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.
If you've recently joined the ranks of British small businesses who export their goods overseas, you've done it at the right time: in the March Budget, the government announced that it would double the funding for export finance to £3 billion to boost UK industry. Interest rates on this lending will also be cut by a third, making it cheaper for firms to tap into markets overseas. With this in mind, here are some tips for businesses looking to get into the exporting game:
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:
If you’re the sort that’s always looking for new ways to diversify your business, the long awaited launch of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive may have come non-to-soon. The launch, due this Easter, will see huge changes in the heating industry.
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.
This week is National Apprenticeship Week, a time dedicated to raising awareness of apprenticeships among employers, individuals, teachers, parents and the media. We thought we'd take this opportunity to tell you about what an apprenticeship is and discuss some of the benefits to your small business of hiring an apprentice.
We all know by now that the weather in the UK has been remarkably wet and windy lately, and for many small business owners this can have a huge effect on everything from footfall to supply. So how can you mitigate the damage done to your profits?