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Doing business in Asia: 30 interesting facts
The pace of growth in Asia is being led by India and China. But opportunities for UK business in Asia don't end there as these facts show.
Infographic: The evolution of the entrepreneur
From the creation of the first wheel to the advent of the internet, this infographic charts the evolution of the entrepreneur.
Will going 'Portas-plus' be enough to save the UK high street?
Ministers want to go "Portas-plus" as they try to revive the British High Street - but are they really doing enough to tackle such an enormous task?
How to avoid the branding pitfalls of London 2012
James Corlett looks at how businesses can avoid falling foul of the law in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics.
Let confidence carry you over the business finish line
Jim Constable explains how to draw out and sustain confidence when the odds are against you.
The most unpopular man at the social media party
2012-04-05 11:25 - 338 reads
How often have you looked at a small business on a popular social media channel and quickly moved on as the only messages they put out are hard sales messages?
Government cash on offer to encourage hiring young staff
2012-04-04 13:07 - 190 reads
Take on a young employee and you could be in line for some government funding...
An infographic decision tree: Should your business be on Pinterest?
2012-04-04 10:30 - 2578 reads -
Everyone's talking about Pinterest, the latest social network on the scene. But it's not the right fit for every business. Use this infographic to find out whether you should start pinning.
Why entrepreneurs should delegate everything except genius
2012-04-04 10:25 - 360 reads
Dan Sullivan, president and co-founder of Strategic Coach, looks at the art of delegation.
10 ways to cut the cost of train travel
2012-04-03 11:20 - 512 reads
With regular headlines about the rising cost of rail travel, business travellers need to try and keep costs down. Anish Kapoor provides tips on how to cut the price of train tickets.
Analyst Commentary: Why are SMEs deemed so important in the public sector?
2012-04-03 09:42 - 169 reads
Getting SMEs more involved in pitching for business across the previously closed-off UK public sector is Coalition commitment, but is it a realistic one, asks Joe Dignan of research firm Ovum.
How Super Mario can help you to recruit staff
2012-04-02 14:10 - 297 reads
By applying the same principles that inspire people to play games, businesses can drive deeper engagement and use this to attract and retain employees.
A4e failures and Public Service Act: Golden opportunities for social enterprise
2012-04-02 11:00 - 795 reads
Peter Holbrook urges social enterprises to maximise the opportunity presented by the passing of the Public Serv
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Bid to become a Portas Pilot
Grant Shapps, the Local Government Minister, has announced that 12 struggling towns and cities will have the chance to implement recommendations from my Review to help reinvigorate their ailing High Streets. The Portas Pilots will benefit from a share of £1million, as well as the support of the Minister, Whitehall, and myself.
I am thrilled that now there is an opportunity to turn my recommendations into reality by giving communities across the country the opportunity to come forward with their vision for breathing new life into their locality. I hope my Review has inspired people with a new vision for tomorrow where our High Streets are re-imagined as destinations for socialising, culture, wellbeing, learning, as well as shopping.
I want the first twelve Town Teams to challenge the old ways of working, experiment, take risks, and reaffirm their place at the heart of the community.
A place we all want to be, and can be, proud of.
Click here to find out how your town can bid to become a Portas Pilot.
Shop! Mary Portas at Cash Converters
Approaching Stratford railway station in London’s East End, you are presented with glimpses of what’s to come – Anish Kapoor’s giant ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture, Zaha Hadid’s sleek Aquatics Centre and the main Olympic stadium poke into and out of sight every few seconds. The station and surrounding area is alive with workmen in hard hats, temporary hoardings and groups of schoolchildren clambering off coaches for a tour of the site. This is a part of town preparing for something huge, and even on a damp grey Friday morning there’s a buzz of anticipation in the air. Yet this week’s assignment has taken me beyond the shiny new Westfield shopping centre that connects the station with the Olympic Park, and a little further into old Stratford. Once you’ve emerged at the other end of the Olympic bubble, it’s a short walk to Cash Converters, located opposite three estate agents, and just past a sauna and a tandoori. Unsurprisingly, in the current economic climate shops such as Cash Converters are doing pretty well. Founded in Perth, Australia, in 1984, it has had a presence in Britain for 20 years and trades on the London Stock Exchange. Last month it posted impressive half-yearly figures, with a like-for-like increase in sales of 8.6 per cent. It also created 120 jobs during the second half of 2011. Of course, Cash Converters’ core service is providing the cash-strapped with quick bucks via a number of personal finance schemes, from cheque-cashing (for those without a bank account), payday loans, buy-backs, cash-for-gold services and the like. But its chief executive, David Patrick, likes to boast, ‘We are a retailer and not a pawnbroker – the world’s biggest retailer of secondhand goods.’ So let’s review it as such.
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Just received this letter:
I am Murray Barnett from Barnett’s bakery in Anstruther Fife Scotland near St Andrews. I watched all of your shows and tried to put as much as I could back into my business. The bakery showed me that there might be a Market for artisan breads where I live and work. I start to make them in June and from making none, within three weeks I was making 300 a day. This was a huge help to my business and has brought more passion for the whole industry. I owe you so much for doing this for me. I would love for you to come and see what I have done and more so what you have done for me!
Thank you Murray – long may your success continue! xM
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