by Josh Hall | 10 Sep 2009
Buoyed by a recent string of relatively positive data, many commentators have been tempted to call the bottom of the recession. But while some analysts claim the worst is behind us, others believe the crisis is far from over.
by Rosie Beasley | 21 Aug 2009
It may seem counter-intuitive, but a recession may actually be the best time to start a business. Some of the world's largest and oldest companies have taken advantage of the unique opportunities provided by a downturn, proving it is possible for forward-thinking start-ups to flourish in what are otherwise testing times.
by Rosie Beasley | 17 Jun 2009
This presentation details the 8 stages you will need to think about when setting yourself up as self-employed.
by Rosie Beasley | 06 Apr 2009
There's nothing quite like watching a bunch of business people fail miserably on television to make us feel better about our own working lives. Business-focused reality TV has become increasingly popular over the last few years and shows such as The Apprentice and Dragons' Den are now established staples on the television calendar. The genre seems to have tapped into the 'nation of shopkeepers' mentality that seems to be embedded somewhere in all British people's DNA, and a new generation of entrepreneurs has grown up in response.
by Rosie Beasley | 02 Apr 2009
Are you a caterer? Here are a few tips on how not to do things from the 2009 Apprentice candidates.
by Josh Hall | 10 Mar 2009
The current downturn is making life very difficult for small businesses across the country. Corporate insolvencies are constantly rising and, while consumer confidence may have bottomed out, trading conditions remain tough in virtually every sector.
by Josh Hall | 23 Feb 2009
Private sector spending is drying up at a concerning rate. Companies that survive on private sector contracts are finding the security of those contracts more precarious by the day, particularly as they are frequently supported by a long chain of companies. If just one link in the chain collapses it can spell the end of that contract.
by Josh Hall | 17 Feb 2009
The number of foreign nationals wishing to start businesses in the UK has grown steadily in recent years. While it is arguably easier to achieve this today than at any time previously, there are still significant hurdles that must be overcome. The government has recently introduced new restrictions on the movement of labour, and budding entrepreneurs will inevitably feel the effects of this. The new points-based immigration system introduced by the government in 2008-09 has further complicated the situation.
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