News & Market Deals

Smaller businesses disproportionately affected by adverse weather, study finds

Business News

Research also suggests cold snaps more damaging to economy than persistent snowfall or flooding

CBI urges chancellor to support growth among ‘UK Mittelstand’

Business News

Comments come as mid-market overtakes Germany’s much-heralded equivalent sector

‘Purpose-driven’ organisations to dominate future marketplace, finds report

Business News

Creative business school Hyper Island releases list of future trends across business and technology

European alternative finance market grows 144% in one year

Business News

Growth set to continue with some tipping it to top €7b this year

Tops tips for SMEs seeking finance

Business Finance Lifeblood: Pro-entrepreneur rhetoric hasn't always translated to funding

Ahead of the election politicians are queuing up to praise entrepreneurs and SME – but funding can still be hard to come by. Read on for some tips to bear in mind when looking to secure the cash to develop your business. By Christopher Maule, CEO & founder, UK Bond Network.

How to keep cash flowing through seasonal peaks and troughs

Business Finance

Seasonal imbalances are a particular problem for smaller companies without the financial muscle to absorb occasional losses: Aldermore Bank MD Damon Walford explains how to plan ahead and survive

Growing a Business

Ben Hutt:

How to put agile business practices in motion

Leadership & Mentors

Business agility is a term thrown about a lot in business: but do people really understand what it means and how to achieve it? Talent Party CEO Ben Hutt gives his views

Ringing endorsement: Call handling can be key for a business's reputation

Why SMEs need to treat call handling as an essential component of the marketing mix

Marketing Strategies & Research

Phone calls can often make or break a business's reputation among its clients: so how can you make sure you get them right?

Comment and Analysis

What the Swiss currency crisis means for you

One of the biggest single moves in a major currency took place back in January, as the Swiss National Bank put financial markets into a frenzy: what does this mean for you and your business?

5 ways to make sure you're heard in meetings

Meetings are a crucial part of starting and growing a successful business: so how can you make sure you are heard when making that big pitch?

Hywel Roberts

Is it fair to use zero-hours workers when expanding your business?

New report suggests 1.8 million firms used them last summer: but are controversial zero-hours contracts fair for the workers employed on them?

How higher civil court fees will affect mid-market businesses

You might not realise that a recent rise in civil court fees and your business's profits could be linked, but a top solicitor explains why you're wrong...

The Entrepreneur

On the rack: Boden's wife was an inspiration when launching his own business

Video: Watch Johnnie Boden discusses still maintaining the entrepreneurial spirit into his fifties

Extreme spousal pressure only one reason given in fascinating profile

The Year of the Plane: part 1

In his first of a series of blog posts, Ben Hutt, CEO of digital recruitment marketplace Talent Party, shares his challenges, successes and lessons learnt when taking his business into international markets

6 sportsmen who started their own businesses

Find out which former footballer saved a well-known pasty retailer


Report exposes lack of ROI insight from customer service

'28% of organisations do not measure the cost of customer service'

The gap in businesses’ measurement of customer experience means they don’t know what customers really want, research finds

What moves small-cap share prices?

Research report into the top-performing 100 companies below the FTSE 350 and on AIM.

Cash Shells Directory 2014

The annual Cash Shells Directory is an invaluable guide for companies and advisers considering joining the stock market by reversing into a shell, providing a list of potential candidates and a commentary on each of them.

M&A on AIM 2014

Mergers and acquisition activity by AIM companies hit a four-year high in 2013, bucking the general UK trend. So far, 2014 has shown a similar buoyancy.