Category Archives: General

Why negative feedback can be the best thing for your business

When you’re working hard to launch your own company, receiving any kind of criticism can be the last thing you want to hear. But while having your product’s flaws pointed out to you can make you feel like throwing in the towel, honest feedback can also give you the help you need to turn your product into the success you want it to be.

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Middle-class families hit by high income tax rates

Politicians have to learn that the highest tax rate isn’t a guaranteed approach to economic success, says IoD Director General Simon Walker

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Why business leaders, not politicians, should lead on workplace skills

Bosses rather than politicians are best placed to design workplace training schemes, says entrepreneur Iqbal Wahhab. Here the founder of Roast restaurant and Director magazine columnist explains why it’s crucial that small businesses engage with skills initiatives – especially when there’s government funding on offer…

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What is ‘open innovation’, and how can it help your business grow?

James Layfield, CEO of Central Working, which brings companies together to work collaboratively, discusses the business growth possibilities of a problem shared…

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Business insights from women leaders – Sylvia Marshall

For the past two decades, Sylvia Marshall has been at the forefront of British and international business training and development. She has transformed dozens of ailing businesses through a combination of strategic thinking and bold forward-thinking. Sylvia recently spoke at the Women as Leaders Conference on 15 November. Here she shares her business insights and advice.

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Business insights from women leaders – Karen Penney, American Express

Karen was appointed Vice President and General Manager, Global Corporate Payments for UK in 2012 and has overall responsibility for all aspects of American Express’ Corporate Payments activities in the UK, from sales and account management to new products and innovation. Karen will be speaking at the Women as Leaders Conference on 15 November. Here she shares her business insights and advice.

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