Ben Lobel was the editor of SmallBusiness.co.uk and GrowthBusiness.co.uk from 2010 to 2018. He specialises in writing for start-up and scale-up companies in the areas of finance, marketing and HR.


Project Utopia

Believe it or not, you can now buy your very own man-made floating lair - although it may take a little longer to build it.


Lots of potential

Despite starting his company, MadBid.com, in 2008 during uncertain times Juha Koski has grown the business to a stage where it is posting a turnover of around £15 million.


Good for business

Many owner-managers run their business for reasons other than money and glory. We profile five business people who have put good causes at the heart of their social ventures.

PR and Marketing Strategy

The benefits of QR codes

A little barcode on your promotional material or even business card can work wonders for marketing.


James Averdieck interview: A piece of cake

James Averdieck built his luxury dessert brand Gü into a high-profile company turning over £50 million. Having sold the business, he tells GrowthBusiness about how he is carefully considering his next move.


3i buys GO Outdoors stake

Private equity investor 3i Group has acquired a shareholding in outdoor clothing and equipment retailer GO Outdoors from YFM Equity Partners, with plans to invest £28 million in the business.


Cash in on tax credits

Research and development (R&D) tax credits are a tax relief based on your company’s investment in innovative technology.

Exit Strategies

How oil man Sam Malin spends his millions

After discovering oil in Madagascar, Sam Malin started his company, Madagascar Oil, from scratch. It’s now worth over $1 billion. Kathleen Hall finds out how he enjoys his wealth.

Financial Management

Q&A: Claiming VAT on postage

Can I claim VAT on postage as it has been pointed out to me the receipts have a VAT number on them?