For business owners, the turn of a new year brings optimism and opportunity. In a survey by the Royal Mail at the start of 2019, seven in ten UK SME retailers expressed confidence that their sales will increase over the next 12 months. But, for growth to be a realistic…
Competition for talent in the UK has hit “record levels” in the past few years, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The professional body for HR and people development says that organisations need to position themselves as an “employer of choice” – but many companies seem to…
In business, cash is king. Your business might be doing well and, in the next six to twelve months, you might be expecting to bring in increased revenue and profit. However, if there isn’t enough cash flow to cover company expenses, those potential earnings may not be felt.
Take a look around your workplace. How much of the equipment do you use on a regular basis – and how much of it is used infrequently or not at all?
If you can’t beat them, join them, as they say. That’s the view many businesses are having to take as industry disruptors enter the market, armed with technology, to win over their customers.
Companies like Amazon and Deliveroo have changed consumer expectations on how quickly products should be delivered. Not too far back, a week or five working days was considered to be acceptable – but that was before everything became on-demand, immediate, and tech-infused.
Back in 2012, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) reported that SMEs were struggling to raise the money they needed to expand. At the time, it found that 42% of SMEs who applied for a loan said they were turned down. That was then, though – surely things have changed?