small and medium enterprises
Five years is a long time in the life of a small business. In five years the whole world can have changed - staff gone, new team, new office, growth, sometimes decline, changing markets, and not to forget that 40% of small businesses don't make it to five years.... It is this more than anything else that sits at the heart of Small Business Saturday. If we can stop more businesses failing, that can mean huge benefits to communities and the economy as a whole.
Another feature is coaching. Everybody taking part in phase one and phase two is offered free business coaching. It is voluntary for entrepreneurs to do. The coaches are going to be recruited over the coming three months.
Cleaning is a hassle isn't it? It's not easy, let alone affordable, to hire someone to do the job for you, but for those
Some have business ideas young, but Andrew Dewar had already built up and sold his business by the age of 15 - a social network
Across the world medium-sized businesses have been fueling the economic recovery. In Germany, the core groups of around 1,400 Mittelstand firms have become the main 'stokers' of its economic firepower. In the UK, mid-sized firms grew 5% over the past five years, outperforming both small companies and large corporations.
'In the middle' or 'mid-tier' is rarely the most exciting place to be. If you're not an extremist, you're part of the silent majority and must fight to be heard. The middle-classes hardly ever rock the boat - and the middle-aged often say they feel invisible. It's the same in business.
When a client sub-contracts a research project they have to make decisions about who they want to work with and who they think will get the job done. Imagine you could choose a university, or an agency with hundreds of staff, or a boutique firm with ten staff. These are my competitors. And then there's me, a sole trader.
Rob Hill is the founder of The Stag Company and owner of Hen Heaven and Eventa. Having started his working life as a chef
The number of mortgages granted in the UK has increased by a third since the launch of the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS
Birmingham has been named as the new hotbed of business growth, following the analysis of the first 3,000 businesses who