By Claire West Small businesses and entrepreneurs in the UK are crying out for mentoring and coaching advice, according to research released today from Yell.com, the online service from Yellow Pages, and horsesmouth, the social networking site dedicated to free and informal online mentoring. The research supports the Yell Mentoring Works Awards, run in conjunction […]
Posted on 17th October 2008 in General business.
By Claire West Writing in the Times, The Prime Minister explains the financial stability programme announced on 8 October. The banking system is fundamental to everything we do. Every family and every business in Britain depends upon it. That is why, when threatened by the global financial turmoil that started in America and has now […]
By Claire West Good news at last as Bank of England cuts rates to 4.5% The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is welcoming the Bank of England’s decision to cut interest rates from 5% to 4.5%. The FPB believes that slashing the cost of borrowing will significantly boost the confidence of the owners of small […]
Posted on 8th October 2008 in General business.
By Claire West The housing market has little chance of beginning its recovery until the banking crisis has abated according to Rightmove’s September House Price Index. The longer term implications of the latest round of financial institution woes are still unclear, though they are a further blow for a housing market where activity levels had […]
By Nick James Industry leaders and businesses were urged today to scale up their engagement with Fairtrade to help tackle poverty in developing countries at the annual Commercial Conference entitled Tipping the Balance held by the Fairtrade Foundation in London. Tipping the Balance is also the name of the new five-year strategy launched in February […]
Posted on 17th September 2008 in General business.
By Claire West Commenting on the renewed turmoil in the global financial markets, David Kern, Economic Adviser to the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “The UK economy and its financial system cannot remain immune to the worsening turmoil in the global financial markets. We have stressed repeatedly that the UK is very likely already in […]
By Claire West The number of people ‘teleworking’ from home has risen dramatically over the past few years as employers offer more work flexibility than ever, a survey revealed. In the latest CBI / Pertemps Employment Trends Survey, almost half of all employers (46%) said they now offered teleworking to staff, which is a dramatic […]
By Claire West Imran Hakim , speaking at the Ideal Business Show Wales told how he entered the Dragons’ Den and came out exhausted but with 2 new business partners. Those partners, Theo Paphitis and Peter Jones invested £140,000 in the entrepreneurs idea — iTeddy — and now, two years later, the business is on […]
Posted on 6th September 2008 in General business.
By Claire West Despite posting a twelfth consecutive quarter of growth, Britain ’s manufacturers are feeling the chill from a slowing economy, according to a major survey published yesterday by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and Grant Thornton. Even with output holding up over the last few months, the EEF/Grant Thornton survey shows that a stagnant […]
Posted on 1st September 2008 in General business.
By Claire West The owners of small retailers and manufacturing firms are blaming the Government for the effects of the credit crunch, according to a survey carried out by one of the Forum of Private Business’s (FPB’s) partners, UK200 Group, which represents lawyers and chartered accountants. The research reveals that 88% of respondents say the […]
Posted on 25th August 2008 in General business.
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 […]
Posted on 20th August 2008 in General business.
By Nick James Commenting on the MPC minutes released today by the Bank of England, David Kern, Economic Adviser to the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Given the conflicting risks of recession and higher inflation, we are not surprised a majority of MPC members regard the current “no change policy” as the most appropriate. We […]