Business Models

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Support calls from SMEs in UK and US

UK firm Purbeck’s personal guarantee insurance has seen a sharp rise in small businesses contacting its mentoring and advice service for support. From January to...
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Design your business for ‘tomorrow’s customers’

By MARK WILSON BUSINESSES are facing tough times, with EU trade difficulties and inflation driving pessimism. So, now’s the time to reimagine things using creativity and...
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Rising energy prices worry SME owners — price-hikes coming

A SURVEY of 1,000 British SMEs indicates that rising fuel and energy costs are the greatest threats to survival in 2022. Half — 49 percent...
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Vulnerability: the heartbeat of creativity and innovation

By CHRIS PATON THE NUMBER of UK businesses forced to close in the last quarter was 137,210 — 23 percent up on the same period...
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Loyalty fraud: it’s a thing

BUSINESSES are realising that a top-notch customer experience is the key to staying one step ahead — and fraud rings have begun to target...
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Makeup break-up as Revlon files for bankruptcy

AFTER 90 years in business, cosmetics giant Revlon is filing for bankruptcy in the US. The company had been brought down by a combination of...
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Gift from the pandemic: fresh ways of working and communicating

Flexibility contributes to gender equality in the workplace — without affecting your bottom line By RAE MORGAN STATISTICS brandished by companies as proof of progress in...
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The birth of the travel subscription model

By DANA DUNNE THE SIGNIFICANT increase in subscription spending during the pandemic has caught the attention of businesses across the globe. In fact, according to...
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Rising inflation is top concern of small businesses for 2022

Research by lender iwoca has unearthed some concerns for business in 2022 WITH rising inflation predicted by the Bank of England and the threat of...
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Claus for concern: UK hit by shortage of tree sellers

A shortage of Christmas tree-sellers is more serious than it sounds, warns Alan Thomas, UK CEO at Simply Business. One in five small businesses expects...