I DON’T want to study rocks!” My teenage son Tom looked at me like I was an ugly alien.
ONE of the most striking pro-business announcements in last week’s Autumn Statement was the increase in the tax relief afforded to company investment in plant and machinery equipment.
NICK and Tim Green are executive director and chief executive respectively of Tangent Communications, an alternative investment market (AIM)-listed digital printing and marketing company.
WHEN I started swallowing water, I gave up hope. I was so tired I didn’t want to swim anymore.
A SLEW of new government tax measures, aimed at assisting start-ups and their investors, has reportedly seen minimal take-up.
THE financial crisis has forced companies to operate in new and challenging environments. Many are now leaner organisations, the result of significant cutbacks in both staff and operations.
FACED with the most severe downturn since the 1930s, corporate confidence has declined.
Q What questions should businesses consider when planning investment during a difficult economic period?
CONSIDERING the current employment climate in the City, and the ruthless job cuts hitting the headlines, you would be forgiven for considering packing your bags and taking an early retirement in the country.
A global financial services firm is looking to recruit a compliance analyst on a six month rolling contract. Knowledge and/or experience of UK and European regulation is essential.
NOT many early-stage companies justify an equity research note. And few get described as “one of the most exciting growth stories in the market”.
I WAS so tired at breakfast that, when the waitress asked if I wanted coffee, I just tapped the table a few times. When she asked about sugar, I flattened my hand, palm downwards, and slowly waved it left and right.
THE Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) was launched without much fanfare in April this year.
THE decision to sign up to an MBA programme should not be taken lightly for a whole host of reasons.
How the Corporate Governance Code had some positive results
RECENT scandals in the banking sector have led to some discernible changes. Firms have come under the regulatory microscope, resulting in large fines and reputational damage.
COMPLIANCE HEAD OF TRAINING
A global investment bank is looking for a new head of training within its compliance department. Financial industry background and managerial experience desirable.
THE argan tree isn’t found in many suburban gardens. Native to southwest Morocco and the Israeli Negev, it grows knotted and thorny, thriving only in harsh semi-desert environments.
IT WAS the worst speech I’ve ever heard. The proud winner of an entrepreneurial award thanked the judges for their clever choice and then pranced around the stage, spouting his amazing life-story.
YOU’VE found your niche, you’ve written your business plan, you’ve arranged suitable financing. Surely that’s the hard part done? All that remains is the difficult work of growing your company, making your sales, and pleasing your customers.
I MEET Ning Li at Made.com’s new showroom in Notting Hill. I’m assured it’s not the online company’s first step towards being just another high street furniture retailer, but a new way to “engage with customers”.
YOU wake in the middle of the night wanting to visit the bathroom. Tired, you regret having a few glasses of water hours earlier before hitting the sack.
GLOBAL entrepreneurship week has come to London, and this year it’s all about passing on.
THE investment management certificate (IMC) is both a foundation for those with future plans for the chartered financial analyst (CFA) programme, and a qualification that demonstrates regulatory competence.
A RECENT survey of 1,500 professionals by the recruitment firm Marks Sattin found that 52 per cent anticipate changing jobs within the next year. And some want to go further.
GLOBAL EQUITY SALES SPECIALIST
£150k-£250k pa, plus bonus
An independent private equity house is looking for a global equities specialist. This is a high-level position and only experienced candidates need apply.
GOOGLE Campus is a seven floor work and event space in the City’s eastern fringe on Bonhill Street, EC2, designed to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs.
THE chairman of the board looked at me condescendingly and said, “Don’t let yourself get too excited about that, Richard. We will just have two wait and see.
WE’RE a nation of innovators and inventors, we’re told.
WHEN you have prestigious offices, you need an aesthetic to match.
THE big issue that few of us feel comfortable discussing with our employers is pay. Yet research has repeatedly shown that unhappiness with what we earn is a significant cause of job dissatisfaction.
BANKING IT AUDITOR
THE girl was clearly nervous as her job interview got underway. I asked her why Australia had such a high inflation rate and I was incredulous at her answer: “I believe it is mostly ‘imported inflation’”. I pulled a face. “Imported inflation?
CAPITALISM is often defended on the basis that it’s the least bad system, that it’s the system that allocates scarce resources in the most efficient way.
THIS year’s MBA students have only just begun their studies, but the first deadline for next year’s applicants has already passed. You haven’t missed the boat – schools accept new students on a rolling basis over the full year.
How to secure the funding necessary for an MBA is a cause for legitimate concern among candidates – especially when the cost can be over £41,000 per year, plus living expenses.
Smaller firms need advice before they can expand abroad
THE aborigine guide’s eyes widened in disbelief when he saw the bright yellow pyjamas, and he said “you had better take those off mate.” So David Norwood stripped down to his underwear and we set off on our wild pig shoot in the north of Australi
THE glass is almost always half full for entrepreneurs. Reality is best put on the backburner when facing the trials of running a business.
THE recruitment profession has acquired a bad name over the past few years – a consequence of the commoditisation of the process, a decline in the quality of customer service and a shrinking of the jobs market.
FX TRADING SUPPORT ADMINISTRATOR, CALIFORNIA
THE ONE Stratford Place development is a 130,000 square feet grade A office complex, at the Westfield shopping centre in east London. The site is a stone’s throw away from the Olympic Village.
Coral founder Joe Coral, born Joseph Kagarlitsky, set up his first pitches at Haringay and White City greyhound tracks in 1927.
It is now part of Gala Coral group, one of Europe’s largest betting and gaming businesses.
IT IS one of the saddest scenes in nature. On a deserted beach, mother turtle struggles up the sand, and laboriously digs a hole to lay her eggs.
FOR entrepreneurs limited by our shores, now is time to leave Britain on the nearest plane, train or automobile.
FIVE years on from the collapse of Northern Rock, and the ensuing crisis is still keenly felt in the world’s business schools.
THE French policeman, or gendarme, didn’t look happy as he got off his motorbike. He had waved over my car after seeing me talking on my phone, and driving around a roundabout twice.
FOR too long, the worlds of entrepreneurship and finance have been separate spheres.
Media company BSkyB approached K+N to work with it on the design and implementation of its new studio space for Sky Sports News.
BSKYB set out to build the most ecologically sustainable broadcasting complex in Europe – it did not want to merely build a monument to the Sky brand. Instead, BSkyB was after a building that would allow it to change and grow.