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Business advice: Lord Sugar is the top name in UK enterprise

Be transparent, expect transparency - Lord Sugar's advice to businesses

Renowned businessperson Lord Alan Sugar has been providing his tips for entrepreneurs, via business data site Company Check. Here, Alastair Campbell, founder of Company Check, explores what Sugar’s advice means for businesses.

Company mentoring: Is is the key to galvanising your workforce?

Why your company should develop a mentoring scheme

Some smaller companies shy away from mentoring schemes because of the investment required in both time and resources: but can that initial outlay be returned with interest if done right?

Business angel: Can a mentor give your business a lift?

Are you in need of a small business guardian angel?

Starting a business is one of the hardest things to do, especially with no experience: so can getting an experienced ally on board make the difference?

Loyal staff: Is your workforce invested in your business?

Working smart: Five ways to keep your staff loyal

Staff turnover can be a real problem for SMEs if it gets out of hand: so here are five ways to ensure your staff stick around for at least a little longer, in association with Cartridge Save 

Managing trouble: Are you better than Mourinho?

No way Jose: how to handle your SME staff better than Mourinho

With a very public dressing down for two senior staff members and poor results, Jose Mourinho's management has been called into question: so here's how to ensure yours isn't

Super-skills: Can you face up to the upcoming resourcing crisis?

Skills crisis: Can you use internal resources to plug the gaps?

Most people agree we are on the verge of a skills crisis: so how can organisations help themselves by using their internal resources?

Workplace wellbeing: Can nice guys really win?

The happiness revolution: Turning workplace wellbeing into business success

Saurav Chopra, CEO and co-founder of Perkbox discusses why workplaces should evolve to put employees first

Plumbing new heights: Can learning a trade be more lucrative than a degree for prospective entrepreneurs?

The ‘trade’-off between university and an apprenticeship for hopeful entepreneurs

The debate around the best academic and professional route to forming your own business continues to rumble on – here Lewis Howard makes the case for apprenticeships

Entrepreneurial spirit: Can the right mindset drive profit growth?

Are 'home-grown entrepreneurs' the key to business success?

With money still tight, can creating employees with an entrepreneurial spark make the difference in a tough marketplace?

Winning mentality: Can an elite sporting mentality translate to business?

Wimbledon’s winning mindset – lessons for business leaders

The gladiatorial arena of Wimbledon is where champions are made every year: so what can entrepreneurs and business leaders learn from the mindset that drives them to victory?

Personal data: People who can harness data are invlauable

Capturing the talent that can monetise big data

By now everyone understands that big data can transform your business but precious few know how to do it: so how can you make sure those invaluable individuals are on your side?

Brain frees: Can emotional intelligence unlock potential in colleagues?

Is emotional intelligence the most important personal trait in leadership?

Is emotional intelligence more important than IQ in successful leadership? Here Marielena Sabatier argues the case for taking it more seriously

Letting go: Can owners ensure a smooth transition?

Letting go: how to hand over the reins of your successful business

Letting go of control can be one of the hardest thing for a manager owner to do but it's a crucial part of any business's evolution: so what steps can make the transition as smooth as possible?

Free-thinkers: Are businesses missing out by restricting employees' freedom?

Learning can outpace market change in growing businesses 

Is the out-dated command and control style of management still holding some organisations back? Here Ian Helps looks at the benefits of encouraging employees to think for themselves

Unlocking potential: Is business doing its bit?

How business should work with education to release potential

The lack of an effective partnership between education and business has long been mooted as a problem: so has OCR come up with a way to solve the puzzle?

At odds: Shareholders and CEOs do not always work in harmony

Not sharing the love: CEOs who have seriously fallen out with shareholders

Perceived wisdom says that CEOs are answerable to the board, who in turn speak for the shareholder: but this lot have other ideas…

Leaders' debate: Is focus on management damaging?

Navigating by design: Leadership not management

In this exclusive extract from Kevin Uphill's book Navigating the Rivers of Cash, the author looks at the ways leaders can be more effective by taking focus away from levels of management

Breaking good: Five successful entrepreneurs with criminal backgrounds

We all know entrepreneurs as the hard-working business owners who drive our economy: but some have travelled to their current status on a road you wouldn’t describe as the straight and narrow…

Service-focused: Can you make money without a fixation on profit?

How to make your company a financial success by focusing on service, not profit

Here, Ali Lijee, founder of the UK’s first nationwide Apple repair network, reveals how he started and subsequently grew his business model which focused on delivering quality service over inflated profits.

International business: Understanding global markets is crucial

Why an independent director is crucial to embracing internationalism

International expansion is one of the most complex procedures a growing business can go through: could hiring a good independent director be the key to success?

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SRI: It is now receiving support from the top names in finance

Why socially responsible investing is the big new trend in the UK

Support from no lesser authority than the governor of the Bank of England is offering his support for SRI – so is the appetite there to take up the mantle?

Comment & Analysis

Downward trend: Is China falling out of love with the smartphone?

China sees smartphone slowdown

While global smart phones sales continue to boom, there are signs that the market in China is starting to level off: so why is the world's biggest economy turning off the technology?


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