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  • News

    Two thirds of furloughed staff still worked


    Two-thirds of staff placed on furlough continued to work in some capacity, according to a major study. The study by Oxford, Cambridge and Zurich universities suggests around six million furloughed staff have broken the rules which stated the Job Retention Scheme could only be claimed on the condition that staff ...

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    Retail sales bounce back to pre-Covid levels


    Image: Georgie Pauwels Retail sales in the UK bounced back to pre-pandemic levels in July, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The figures showed a 3.6% rise in sales volumes between June and July, while sales are overall 3% higher than in February before the UK went ...

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    Job losses may increase regional inequality


    Job losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will worsen regional inequality in the UK, Labour has warned. The party said areas with high percentages of workers in the sectors hardest hit by lockdown measures - aviation, retail and manufacturing - would feel the effects of job losses the most. The ...

  • Event

    7 ways to increase your webinar sign-ups in a virtual world


    By Faye Eldridge, digital marketing specialist and founder of FYAMI Consulting As SMEs embrace new ways to engage with customers and stay relevant under social distancing restrictions, it may come as little surprise to read how webinars have surged since lockdown. Webinar platform ON24 reported a 330% rise in ...

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    Workers happy to take pay cut to avoid the office


    Office workers in the UK would happy to take a £2,665 pay cut if it meant they didn't have to return to the office, according to a new report. The survey of 3,000 employees, conducted by Insolvency Support, found that more than a third (36%) say they will be ...

  • Social distancing

    40% of shoppers ditching stores with poor social distancing signage


    Image: Vistaprint More than 40% of UK shoppers have stopped visiting stores that have unclear signage on social distancing, according to the findings of a European study of 2,500+ shoppers from Roland DG. The study reveals that clear signage has a significant impact on shopper confidence. More than 80% ...

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    Covid spikes cashless payments


    Safety measures imposed by Covid-19 guidelines have resulted in a spike in cashless and digital payments in recent months, according to a new report. Payments company Square's findings showed that fewer than one in four payments have been made by cash during the lockdown period, around half of pre-Covid levels. ...

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    Apple becomes $2 trillion company


    Apple has become the first US company to be valued at $2 trillion (£1.5 trillion), two years after it became the first to reach $1tn. The tech giant's share price rose to $467.77 on Wednesday, pushing it over the $2tn landmark. It isn't the first company to reach the milestone, ...

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    80% of SMEs confident of Covid recovery despite gloomy outlook


    Four in five (80%) UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are confident they will recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research conducted by Starling Bank and the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. The survey of more than 300 UK SMEs across a range of sectors also found that two-thirds (68%) ...

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    Employers support minimum wage rise


    More than half of employers in the UK support the idea of increasing minimum wage but are urging the government to help businesses adapt to a higher wage floor, according to a new study. The report, conducted by Learning and Work Institute and Carnegie UK Trust, found that employers do ...

  • Feature

    Total wellbeing and holistic health: How Covid is changing the food and drink industry


    By Michael Baxter, Fresh Business Thinking It had been steadily growing but Covid-19 may be accelerating the wellbeing and holistic health food and drink sector, a development that may be given further impetus by Boris Johnson’s Better Health Campaign. “The biggest consumers of our alcohol-free beer are people who do ...

  • Feature

    How to manage cash in a crisis


    Throughout any challenging climate, businesses will be tasked with the difficult prospect of reacting swiftly and innovatively, in order to survive.

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    Second self-employed support grants open


    Millions of self-employed workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic can now apply for a second support grant from the government. It is believed more than three million people are likely to be eligible for the grant of up to £6,750. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said this would be the final payout ...

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    Holiday bookings surge for 2021


    There are "encouraging signs" for the holiday industry in 2021, travel firm Tui has said after it reported a surge in bookings for next year. The UK's largest tour operator said bookings for next summer were up a "very promising" 145%. It comes as Tui posted a €1.1 billion (£955m) ...

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    Shoppers to avoid stores on Black Friday


    An overwhelming majority of shoppers in the UK are currently planning to avoid stores on Black Friday due to fears over Coronavirus. A study conducted by Contentsquare of 1,000 people found that 91% will be not be shopping in physical stores on the big discount day. There is also a ...

  • Feature

    Kickstarting online sales: A beginner’s guide to e-commerce


    So you’ve just launched your first e-commerce store? Only one thing’s missing… customers.

  • News

    UK enters official recession


    The UK economy has officially entered a recession after contracting for the second consecutive quarter. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the UK economy shrank by 20.4% between April and June compared with the first three months of the year - the biggest drop on record. Sparked by the ...

  • Feature

    How SMEs can prepare for the post-COVID economy


    As businesses adapt to the new normal, they will need to make choices about how their businesses recover and, in some cases, reinvent.

  • News

    Staff trust employers to make workplace safe


    Nearly three quarters of workers in the UK trust their employer to create a safe and healthy workplace as they return following the Covid-19 pandemic. A survey, conducted by Kronos Incorporated, also found that 92% of workers are at least "a little" comfortable with their employer running a contact tracing ...

  • Ben

    Business Growth in Turbulent Times


    Speaker: Ben Kiziltug Date: 27/08/2020 Time: 2:00 PM (BST) Covid-19 has challenged businesses of all shapes and sizes. In a short space of time, business leaders have been forced to adapt to the abnormal and rethink their plans and strategies, while still driving growth. The pressure is ...