Comment & Analysis

Thinking about the options for finance as an SME

Stephen Welton / 12 Sep 2013

Growing businesses are often scared of the idea of accepting external finance, but funding is in many ways just another supply to be procured, argues Stephen Welton. 

The excess of office productivity tools and cloud services can be counter-productive

Simon Daniel / 05 Sep 2013

Gone are the days when you could rely on a nice bundle of Microsoft Office tools to be adequate.

Technology trailblazers

Hunter Ruthven / 29 Aug 2013

We all know which technology firms are leading the world – but what about those operating under the radar.

All those looking to IPO, form an orderly queue

Hunter Ruthven / 22 Aug 2013

The growth markets have endured a torrid time since the financial crash, but there is now reason to be optimistic.

Time for a rethink on the SME classification

Hunter Ruthven / 15 Aug 2013

Now is an opportune moment to find a more focussed definition of business size.

Zero hour contracts – a love or hate relationship

Hunter Ruthven / 06 Aug 2013

With a lot of negative press emerging about zero hour contracts, what do entrepreneurs and business leaders really think about the practice?

The end of bogus sexual harassment claims?

Hunter Ruthven / 01 Aug 2013

This week saw the formal introduction of fees for employment tribunals in the UK – a development that was described as a 'great day for Britain's worst bosses' by TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady.

UK manufacturing back on the front page – for the right reason

Hunter Ruthven / 25 Jul 2013

Before the explosion of technology prowess seen in East London, and financial firepower that now calls Canary Wharf home, the UK was built on a strong history of manufacturing.

The Apprentice: Best of a bad bunch

Hunter Ruthven / 18 Jul 2013

So Lord Sugar, or Sir Alan as he's otherwise known, has chosen his next business partner. But what do the finalists suggest about UK entrepreneurship?

A winning recipe for entrepreneurial triumph

Hunter Ruthven / 05 Jul 2013

Five traits key for business success: ingenuity, self-belief, risk taking, commitment and experience.

Turning back time like the Rolling Stones and BEBO

Simon Daniel / 04 Jul 2013

Events in the last week point towards a reawakening of days gone by – could the same be needed for innovation?

To outsource or not to outsource, that is the question

Johnny Hewett / 25 Jun 2013

In an era when you can outsource your outsourcing, working out what is really core is time well spent.

Crowdfunding: An arriving and welcome phenomenon

Jon Moulton / 18 Jun 2013

The rise of crowdfunding can only be sustained if we keep the nanny state out.

Green light for cleantech entrepreneurs

Hunter Ruthven / 13 Jun 2013

I'm always enthused when the government decides to not just throw money at a generic problem, but actually target specific elements of it.

Make a life, not a living

Hunter Ruthven / 06 Jun 2013

That was the business ethos being championed by Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson during a talk at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

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