Business Connections

Small Talk: A cleverer approach to the issue of intellectual rights

This week on Business Connections... David Prosser on making sure you comply with international sanctions. Join our growing SME network at: es-bc.co.uk

Small Talk: Online doors opening fast for small firms seeking funds

This week on Business Connections... David Prosser maps out the road to StartUp Britain. Join our growing SME network at es-bc.co.uk

Small Talk: Entrepreneurial spirit alive and kicking in North

This week on Business Connections... David Prosser reports on issues vital to the small and medium business. Join our growing SME network at: es-bc.co.uk

Small Businessman of the Week: Big companies overcharging SMEs by billions a year

Saurav Chopra is chief executive of Huddlebuy, the deals site that sells discounted business products and services to more than 35,000 SMEs

Small Businessman of the Week: Factoring in a speedier cash flow for small companies

Anil Stocker is director of MarketInvoice, which was set up a year ago to provide an alternative to traditional factoring services. It offers SMEs the opportunity to auction off outstanding invoices to investors, improving their cash flow

Global trading presents rich opportunities

Neil Kuschel's guide to international expansion for small businesses

Selling to the toughest consumer

Just over five years ago I sold my first pouch of baby food. It was actually the first pouch of baby food in the world - an innovation that launched the Ella’s Kitchen brand and started a revolution by creating a new category of premium baby food. 

Scenarios: A valuable tool in an uncertain world

While traditional models and forecasting have their place, scenario planning can be a real aid to preparing for the uncertainties of the future, says Stephen Boyle

Raising finance in a tough market

Ask entrepreneurs to name the greatest obstacle they face in their business and I would expect most to say raising finance. Even at the best of times, securing sufficient funds to get an idea off the ground is a challenge and in today’s climate entrepreneurs are finding this increasingly difficult.

A slow dawn

Almost a year since we launched our Get Britain Trading campaign there remains a real need to help small businesses create jobs and drive growth. The campaign has allowed the Forum of Private Business to raise awareness of the vital role SMEs play in the UK’s economic health, and the importance of removing the barriers that stand in their way.

Playing in the big leagues

Sports team and event sponsorship has become ubiquitous in the world of big corporate marketing, but until now has remained a closed shop to smaller companies. However, with the great power of sport to unite and excite people, it’s natural that businesses of all sizes would want a piece of the action for their brand marketing strategy.

Dissatisfaction, disruption and determination: the three Ds of success

Dissatisfaction is the single greatest driver of innovation. I started Seatwave in 2006 because I was appalled by the existing options for selling or buying sold out tickets, which at the time meant relying on eBay or street touts.

Always follow your heart

Today, more and more young people in Britain are choosing to pursue a career as an entrepreneur rather than take the conventional route of finding a job in an established company.

Finance for small businesses

Adam Tyler looks at the importance of educating SMEs about new sources of finance

Plain sailing to business success

An interview with Guy Rigby, author of From Vision To Exit

Life & Style
Facebook intends giving users the ability to transfer cash
The social network wants to tap into a new generation of smart spenders by entering the financial services arena
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Chief executive Philip Clarke has introduced a new testing process so that customers can be sure that what is on the label is in the packet
The knives are out for Philip Clarke. But only a fool would write him off, yet... Alex Lawson reports
Voices
Chancellor George Osborne will reject tax cuts for middle classes in his Budget
Osborne’s handling of the economy has resulted in an ignominious defeat for the Chancellor, says David Blanchflower
News
Dividend time: The Co-op goes the extra mile with puddings for drivers. Now it has lost its way
The community-minded movement ticks a lot of boxes but its virtues have been squandered
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York’s Shambles, where independent shops thrive
A movement for independent local loyalty cards plans to go nationwide, James Legge reports
News
The London Book Fair took place this week in Earls Court, a showcase for the UK’s £3bn-a-year books business
By adopting the methods of their online rivals, traditional publishers can ensure a bright future. Gideon Spanier on the industry's resilience
News
Dan Loeb has a fearless and brash style
The 270-year old auction house has come out fighting against the hedge fund king's attack on its board. Laura Chesters reports
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The Port of Felixstowe, in Suffolk, is the UK’s busiest container port
The IMF is sounding a warning shot over Britain's economy recover. Ben Chu examines how concerned we should be about prospects for growth
News
Bellyaching about foreign investors, empty properties and taxes won't stop a bubble. We must get building, says Chris Blackhurst
News
By 2016 Britain's biggest coal-fired generation station aims to produce half its electricity from biomass. Margareta Pagano meets the woman driving the transformation to a green future
News
Economic, financial and structural reform is badly needed- but no such reform is politically palatable, Satyajit Das
News
Caroline Murphy wanted to turn Murphy Group into a workers’ co-operative
The acceptable face of capitalism? Meet Caroline Murphy, the heiress who walked away from a fortune
Voices
Does the Chancellor want lots of eighty-year-olds in employment? And if so why? asks David Blanchflower
News
Office for Budget Responsibility head Robert Chote
The OBR's chair talks to Ben Chu about the Treasury's bad old days and whether he could work with Ed Balls
News
Cupid has to be agile to keep up with rivals
The online dating agencies are fighting it out for business as more and more Britons turn to a new way of looking for love. Alex Lawson reports on how money can be made out of romance
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Balderton’s big hitters: (clockwise, from top left) ‘Grand Theft Auto’ which uses Natural Motion’s engine Euphoria; Betfair; Wonga; and LoveFilm
London's Balderton Capital, the capital behind Betfair and Wonga, is pulling the centre of gravity across the Atlantic, says Oscar Williams-Grut
News
Leo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street
Twenty-five years ago, Michael Lewis exposed a Wall Street run by gambling addicts. These days he reckons it’s rigged, says Chris Blackhurst
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The shadow banking system exemplifies a popular Chinese saying – “policies come from above; countermeasures from below”, says Satyajit Das
News
Andrew Tyrie says too much regulation has been ‘mindless box ticking’ designed to protect the regulators’ backs
Andrew Tyrie tells James Moore he believes financial reward should be earned, and senior figures held accountable
Voices
Steady and solid growth – rather than boom and bust – shows a welcome return to stability, says Hamish McRae
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Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
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Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
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Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

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A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

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Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
10 best smartphones

10 best smartphones

With a number of new smartphones on the market, we round up the best around, including some more established models
Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal
Supersize art

Is big better? Britain's latest super-sized art

The Kelpies are the latest addition to a growing army of giant sculptures. But naysayers are asking what a pair of gigantic horse heads tells us about Falkirk?
James Dean: Back on the big screen

James Dean: Back on the big screen

As 'Rebel without a Cause' is re-released, Geoffrey Macnab reveals how its star perfected his moody act
Catch-22: How the cult classic was adapted for the stage

How a cult classic was adapted for the stage

More than half a century after it was published 'Catch-22' will make its British stage debut next week
10 best activity books for children

10 best activity books for children

Keep little ones busy this bank holiday with one of these creative, educational and fun books