Business management

Articles, news and advice on effective business management for UK SMEs, encompassing the principles, strategies, and practices that organisations employ to efficiently and effectively achieve their goals and objectives. Topics covered include decision making, setting objectives, allocation of resources, business operations, and performance measurement.


Help to Grow scheme losing traction with small businesses

Only 2,500 small businesses have enrolled on the £520m scheme to date, falling short on the government’s target of 30,000 by 2025

Business management

Jonny Wilkinson Q&A – ‘What is it you want from your team?’

Rugby icon Jonny Wilkinson tells SmallBusiness why it’s important not to fence in team members if you want them to flourish in your business.

Running a Business

5 top small business tips from one of Britain’s best business schools

Professor Tim Vorley of Sheffield University shares 5 top tips from one of Britain’s leading business schools.

Business management

Lack of managerial skill ’causes problems for staff’

Bad management can lead to stress and other problems for employees, according to an employment expert.

Business Technology

Making change stick: secrets for managing tech-driven change

Technology is transforming businesses at a rapid rate. Here, Paul Whitelam of ClickSoftware shares his top tips to cope with digital change.


The growth of the funeral director business

In this piece, we look at why the funeral director industry is big business.

Productivity Zone

Bad management holding back UK productivity

Following a recent survey of 1,300 employees across the UK, ADP, the human capital management provider, has found that ‘bad management’ is the biggest drain on productivity in the UK workplace.


UK workers think having a tidy desk could lead to a promotion

How tidy are your employees? Nearly Half of UK employees think that having a tidy desk will lead to a promotion.

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How an MBA can help you build a better business

As anyone who runs a small business knows, and as anyone thinking about starting a small business probably imagines, there’s no substitute for making something new in the world that you can call your own, for making your own boss and realizing the fruit of your own labor.


Top tips to help employers win this Six Nations

Here, Adrian Lewis, director, Activ Absence for employers, explores how businesses can manage staff during the Six Nations.


The main challenges and opportunities for small businesses in 2018

Here, Simon Burckhardt of Vonage discusses the key issues that small business owners will face in the year to come.


Bad managers are driving talented staff to quit their jobs

British employees cite bullying, aggressive behaviours and micro-management as examples of their most recent experiences of bad managers.

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

Partner content

Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers