Jonathan Richards is an experienced non-exec director and CEO at HR software provider Breathe.

Employing & managing staff

Can I reduce staff hours?

Can you unilaterally reduce staff hours worked across the board? Or do you have to do it individually as a percentage of hours worked?

Employing & managing staff

How do bank holidays affect statutory sick pay?

I have to make an employee redundant. She has been on long-term sick leave, has three years of service, and our annual leave policy is 22 days plus all English bank holidays. Must I pay her for bank holidays while she has been off?

Employing & managing staff

How to stop your small business getting bad reviews on Glassdoor

Glassdoor, the website where staff anonymously review employers, has become the go-to place where prospective employees gauge companies. Jonathan Richards shares 7 fixes to stop your business getting bad reviews

Employing & managing staff

Why it’s often best to do nothing about sickies

Jonathan Richards explores the problem of the UK's high number of sick days and how employers should address the problem of sickies.


‘Think’, don’t ‘do’ – why avoiding the day-to-day business can reap rewards for a small company owner

The role of an entrepreneur should be ideas generator, so it's crucial to make time to think, argues Jonathan Richards.

Business management

Why ‘accepted business wisdom’ should be challenged

Entrepreneur Jonathan Richards discusses why popularised mantras should not always be followed in business.

Business management

How to reframe business problems to better serve your customers

Jonathan Richards discusses how you can add value to a sale by changing the way you approach problems.


Choosing the right advisers as a small business owner

Jonathan Richards discusses how entrepreneurs should go about selecting experts to consult.

Employing & managing staff

Ten points to active performance management in a small business

Entrepreneur Jonathan Richards reveals his tips to maintaining a happy and productive workforce.

Employing & managing staff

Why simple employee engagement can make all the difference in a small business

Entrepreneur Jonathan Richards gives some simple and cheap tips to looking after your staff that little bit better.


Lean in, back off, but don’t do nothing

Entrepreneur Jonathan Richards discusses how American author Seth Godin's business mantra applies to small company owners.