Strategy

Entrepreneurship

A scheme launched by seven women in Denbighshire in Wales to encourage others into business is now supporting more than 30 entrepreneurs by encouraging them to work together. Female Professional Creatives Clwyd (FPCC) was formed by friends who wanted to share tips on how to start up and run a...
Operations

Health & safety strategy

Under new rules to be introduced by government in April 2013, thousands of businesses considered to be low risk, like shops or offices, will be exempt from health and safety inspections.  Businesses will only face health and safety inspections if they are operating in areas deemed to be higher-risk, such...
Finance

Evaluating investments

Following the amazingly successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, those companies who have been official sponsors of the Games will be evaluating the benefit their investment has brought.  Companies have collectively ploughed an estimated £1bn into the Games as official sponsors. (BBC, 15th August 2012) The benefits of an...
External environment

Meeting the skills gap

Not enough people are graduating with the skills needed to fill thousands of IT jobs in Scotland, employers' bodies have said.  The IT sector has been creating 7,000 jobs a year but last year only 1,500 students graduated in computing, according to E-skills UK. (BBC, 10th September 2012) Polly Purvis,...
Operations

How to get employees to ‘buy in’ to Health and Safety

This article comes courtesy of our guest writer Sarah Ballantyne, Business teacher at Bexleyheath Academy. Health and safety is one of those areas of business that everyone knows is important but constantly ignores!  I’m not talking about workers on production lines managing machinery; they are only too aware that safety...
People

3 factors to emphasise in motivating employees

This article has been written by guest writer Joe Becic of OpenSesame.com, eLearning marketplace. An organisation whose employees lack motivation is like an engine that lacks oil. According to a case study from ARM Holdings plc and The Times 100, around 75% of an organisation’s employees are neither 'engaged' nor...
Finance

Investing for growth

Investment in a business can take many forms.  It might be to enhance the skills of the workforce through training and development or improve production facilities to allow the business to generate more output to meet demand.  However, businesses can also benefit in investing in ethical practices. The latest report...
Marketing

Enhancing the product

The recent scandals which have hit the reputation of the UK's high street banks have prompted a number of other financial service providers to step up their offers.  ASDA has become the latest retailer to launch new financial products.  (BBC, 9th July 2012; The Times newspaper, 9th July 2012) This...
Strategy

Managing risk

The government says it now believes that the UK's internet infrastructure will be able to cope with demand during the London 2012 Olympic Games.  The Cabinet Office had previously told businesses to prepare counter-measures in case internet service providers (ISPs) introduced download limits or even experienced failures.  (BBC, 6th July...
Operations

Improving efficiency

Managing operational activities in the most efficient way can help organisations of all types to achieve cost savings and improve business performance. The think tank, Policy Exchange, has said a team of experts should be set up to ensure public data is more effectively used. Policy Exchange said better use...
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