NEW RESEARCH from Hiscox, the insurer, has turned some heads. Its fifth annual study into the entrepreneurial DNA has found that UK small business owners work an average of only 37.6 hours a week – down from 38.5 in 2012.
WHEN I met David Richards – the British founder of Silicon Valley success story WANDisco – last year, I asked him whether he thought London’s Silicon Roundabout could compete with its San Francisco equivalent.
AS THE world’s leading financial centre, London is one of the best places in the world to work in finance. The Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) 2013 gives London a rating of 807 – far ahead of rivals New York (787) and Hong Kong (761).
WANT to be very good at something? The answer, apparently, is to spend 10,000 hours practising and studying. The theory was popularised by Malcolm Gladwell in his hit book Outliers. He gives The Beatles as an example.
MY OLDEST son Tom came to me with a confession. “Dad, I’ve got a bit of a problem: I think I’m lazy.” “What?” I said. “You’re lazy? And on top of that you want sympathy for your condition?” I kicked him out of the room with a smile on my face.
THE CONCEPT of a “safe” City job that still pays well in the current market may seem to some a hopeless fantasy. But contrary to popular belief, you don’t always have to make a trade off between your wage and job security.
NO ONE expected that taking a few photographs would cause a mini catastrophe. So me and a few guests on-board my boat, Terra Australis, gathered on the top deck, smiles out, tummies in, and posed for some group shots.
FOOD is big business. Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, with an annual turnover of £76bn. And it's the kind of industry where new items, devised and manufactured by small producers, hit the shelves each day.
SMOKING is a stupidity test. I do apologise, but there’s no other conclusion. Smoking reduces life expectancy by about 10 years and smokers have around a 50-50 chance of living past 70. Their early deaths are often slow and painful.
NOT all businesses are as successful as TransferWise. The London- based peer-to-peer international money transfer firm has just secured a $6m (£3.9m) investment round led by Valar Ventures, the fund set up by PayPal’s Peter Thiel.