Business Models

Gap store closing

More holes in the high street: Gap shuts UK and Irish...

FASHION giant Gap is the latest firm to forego bricks and mortar and embrace e-commerce, announcing plans to close its 81 stores in the...
Sessions Market food selection (Photo: Justin DeSouza)

Sessions Market cooks up an incentive to beat chef shortage

SESSIONS Market has launched a chef incentive and recruitment scheme to boost an industry hard-hit by the Covid pandemic. Founder Dan Warne, previously MD at...
UK map on EU flag

UK firms ‘must prepare for realities of new relationship with EU’

THE realities of Brexit are beginning to bite, and could result in losses of £9.5bn for Greater London, with £2.2bn coming from financial and...
Business taxes

Key announcements from Spring Budget that affect entrepreneurs

By SARAH BALCHIN WITH all the speculation around changes to personal tax in the run up to the Spring Budget, in the end, very little...
Doing Business 2020

UK’s surprise showing in business start-up costs

By Hal Williams BUSINESS support platform Rovva recently analysed World Bank figures on the cost of starting businesses around the world. When the data were in,...
Uncle Ben's rebranding

Shareholder value eclipsed by stakeholder value, and brand purpose is king

Vaccine announcements don’t automatically signal a return to business-as-usual, argues ROSS CLUGSON VACCINES are like buses. You wait eight months … and then two...
Dad working from home, flexible working

Engineering firm funds research into lasting flexible work systems

BUILDING and civil engineering company Sir Robert McAlpine has funded a study using first-person accounts to provide employers with “more than stats” on the subject of...
Business taxes

Big ideas to nurture little UK businesses

IT’S SMALL Business Advice Week, a time for SMEs to consult with advisers about the best direction for their business journey. The British Business Bank...
Illustration: Businessman holding tablet with barchart

The route to profitability — in times of pandemic

ASHLEIGH HINDE, CEO and founder of contact lens company Waldo, on the difficulty of balancing the people, payments and profits equation during tough times WITH...
UK Government loan

Covid-19 loan schemes ‘a debt, not a grant’ cautions UK Finance

UK BUSINESSES are pessimistic about their growth potential once the COVID-19 crisis passes. A survey of 1,200 firms has found that the pandemic has negatively...