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What is this 'culture' thing anyway? And what does it mean for small businesses? ybkbs small b business news and features
Business Management
Jess Amy Dixon

What is This “Culture” Thing, Anyway? (And What Does it Mean for Small Businesses?)

Chances are, if you follow business news at all (and we assume you do if you’re reading this platform!) you will have heard a lot about Brewdog in the last couple of weeks. 

Without rehashing the whole situation, here’s an executive summary: dozens of former employees signed an open letter accusing the craft beer firm and its co-founder James Watt of fostering a “culture of fear.” Ex-staff members claim they were bullied, treated like objects, and that the company’s culture was “toxic.” You can read more in this excellent piece by Kalyeena Makortoff and Rob Davies for The Guardian.  But following this sage got me thinking: what is this “culture” thing we hear so much about, why does it matter, and how does it pertain to small business owners? 

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Lockdown Extended. What Now for Small Businesses, the Self Employed and Hospitality? YBKBS Small Business News for smart business owner
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Jess Amy Dixon

Lockdown is Extended. What Now?

Yesterday, 14th June, the Prime Minister confirmed that the current lockdown restrictions (with some small exceptions) will be extended through until at least the 19th July. This is unlikely to be welcome news to many people. Most of us were looking forward to returning to full normality next week, and now have to wait a little longer. So what now for the self employed and small business owners?

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Calls For The Right To Disconnect - A message to the self employed? - YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners
Business Management
Marc Ford

Calls For The Right To Disconnect – A Message To The Self Employed?

Employees are finally getting what many self employed business owners have almost taken for granted – working from home. But there is a growing realisation for the employees and employers that will not only be familiar to the self employed small business owners, but what potentially happens next could effect them for years to come.

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Small Business to Create 1.2 Million UK Jobs in 2021/2022 YBKBS Small Business News fro Smart Business Owners
Business Growth
Marc Ford

Small Business to Create Over 1.2m UK Jobs

With optimism coming from the vaccine rollout programme, UK SMEs expect to be hiring 1.2m staff over the next year.

Renewed optimism is the driving force behind these hiring plans, with an added desire for SMEs to grow their workforce diversity and prioritise employee wellbeing.

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When is it he right time to quit? YBKBS Small Business News for smart business owners
Business Management
Jess Amy Dixon

When Is It Time to Quit?

“Don’t quit” is popular advice for anyone who is trying to start or grow a business (or, frankly, achieve any other goal.) And I think it’s good advice… up to a point. Giving up too quickly or not persevering through difficulties is pretty much a guarantee of failure. Setbacks are a part of life, and certainly a part of business.  But when is there a right time to quit?

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From Bond Street to High Street TO YOUR STREET, HOW COVID CHANGED FASHION FOR EWVERYONE
Business Growth
Marc Ford

From Bond Street to High Street to Your Street, How CoVid Changed Fashion for Everyone

Some say everything needs to be online. And they have led you to believe that everything is now actually online and you won’t succeed unless it is. Yet, as we look across the business landscape at how customers and clients are coming back to businesses, there is still a very healthy demand for face to face contact and relationship building. So the sensible and and logical thing to do is to build a business that can offer both.

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How to Support Your Team as We Come Out of CoVid - ybkbs small business news platform for the smart business owner
Business Management
Jess Amy Dixon

How to Support Your Team as We Emerge from the Pandemic

None of us have lived through anything like this before (and hopefully we never will again!) 

What does this mean for your business? It means that you need to make a conscious effort to support your staff as the pandemic ends and beyond. Many of them will have struggled over the last year, including in ways that you can’t see and won’t necessarily know about. 

Here are a few of our top tips to help you do right by your people. 

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ecommerce simple steps to embrace it for small businesses and the self employed your best kept business secret small business news for smart self employed business owners
Business Growth
Marc Ford

E-commerce: Simple Steps to Embrace It In Small Business

Some say everything needs to be online. And they have led you to believe that everything is now actually online and you won’t succeed unless it is. Yet, as we look across the business landscape at how customers and clients are coming back to businesses, there is still a very healthy demand for face to face contact and relationship building. So the sensible and and logical thing to do is to build a business that can offer both.

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Yesterday, 14th June, the Prime Minister confirmed that the current lockdown restrictions (with some small exceptions) will be extended through until at least the 19th July. This is unlikely to be welcome news to many people. Most of us were looking forward to returning to full normality next week, and now have to wait a little longer. So what now for the self employed and small business owners?

  

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What is This “Culture” Thing, Anyway? (And What Does it Mean for Small Businesses?)

Chances are, if you follow business news at all (and we assume you do if you’re reading this platform!) you will have heard a lot about Brewdog in the last couple of weeks. 

Without rehashing the whole situation, here’s an executive summary: dozens of former employees signed an open letter accusing the craft beer firm and its co-founder James Watt of fostering a “culture of fear.” Ex-staff members claim they were bullied, treated like objects, and that the company’s culture was “toxic.” You can read more in this excellent piece by Kalyeena Makortoff and Rob Davies for The Guardian.  But following this sage got me thinking: what is this “culture” thing we hear so much about, why does it matter, and how does it pertain to small business owners? 

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Get To The Damn Point! How to Say Less and Be Heard More

It’s business and self employed 1:01. You’ve said it about them; they’ve said it about you. Well, maybe we just said it to ourselves, murmuring slightly with an un-noticed eye roll, or have at least thought, “Just get to the damn point already!”

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From Translator to Business Powerhouse

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