Author Archives: Secret Businessman

Tackling stress in homeworkers

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Stats tell us that there are more people now working from home than at any time in history 1. They also show that stress and mental health-related illness is the main cause of long-term sickness 2.

We know that employers are starting to address the challenge of stress-related illness, but are they doing this with workers from home as well as those in the office? Many office-based workers may imagine that their home-based colleagues have it easy, but do homeworkers suffer from as much stress as office-based workers? And if so, what are the main causes?
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Let’s hear it for mumpreneurs

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Home is where the heart is, so why go to parties? But if this old adage is true, then why consider working anywhere other than from your own place, especially if you’re a mum?

Nearly two in three mothers with children below the age of 10 are thinking about launching their own business from home in the next three years, according to a new study.
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FSB reports growing export ambition of small businesses

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According to the latest research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the number of small businesses looking to export goods and services is at its highest ever level. The FSB’s quarterly business index found that almost a quarter (24 per cent) of FSB Members anticipate an increase in exports over the next quarter.

As the current account deficit in the UK reached an all time high in December 2013, narrowing the export gap is more important than ever and the role played by small firms in this is critical.
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Finding a mentor

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We all need a little help occasionally, especially entrepreneurs and small businesses who are facing a tough economic climate in addition to all the usual hurdles.

Small, new and growing companies can get ahead of the game by seeking out a mentor to offer them advice, guidance and all-important industry insights.
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London business confidence at all-time high says London Chamber of Commerce survey

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A survey published today by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has revealed that London businesses are feeling more confident about the future than ever before with the highest level of optimism ever recorded. Two thirds (66%) anticipate an improvement in the performance of their company over the coming year, while only 4% foresee a decline in their fortunes.


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EU reforms set to encourage lending to SMEs

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The European Commission yesterday unveiled a series of reforms which will see banks and investors encouraged to lend to small businesses.

The new directive from Brussels will create fund products which will make the purchase of a diversified portfolio of SME equity or debt products easier for investors. The commission is also considering the reductions of investor costs on securitised loans which are products that enable banks to offload small business loans, thereby rapidly raising capital to then support further small businesses.
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Tackling the UK’s engagement issues

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Workers are the lifeblood of small businesses, so it will have come as worrying news to many business owners that a growing number of employees are disengaged.

A recent survey by market research company ORC International highlighted that employee engagement in the UK has sharply declined in recent months, which could seriously hamper the nation’s ongoing efforts to grow the economy.
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