Nearly half of the adult population do not know what a social enterprise is, according to new research carried out by O2 in partnership with Social Enterprise Magazine and Livity, despite the fact that it is the fastest growing sector in the economy, contributing £28bn a year to GDP.
The research, examining public perceptions of the sector, was carried as part of a consultation launched this week by O2 and follows on from the announcement in February that it is to be the first major corporate to recognise the groundbreaking new Social Enterprise Mark.
Posted on 4th June 2010 in Business Support.
The newly elected coalition government formed on May 12th will be better for business, according to a recent poll of consultants by Skillfair, an online marketplace representing some 10,000 UK consultants and freelancers. 58.5% of respondents agreed that the UK’s first multi-party government since 1970 would be either ‘much’ or ‘somewhat’ better for business in a poll which asked their views on what lies ahead for the remainder of 2010. Only 7.5% felt that the new administration would be ‘much worse’ for business.
Posted on 3rd June 2010 in Business Support.
A new UK Government is getting to work, putting in place policies to reduce the deficit whilst growing the economy. Brian Chernett believes that when growth comes it will be fuelled by small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and it seems that the new Government may recognise this. Vince Cable, Secretary of State for the Business, Innovation and Skills Department has appointed Mark Prisk as a Minister of State. As a Shadow Minister, he had responsibility for small business and it is believed he will retain this.
Posted on 26th May 2010 in Business Support.
ACCA sets out 33 priorities for the new government
The new Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition needs to work for the benefit of the economy and financial prosperity of the UK, says ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) today in a new a new report entitled “A blueprint for sustainable recovery”.[/i]
Posted on 16th May 2010 in Business Support.
There is a fine line between being fearful and being cautious in business. Both have their uses in preventing reckless and maverick behaviour. Some businesses are, of course, primarily based on fear. The insurance industry relies on our fear that something might go wrong. This is a business steeped in tradition which is centuries old and its products even built into legislation. When you renew your car insurance or public liability, you don’t have much choice. Innovation is quite thin on the ground. Its survival and profitability is based on things not changing and us signing up faithfully for those annual renewals.
Posted on 13th May 2010 in Business Support.
Ash clouds, floods, strikes, swine flu … these are just some of the unexpected events that have happened in recent months, all of which seriously affect small businesses. This year, the worst snow since 1991 saw most of the public transport suspended, hundreds of flights cancelled and the majority of schools closed (forcing parents to stay off work). BA strikes are not helping and to top it all, volcanic ash is causing chaos and lost business around the world.
Posted on 11th May 2010 in Business Support.
On the 22nd April I will be joining a panel of business experts to discuss the eight key demands to post-election government that Doug Richard puts forward in his “Entrepreneurs’ Manifesto and Declaration of Rights”.
Posted on 15th April 2010 in Business Support.
It may be the current unpopularity of MPs in the wake of the expenses scandal, but John Thurso seems keen to represent himself as more of a businessman than a politician. As Shadow Secretary of State for Business, he is the opposite number to Peter Mandelson, but in conversation Thurso never lets you forget that his entry to politics has been very different to that of a true Whitehall careerist.
Posted on 12th April 2010 in Business Support.
A Doncaster company is reaping the benefits of CompeteFor, the brokerage service between buyers and suppliers throughout the supply chain for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
Posted on 24th March 2010 in Business Support.
Small businesses represent the backbone of the British economy, and this fact has not gone unnoticed by UK politicians. All the political parties have begun to outline their promises to support UK enterprise, but what do small business owners actually want? Today, Small Business Britain faces a number of clear challenges and needs the government, banks and the wider business community to support and work with them to achieve success and prosperity for British small businesses.
Posted on 24th March 2010 in Business Support.
A well thought out business plan is amongst the most important documents any business can have. It should provide you with a framework for growth and success, allowing you to play on your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses. But drawing up a business plan can be a time consuming task. Luckily, once your existing plan expires you can recycle many of its elements to help you create a new document for the period ahead. This article will give you some top tips for recycling your business plan.
Posted on 8th March 2010 in Business Support.