According to a quarterly survey by the rather pompously-titled Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) confidence among businesses has shown a record rise this quarter from -28% to +5% with 41% of ‘senior business professionals’ saying they are confident about the economic prospects facing them in the next year.
Riddle us this readers: why has a massive proportion of the premises left empty by Woolworths a chain which had no discernible target market and sold well everything been filled by discount shops – an industry exclusively devoted to having no discernible target market and selling well everything?
There’s a downturn. There are shoulder pads. And there’s (an ever-increasing likelihood of) a Tory government: the eighties really are making a comeback don’t you think? It’s eerie: Michael Jackson mania retro chocolate in the shape of Wispa Gold -- it may have first launched in 1995 but we’re sure you’ll agree the caramel has all the spirit as the original c. 1981 – and against all good sense Spandau Ballet has returned.
If you thought second-hand bookshops were dusty places populated by quiet academic types with half-moon glasses and leather elbow patches think again: it turns out the world of second-hand bookshops is nothing less than cut-throat – particularly in Salisbury in Wiltshire where there’s a war raging between the cathedral city’s many second-hand bookshops and bizarrely Oxfam.
Lawyers have given HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) the green light to continue its scheme to allow struggling businesses to delay PAYE and VAT payments it was reported yesterday. HMRC’s Business Payment Support Service came into effect after the pre-Budget report last November and has already filled around 177,000 requests to defer more than £3bn in taxes for up to six months.
Staying on top of who owes you money who you owe money to or simply looking professional are some of the most challenging parts of running a business so it’s important to have the right help in place so you can get back to what you love: growing your business. With that in mind Smarta has teamed up with Intuit makers of QuickBooks financial software to offer you our most flexible prize yet – a copy of whichever QuickBooks software suits you.
Its clever marketing campaign has meant it’s the drink which has come to symbolise the great British barbeque but it seems those summer fantasies may be about to be dashed after Pimms manufacturer Diageo accused Sainsbury’s of copyright infringement.
News London freesheet thelondonpaper is to close may be pleasing for embattled Londoners for whom dodging surly vendors has become an unwelcome part of the daily routine – but Smarta suspects this may also be the beginning of a more meaningful trend.
It’s August folks – Parliament is in recess venture capitalists are all safely ensconced in their South of France retreats and in newsrooms across the country journalists are clambering over one another in a desperate search for something – anything – to write about.
Microsoft has managed to do even more damage to its already-staid image by causing its very own racism row. The software company which has already suffered at the hands of competitor Apple whose ‘I’m an Apple’ ad campaign poked fun at Microsoft’s dull corporate image has been accused of racism after a black man was replaced by a white man in a photograph on the polish version of its website.
Hey there – you with the cocktail sausage. Put that down. And take off that party hat too for new figures have shown if you thought all this talk of business confidence and bullishness meant the recession was over you were sadly sadly mistaken.
Despite the fact that the NHS is doing a sterling job upholding the health of the general public sadly the same can’t be said for the health of its staff: according to a report out today employees aren’t getting enough support for their own health meaning the service has 15,000 staff absences a day which could be avoided.
This week’s episode started slowly: unclear figures and commercially unviable products left the Dragons underwhelmed but Smarta is a little embarrassed to admit it sort of enjoyed hearing repeat-pitcher Samantha Gore’s plaintive cry of ‘help me’ echo around the Den.
One of the questions we often ask investors who come into the Smarta office for an interview is whether they invest in the business or the entrepreneur. The answer almost invariably is the entrepreneur – investors say they need to be able to rely on the person entrusted with their money to ensure it’s being used responsibly.
For iPhone arch-nemesis BlackBerry it looks as though second most popular doesn't mean second best: today US business magazine Fortune decreed BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) is the fastest-growing company in the world.
Business free sheet City A.M. has decided to stop producing content for 11 days for a 'well earned break'. Not only does this seem like commercial suicide in the present climate but begs the question 'how long could your business survive without you?'