By Claire West Commenting on the Competition Commission’s recommendation that BAA sells some of its airports, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, David Frost, said: “We’re supportive of measures which aim to improve the passenger experience. Businesses are heavily reliant on air travel and at present they are not receiving the level of […]
Claire West Responding to John Healey’s comments that councils should raise charges on motorists parking in built up areas, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, David Frost, said:“Mr Healey’s comments go completely against his own Department’s ambition to regenerate and attract people to urban centres. Charging more for parking will simply displace potential […]
Posted on 19th August 2008 in Coffee Break.
Business owners have been warned to keep their websites well-maintained, as neglected sites can "languish very quickly".The chairman of the British Computer Society’s Internet Specialist Group, Howard Gerlis, claims that many business owners fail to update their sites once the "initial excitement" has subsided."A good website must catch the eye and provide good content which […]
Posted on 26th March 2008 in Coffee Break.
A good web address can significantly boost business, according to a report in the Times.Susan Hallam, the founder of Hallam Communications, an internet-marketing consultancy, says most business owners realise the importance of having a strong online presence."It’s very rare these days to find a business that doesn’t understand it needs the internet. What many have […]
Posted on 25th March 2008 in Coffee Break.
Entrepreneurs expanding overseas should spend time researching foreign markets and ensuring that a solid demand for their product exists, according to a report in the Times.Nigel Gray, chief executive of logistics provider John S Braid and Co, says business owners should spend "considerable time" conducting research before opening a subsidiary base overseas."You must measure the […]
Posted on 19th March 2008 in Coffee Break.
Business owners who review their accounts regularly can optimise performance and increase profits, according to the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies (NFEA).George Derbyshire, NFEA chief executive, commented: "I would recommend that all businesses take professional advice to make sure they are set up properly in the first place and secondly have regular progress reviews."Mr Derbyshire […]
Posted on 17th March 2008 in Coffee Break.
Russia may join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from 2009, according to Russia’s RIA news agency."We will complete talks by the summer of 2008 if no other states signal the necessity to hold additional negotiations," commented Alexei Portansky, director of the Information Bureau on Russia’s accession to the WTO.Russia is currently one of largest countries […]
Posted on 14th March 2008 in Coffee Break.
The recent upward trend in interest rates is beginning to have an impact on business, according to a new survey.The report from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) revealed that both the manufacturing and services sector experienced weakening activity in the first quarter.Respondents also said they felt less confident about their ability to raise prices.This […]
Posted on 13th April 2007 in Coffee Break.
The government has announced that local authorities throughout the country will be given over £300 million pounds this year as a reward for helping local businesses, including SMEs.In total, 328 local authorities will be given £316 million as part of the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme (LABGI). The scheme gives councils who have successfully […]
Posted on 28th February 2007 in Coffee Break.
Candidates in the UK’s upcoming local elections have been urged to remember to put the needs of SMEs at the heart of their policies.The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the potential politicians to make the needs of small businesses a top priority and put their requirements at the heart of any policies […]
Posted on 20th February 2007 in Coffee Break.
The government body which is supposed to represent SMEs in Whitehall has struggled to operate effectively, according to a new report.The report, from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), said that the Small Business Service (SBS) "failed" to achieve its own target of testing the impact of new regulations on SMEs.However, the report was more concerned […]
Posted on 7th February 2007 in Coffee Break.
By Lea Pachta Jane Rafter, a fashion designer from Stroud Green in North London, has sold out her entire stock of fashion sandals, slinks®, after appearing on BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den. “Winning the £75,000 investment I’d asked for was great,” she says. “But now I really do have to get a move on with my […]