Get over your fear and be confident making business presentations

As one of the judging panel for the up and coming Business Champion Awards I wanted to offer my professional advice to finalists to let them hone their presentation skills to share the best of your business to the judges. The Business Champion Awards are designed to celebrate the best of British business nationwide, but […]

The seven books that helped me on my entrepreneurial journey

If you take a look at any of my businesses, and you know what my influences in business are, you’ll see how much I’ve taken from the world around me and used it as an inspiration to build. I still do today. See, we, humans, don’t create anything original; we only build on what’s been […]

The supply chain crisis – A Business Continuity perspective

For a long time, Business Continuity professionals have bemoaned the lack of attention paid to the supply chain, despite its critical importance. Now, the global pandemic and the fallout of leaving the European Union has thrust the supply chain into the spotlight. The complex web of interdependency Managing the supply chain is so difficult because […]

UK SMEs forge ahead with cautious optimism as post-pandemic business confidence grows

Despite lingering anxieties about the pandemic and a variety of economic and commercial issues, the majority of SMEs believe it is now imperative to begin building back from the crisis. They are ready to step up their business investment, with ambitious plans for recruitment, renewal of equipment and machinery, and both domestic and international expansion. […]

Double-digit house price growth returns as ‘buoyant’ market keeps up pace

House prices unexpectedly returned to double digit growth last month as the property market kept up its “extremely buoyant” pace, new figures show. Prices in November were 10% ahead of the same month last year, according to an index published by lender Nationwide – up slightly from 9.9% in October and beating expectations that growth […]

Introverted entrepreneurs outnumber extroverts by more than two to one

The UK is a nation of intro-preneurs, according to new research A third of entrepreneurs surveyed described themselves as being an introvert, compared to just 15% who said they are an all-out extrovert. The findings are part of Virgin Money’s campaign to celebrate ‘Upstarts’ – the people who have taken the leap and launched a […]

TSB announce the closure of 70 more branches

TSB is to close 70 more branches next year – nearly a quarter of its remaining network – as more customers shift to digital banking. The announcement by the lender, described by trade union Unite as a “bitter blow”, adds to the 164 closures announced in 2020 and was blamed on the decline in use […]

Consumers face more expensive Christmas as retailers start to pass on cost pressures

British households are facing a more expensive Christmas shop after labour shortages and surging costs pushed retail prices higher for the first time since May 2019, according to industry figures. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) shop price index showed a rise of 0.3% in November compared to the same month last year. It follows a […]

FCA urges lenders to support UK’s 47,000 ‘mortgage prisoners’

Banks and building societies have been urged to consider changes to lending criteria to help an estimated 47,000 borrowers who could benefit from a cheaper home loan but are currently unable to move. A review of “mortgage prisoners” by the Financial Conduct Authority found there were about 195,000 households whose debts had been sold on […]

UK competition watchdog orders Facebook owner to sell gif website Giphy

Facebook parent company Meta has been ordered by the UK competition watchdog to sell the gif creation website Giphy. This is the first time the regulator has moved to block a deal struck by one of the Silicon Valley giants. The Competition and Markets Authority, which provisionally ruled in August that a sell-off was the […]