It’s no secret that inflation is on the rise. After the annual inflation rate across the United Kingdom rose to 7% in March 2022, Brits are seeing their highest price hike since 1992. In response, we have explored five key strategies that could be crucial to small business success on the back of inflation’s profit pressure. Read on as we delve into the effects of price rises on an SME landscape and discuss the small changes small business owners should make if they want to stay afloat.
HSBC announces the launch of a Female Entrepreneur Fund, which will provide US$1bn in lending to female-owned businesses over the next 12 months.
In light of her latest book released, Finding Inner Safety, renowned Neurophysiologist and Sleep Expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan explains how you can find your inner safety, sleep well and increase energy and performance at work and at home.
There are many advantages to running a business from home, including lower overheads and greater flexibility. It can provide you with a better work/life balance
The Great Resignation has presented a huge challenge for businesses that now have to balance retaining skilled talent with attracting new ones. As workers evaluate whether to stay with their current employer or move on, a Totaljobs survey reveals that 33% of UK working-age adults wish to review the current benefits and options their role offers. Therefore, organisations must take urgent steps to help them retain staff and succeed in recruiting – all whilst preventing an unsustainable wage spiral.
Traditional hiring processes are not designed with neurodiverse candidates in mind. In fact, just 22% of autistic adults are in any kind of employment. But what businesses don’t quite understand is that having a neurodiverse workforce contributes to greater creativity and innovation, and encourages more unique ideas and perspectives. Evidence also suggests that neurodiverse employees have higher aptitudes for technical skills, as well as their ability to focus on tasks at hand.
Social media has become a significant player in e-commerce, and it’s not just because it’s the platform of choice for millennials. More people are starting to use social media platforms to make purchases, ask questions, hunt for coupon and promo codes, seek help with returns, shipping issues, etc.
With Mental Health Week upon us, it is a timely moment to think about the way in which your business supports employees with mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. This is particularly the case in the light of recent changes that many have seen to their working model following COVID-19 and the growth in remote working.
The UK property market has always been one of the most popular markets to invest in, as it remains a clear opportunity to build long-term returns. Popular with new business owners and experienced investors alike, while recent property forecasts suggest the UK could see prices grow by 21.5% up till 2025, UK investing remains a reliable opportunity for maximising returns amidst low-interest rates and incredible demand.
If you have to provide a bank statement as part of a legal process, or if you just want to protect your privacy, it is
When looking at a company’s balance sheet, one of the most important line items to look at is creditors’ amounts falling due within one year.
Sustainable transport solutions are constantly in the headlines as a means to fight climate change, but there is a missing link. People’s safety perceptions and risks need to be addressed. Failing to do this will reduce their adoption of alternative forms of sustainable transport – and the environment will pay the price.
Real Business chats with cheesegeek Founder and successful Dragon’s Den candidate, Edward Hancock, about making the leap from finance to food and his experience on the popular BBC show. Hancock launched cheesegeek in 2017, an online subscription service for the best cheese selection to suit any occasion or cheese lover’s tastes.
Coworking spaces are becoming increasingly popular, as more and more people are realising the benefits of working in a collaborative environment. They offer both startup
While we’d all hoped that 2022 would bring some respite to UK small business owners, the next few months look set to present a whole new set of challenges as inflation continues to rise. Amidst this disruption, prioritising anything beyond the day-to-day of keeping a small business afloat seems daunting. Marketing and growing new customers can easily fall by the wayside.
It may surprise you to learn that developing a tv show is remarkably similar to creating a new business. Every show idea, every production, is like creating a new business. They all require their own business plan. The key to success? Inspiration, opportunity, timing, network, ability, and a bit of luck.
What makes a good business leader? Confidence is, of course, an essential trait in a CEO – without it, there’s no aspiration, drive or belief in the company’s strategic plan. But how important is self-confidence? Is it necessary for a leader to have all the answers?
Mutuality of obligation is a very important issue in UK business law. Put simply, it means that an employer has a legal obligation to provide
For a lot of businesses marketing and PR is often seen to have one ultimate goal – drive sales. The equation is simple, the more people who see your brand and are engaged by your message or content, the more likely they are to buy from you. But there is another side to communications that we talk about less – reputation management.
Elon Musk has succeeded in his mission to buy social media platform Twitter. The final bid? A massive $44 billion. As the world reacts, we want to think about how this move could both benefit and harm small businesses.
Do you need more office space but don’t want to spend the money on renting an extra room? Or maybe you work from home but
This March, UK supermarkets Waitrose and Asda became embroiled in the latest IP dispute, with Waitrose sending a legal letter to Asda after it released a discount product range that looked – well, suspiciously similar to Waitrose’s according to the supermarket.
It is no wonder that Eskimoz has been able to conquer the European search engine optimization market. From 17 million euros raised by Momentum and more than 100 consultants working for them across 5 countries – they are truly a force in this industry.
The world is changing so rapidly that even established businesses need to act like a startup. Operational efficiency and agility have become the prerequisite for long-term success. B2B businesses must demonstrate to their end customers that they can deliver a quality product today and focus on developing their resources, systems, and capabilities to remain competitive well into the future.
From promising new enterprise to working with Lacoste, Versace, and Goldsmiths, one of the UK’s leading quality jewellers to name a few, Marie Grove Walton has achieved significant success with her PR and marketing agency, Grove Communication.
When you work for yourself in the UK, there are a lot of things to keep track of – from your business expenses to making
We’ve seen two years of relentless grief caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and the world is now truly shaking as the horrors in Ukraine unfold. The despair and anxiety has been so persistent that there’s a danger we could become numb to it. We constantly look at the news feeds, but we do not feel their horror. They are data, and we remain detached.
Rob Neander, the Performance Director at Spin Brands talks through how your SME can capitalise on the social media platform taking the consumer by storm. Acting as one of the most valuable marketing tools, Rob Neander tells us how we can take the next step in marketing to millions.
As we reach the six-month mark on the back of COP26, it’s clear that the corporate world is starting to hold itself accountable for its sustainable shortcomings. From prioritising bottom-up action to improving company transparency amongst a more active audience, a number of e-commerce giants are working towards a greener future.
There’s no doubt that the pandemic accelerated some trends which were already in motion before the virus struck. One of which is flexible working, and after two years of living with successive lockdowns and enforced working from home, many SMEs have made the decision to fully embrace working from home and enact policies which mean employees can work wherever they like.
What if we lived in a world of abundance where all our basic needs were catered for? Set against the threats of climate change and geo-political tensions, this may seem fanciful but it has to be the ultimate aim of every nation. And prosperity through SME job creation is an absolutely essential part of this. Therefore, access to finance and the growth of confidence within the sector are the critical components required to achieve that.
Employee mental health deteriorated as a result of the pandemic. In fact, a recent survey showed only half (52%) of employees would describe their mental health as good, compared to 66% in early 2020, showing a 14% drop since the pandemic.
When you’re running a business, it’s important to keep track of your finances and make sure everything is in order. This is where an accountant
Formula 1 is a sport that’s long been associated with high fashion and class, but it turns out that fashion and F1 is big business – particularly when it comes to the types of sunglasses that leading drivers are sporting.
Did you know it is Stress Awareness Month? Stress can be incredibly challenging for people to cope with, especially in high pressure, fast paced work environments. It can cause long term illness, massively impact an individual’s productivity, and impact their performance and wellbeing in the workplace.
For people managers and HR, the Will Smith situation underscores the importance of employees behaving appropriately at work events. Poor conduct could not only damage the employer’s reputation but also leave you with the hangover of a potential disciplinary situation to contend with.
CSCS cards are a must-have when you’re working in the construction industry. But what is a CSCS card, and who needs to hold one? A
While the global forex market is one of the most liquid entities of its type in the world, this sector remains at the mercy of numerous challenges and misconceptions. Incredibly, the practice is even illegal in some jurisdictions, with some authorities believing them to be highly damaging and vulnerable to rigging in the worst-case scenario.
With 44% of millennials freelancing in the past year and 36% of Gen Z workers freelancing since the outbreak of COVID-19, the gig economy in the UK is growing more than ever. We’ve put together a few recommendations on platforms you could use to make your freelancer projects run smoothly.
Seeing the words ‘confirmation statement overdue’ is enough to send anyone into a panic. But what should you do if you’re late filing your confirmation
Today, all industries are so competitive, that the smallest advantage you can get on other companies from your industry, may make a great difference at the end of the year. Changing your communication system, to one using VoIP, is definitely one of these elements that will make you benefit and add to your revenues. Here is why.
When you’re starting a business, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is what assets to hold. There are many different types of assets
Chancellor Rishi Sunak stood before Parliament today to outline the financial plans to keep the UK’s economy steady and help households with the rising cost of living.
Standing in the bleak torrent of 24-hour news at the moment, you’d be forgiven for not noticing that we’re right in the middle of B Corp month. But if you’re involved in business in any way and interested in a more equitable, sustainable future, then B Corp certification is something that needs to be on your radar.
Cryptocurrencies have been around for a while now, but they are still not as widely accepted as regular currency. However, more and more businesses are
Just last year, Steven Bartlett stepped up to become the youngest ever investor on Dragon’s Den. But who exactly is he and how did he
A company is only as good as the sum of the qualities of its employees. No matter how great the product or the service it offers, if employees aren’t right, it will be difficult for the company to grow and thrive. Here are a few tips that will help you hire the right people for your company, in the future.
After two tumultuous years of fighting a headline dominating pandemic, it’s easy to appreciate how the climate crisis was put on the back-burner. However, as life returns to a new ‘normal’ and offices reopen, everyone is now steering the conversation to how we collectively reach net-zero goals.
In owning the legacy of their design, brands from Apple all the way through to Burger King don’t just create recognisable and laudable visual stories over time, they create meaningful shortcuts to emotional connection with their audiences.
As 4.6 million viewers tuned in to catch the launch episode of the most recent series of The Apprentice, the long-running business competition show can still garner interest from the British public, despite many critics suggesting it has run its course.
In light of the hotly anticipated Government G-Cloud 13 tender framework – which opened for applications Wednesday 9th March – we look at how to maximise the consequent opportunities for SMEs.
Lewis Hamilton seems to go against the grain of conventional thinking, no emotional outbursts – rather appearing calm, composed, and gentle-natured. There’s no denying his steely determination to succeed, but this seems in stark contrast to descriptions of him as humble, caring, and altruistic – traits not often associated with pioneers.
Hybrid and remote working is now a reality for many and as a result, employees’ needs have substantially changed. Not only do employees now expect an environment of open communication with their employer, personalisation, efficiency and simplicity with processes – like timesheets or requesting leave – is also a necessity.
In today’s complex and interconnected environment, it is fair to say that almost every business —in some way—contributes to increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Real Business is casting a spotlight on six women-led businesses that are focused on innovation and wellbeing. These entrepreneurs are driving forces behind disruptive and unique companies you need to know about.
Last year, the UK book market enjoyed one of its best sales years in over a decade and this World Book Day, we hope that love of reading is still burning bright as we interviewed author and serial entrepreneur, Seni Glaister, about her new social and e-commerce platform, Litalist.
This World Book Day, we’re diving into the world of publishing. Breaking into the industry the traditional way can be difficult and expensive as the
The huge pressure on Unilever CEO Alan Jope in the past couple of months characterises the unprecedented challenges today’s business leaders face.
Business leaders have faced challenges and difficulties unknown to their peers in years gone by. Almost every aspect of our working lives has been altered or shifted by the pandemic and we have been introduced to new ways of working and collaborating at scale.
With the Ukraine reporting several explosions at its military bases and near major cities, Russia’s invasion brings further chaos and uncertainty to EU markets and threaten global economic recovery post-pandemic, while the UK and much of Europe are working through a significant recession.
A remote business is an easy and accessible way to achieve financial freedom and flexibility. No matter where you are in the world, a remote
First of its kind survey of businesses from UN-backed SME Climate Hub shows that small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) need additional resources and guidance to reduce carbon emissions.
Fresh data from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed that the number of pension contributions made by Britain’s self-employed professionals was at record lows before the pandemic hit.
In this new report, Working Wonders with Words: A guide to achieving everyday wins in your people communications, published by business technology specialist The Access Group, employers are encouraged to consider the link between language and emotions.
A lack of digital literacy in any business could lead to higher costs, poor customer experience and low employee satisfaction. Dr Antonio Wiess, Senior Partner at The PSC and author of The Practical Guide to Digital Transformation, outlines what these threats could look like and how to combat them in an increasingly digitised world.
To celebrate this month, we’ve spoken to some queer business owners on what it’s like running a queer-owned business, what LGBTQ+ History Month means to them, and what advice they’d give non-queer business owners on supporting queer employees and celebrating this important month all year round.
“Creators aren’t aspirational dreamers, they’re a critical part of the economy,” says Lotanna Ezeike, Founder and CEO, XPO
The financial impact of the last 24 months is hard to quantify. Incomes have been pressured and stretched to breaking point with distortion in the workplace. This is going to be hard for those in mainstream employment, so consider the challenges faced by the creator economy.
If you follow business news and stories at all, then Ramneek Sidhu may be a name that is familiar to you. Although the 26-year old
A recent survey has shown that poor parental leave policies have led to one in five younger workers to quit their job. The survey from Opinium also revealed that 84% of respondents thought that having a child had a negative impact on a person’s career.
For over two decades, eBay has been the number one online marketplace to buy and sell items. eBay is not only a great place to
Despite the concerns raised in regards to new customs rules that took effect last month and fears that the UK would lose its allure for foreign businesses post-Brexit, new data suggests Britain remains a global leader.
Valentine’s Day is globally recognised and celebrated beyond the office – but it is not, however, a holiday that’s on the radar of business leaders and managers. Behind the commercial aspect of this holiday, there’s often a genuine spirit that’s all about spreading a sense of appreciation and gratitude.
Grace Beverley might be one of the biggest social media influencer success stories as her fitness fashion brand TALA has taken the activewear market by storm. With her latest announcement, she champions what young consumers are looking for in their clothing: sustainability and affordability.
Guy Rigby, 68, and David Murray, 56, have become the oldest pair ever to row across the Atlantic ocean as part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Founder and Chair of the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Smith & Williamson, Guy and his crew mate David, Director of Hotsmoked, investor, and sports enthusiast, set sail in December (2021) as part of ‘The Entrepreneur Ship’ to raise money for UnLtd.
Tiffany Salmon, Creative Director at Amelia Knight and Founder of Scientia, Glow Hub, and Soak Sunday, has experienced incredible brand success through TikTok, with #glowhub garnering over 7.5 million views.
Do you ever have those days where you start to question what you’re doing? Not just whether this, that, or the other decision was right or wrong. But whether you should even be making those decisions in the first place. Externally you might appear bold and confident. But inside, you’re battling imposter syndrome. Because you’re an entrepreneur, and self-doubt is part of the package.
‘The Engagement Coach’, Amrit Sandhar discusses the clear need for upskilling, but is business ready for the uncertain world we have ahead of us?
In 2019, the UK passed a law to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Since then, the Government has launched its Build Back Greener strategy which shows how businesses and individuals will be supported in their transition to renewable energy.
If you’re older than 25, you’ll still clearly remember the days when recruitment success came down to your application form and interview performance. The hours spent honing your CV were worth it because that carefully crafted document could open doors. Your professional presentation was all that mattered. But slowly but surely, the hiring process has changed.
As travel restrictions are lifted and the UK adjusts to a new normal post-pandemic, many holidaymakers who have missed the sun, beaches, and relaxation of a break abroad are clicking ‘book’ on escapes away. Family owned and run, Ocean Club Holidays, are excited to see the end of the travel bans, welcoming back loyal guests and new travellers.
Now that those temporary measures are no longer on the table, businesses are having to think about what permanent solutions are available to them to sustain them through the next stage of recovery and growth. Whether further bank lending will be forthcoming on favourable terms, or at all, is by no means certain, as many SMEs found to their dismay after the financial crisis. One alternative funding option worth investigating is private capital. It could be a game-changer for smaller companies.
Adaptability is key for overcoming challenges, but tech investment is needed to align the workforce of the future, says Access Group CFO Rob Binns. In a sentence or two, who is the Access Group? What do they do?
If you have an international or overseas business and are looking to set up a branch in the UK, there are certain protocols that you
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the Plan B restrictions implemented in England with the spread of Omicron are being lifted over the next
Real Business sat down with TVSquared Founder and CEO, Calum Smeaton, to discuss the world of data analysis, the benefits of using television advertising as part of your marketing campaign, and the future of traditional TV advertising in the face of booming online streaming platforms.
It is often true for any business that it is cheaper to retain existing customers than to try and attract new ones. Some of the best methods for encouraging customer loyalty is to offer consumers incentives to make repeat purchases or sign up for subscriptions. Using a loyalty and rewards program to drive sales, gather customer data, and improve customer retention is a tried-and-true strategy.
As the nation retreated inside under numerous lockdowns, it seems we have turned to the comfort of literature to keep ourselves afloat in another year of stress and isolation. Last year’s book sales leapt to the highest figure in a decade – 212 million print books sold – despite our restricted access to in-person retail stores.
The third Monday of January, dubbed ‘Blue Monday’, is a day in which many are often more down. Pay day still feels like a lifetime off, and the blues have well and truly set-in. Leading chartered psychologist and founder of ‘Healthy You’, Dr Jan Smith, explains what you need to have in place to support the mental wellbeing of your staff in the workplace.
Keeping a coherent and accurate record of crucial information and important content can be a serious struggle for businesses, especially when working in separate teams and in different locations. This can be especially difficult when you set your sights on upscaling your business, adding more staff, more clients, and potentially more locations. Enterprise search solutions can help you and your workforce access necessary information and data quickly and easily, cutting down the time taken searching multiple systems for the relevant files.
In the face of rising digitalisation and the popularity of the minimalism aesthetic, the viability of print magazines might be waning as we step into a more sustainable future. The pandemic restricted our ability to browse the supermarket and slip a last-minute glossy magazine with a scintillating title into our baskets, but will we return to picking up a GQ, Cosmopolitan, or Good Housekeeping with our weekly shopping?
From Divido to Radical Tea Towel, HSBC to Barclays, Unilever to GlaxoSmithKline, UK businesses have been transitioning into the US markets for generations.
If you are self employed, there are certain expenses that you can deduct from your income to calculate the tax owed on your business profits.
The title may sound complex, but to be a truly impactful leader in today’s world, Emotional Intelligence has proven to be where the real winners operate from and is the key to successful conscious leadership – which is crucial for any business success.
The world of entrepreneurship and operating a business is by no means an easy one, so making things as streamlined and easy as possible can only be a good thing. There are small changes that can be made and systems that can be implemented as a way to try and action this simplification and in the long run will save you time and energy.
Once viewed as a rising star of Silicon Valley and a figure of inspiration for women in tech, the former CEO if Theranos has been found guilty of defrauding investors during the company’s fifteen years of trading.
The recruitment industry has seen change unlike any other year due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading to global skills and labour shortages. With over one in four workers planning to change jobs in what has been deemed ‘The Great Resignation’, securing the right candidate for a job is proving to be difficult.
In different workplace settings across the world, the strange and unsettling feeling of exhaustion – known as ‘burnout’ – has taken many workers by surprise. With cases on the rise in our society, following the fallout of a disruptive global pandemic, many have studied the phenomenon of burnout. Interestingly, the problem runs deeper. Burnout is, after all, biased.
There are few of us who are unfamiliar with the heavy feeling of a bad night’s sleep. The achiness behind the eyes. The tendency towards procrastination. And the yearning for sweet, or carb-heavy food.
If the content you’ve been publishing on your own has attracted you an engaged audience, then it makes sense that you might be curious about finding ways to turn your hobby into a source of revenue.
The fashion industry often plays it fast and loose with the idea of “inspiration versus imitation”. Plagiarism and design theft has been a recurring issue for the clothing retail market for decades and with the explosion fast fashion, the problem has only gotten worse.
When it comes time to close a limited company, especially one that you put a lot of effort into starting up, it can be an
The hype that surrounds the release of Christmas adverts from brands like John Lewis, Waitrose, and Marks and Spencer signals the start of the festive shopping experience, as retailers fill their TV slots with short film-like adverts that seem to be getting bigger and more expensive each year.
The pandemic shut the doors on in-person events and businesses had to adapt fast. Virtual events became the go-to option and proved incredibly effective. Now, a shift in approach appears to be staying for the long term, with one UK survey finding 72% of businesses will maintain virtual events going forward, and 77% will pursue a more hybrid approach.
As the Omicron variant sweeps the UK, new restrictions to help slow the spread could be the final nail in the coffin for hospitality businesses. Many small retail, food, and hospitality businesses across the country were relying on the festive period to prop up their profits after a disastrous year of lockdowns and restrictions prevented them from trading at full capacity.
If you are a business owner that regularly needs to hire plant equipment for certain projects, it can be exceptionally frustrating when this hired equipment
Although not a legal requirement, public liability insurance is highly recommended for anyone who engages with members of the public and carries out work on
With the ever-evolving and highly sophisticated cyber threat landscape, online security for SMBs is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. Hackers and other threat
Real Business sat down with the founders of the innovative gift service, needi, Louise Doyle and Steph Scholes to find out where their business idea came from and what it’s like to being part of an unstoppable duo in business.
Sarah Swenson, Global Senior Manager Sustainability at Avery Dennison explains the art of collaboration and driving change for the better with the importance of sustainability and setting goals to benefit our future.
It is clear that Christmas is the most wonderful yet hectic time of year for businesses. As the reindeers rally to Santa’s sleigh and the elves get to work, the excitement builds alongside the influx of anticipating consumers wondering what your SME has to offer.
Narce Media, founded by Joseph Housley and Connor Watt, showcases how graduate entrepreneurship can build businesses that break the mould.
TikTok outrage strikes again, and its latest victim is iconic, luxury brand, Chanel. In the age of instant video reviews and quick public scandal, Chanel may have just made the one mistake designer brands should do their utmost to avoid: looking cheap.
When it comes to recruitment, conventional workplace wisdom tells an employer to value the basics like a CV, or a degree, often at the expense of the candidate’s potential. Hiring best practices, especially in 2021, are full of checklists. And one attribute most commonly in demand is a degree.
Team building, whether for the workplace or with family and friends, is an excellent way to strengthen interpersonal relationships while strengthening a variety of essential skills. After all, teamwork is known to increase deep learning through human engagement, problem-solving, dialogue, cooperation, and collaboration.
UK companies are always on the hunt for high calibre, talented recruits with a broad range of skills. As companies continue to expand roles to maintain profit margins, the fallout from COVID-19 has created a unique situation of highly marketable candidates that are difficult to attract.
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.
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