Celebrating the people behind British small businesses
 

Recognising the early signs before you’re burned out

 

According to HSE, around 15.4 million working days are lost due to work-related stress in 2017 with 595,000 British workers suffering from Mental Health issues such as depression and anxiety over the last 12 months with 239,000 new cases. Further research by the CIPD and SimplyHealth found presenteeism had more than tripled from …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

How to get free cash for your business

 

Stephen Sacks is the founder of Funding Nav and author of Reboot your business. In this extract from the book, Stephen explains the different ways that you can raise more money for your business – for free.   R&D Tax Credits The UK rate of corporation tax (on profits) is already at …

5 common health and safety risks in the workplace

 

Health and safety issues can cause many problems in the workplace – not least putting your employees at risk. The best way to avoid them is to be aware of them. Richard Miller, managing director of powered access rental company Star Platforms tells us which risks to keep an eye out for. …

How to invest in your team for the most effective business

 

If you have a great team, your business will flourish. But how can you make them as productive and cohesive as possible? Mark Watts, Director at Just Airsoft explains.   At the core of your business lies the team. Of course, few people underestimate the value of the team. However, like many things …