Schools may have finished last week, but more than 1 in ten Brits have chosen not to take a week of their annual leave this year because they are worried whether they will still have a job to return to, according to new research.
Online clothing retailer ASOS is now addressing customer complaints and comments through micro-blogging site Twitter. Is this the start of a change in dealing with customer complaints and something that other companies should follow?
Join us during the final of The Apprentice on Sunday 7th June from 8.30pm for live comment and conversation from business owners and fellow show viewers via twitter. Take part yourself if you are a Twitter user by using the hashtag #bmapprentice
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Bill Morrow, co-founder of Angels Den looks at whether successful business investors need to be nice guys, or do you have to be a nasty piece of work to make it out there in the big bad world of business?
We speak to leading entrepreneurs about their reactions to the Budget. Is this the kick start that they feel business needed or just Mr Darling taking UK PLC down a further road to debt laden ruin?
Government proposals to monitor social networking sites centrally fail to consider the impact of such action on businesses that now use these tools as an integral part of their marketing strategy and could result in some businesses abandoning social media altogether, according to a leading social media consultant.
Business strategist Anita Shah became the first The Apprentice candidate to be fired by Sir Alan Sugar tonight.
Natural selection is not only confined to the theories of Darwin according to a new study which has unearthed a new breed of business owner, fit to survive the current recession and well into the future.
The celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson has blamed his bank after putting his restaurant chain into administration last Friday.
Sixty staff lost their jobs after four of Worrall Thompson’s restaurants stopped trading. The chef has used his own savings to keep two more outlets running, and has criticised Lloyds Banking Group for refusing him an additional £200,000 increase on his current £200,000 overdraft to help the business through the next few months. However we have taken the lid off the boiling pot and think that many UK business owners will sympathise with AWT, but are surprised at his ‘It’s the Credit Crunch what did it’ explanation.
With recent negative press coverage and investigative television programmes such as Panorama looking at the British residential property investment market – in particular whether buyers and lenders have been the target of widespread fraud – Jim Moore looks at how you, as a seasoned investor, can sort the good guys from the bad.
“Surprise, surprise, Alistair Darling has made a u-turn on Capital Gains Tax. And as per usual, there was no consultation with businesses large or small. But that’s not what bothers me.
In a nutshell, the ‘Entrepreneur’s Relief’, which was announced on January 24th 2008 (relief….really??) means that people will pay just 10% on the first £1 million of capital gains. This is a serious u-turn following October’s announcement that plans were afoot to impose a single flat rate of 18%.
So what do I think of this?
Are the Government’s Capital Gains Tax proposals as grim as many small and medium sized businesses claim? Property mogul Jim Moore, founder of Inside Track and Instant Access Properties – the UK’s biggest buy-to-let education and investment company – takes a closer look…..
"When I first heard the Government is to slash Capital Gains Tax from 40% to 18% I thought it sounded good. But if it’s really as good as it sounds, why are so many small businesses against the Government’s plans?
What drew you to your current bank in the first place? Was it the excellent services it offered, the lure of a free iPod or possibly the promise of vouchers off your next holiday abroad? There’s no doubt that banks will offer the world to secure your custom these days. But are they maximising their potential and catering for everyone?
Well, no apparently not. New research suggests that banks are totally failing to cash in on the potential riches that could be gained from having more female customers. But why target women?