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?Read more
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.Read more
In challenging times, innovative solutions are called for. And for three local entrepreneurs from Leicester, the pandemic inspired them to come up with a creative way to support local restaurants and food businesses.
Thomas Edde, Ali Datoo, and George Martin founded eKitchenette, an app that combines influencer marketing and online ordering to build a trusted community of food business owners, influencers, and consumers. I met Thomas via Zoom this week to learn more about the business and the team’s journey so far.Read more
Multi award-winning Deaf performance artist Vilma Jackson has launched a new chat show featuring an all-star selection of Deaf panellists. The first episode of The Vilma Jackson Show was released on 11 March, and the second will follow soon. Episode 1 showcases the wide array of talent that exists within the Deaf community and the barriers Deaf people face, while the second will address the wider debate around diversity, inclusion, and equality as they apply to the Deaf community.Read more
Talking about mental health and struggles can be challenging, and this is often particularly true for men. Unfortunately, we live in a culture that does not encourage men to open up about their feelings. But one man is on a mission to change that. As we mark the one year anniversary of lockdown this week, editor Marc chatted with Kenny Mammarella D’Cruz, also known as The Man Whisperer, about his vital work in the area of men’s mental health.Read more
Founder Anneka Hicks has stepped down from Excluded UK to create a new venture dedicated to tackling the mental health fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here she tells us why she’s stepped down from the group she founded, the toll it’s taken on her personally and fighting for the 3 Million self-employed and small business owners excluded from financial help from the UK Government.Read more
BBR started life in 2017 with a Facebook group, but its origins can be traced all the way back to 1985 when Huw walked around the streets of London amassing data on over 2,000 Black-owned businesses. This information became the UK’s first Black Business Directory.Read more
The Self Employed and Small Business Owners are an innovative, creative, and tenacious bunch. We’ve heard from numerous businesses about the ways they’re rising to the challenge and adapting to survive and thrive. For that reason, we wanted to bring you some positive and uplifting small business stories to inspire you as we start to consider life beyond COVID-19.Read more
Monikers like “girlboss” and “boss babe” have been used to describe women in business for some time. Aside from the unfortunate associations with shady business models like pyramid schemes, these well-intentioned attempts at fighting sexism have always seemed… well, kind of sexist…Read more
COVID has brought big changes to the world of small business. Learn why we don’t think they’re all (necessarily) bad news.Read more