Wednesday, 21 December 2016
When it was first announced, the apprenticeship levy came under heavy fire from organisations representing British businesses. There were plenty of arguments against its introduction. The CBI warned that the levy would impose huge costs on employers with no improvement in training given. After a period of consultation and review, the scheme has been revised and agreed.
Thursday, 10 November 2016
Cloud computing is revolutionising retail, cutting costs of repairs staff, and obsolescence. When Carphone Warehouse and Dixons merged, they used the power of the Cloud to amalgamate two very different systems. Boots is using Cloud technology to enable employees to check availability of stock across all its stores.
Monday, 18 July 2016
The age of tech savvy customers is upon us. Look around you wherever you are, and you’ll see people of all ages participating in the digital transformation of their lives. Children on iPads, millennials on iPhones, and fitness bugs with health monitoring watches beeping instructions. Here in the UK, digital tech companies have been growing at a rate a third faster than the general economy. If you think you can ignore digital transformation in your business, think again.
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Having now had time to fully digest the 2016 budget, many SMEs may be revising the euphoria they displayed in their initial response to George Osbourne’s announcement of a reduction in corporation tax rates. While a reduction in the headline rate to 17% by 2020 is to be welcomed, the way in which losses are treated will mean that British businesses are likely to pay £7 billion more in corporation tax in the next five years.
Thursday, 24 March 2016
As global connectivity takes economies to different levels, flatter and more collaborative workplaces are gaining the competitive edge. The traditional way of working is also changing. The gig economy, rapidly evolving technology, and millennials’ desire for a freer and more eclectic lifestyle is producing opportunities for individuals and organisations. In order to remain competitive, increasing numbers of organisations are changing how the resource their businesses.
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
At the beginning of January, John Lewis announced some sparkling sales numbers. While its in-store revenue had declined, its eCommerce sales had grown by 21% in the six weeks to January 2nd 2016. This turnout prompted the group to maintain its forecast for full-year profits. And that’s no mean feat in a retail sector that is being bashed on all sides. Today’s cost conscious consumers have deep pockets and short arms, while price cutting competitors are going for market share at all costs.