Advice and guides on productivity for UK small businesses as a key driver of profitability and competitiveness. Topics covered include various strategies such as processes optimisation, task prioritisation, technology adoption, and employee training, to enhance productivity levels.

Productivity Zone

Ed Vaizey on productivity: ‘Network with other businesses. It’s what MPs do all the time’

Small businesses incur lost productivity costs every second of the day. Ed Vaizey MP leads a panel of industry experts to find out why


Skills shortage to cost small businesses £145,000 in the next year

The current skill shortage has encouraged business leaders to upskill their teams and avoid rising costs associated with lower productivity.

Business management

What small businesses think of the four-day working week

Labour has pledged to make a four-day working week the norm within ten years. We asked small business owners what they think of the idea.

Business management

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: what are they and what can they do for you?

Paul Yeomans of the University of Nottingham explains what Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are and how they work.

Business management

7 biggest challenges SMEs face – and how to overcome them

Simon Willmett outlines the seven main challenges facing every small business, and offers ways to overcome them.

Productivity Zone

Poor tech slows productivity – and leaders are partly to blame

SME decision makers need the right tech to maintain productivity and almost 40pc say they would leave if their tools proved inadequate.

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70% of businesses put investment on hold because of Brexit uncertainty

Over one third of companies find it difficult to recruit the right staff, according to latest Federation of Small Business survey

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Flex space: why your office is the key to boosting productivity

The concept of flexible working can be traced back to the 1960s – and one of its pioneers should surprise you. Businesses shouldn’t be afraid to flex, says Tom Carroll

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Nearly two thirds of SME owners lose sleep over lack of productivity

Finding staff is the number one problem affecting productivity for small businesses. Lack of cash to upgrade IT and keeping software up to date are biggest tech barriers

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How to make your office technology work for you

Productivity among UK businesses has flatlined. How can organisations blend technology with strategy and training to give themselves a much-needed boost?

Productivity Zone

7 ways to improve the output of your small business

Great businesses are always looking for new opportunities, not just to make sales but also to deliver better products and services faster. Through a combination of expert opinion and case studies, we deliver top tips to do business better

Productivity Zone

20 free apps to improve your business productivity

You don’t have to spend thousands each year licensing expensive software. Here are 20 free alternatives to boosting small business output

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

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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