Brexit-proof your business

Research from the Federation of Small Businesses revealed that 42 per cent of SMEs were yet to make up their minds on whether to stay in the EU or leave.


The evolution of the COO

Are we seeing a reshuffle of c-suite roles to accommodate more innovative positions such as chief digital officer? And if so, what does this mean for the traditional tasks of a COO?


Happy in the heat – How SMEs can work smart this summer

Here are some tips for SMEs to make the most of the rest of the summer.


How to influence without authority

Being able to influence others without relying on authority can be an invaluable skill, says Stephen Archer.


What can we learn about management from the World Cup Finals?

Over the next month 32 men will be put under intense pressure and scrutiny to deliver success on a global level, sound familiar?


Why it’s time to apply responsive web design principles to business

As technology develops to accommodate the much-hyped ‘internet of things’ and the virtues of a single universal code which can be read across multiple devices take centre stage; Ray Kieser, group managing director of SGK, considers how people in business first need to develop a code that helps them talk to each other – understood from the boardroom to the production line.


Good, but not great

The internet revolution has redefined what 'great' is when it comes to business.


Deciding to join a failing business

Having sold up and taken time away from the business world, Sam Ferguson, CEO of EDM Group, explains why taking charge of an under-performing company was a wise choice.


Diversifying the client base at launch and learning to say ‘No’

David Barker reflects on resisting the temptation to say 'Yes' to the first offer when he opened his data centre, and how choosing instead to diversify his client base at launch has enabled 4D Data Centres to maintain rapid growth in a recession.

Human Resources

How to hire your first country manager

Peter Linas, international managing director of recruitment software provider Bullhorn, advises how to find and hire a successful country manager.


Keep an eye on all aspects of the business

Despite recruiting someone specifically to do office-based operational support, Raj Sukkersudha, managing director of Q3 Internet Services, ended up having to repair the errors of his new hire.


Challenge the status quo like Branson

The recent hullabaloo about the tender for the West Coast train franchise set me thinking.