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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Storey, British Land’s flexible workspace brand, celebrates successful first year

 

Storey, British Land’s flexible workspace brand, is celebrating its first birthday this week having expanded rapidly across London since it launched last year. Established to meet the needs of small businesses that have outgrown co-working arrangements – and larger businesses seeking extra capacity on more flexible terms – Storey is …

The business of social networking

 

This is an edited extract of the award-winning book, Relax! It’s Only Social Media by Luan Wise.   The business of social networking Frightened of social media? There’s no need. It’s nothing new! The book begins by looking at a brief history of social media, the evolution of marketing and …

Product strategies that don’t work for small business

 

In this edited extract from the newly published second edition of Entrepreneur Revolution: How to Develop Your Entrepreneurial Mindset and Start a Business That Works, Daniel Priestley shares four common product strategies that don’t work for small business.   I’ve worked with thousands of small business owners over the last 10 …

Why SMEs must futureproof themselves now for Brexit

 

Many SMEs think they are ‘too small’ to be troubled by the effects of whatever final Brexit arrangements are made. Here, Funding Nav founder and business author, Stephen Sacks, explains how they are the organisations most vulnerable to whatever storms lie ahead and how they can – and should – …