, both personally and professionally throughout their pandemic journeys. 2020 was a year like no other, but what can we learn from the superwomen who took it in their stride
This year has fundamentally altered the approach businesses will take to their real estate portfolios. Within the course of a few days – or even overnight – business premises were vacated and, ten months later, many remain empty or at very low occupancy.
PayPal is the go-to payment gateway provider for millions of businesses – with over 20 million active merchant accounts. However, despite its attractive familiarity and ease-of-use, PayPal is holding many of these businesses back, who ultimately miss out on the rewards available to those who switch providers. But what exactly are the pitfalls of PayPal merchant accounts and how can businesses benefit by switching providers?
Agility and for some, a complete pivot has been a common occurrence for many British SMEs throughout the pandemic. Businesses have realised it is near impossible to communicate with the consumer without the omni-channels of technology. Olga Andrienko, Head of Global Marketing at Semrush talks through how organisations have shifted their business and skill-set to digital and the advances of voice technology.
With over 11 million of us suffering from a disability, it is crucial that you consider accessibility throughout the web design process. Technical Director of Rouge Media, Stu Taylor talks through his top tips for a web design that fits all.
The foreign exchange (FX) market is one of the largest in the world, worth billions of pounds. And for those navigating the market wisely, there are significant savings available. However, businesses which enter the market blindly risk landing themselves with eye-watering fees, even when conducting the smallest of transactions.
The pandemic has made raising capital a real challenge for many business owners. Although the government’s bounce back and CBILS loan schemes have largely been a success, restrictions have continued for far longer than anticipated by many. As such, we’re witnessing business owners with fixed outgoings struggle for cash flow as their business either faces restricted trade or continued closure.
Competition is instilled in us from a young age, usually with good intentions to improve performance. But has competition forced us to kill collaboration, stifle motivation and actually hold us back” Olympian, former diplomat, business coach and author of ‘The Long Win’, Dr Cath Bishop, discusses how to do competition collaboratively as opposed to the win/lose binary thinking.
Real Business talks to one-woman-wonder, entrepreneur and PR expert Lauren Lunn Farrow. Lauren worked in Celebrity PR for 17 years with clients and brands including Lorraine Kelly, NBC Universal, Fake Bake, The Health Lottery, Sharon Osbourne, HRVY and Kelly Osbourne. Now she runs The Expert Agency looking after trusted experts and voices.
The scare of cinemas dying out has been the fear for movie enthusiasts even before the pandemic, but has the death of cinemas become a reality or is it just scaremongering” John Sullivan, founding director of The Big Picture Global Cinema Consultancy tells all.
Would you walk away from a high-paying job, move country with your young family and start a brand-new venture from the ground up during a global pandemic Perhaps not, but that’s exactly what Laurence Brannigan did in summer 2020. And his crazy notion is paying off.
Looking at the flowchart below, one doesn’t need to be an expert in flowchart reading to understand this chart’s instructions.
If a website is badly designed or missing certain elements, this is only amplified if you have a disability. Accessible websites are crucial.
A new year and in the midst of yet another lockdown, how will employers and employees fair with continued disruption to business and working life Employment lawyer, Russell Dann discusses the route out of lockdown, furlough, working from home and the legacy the pandemic will likely have on employment law.
The ONS continues to report an increasing number of people losing their jobs and businesses being forced into insolvency, with two thirds of businesses said to be at risk of collapse. Stephen O?Dowd, Senior Director of Litigation Funding at Harbour explains how litigation funding can help companies survive these unprecedented times.
With employees working effectively from home, will we start to see the 9-5 working day become more fluid Business Psychologist, Nelson Furtado explores.
As the COVID-19 crisis hit in March 2020 many initially commented that it didn?t discriminate. Not in recent years has the nation collectively experienced the challenges to mental wellbeing brought about by the current pandemic. New research reveals insights on how events have impacted the UK workforce.
“Why are we attacked for making money?” Female millionaires anger at receiving hateful messages after sharing their success online. The main reason could be societal taboos around exploring our feelings about money and female financial freedom.
There’s no time like the present for businesses looking to plan and prepare for a financially sound 2021. Jon Maycock, Commercial Director at Propel Finance, shares his advice on ways you can help ensure a sound future.
With some businesses experiencing a rise in productivity as staff work remotely, many firms are re-evaluating the purpose of their office space. HR Consultant at The Spectra Group, Tahlia Morton shares her views on what this may mean for the future workplace.
Shareholders are at risk of being treated differently and unfairly over dividend payments during the coronavirus pandemic, Lynsey Burke, senior associate at law firm Nelsons”has warned.
Beating an addiction isn’t easy. For Jack Symons, gambling was his vice. Overcoming his addiction led to him founding a revolutionary app, Gamban. Here’s his business story.
Jenny Vadasz, owner of Aspire Accounts, encourages clients to take risks. Not your usual accountant, she recommends her SME clients jump off a cliff. And her unusual methods pay dividends.
With ?normal” life feeling more out of reach than ever, 2021 looks set to be just as disruptive and unpredictable as 2020. Here, Harry Fenner, shares four ways he’s helping his team to beat the January blues.
The pandemic had a significant effect on various commercial property types primarily office spaces, hospitality venues and retail outlets. Nataliya Healey, Partner at Primas Law and specialist commercial real estate lawyer, shares her view.
Small business leaders share the trends that have emerged in their markets in 2020, how they’ve innovated to stay ahead and what they’re doing to prepare for 2021.
With businesses around the globe having to close their offices and adapt to remote working, we talk to commercial property experts to find out what impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on commercial property values.
Small businesses are VOLUNTARILY closing due to economic uncertainty and fears over Capital Gains Tax rises
Despite insolvencies being an a record low in over a decade, a large number of businesses are voluntarily closing down due to the economic uncertainty around coronavirus and fears over a possible increase in Capital Gains Tax.
With employees likely continue to work remotely well in to 2021, legal expert Debbie Sadler explains what businesses should be doing to ensure they remain within legal HR structures.
Groubook: East Midlands businessmanBradley Gough launches a business during the pandemic in the hospitality sector despite devastation in industry.
Following one of the most difficult years in decades there is an increased appetite for real change. Thom Dennis, CEO at Serenity in Leadership, shares ten reasons why diversity is so vital and may well be the key to healthier times in 2021.
“COVID-19 for me is just another event. How you respond to this event is what will separate your business from the rest.” So says serial business advisor and author, Geoff Hudson-Searle, sharing his top 2021 business predictions.
As their customers move online to conduct their shopping, more businesses are turning to e-commerce . Andy Bojko, Director at Hidepark Leather, offers three essential tips on how businesses can successfully implement small changes to their website to succeed in 2021.
With a UK-EU post-Brexit trade deal on the horizon, Real Business rounds up responses from the business community on SME investment and private sector growth in 2021.
Improvise, adapt and overcome is a phrase often used to describe the process of resilience. But this only describes the process and does nothing to tell us how we can be good at it. Richard Lawrence, CEO of CounterStrike explains how businesses can use the theory of wargaming to become more resilient and grow stronger teams.
The impact of Covid-19 shows how essential it is for employees to get a proper break as this year draws to a close, yet 40% of UK workers plan to work through the holidays.
As we rapidly approach the end of 2020 it’s clear that many charitable organisations may not last the winter, let alone into 2021 and beyond. Can businesses help charities survive into 2021, asks Dr Nik Kotecha OBE.
Workplace dreams are on the rise for more than half of Brits (52%) currently working from home.
Is returning to work safe How can employers ensure a COVID-19 secure office space in the face of changing pandemic rules and employee expectations?
Google search data reveals that we may be in danger of a January 2021 ?burnout spike .
One of the UK’s leading insurance brokerages for small businesses has urged companies to apply for new quotes in 2021, rather than renewing automatically.
Sacrificing every Saturday to attend a two-year NVQ course, Marc Rigby dedicated his time, energy and cash to increase his knowledge of specialist engineering. Twenty years on, and now owner and managing director of Emtec Climate Solutions Ltd, he has an enviable list of clients, including many high profile data centres, Centrica and the NHS.
As a company, it is important to be aware of the process and the correct steps that should be taken when employing someone new.
Copyright law arose to protect human-centred creativity from being copied. But should AI-generated content be afforded the same protections” Rebecca Deegan shares the views of the British Copyright Council
McCann Bespoke combine ?modern-day aesthetics with the classic virtues of British tailoring” to bring high-end, tailored craftsmanship to suit the tastes, preferences and demands of their customers. We talk to founder Neil McCann about how he’s bringing bespoke tailoring into the 21st century.
What motivates your staff to come to work” Money is an obvious answer, and an important one. But it doesn’t fully explain why your staff feel motivated, demotivated or somewhere in between.
As we say farewell to 2020 there are plenty of positives to take from this year of change and challenges. Magnus Geverts at Calabrio sums up the lessons learned and reveals his top 3 predictions for 2021.
The birth of Leadership Needs Analysis: A post-crisis focus on what is relevant to your business success
When it comes to leadership development, how do you determine how much investment should be made Founder and Managing Director of Blackmore Four, Matthew Emerson explains
Juggle Jobs founder Romanie Thomas responds to Jessica Butcher’s comments about women’s rights in the context of her recent appointment to the EHRC
Even Honest Abe was an introvert and look how that helped a once-fledging nation innovate! Here’s how to unlock the power of introverts in your company to boost innovation.
A new report reveals pent up demand for hospitality could add as much as £15.9 billion into the economy, but a ?7.8 billion loss due to the tiered lockdown.
Uday Tank explains how teaching English to foreign learners (TEFL) works and outlines the six countries that may hire non-native English speakers to do so.
The Chancellor announced that the Government will provide billions of pounds to invest in the UK’s economic recovery in a spending review.
As 2020 draws to a close, we look at some of the businesses that have reached unicorn status this year despite the pandemic.
Real Business meets serial entrepreneur and self-made man Jonny “Fizz” Welch to talk about his unique marketing agency, life pre- and post-Covid and how he and his team are helping businesses grow through friendship, kindness and creative passion.
Introvert expert Joanna Rawbone offers expert advice to employers and managers on how to engage and retain introverted employee talent.
Real Business talks to Julianne Ponan, CEO of Creative Nature, about her concerns about how the Brexit transition is likely to go and the moves
Real Business talks to James McGoldrick, co-owner of Bradfords Gifts, about how the company is navigating Brexit to ensure a smooth transition.
Real Business talks to Jerome Brustlein, COO of Fenton, about how the independent jewellery company is navigating Brexit for a smooth transition.
While the Government has extended the deadline past January 2021 in some cases, food producers, manufacturers and retailers need to prepare for new requirements for food labelling coming into force on 1 January 2021, warns legal expert Amy Peacey
If you’re a UK business with goods you need to move in or out of Europe, you should move them NOW, before potential tariffs post 1st January 2021. Tax expert Andrew Oury explains.
Off The Grain: Here’s how Dominic Walsh turned his passion project into a successful business during the pandemic.
Employment tribunal delays show courts are under massive pressure, leaving claimants stuck waiting until December 2021.
Zero-knowledge is an alternative name for private, end-to-end encryption. Here’s why that matters to your business.
UK workers less likely to talk to managers about experiencing mental health problems since lockdown, fearing ?repercussions” of job loss.
Business psychologist Pearn Kandola’s Stuart Duff explains the ups and downs of remote working in the long term. Here’s what you need to know.
Independent jeweller Roseanna Croft believes that personalisation and made-to-order products can save the broken retail sector post-Covid.
There’s no doubt about it, business jargon can be annoying – especially when it’s overused or, even worse, misused. Here’s a list of 30 of the most overused and annoying business jargon terms and what they really mean.
Three new support measures announced as Chancellor vows to “go further”. The three new measures are designed to help workers and businesses through the winter months and second wave of coronavirus.
Business owners can make smart tactical and strategic changes that help ensure greater team engagement and increased performance. Here, Nick Matthews, of Culture Amp, offers four practical approaches to drive employee productivity.
Logistics is the invisible industry that drives global economies, and when logistics fail, waste creeps in. Logmore’s QR tags trump RFID technology, unlocking new types of value to the supply chain.
A CCTV company recording 20 years in business used lockdown to reinvent itself and focus on national growth. Here, Adrian Standerwick, director of Active CCTV shares his story of rising against adversity.
Preventing, managing and resolving team conflict isn’t easy, but it is an essential leadership skill. Director and co-founder of Consensio, Alexandra Efthymiades, offers three top tips on how to deal with workplace conflict.
New research reveals returning to work may be fraught with more challenges than small business owners may expect as employee expectations shift.
How do you inject humanity back into businesses” Ask the question ?what would a really good human do now?” in the most challenging situations, says Anna Bar?z-Brown, co-founder of Shine.
The coronavirus comeback: Online tools are the secret weapon for small businesses, says Google director
Difficult situations usually challenge us to think differently and channel our creativity, says Google’s Kim Spalding. Here’s how online tools can help.
Katherine Jones wanted a Prosecco reduced in sugar and calories, so she created one and launched ThinK Wine Group. This is the story behind the brand.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces further measures to support businesses forced to close due to Coronavirus restrictions. Rachel Meadows, head of proposition, pensions and savings at Broadstone, explains what the new Job Support Scheme measures mean for businesses of all sizes.
Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins explains why working from home impacts productivity and our economic recovery. What’s the solution?
Shutdown shocks local economies: UK businesses respond to Chancellor’s local lockdown and JSS extension plans
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the extension of its Job Support Scheme and new economic measures to support businesses in local lockdown. UK business owners and legal experts respond.
Businesses need to take action now to prepare for the UK’s new start on 1 January 2021, says Business Secretary Alok Sharma in a letter to over 600,000 firms across the UK.
Crowdcube and Seedrs plan to merge to create one of the world’s largest private equity marketplaces to take on the UK’s £12bn equity funding market.
Using the IP Chapters as “political giveaways” in the on-going trade negotiations could have a damaging and long-lasting impact on creative industries. Rebecca Deegan, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the British Copyright Council, sheds light on the issue.
New research reveals that almost half of young people aged 16-25 in the UK have changed their career plans since the lockdown started. More than half find the concept of launching their own business appealing.
Only a fraction of employees feel their organisation met their needs during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic. What does this mean for you?
When people are working together on a daily basis, conflict is inevitable. While it’s impossible to avoid conflicts altogether, if handled right, constructive conflict can actually work to bring a team closer together. We hear from experts about how to successfully manage conflict within a team.
The team at Barcelona based tech firm, Iomob have used their period of self-isolation to build an app that ensures safer travel during COVID-19.
Communicating in the workplace is no longer a simple task. Years ago it couldn’t have been easier – if you wanted to talk to someone or get something done, then you would just pick up the phone. There’s now a plethora of tech-based options, but you needn’t be a slave to them.
As the employers grapple with decisions around how to bring people back to the office, fairness around office rota decisions and implementation is a top employee concern.
Ryan Trost, CTO and co-founder of ThreatQuotient discusses the impacts of relying on the cloud as nearly all businesses had to operate from home. As more remote employees placed vital data into the cloud, this creates more entry points that are vulnerable and open for cyber attackers to exploit.
Professor Richard Kneller, University of Nottingham, explains why cloud computing is driving business growth.
85% of UK workers admit to slacking off when working from home according to a new survey of over 2000 UK employees.
American author, business coach and influencer, Jeff Wolf writes about the biggest lessons Shark Tank can teach you about communication skills.
Despite the coronavirus-led dent on the travel sector, vacation rental company Holidu is growing rapidly and eyes further expansion with funding from former Booking.com CEO Kees Koolen.
Aside from posing a substantial worldwide health risk, research has found that Coronavirus also poses a significant security risk to businesses of all sizes. METCloud’s Ian Vickers shares best practice advice on how to keep your work teams cyber secure.
Working in a team often comes with challenges, but how you overcome them is the most important thing. We’ve highlighted 10 of the most common challenges of teamwork, and what you can do to overcome them.
Many IT experts recommend small and medium sized businesses use open source software as a key part of their IT strategy. So, what is open source, and is it really the best way to build out the technology needs of your business”
Generation Z’s lifestyle habits could open up new niche markets for businesses.
As Britain begins to recover from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, copyright licensing is more important than ever, explains Rebecca Deegan, Director of Policy & Public Affairs at the British Copyright Council.
Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins calls on every business owner to support the Chancellor’s Kickstart scheme to create new jobs for young people despite COVID.
Bestselling author and behavioural psychologist, Martin Lindstrom launches a COVID-safe travel tips e-book titled “Travel Truth and Lies Unmasked .
Movies, TV programs and books have played a part in our lives for decades. So, from Darth Vader and Walter White to Iron Man and James T. Kirk, here are 12 fictional leaders that may inspire you.
Riding high on their Dragons Den appearance, Mo Bros founders Keval, Kunal and Savan Dattani are taking over the male grooming sector one beard at a time.
A new study looking into what contributes to employee loyalty has found regular pay rises, rewards and bonuses and a good holiday allowance are amongst the benefits that keep Britons happy and motivated with their job roles.
3 in 4 managers feel that collaborative workspaces are more suitable for their post-lockdown business models when compared to a full time staffed office.
As a third of workers feel returning will negatively impact their mental health, how can managers and team leaders help their staff return safely”
A great leader inspires the people around them, and this can often be done through empowering people through words. Some of the most historic figures of recent times are remembered through their leadership quotes. Here are some of the most famous leadership quotes.
"Never let a good crisis go to waste" has been attributed to Winston Churchill in reference to the conditions post the Second World War that allowed for the formation of the United Nations. There is some doubt as to whether he actually used those words but it certainly sounds like something he would say. It of course refers to the peculiar environment that surrounds people in the midst of a crisis where somehow all paradigms seem up for debate and rules are to be questioned.
What is fair dealing? A term used in UK copyright laws, fair dealing is designed to allow others lawful use or reproduction of someone else’s
ITV CEO Carolyn McCall DBE looks back on her career and talks about hiring strategies and representation in corporate Britain.
UK SMEs outperform Q2 expectations, and are cautiously optimistic for Q3 revenue rebound, according to a new study.
The cost of data breaches to UK companies is around £2.48 million per instance.
Business Book Awards founder Lucy McCarraher talks role modelling versus tokenism and why every woman in business needs to get a book under her belt.
In light of the recent A-levels results fiasco, it’s time for Boris and employers to make good on the promise for an apprenticeship for every young person in the UK, says Charlie Mullins.
From contactless omnichannel fulfilment to changing customer perceptions, Zach Thomann explains how independent retailers can navigate a new retail era.
The pandemic and subsequent lockdown and current recession has hit businesses and families across the UK. This is why RBC Wealth Management boss Annabel Bosman believes this is the perfect time to teach children about wealth management and money.
UK is officially in a recession for the first time in 11 years. Real Business speaks to SME stakeholders and advisors on surviving our current recession.
Overconfident CEOs are less likely to react to feedback, especially if it’s negative. According to new research, this trait can lead their businesses to failure.
A new survey reveals that 94% of UK shoppers will switch to a competitor if you don’t have an appropriate COVID-19 response.
Are you thinking about how and when to reopen your office after lockdown” Here, Anthony Rose, founder of SeedLegals, explores the topic of returning to work with some of the UK’s top startup leaders.
Simply returning to work can help the UK economy, says Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins. The list of people who depend on millions of regular financial transactions by office-based workers is endless.
New figures from the Bank of England anticipate the economy to shrink 9.5% in 2020 – down from 14%.
Phil Taylor of RLDatix outlines the benefits of introducing a just culture not a blame culture and shares a methodology for positive change.
A psychotherapist reveals top tips on coping with the ups and downs of returning to work.
Sion Lewis, VP EMEA at LogMeIn, explores working habits in the middle of a global pandemic.
Businesses must encourage employees to take a rest day even if they don’t leave the country to prevent burn out, says The Myers-Briggs Company’s John Hackston.
Hugo & Me’s Victoria Shuttleworth on the pitfalls of fast fashion and the future of sustainable, ethical clothing in context of the purchasing power of today’s generation.
In this exclusive Real Business guide, we look at the famous 80/20 rule in business, what it means and how you can use it in your daily life to focus on the right processes and strategies, free up your time and grow your business.
Who?wants?to be a milliner” British hat makers Laird Hatters turn over £1.8m from Hollywood hat craze
Meet husband-and-wife hat making entrepreneurs behind Laird Hatters, Alex and Zofia Torun-Shaw. Here’s how they grew their business to include Hollywood A-listers and pop superstars may be among their customers.
British Ex-Forces in Business Awards returns to celebrate veterans’ second careers despite Covid delays
The 2020 British Ex-Forces in Business Awards is back on track following Government guidelines that live events can resume from October. The event announced its finalists from over 500 nominations.
As if we’re not having enough trouble getting people to come back to work after furlough, now a group of whack-job MPs want workers to work four days and get paid the same money as they?d do for five.
Vault Platform CEO, Neta Meidav discusses workplace culture and how to preserve the best of it after coronavirus.
Nick Gold, MD of Speakers Corner offers some insight on what successful businesses will look like as the recession comes.
Including an extra sentence which compares your offer to the seller’s minimum price in a negotiation increases the likelihood of you getting what you want, finds research from?ESMT Berlin.
What the authorities fear is that when businesses?open, people will start flooding in, and it?ll?become challenging to?make people follow the £1?metreApart protocol. That’s why distancing tapes can be an easy solution for SMEs.
Businesses with a record of transformation and disruption responded to the Covid-19 pandemic by focusing on innovation. What can we learn from that approach” Andrew Davidson, investment director at private equity firm Dunedin explores how the firm adapted to these unprecedented changes in this exclusive article.
Over a third (33%) of British workers don’t trust that their colleagues are practicing proper hygiene guidelines, according to new research, which reveals the main discomforts for employers and employees as businesses plan to reopen.
While working from home has its perks, is this working environment suitable for everyone’s personality Take the test to find out.
There will be important steps that you as an employer will need to take in order to keep staff safe when they return to work.
New research reveals almost three-quarters of leaders and managers are optimistic about the future of their organisations and only 1% fear they will go out of business.
Patrick McCrae, CEO of ARTIQ, one of the UK’s foremost art consultancies explores the subject of office spaces post-lockdown.
The Piano Works,London’s only audience requested, non-stop live music venues in Farringdon and the West End are preparing to safely swing open their doors this September, using a combination of advanced safety technologies.
Last week’s ground-breaking move by the chancellor to pay employers to save young workers from long-term unemployment may be significant but will it help in the long run” Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins explores.
As an online retailer, there is more to worry about than just getting customers to your store. Here’s how to keep your business safe from eCommerce fraud.
Today Chancellor Rishi Sunak gave his summer economic update to the House of Commons.
What measures should retailers and warehouse operators take to ensure the safety of the public
Small business owners are still hesitant to take the correct measures to ensure their company is protected against traditional crime such as robberies or vandalism (even though they still are much more common than cybercrimes)
Inspiring product photography can completely alter our perceptions of almost any everyday object. For the product photographer, the challenge lies in transforming what could be a relatively simple subject into a truly irresistible prospect for the buyer.
Vault Platform CEO, Neta Meidav explores The Weinstein case and what employers can learn in terms of creating an equal and safe workplace culture.
A Scottish based snack delivery start-up has found ways to thrive during COVID-19 and achieve growth despite the difficult environment.
Business leadership author, Rosie Tomkins gives us insight into how nature and animal instincts can inspire entrepreneurs at this time.
A study conducted by food hygiene rating website SOTD (Scores on The Doors) has highlighted that 30% of consumers are reportedly nervous to set foot back into restaurants.
30% of recruiting professionals report that their business is doing better or similar to this time last year a new study reveals.
Retail sales declined by a dramatic 18.1% in April, delivering another worrying blow to the already struggling high street. As the high street gears to open up on 4 July, what does this mean for independent retailers?
Pimlico Plumbers boss, Charlie Mullins talks the end of furlough and job opportunities for young people in the post-COVID world.
Some say that you can’t or shouldn?t mix business with pleasure, but for entrepreneur Sandy Ganatra, it isn’t a problem
Digital support platform,?One Year No Beer, today announces the launch of its £1.4M funding round on investment platform, Seedrs.
Last week, Prosper” welcomed back branding expert and co-founder of BoB Linzi Boyd to join their exclusive webinar on innovation. In this session, she highlights the importance of staying on top of relevant trends in your industry, and how being ready to move will give you a one-up during a recession.
During COVID-19, businesses have to be fighting fit if they want to survive, and veteran consultant Cuan Mulligan is the person with the expertise to help. For the past twenty years, he has provided businesses with transformation support and training to help them reach their goals.
Our resident opinion expert, The City Grump talks about the Black Lives Matter protests and what impact they are having in the corporate world.
Monday 15th of June saw all non-essential shops open for the first time since March. For business owners, it was the first steps to regain some normality in a year that has arguably changed the face of retail as we know it…
Holidaying in Britain was rising in popularity, but then coronavirus happened. Real Business speaks to hotel and rental business owners on the frontline.
Andrew Duncan, Partner and UK Head at”Infosys Consulting shares his insight on what businesses can do to achieve both stability and agility during this time.
23,600 Scottish hospitality jobs on the line if social distancing guidelines are not re-examined new study reveals.
Jeremy Rainbird is a serial media and property entrepreneur who has co-founded what will soon be the UK’s largest studio network.
Gideon Bright, founder of North Devon based business dryrobe, who specialise in providing the world’s most advanced change robes, provides insight on motivation and finding spaces to work from home.
Richard Dutton, Account Director at?Symatrix’says businesses can improve their recruitment strategy while keepingcosts down.
A new video CV platform has launched transforming the job application process for the nations young job seekers.
Pimlico Plumbers boss, Charlie Mullins questions whether government coronavirus support schemes have really helped UK businesses in the long run.
Eleanor Wright, founder of social media agency, Soello, teams up with her colleagues James and Mary to tell readers about the future of content marketing in the post-coronavirus world.
Executive Partner with Reply in the UK, Jason Hill explains why creative thinking and new tools can drive innovation in your business.
DIGITAL BOOST: Free of charge platform launches today to help small businesses boost online presence
A new free-of-charge online platform that brings together leaders of small businesses and charities with a community of digital expert volunteers launched in the UK today.
Post pandemic customers want to hear about your purpose, not your products. Is your business ready?
Over two-thirds of Britons are hesitant to give up their work from home privileges once lockdown laws have been lifted.
Founder of Panpathic Communications, Chantal Cooke, gives advice on”honing your PR strategy during thischallenging time for business.
Last week, Darren Shirlaw spoke on an exclusive Prosper” webinar on the impending recession and what SME owners can do to thrive, not survive, the biggest economic event to hit the world since 1987.
13 UK business owners across industries about their plans and hopes for business as usual post lockdown.
Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos has made an investment in a British tech startup.
Daniel Ku, Director of Marketing at PostBeyond gives advice on how to engage with your stakeholders when you can’t meet in person.
A new “smart cane” launched into the market which aims to improve the lives of the visually impaired has completed its first round of funding.
Matthew Thorpe, Managing Partner of Haines Watts Hornchurch has some essential tips to help business owners plan financially for the future.
On Friday, 29th of May, Chancellor Rishi Sunak re-addressed the nation regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme (CJRS).
Pimlico Plumbers boss, Charlie Mullins talks all things optimistic and why this mindset is essential for entrepreneurs during this challenging time.
An eco-friendly deodorant brand that launched just one month ago has already sold out, highlighting the growing consumer preference for ethical brands.
Ingemar Sj?gren, CFO and Co-Founder of payment services firm, Billhop says effective balance sheet management could mean the difference between financial success and failure during the coronavirus era.
Financial Partnerships Manager at Xero UK,Ben Johnson, shares the finance options available to businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Toby Britton from Miappi reflects on the challenge’s brands face when marketing under lockdown…
CEO of managed property bond portfolio, HJ Collection, Reece Mennie says businesses should find opportunity in adversity and rise to the challenges presented by coronavirus.
Real Business sits down with salmon entrepreneur Lance Forman who talks coping with Covid and life after Brexit.
The post-lockdown recovery of the global pandemic may prove pyrrhic, as countries may re-initiate a lockdown if infection numbers surge.
Yesterday, Borris Johnson revealed that all non-essential shops can open from June 15th as part of plans to further ease the lockdown.
Tom Sowler, the founding partner of London based paid search SME, RT Search, gives Real Business a quick introduction to the world of PPC.
Dr Robert A. Phillips, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship at Alliance Manchester Business School, explores the impact of COVID-19 on routes to funding for SMEs and discusses what lies ahead post-lockdown.
Spencer Tuttle, VP EMEA at data firm, ThoughtSpot shares his thoughts on how businesses can drive working capital during a pandemic.
Content expert, Uday Tank reveals the ways Instagram can be harnessed for effective business marketing purposes.
Alberto Lopez Valenzuela, Founder and CEO of alva, a reputation intelligence firm, commends the work of businesses that are adapting to the new normal.
On Tuesday, budget airline EasyJet revealed they experienced a cyber-attack that exposed 9m customer details.
CEO of recruitment?tech”firm, HireVue, Kevin Parker says the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way businesses recruit for talent.
1 in 10 businesses in the retail and wholesale sector face are facing collapse as they state they will not last another month of lockdown.
The king of top-end meals explains how his business is coping with the challenges of coronavirus.
Half of all employees believe their employer is not showing enough concern for their mental health during the current coronavirus lockdown
Radeep Mathew, Head of Consulting at innovative funding specialists, Leyton,’says SMEs must pursue innovative methods to deal with their cash flow problems if they want to survive the coronavirus crisis.
Nearly 69% of HR & recruitment workers are hesitant to return to work after lockdown laws are lifted study reveals.
UK SMEs were owed more than £34bn in late payments, equating to an average debt owed of £34,286 per business. And that was before the coronavirus outbreak. We examined cash flow coping strategies for SMEs during times of crisis in an exclusive webinar. Here are the highlights.
Serial entrepreneur, Daniel Lipinski shares his thoughts on the main funding challenges the SME community is facing right now.
SMEs are losing a third of their income due to COVID-19 new study reveals
Vice President of Global Communications at recruitment software firm Bullhorn, Vinda Souza, shares her advice on how businesses can get themselves online during the coronavirus pandemic.
Our resident political and financial commentator, The City Grump is back to discuss the Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today announced the UK scheme to pay wages of workers on leave because of coronavirus will be extended to October.
Boris Johnson has unveiled to the nation a “conditional plan” to reopen society, but is the future any clearer for businesses?
Only half of businesses are prepared to return to pre-crisis levels after lockdown lifts, a new study reveals.
As a child, Alan Donegan desperately wanted to fit in, but was bullied horribly instead. But it set the PopUp Business School co-founder on the path to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Pimlico Plumbers boss, Charlie Mullins discusses the Government’s Bounce Back Loan scheme, and whether it will help the UK’s small-to-medium enterprises thrive again.
“I?m never nervous about entering a new sector,” Esports entrepreneur Leo Skagerlind on new frontiers, FIFA and fighting COVID-19
Leo Skagerlind is an entrepreneur that’s harnessing the growth of Esports to raise money to fight coronavirus.
Many law firms are bracing themselves for a surge in divorce rates during the coronavirus lockdown.
1 in 5 people are planning to set up a new business during lockdown, a new study reveals.
Job vacancies plummeted across all corners of the UK in April, dropping by 59.9% as the UK economy continues to weather the fallout from COVID-19.
Content expert, Uday Tank outlines the six most common methods fraudsters use to scam the UK’s SMEs.
Gregg Lalle, Senior Vice President, Internationals Sales at ConnectWise, says the route to a successful entrepreneurial career lies in team support.
Nearly 20% of owners admit their business can not survive longer than a month without a boost to their cash flow
Ethical investment company, Earthworm has poured £3.7m into sustainable companies over the past month.
On Tuesday (27th of April) chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced a new “100% government-backed” loan scheme for small business.
The digital football tournament quarter-finals kicked off yesterday, with celebrities competing to raise funds to battle coronavirus.
Content creator, Uday Tank discusses the five main steps entrepreneurs need to take to transform their startup idea into a fully functioning business.
An instant noodle startup has announced it has hit its £1.75m funding target.
Online payment provider, Klarna has teamed up with ASOS to pledge the equivalent of £1 to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, 100m industry jobs could be lost to coronavirus.
Pimlico Plumbers boss, Charlie Mullins reflects on the firms that are able to go back to ‘business as usual’.
Multinationals including B&Q and Five Guys are reopening their stores, but do SMEs have the ability to do the same
More than 1 in 3 employees in the UK reveal they’ve been bullied at workin the last three years.
“I want my brides not to feel their plans are cancelled, just paused,” wedding suppliers reflect on COVID-19 cancellations
With 64% of UK weddings expected to be cancelled this year, how will wedding events suppliers survive
The Office for national statistics (ONS) has released a report revealing declining sales figures for British high street stores in March.
Esports entrepreneur, Leo Skagerlind leads a celebrity studded gaming initiative to help raise millions for NHS frontline workers during the coronavirus crisis.
Environmental recovery is one of the more positive aspects of the COVID-19 crisis.
Jennifer Johannson, CEO of recruitment app Placed’says hospitality businesses must adapt to survive COVID-19.
CEO of ContractorCalculator, Dave Chaplin says the self-employed are getting a bad deal from the Government.
COVID-19 could deal the UK’s small festivals a fatal blow.
What can you do if you’re facing a cash flow strain during this time of crisis” Here’s how to keep your business afloat during this pandemic.
Clothing giant Primark has today revealed the effects COVID-19 has had on its business.
What type of organisation should be prioritised for government funding?
Business Unusual” is a new SME app aimed to help small businesses capitalise on the transition to digital, especially now when remote work is essential.
Stephen Hazell-Smith (otherwise known as The City Grump), turns his attention to Britain’s lockdown laws.
The Government is supporting “innovative” small businesses.
Conviva Founder and CEO, Roy Ledgister is working from home during lockdown, and he’s loving it.
Bullhorn vice-president Vinda Souza explores the state of diversity in business recruitment.
British Business Investments pledges 15m to Regional Angels Programme, a scheme which helps support businesses in remote areas.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the date of when employees are allowed to be placed on furlough, meaning 200,000 more employees could be retained.
UK SMEs have been on a rollercoaster ride since 2008 when the global recession hit. Since then, they’ve had Brexit to deal with and now, coronavirus.
The UK’s employment market is one of the world’s most affected as a result of coronavirus, and hospitality is suffering the most.
Gayle Carpenter is the ceo and founder of Sparkloop, a UK based creative agency. Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, she is running her business from home and caring for her child.
Food and drinks businesses offering online delivery services are seeing a 150% rise in demand during the coronavirus lockdown.
Small Business Minister: Funding from COVID-19 schemes to hit SME accounts “within the next 2 weeks”
“We’re expecting money to be hitting companies’ accounts by the end of this month,” says Minister for Small Business, Paul Scully MP regarding the various schemes in place for businesses during this COVID-19 outbreak.
As consumers indulge in the trend of self-gifting during COVID-19, SME retailers have the opportunity to make more sales than global luxury brands.
Good mental health has to be the top priority for staff when working from home during the COVID-19 lockdown, explains CartridgeSave MD, Ian Cowley.
Heir hunter Danny Curran reunites unclaimed estates with their rightful heirs. With the growing number of people living alone, his work’s only getting busier.
As even tighter COVID-19 measures are imposed around the world, we expect to see an even more dramatic fall in toxic emissions over the coming months.
Jez Proctor is a high flying business leader and a single father. He shares how these two life events prepared him for the UK’s COVID-19-crisis.
British manufacturers affected by COVID-19 are seeking ?643.5m from the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to survive April.
Meet the pub colleagues turned pizza entrepreneurs who are disrupting the ever growing “free-from” market with their fresh pizza products to enjoy at home.
Harry Potter publisher, Bloomsbury announces its plan to support independent bookshops forced to shut due to COVID-19.
Verticle Future, one of the UK’s only verticle farming groups, has received a £1.1m investment from social impact investors Earthworm.
Job posting site, Glassdoor reveals the negative effect COVID-19 has had on the employment market since the outbreak started in the UK.
A new non-profit organisation geared towards feeding thousands?of key workers has been launched by one of the UK’s best-known entrepreneurs.
2008 was a catastrophic year for SMEs in particular, but many learned lessons in adaptation and resilience which has helped them deal with COVID-19.
Many employees and business owners are working from home as a result of COVID-19, here’s how they can manage their stress during this time.
Only a few weeks ago, COVID-19 seemed like a faraway threat, but today it’s disrupting western markets and investments. John Hockney explains.
How do you engage with consumers that reportedly smiling less and are a lot more distracted Here’s a look at what the new normal is for brand advertisers today.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has updated the business interruption schemes for small businesses.
Employers have a duty to ensure the mental health and general wellbeing of their workforce, this extends to helping them ‘switch off’ at the end of the day.
Don’t let things like coronavirus, the stock market and other negative external factors diminish the morale of your team, here’s how to keep positive and improve performance.
Advertising agency owner Ian Henderson created digital pub, the AML Arms to keep his remote staff happy during the coronavirus lockdown.
It’s World Autism Awareness Day, meaning it’s time to celebrate the achievements of autistic entrepreneurs and members of staff.
It is estimated that a fifth of small businesses will shut in a month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so who is helping them survive
Thought employee diversity and effective cybersecurity weren’t linked Well they are, this is how it can help you better safeguard your business.
A new report on FTSE 100 leadership reveals a steady growth towards gender equality at board level, but when it comes to CEO roles, women remain far behind men.
One of the UK’s most iconic ceramics brands, Emma Bridgewater, has secured an 8m investment, showing there’s hope for smaller businesses during the coronavirus period.
The coronavirus business interruption loans might sound like manna from heaven for businesses, however, the Government hasn’t made clear what the ‘small print’ terms are.
One of the UK’s most popular gyms has launched an online fitness app for its self-isolating customers, proving that innovation can help businesses thrive at this time.
Business can be seen as an ambitious and even ruthless endeavour. However, there are leaders are out there showing that business can be a force for compassion during the coronavirus outbreak.
Bridging loans are a popular form of auction finance, helping new and established investors across the UK pick up properties at discounted prices.
There are holes in Chancellor, Rishi Sunak’s financial plans for the self-employed, and even the mainstream media are clocking onto it.
At a time when Britain’s small businesses are at their most vulnerable, government and banks risk putting us all into debt.
HR managers need help and support with dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, here are some tips from a business psychology perspective.
People say that entrepreneurial life can be lonely. But considering all the extra factors we’re up against, that’s the least of our worries.
A business fleet can help a company grow its reputation and sales. For smaller businesses, vehicle leasing is a less financially pressured option.
Sarah Negus is an investment banker turned shamanic healer who helps CEOs and entrepreneurs find their mindset motivation.
Earnings-on-demand platform?Hastee is waiving its fees to help crucial workers access their wages before payday.
Simon Paine’s events company has been decimated by coronavirus, but the PopUp Business School CEO is fighting back. He and his co-founder, Alan Donegan, will be offering regular support and advice for Real Business readers, with PopUp’s Business Survival Guide.
In recruitment, you need to make the right investments to gain the best results. If you scrimp on these costs, it will stem the growth of your business.
With a number of new challenger banks gaining attention over traditional banks, there’s a lot to consider before openi