The festival season is big business in the UK. With dozens of major events and more than a million people attending at least one festival every year, there are plenty of opportunities for traders to clean up.
This Saturday 17th May sees the return of Restaurant Day, a worldwide food carnival that happens four times a year. The concept is that anyone can set up a restaurant, café or bar for the day anywhere they see fit, and it taps in perfectly to our entrepreneurial side.
This Saturday welcomes the eighth instalment of one of the biggest events in the musical calendar. Record Store Day was founded in 2007 in Baltimore in reaction to the threat caused by online music downloading and streaming services to the purchase of physical music releases in bricks-and-mortar shops. As our music habits have changed, many once great record stores have sadly closed. While the closure of any small business is a sad day, the unique position record stores hold within the local community means that their demise is often particularly hard to stomach.
For many people, Easter weekend is a bit like a scaled-down Christmas - a bit of time off work to spend with the family, with the added bonus that you might even see a bit of sunshine. While it doesn't have quite have the same epic build-up associated with Christmas, it's still a break that people look forward to - and that means any business should consider its marketing potential. Here are a few ways to get a bit more out of this seasonal celebration:
The chancellor George Osborne did indeed open his red briefcase today, as he revealed the 2014 Budget. With a section titled "a Budget for business", it is safe to say businesses of all sizes made up a significant chunk of Mr Osborne's Budget. Without further ado, let's take a quick look at the small business-related announcements made today.
You may've missed it amidst the sound of crashing frying pans last Tuesday, but we are now in Lent - a period where many people choose to give up bad habits for 40 days before gorging themselves on chocolate come Easter. While I don't mark the occasion in quite the same way, it’s always a good time of the year to assess how we do things and for cutting out bad habits.
As a small business owner or budding entrepreneur, you know that advice and guidance from those that've been there and done that is invaluable. While there are many ways to gain this insight, one of the most effective methods is to attend a small business event or workshop.