Celebrating the people behind British small businesses
 

The rise of the side business

 

Nowadays, having more than one job is becoming more popular, with a fifth of workers in the UK considering the opportunity — especially the millennial generation. The term ‘side hustle’ was originally coined in the 1950s and is defined as ‘a way to make money from your passion, interest or …

How to Overcome Most Common UK SME Challenges

 

Rob Straathof is CEO at Liberis, and talks about how UK SMEs can overcome some common challenges.   With new government regulations, disruptive technologies and an uncertain economic chapter about to set in, small businesses are being presented with numerous challenges. As SMEs account for 99.3% of all UK private sector …

How Social Media can be an Effective Recruitment Tool for SMEs

 

Despite more than 83% of businesses naming talent acquisition as the number one priority in their organisation last year, a staggering 91% of organisations in the UK have had difficulties hiring employees over the past 12 months.   Around 69% of SMEs think that large employers monopolise the best talent, and that they are …

Employee engagement

Use the 3 Cs of employee engagement to grow your small business

 

A perfect metaphor for teamwork is the V-shape of geese flying overhead, all working towards a common goal.   According to Karen O’Donnell from Toastmasters International, If our small businesses create a supportive environment, our teams have the potential to be actively engaged, adopt the organisation’s vision and purpose, and …

SME

SME confidence is returning

 

You would think that confidence in the economy, would be at an all-time low. There is more and more uncertainty with regards to Brexit, and the potential impact that this might have on our currency and the exchange rate, the ability to import and export goods, and our overall economic …

How SMEs can attract Gen Z

 

The freshest generation of talent – Gen Z, those born between 1995-2004 – are filtering into the jobs market and are looking for their first role. Brett Hill, managing director at The Health Insurance Group highlights how SMEs are in a great position to attract the best of this latest …

Can You Guess UK’s Most Entrepreneurial City in 2018?

 

The UK’s Most Entrepreneurial City in 2018 may not be what you think it is. John Williams, Head of Marketing & Research at Instant Offices talks about their latest research on the UK’s leading cities in entrepreneurship. Instant’s Entrepreneurial Index ranks the UK’s leading cities by analysing Companies House data and …

Five simple and inexpensive tips for successful corporate gifts

 

It can be hard to strike the right balance with corporate gifts. Ziti Cards explains how to get it right.   It is not all about the value of the gift you give to a person that shows gratefulness, the way one presents the contribution to the intended person is what matters. …