News & Market Deals

Record year for the high street, finds government figures 

Business News

The value of retail sales in 2014 is forecast to be at an all-time high for the UK, at around £342 billion.

Retail sales growth fastest for 26 years

Business News

Research suggests price cuts in the final quarter encouraged more customers into stores. 

carwow travels to seven figures of investment in Series A round

Fundraising Deals

Balderton Capital injects more funds into car buying platform with a £4.6 million investment.

UK businesses fail to improve management practises in more than a decade - report

Business News

The UK government is being urged to get behind innovation in workplace management, to help make businesses competitive.

10 steps to crowdfunding your business

Business Finance 'Reaching the first 10% of your goal is the most difficult stage of the whole process.'

Most businesses that attempt to crowdfund are either not accepted onto a platform or don’t reach their fundraising goal - mainly because they’re unprepared and don’t understand exactly what it takes to attract investors. Here are 10 steps that will help you get it right.

Why SMEs need to think about continuity planning

Business Planning & Expansion

Anand Ramdeo, director and co-founder of digital estate planning firm Planned Departure, discusses the need for succession planning. 

Growing a Business

The government has an array of measures to help growing businesses

Five ways government is assisting SME growth

Business Planning & Expansion

The government continues to provide opportunities for growing companies. Here are a few of them. 

Cloud services sitting on top of existing infrastructure enable companies to cost-effectively experiment with new approaches to

Putting IT at the centre of M&A

Merger & Acquisition

Tim Patrick-Smith, chief information officer at Getronics, discusses the importance of factoring IT into M&A processes. 

Comment and Analysis

Feminising modern management

Margaret Kett discusses the issue of gender diversity in the boardroom and what can propel women into the higher echelons of management. 

Simon Daniel

Selfies, saunas and royal planes: My day with David Cameron and 8 Nordic and Baltic prime ministers

Last week I flew to Helsinki with David Cameron as part of a UK delegation of five cleantech and education experts speaking at the Northern Future Forum (NFF).

Hunter Ruthven

The living wage movement gathers momentum

With Scottish football club Hearts and cinema chain Curzon agreeing to pay staff an hourly rate above the minimum wage, are employers beginning to recognise that employees need more to make ends meet.

Hunter Ruthven

Time for The Apprentice to decide its purpose

What started as a TV show attempting to find the next superstar of Alan Sugar's business empire has turned into a tit-for-tat 12-week cat fight culminating in an angel investment you'd never find in the business world.

The Entrepreneur

“You know nothing, Jon Snow” - Ygritte

The striking similarities between Game of Thrones and your business (spoiler alert)

The events depicted in the fictional land of Westeros bear uncanny resemblance to many business environments.

Have you ever wondered what secrets make top business leaders so successful?

Here, we look at the little things that add up to form the profile of a successful entrepreneur. 

Is running a company the new retirement?

Young CEOs may grab a lot of the headlines these days, but entrepreneurs over 50 are giving them a run for their money

Business leaders, investors and the Queen: The people behind the world's most expensive homes

Owning a successful business is a sure-fire way to get yourself a beautiful home. But It would take a lot of success to afford these properties

Research

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.

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