Small business confidence in London lagging

Small business confidence in London lagging

More than a third (35%) of small businesses expect their performance will improve over the coming three months. Less than a quarter (24%) believe performance will worsen, according to new Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) figures. The domestic economy (57%) remains the number one barrier to small business growth, with...

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FSB urges Government to improve supply chain procurement for the sake of taxpayers and small businesses

FSB urges Government to improve supply chain procurement for the sake of taxpayers and small businesses

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on the Government to accept a raft of public procurement reforms that will promote supply chain best-practice and unlock the potential of the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses. Data from the latest FSB report, ‘Chain Reaction: Improving the supply chain experience for smaller firms’,...

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Interview with Alex Limpert, CEO and co-founder of GuestReady

Interview with Alex Limpert, CEO and co-founder of GuestReady

GuestReady is a unique online service that allows Airbnb hosts to professionally manage their property. Nearly two years old, the startup has attracted funding from the likes of Impulse VC, a fund backed by Chelsea F.C. owner Roman Abramovich to Swiss Founders Fund. To date, it has helped nearly 20,000...

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New smart tech is changing the landscape for small buisnesses

New smart tech is changing the landscape for small buisnesses

Founding, growing and managing a company takes a lot of perseverance and hard work. But, innovative technology and the Internet of things (IoT) are not only making companies more adaptable to market fluctuations, they’re also being used to improve businesses’ safety and security systems. As technology continues to evolve, so...

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Fin-Wrech: How FinTech upended the banking sector

Fin-Wrech: How FinTech upended the banking sector

Ever since the days of Tellson’s Bank in A Tale of Two Cities, banking has long been perceived as one of Britain’s most byzantine institutions. Described by Dickens as a ‘triumphant perfection of inconvenience’, Tellson’s Bank epitomised the foggy backroom dealings, gratuitous customer service and paralysing inefficiency synonymous with today’s...

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Google’s civil war

Google’s civil war

As recently as a decade ago Google’s company image verged on beloved. Buoyed by a tide of Steve Jobs-style cool, the corporate giant (even in 2008 giant seemed to sell the search engine short: ‘juggernaut’ perhaps? ‘behemoth’?) had parlayed their superior product and canny artistic flair into the kind of...

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West side story: London’s West End

West side story: London’s West End

Every day, an estimated 500,000 pedestrians trundle up and down London’s glossy Oxford Street. Until this year, pedestrians have had to share the iconic road with two lanes of traffic. Following Sadiq Khan’s announcement last year that Oxford Street will begin pedestrianizing in late 2018, which will cost around £60...

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Glug, glug: British booze exports on the rise

Glug, glug: British booze exports on the rise

Thirsty consumers from around the world have caused a surge in demand for British food and drink, based on research by supply chain organisation GS1 UK. Its report found that in the year to November 2017, the export of goods rose by 12% and British alcohol by 16%. Due to...

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The hunt is on for Kensington & Chelsea’s best local business!

The hunt is on for Kensington & Chelsea’s best local business!

The hunt is on for the best businesses in Kensington & Chelsea with the inaugural launch of the 2018 Kensington & Chelsea Business Awards. Organised by Kensington & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, the chamber aims to recognise and reward the achievements of the local business community across the whole of...

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SMEs likely to be worst affected by Brexit

SMEs likely to be worst affected by Brexit

In the crowded atrium of the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, the annual Business Funding Show is underway. Scores of business owners and start-up CEOs have set up their respective stands before bee lining towards their intended targets. As they introduce themselves to one another, hands are shaken and business cards...

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