When interviewed about The Essential Business Guide winning the Plain English Award, I’m often asked why it is so important for business information to be written and presented clearly. I try to explain (in the usual 20 words they allow you in a radio or presss interview!) how the challenge with business is that we all have to know so much. But here’s the rub: we don’t know how much we don’t know. [Read more…]
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This morning, I’ve been pondering the nature of business (as you do). Prompted, for the most part, by the recent news that the UK energy providers are raking in the profits (up by 733% we’re told) and Vodafone are paying just £1,400 tax on profits of £3.5bn*.
It’s no wonder that some people hate business. It feels lately that every newspaper we open, radio or TV we turn on, or blog we read, regales us with stories of corporate greed, hidden profits and backroom deals.
But — and it’s a big but — we risk confusing the vehicle with the driver. [Read more…]
I was talking the other day to a business friend, Ben. He likened me to a Weeble (and I’m hoping it’s my resilience he was referring to!).
Ben and I were discussing just how resilient business owners have to be to cope with the daily pressures of running a business. I started thinking about the number of very large orders of our Essential Business Guide we have been asked to quote for over the past years. [Read more…]
We’ve just come back from three days in Birmingham. We were at the Convenience Retailing/International Forecourt Trader show at the NEC. The show’s organisers, William Reed had invited us to run their Business Solutions area for the show’s visitors. The area was really brilliantly laid out, with great branding and plenty of space, and the William Reed staff were fantastic. It was all very smooth-running and professional. [Read more…]
It’s been in every business newsletter recently, but just in case you didn’t see it, there have been important changes in the Companies Act which came into effect on January 1st 2007. These changes require that certain information needs to be put onto business websites and email footers. Companies failing to do this are in breach of the Companies Act and risk a fine. (Great, eh?)
From now on, every company must list its company registration number, place of registration and registered office address on its website (this information is already required on business letters but must now be added to websites, order forms and electronic documents, including email invoices). [Read more…]