Tesco’s payments promise provides a welcome lead in a damaging scandal

See, it was easy. At a stroke last week, the supermarket group Tesco cut through the nonsense that big businesses spout about paying suppliers. It announced a standardised payments system that from next June will see small suppliers (those who deliver up to £100,000 of products each year) paid within 14 days, and medium-sized suppliers paid five days quicker than the largest companies.

Small Talk: Half the workforce could be freelance soon, but ministers

Could one in two people really be working for themselves within five years? That’s the prediction of PeoplePerHour, an online platform that matches people looking to get jobs done with freelancers capable of doing them. It says that on current trends, more than 50 per cent of working people will be doing at least some freelance work, even if some of them also have a day job.

Small Talk: Britain's answer to Germany’s famed mid-market sector

Germany’s Mittelstand companies are renowned as commercial powerhouses – these medium-sized, often family-owned businesses have become symbols of German economic superiority. It may therefore come as a surprise to discover that the Mittelstand’s equivalent in the UK has grown so rapidly over the past five years that it’s now bigger and better than Germany’s.

Co-op: Boom in the gloom

With operations spanning insurance to retail and with over 100,000 employees, The Co-operative Group has become a world leader. All About Brands’ Chairman Allan Biggar explains how its CSR positioning has given it unrivalled competitive advantage.