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 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?

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 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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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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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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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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Small Business Brexit – VISA Hike The Interchange Fees for UK Customers

Small Business may well be dealt a tougher hand in Post-Brexit Britain as VISA are set to notify an INCREASE in interchange fees for doing business in Europe. 

The payments giant is to hike fees for purchases made by UK-based customers from most of Europe – prompting more fears of higher prices and fuelling the argument that Brexit is adding to the cost of trading with the EU.ck on their feet.

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“I Tip My Hat Top Anyone Running Businesses at This Particular Time” – Small Business Minister

Paul Scully MP, Minister with responsibility for Small Business talks to Steven Mather about funding, who they’re really talking about when it comes to small business and what their position is on the 3million small business owners currently excluded from the Government support during the Pandemic.

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The ‘Wedding Business’ Gearing Up For A Rebound (In Business Terms Obviously)

Tears, Tiara’s and Tantrums have reverberated around the UK as loved-up couples dream days have been dashed by the global pandemic. But when Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced his roadmap out of the worst country wide disaster since World War 2, couples started getting their plans together again and in turn, will help a devastated industry get back on their feet.

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