How to control costs and keep your business cash flow healthy
Ged Gosgrove of Champion Accountants shares his cash flow insight
Productivity consultant Cory Cook provides advice for small-business owners.
Top chefs explain how they keep their staff performing well during service.
The kitchen of one of the country’s best known and most popular restaurants, Benares, is a frenetic hive of activity during service. Everyone must deliver - this is no place for the faint-hearted. So how do senior staff ensure that their teams can manage stress and stay motivated?
Key challenges when managing people and how to get the best out of them.
It’s a cliché, but one that remains perhaps truer than ever. A business’ most valuable asset are its people.
HR expert, consultant and author Helen Jamieson shares her insight.
Able to draw upon more than 25 years’ experience, Helen Jamieson (right) is an HR expert, consultant and author. Operating from offices in London, Berkshire and Hampshire, she set up her HR and training consultancy Jaluch Ltd in 2002, after selling her previous HR consultancy. Jaluch has 13 employees and 15 associates and has provided HR advice and services to more than 350 UK businesses. So, what key lessons has Jamieson learned about managing people and what advice does she offer to small-business employers?
No cost and low cost ways to keep your people happy, motivated and productive.
Paula Thomas of Trimmers hairdressers on how she motivates her employees.
Hairdressing can be a tiring occupation, with many hours spent on your feet. Yet staff must be well motivated and achieve great results if customers are to remain happy and loyal. Paula Thomas (right), co-owner of Trimmers in Maghull, near Liverpool, explains how she keeps her staff smiling and ensures their performance is a cut above the rest.
Stress is now the UK’s single biggest cause of sickness, affecting one in five workers, according to the Health & Safety Executive and small firms are not immune from its effects. “Stress in the workplace has increased significantly,” says Cary Cooper, leading stress expert and The 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School. “Organisations of all sizes are now very lean. There are fewer people in the workplace, they are working longer hours and they feel more insecure about their jobs. The knock-on effect is more stress, anxiety and depression.”
If you’re looking eastward for a new market or trading partner, India, China and Japan aren’t the only options
If you’ve got an established ecommerce business in the UK — and especially if you sell specialist products to a niche audience — then the chances are that you’ve already made a few sales to overseas customers. But can you turn those “accidental” sales into a lucrative new revenue stream and establish yourself in key markets outside the UK?
Your brand is a good deal more than just your logo and packaging design. Recognising this is the first step towards creating a brand that can really help your business grow, as Christina Richardson of The Nurture Network explains.