Small Business News
The Federation of Small Businesses announced this week that small business confidence has reached an all-time high as their data shows three successive quarters of growth in 2013. Encouragingly, confidence has improved for firms across most sectors and most UK regions. And, as a result of this improved confidence, the investment in people and businesses needed to boost the economy is beginning to feed through.
For the first time since the report began more firms are looking to take on staff than reduce their workforce and spare capacity has fallen back meaning that more firms feel confident to grow.
If your business is ready to hire new staff, maybe for the first time, then have a look at our checklist for new employers and all the basic documents you’ll need like employment contracts are available on our business pages.
More good news for SMEs this week as the government announced plans to make it simpler and easier for smaller businesses to bid for and win work across the entire public sector following Lord Young’s recommendations to create an SME-friendly ‘single market’ for public procurement.
Do you or one of your employees need flexible working due to childcare or carer responsibilities? Simpsons Sissons and Brooke’s employment specialist, Melissa Cook, has written a short guide to flexible working on the RLUK blog this week.
Pop up shops can be a great way to sell your new products and promote your brand. Ideas Tap have a good guide on how to launch a pop up shop for your business or creative work while over at the Guardian SmallBiz network a panel of experts offer their top tips on starting a pop up shop.
Tech and Social Media News
Is the next Nick D’Aloisio about to be discovered at Devonport High School for Boys in Plymouth? Students are queuing in their lunch breaks to join the ‘appreneurs’ club Thinkspace set up in the school by three of its students and supported by Apple’s Steve Wozniak and Twitter’s Dick Costolo.
Adweek publish a useful analysis of what part of a web page gets the highest viewership. You’ll be surprised at what they found.
Looking for something to read this weekend? Here’s 65 books to read over a lifetime as suggested by Richard Branson
Have a great weekend!
Photo of Richard Branson by David Shankbone on Wikipedia
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