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Rough diamond: Is the approach to potential flawed?

Diamonds in the rough: Identifying and growing your rising stars

Is the concept of talent overrated? Here Lumesse HR director Steve Hewitt outlines a radical new approach to identifying the stars of the future

Apprenticeships ‘at the heart’ of growing businesses, says parliament’s apprenticeship ambassador

Event at House of Commons highlights growing role apprentices play in supporting small business in the UK

Ben Hutt:

How to put agile business practices in motion

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

Growing influence: Culture can be hard to retain during expansion

6 tips to retain a start-up culture in a growing business

Growth in a business is always welcome, but how can owners ensure they retain the culture that made them successful in the first place? Talent Party CEO Ben Hutt gives his views

Strategic advantage: Leaders benefit from delegating their former, more transactional tasks

Why you can’t lead from your comfort zone

When workers are promoted to the top job they often have trouble letting go of their former duties and moving on to more strategic tasks. Read on for some tips to resist this urge when you secure a big promotion.

Women's power: The UK is missing out on potential income by not encouraging more female business owners

Female entrepreneurship “untapped” in UK

More to do to support women in enterprise despite progress, says government report

Floundering firms shouldn't be focused on reinventing themselves, says Wainwright

Failing companies need a different approach to strategic advice

Robert Wainwright, MD of WWA Consultants, is an advocate of tailoring advice and assistance so that it fits into the busy schedule of a business leader – and explains why to GrowthBusiness.

Being a director is a great way to influence business, but comes with responsibility

The legal implications of company directorships

Fiona Beal, professional support lawyer at Brodies, explains the legal framework and responsibilities associated with becoming the director of a business.

Attending business school can provide a new perspective on entrepreneurship

The benefits of completing a MSc from an entrepreneur’s perspective

With a wealth of options out there when it comes to sharpening your business skills, Kaffeination co-founder Matthias Schmid tells us why his decision to complete a MSc in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at Manchester Business School paid off for him.

The Godfather Don Corleone oversaw a mafia empire using novel strategies

What can we learn from literature’s most memorable businessmen?

They are fictional characters from some of history's most classic tales, but what lessons are worth extrapolating?

City and business: Boris Johnson has served as London mayor since 2008

Why Boris Johnson's job-share would be good news for London business

With the mayor of London Boris Johnson set to decide between keeping his position or returning to government, business consultant Leon Emirali argues that a job-share might be a good idea.

Non-executives can help with factors such as boardroom cohesion

Why a non-executive may be just the tonic your growth strategy needs

Alex Arnot, a non-executive board advisor to a range of SME organisations, outlines six reasons why you can’t afford NOT to appoint one.

City Hall was the location for the meeting of 100 CEOs with investors

What makes a successful CEO?

To find out what characteristics contribute to a world-class CEO, GrowthBusiness visited the CEO Summit and posed the question to select members of the new CEO 100 Club.

Local produce: The cassava root is a vital part of the brewing process

Improving the supply chain through support and advice

When a company's supply chain stretches across all four corners of the globe, helping them to improve is an important challenge.

Family firm: Peter Petyt is looking to take Kain Knight to the next level

The art of growing a family run professional services firm

Growing any business is rarely a walk in the park, but coming in as an outsider to grow a 35-year old, family-run legal services firm is even harder still. 

And again: Alex Ferguson has created countless new teams during his 27 years

How the skills of Manchester United's Alex Ferguson can be used to construct a winning business team

By looking at the skills and leadership qualities of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, Simon Swan, co-founder of Hiring-Hub.com, looks at how this can be applied to the business world and the success of growth companies.

Outside perspective: Non-executive directors can advise on growth and exits

How non-executive directors can help with business development and succession

As non-executive directors play a progressively more influential role in how businesses grow, Caroline Belcher, partner and head of the exit planning practice at Cavendish Corporate Finance looks at what they can bring – particularly to the sale process.

Stephen Archer: Good culture in turn is a reflection of good values

Barclays - a lesson in leadership

Stephen Archer, business analyst and director at UK-based business consultancy Spring Partnerships, looks at how the fall-out of the Barclays Libor scandal impacts on the role of leaders in business.

Two dimensional: 'Group think' can lead boards to miss out on big direction changes

How to avoid ‘group think’ in established companies

The ability to make big strategic decisions is an important part of any company board. Mike Robson, director at advisory firm Azure Partners, looks at how business must avoid the 'group think' mentality.

An uphill march for the manufacturers

British manufacturing has come under increasing pressure to help boost the UK’s economy, writes Mike Norfield, CEO of Team Telecom Group.

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Talent Party CEO Ben Hutt

The Year of the Plane part 2: Three promises

In his second of a series of blog posts, Ben Hutt, CEO of digital recruitment marketplace Talent Party, shares his thoughts on the three commitments that business owners should make to achieve balance

Comment & Analysis

Fair pay: Easter can be a complicated time to work out wages

Public holidays: Treating part-time employees fairly

Public holidays can be very tricky when trying to work out part-time and casual staff's wages fairly: so here is a quick guide to do some of the work for you

Research

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

Report exposes lack of ROI insight from customer service

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