Business chiefs call for dramatic overhaul of rates to help high street

Business chiefs call for dramatic overhaul of rates to help high street

There’s no end in sight to the challenges faced by UK high street retailers. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian Ministers are facing renewed pressure to reform business rates to bolster the UK’s high streets, with calls for a “complete review” from the Conservative mayor of the West Midlands. Andy Street, who ran John Lewis before his election in 2017 as the mayor of the UK’s second-biggest urban economy, said the current system of business rates on commercial properties was no longer representative of modern Britain. Speaking at a conference in London, he said:…

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Why Business Leaders Are So Pessimistic About Growth In 2019

Why Business Leaders Are So Pessimistic About Growth In 2019

In PwC’s annual CEO survey, released today, 436 percent more CEOs said they expect global economic growth to ‘decline’ this year more than last. Twenty-nine percent of CEOs of companies around the world expect a decline in the global economy in 2019 versus just five percent last year. Another study, released yesterday, found just over one in 10 FTSE 350 company secretaries believed global economic conditions will improve over the next 12 months. When the Boardroom Bellwether survey – conducted twice a year by ICSA, a U.K. governance body, and the Financial Times – was conducted in August, that figure was…

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Business Top 5: Corporate governance issue continues to drag Sun Pharma stocks down; Wipro announces 1:3 bonus

Business Top 5: Corporate governance issue continues to drag Sun Pharma stocks down; Wipro announces 1:3 bonus

Sun Pharma stock down 13.7 per cent in the last 2 days over fresh whistle-blower complaint losing almost Rs 14,000 cr in m-cap going to its lowest point in almost six years. Wipro’s board announced a bonus of 1:3 alongwith an interim dividend of Re 1/share.  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock 1. Sun Pharma – Corporate governance concerns continues to ail stock Stock down 13.7 per cent in the last 2 days over fresh whistle-blower complaint losing almost Rs 14,000 cr in m-cap going to its lowest point in almost six years. A…

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Automatad founder Vijay built a Rs 25 crore business with less than Rs 12 lakh in his pocket

Automatad founder Vijay built a Rs 25 crore business with less than Rs 12 lakh in his pocket

Automatad founder Vijay Ram Kumar and his team have pivoted to build a programmatic ad-engine to help content publishing websites host ads to make money. Technology that is ahead of its time is often the key to success; it is also a recipe for failure – something Vijay Ram Kumar learnt in his entrepreneurial journey. Vijay started up in Bengaluru in 2012 in digital advertising. His idea was to tag user-generated content with ecommerce websites, helping content publishers earn money. The idea was a win-win. Content publishing websites made money…

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How This Founder Turned Her Love For Travel Into A Profitable Business

How This Founder Turned Her Love For Travel Into A Profitable Business

If you’ve planned a vacation, you know that it can be time-consuming to search for the best things to see and do during your stay. Melissa Biggs Bradley, the founder of Indagare, created the solution she wanted for herself. Indagare is a members-only travel agency for luxury travelers — with customized itineraries and unlocked access to destinations, activities and upgrades. “In 2007, I launched Indagare as a member-based travel site with curated content and community reviews and as soon as we went live, our members began asking us to plan their trips,”…

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12 Public Facebook Groups You Should Join for Great Business Insights

12 Public Facebook Groups You Should Join for Great Business Insights

With more than 2.2 billion active members, Facebook remains one of the most widely used social media platforms out there. As an entrepreneur, this site provides value beyond a social media marketing channel for your business — you can (and should) join one of the thousands of public groups geared toward users who want management and industry insights.We asked Young Entrepreneur Council about their favorite business-oriented Facebook groups: “What public-facing Facebook group is the best for advice on managing and industry insights?” Public Facebook Groups for Business Advice Here’s what YEC community members had to say: 1. Digital…

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The New YouTube Studio Offers More Insight for Your Small Business Channel

The New YouTube Studio Offers More Insight for Your Small Business Channel

The new YouTube Studio is finally here. YouTube Studio is Out of Beta YouTube Studio features a new dashboard and three new metrics to help you gauge the popularity of your videos uploaded to the site. The tools help you manage your videos and all the other activity on your channels. These updates were launched in beta a little while ago. YouTube says hundreds of thousands of users experienced the beta version of the new tools. Now the company says all creators on the site should have full access to this update…

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10 Pro Tips for Building an Ecommerce Business with Fulfillment by Amazon

10 Pro Tips for Building an Ecommerce Business with Fulfillment by Amazon

Amazon has made a name for itself as one of the biggest and most trusted brands in ecommerce. But small businesses don’t necessarily need to view Amazon as a major competitor. You could instead make the company into a partner. Most ecommerce sellers already know that you can list and sell your own products on the platform. But you can actually rely on Amazon to handle the shipping and logistics part of your business as well — through the Fulfillment by Amazonprogram. Theo Prodromitis is the owner of the Spa Destinations shop on…

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Microsoft Pix can add business card info to your contacts

Microsoft Pix can add business card info to your contacts

Microsoft Microsoft’s AI-powered camera app Pix just got a new feature. Now you can use it to upload all of the information on a business card into your iPhone Contacts as well as check out the person’s LinkedIn account. All you have to do is open Pix and point your phone’s camera at the business card. Pix will automatically recognize that it’s a business card and ask you if you want to take action. If you do, you then have the option to add the information on the card to…

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3 women turned their grandmother’s secret beauty recipes into a successful business

3 women turned their grandmother’s secret beauty recipes into a successful business

The recipes for the skincare products were derived from a secret diary that was found by the creators of the brand. Photo: Mail Today THE launch of vegan skincare brand First Water is what fiction is made of – three women discover secret beauty recipes in an old journal belonging to their grandmother, and turn them into a successful family business. Speaking with LIFESTYLE, cofounder Noor Arora recalls, “We found this journal that used to belong to my great-grandmother, which had a number of homeopathic remedies and topical beauty recipes.”…

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