Tag: Small Business

  • Truckers strike four shipping companies at Southern California ports

    Truckers strike four shipping companies at Southern California ports

    Tractor-trailer drivers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike on Monday against four trucking companies, a Teamster union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation’s busiest cargo hub. Delegations of drivers notified the companies of their intent to strike at 6 […]

  • RHS Sunflower seed giveaway

    RHS Sunflower seed giveaway

    April 14-20 is National Gardening Week, the RHS’ annual attempt to get us off the sofa and onto the beds with a series of events and initiatives. It has extra oomph because 2014 is also the 50th anniversary of Britain in Bloom, the annual campaign to beautify communal spaces, which involves more than 300,000 people. […]

  • UK construction growth bolsters economic recovery hopes

    UK construction growth bolsters economic recovery hopes

    Britain’s construction industry grew at the fastest pace in nearly a year in February, bolstering expectations that the UK will escape a double dip recession. February data from economic research firm Markit signalled a solid rise in construction output, extending the period of continued growth to 14 months. There was a sharp rise in new […]

  • ‘Stem rust’ fungus threatens global wheat harvest

    ‘Stem rust’ fungus threatens global wheat harvest

    The world’s leading crop scientists issued a stark warning that a deadly airborne fungus could devastate wheat harvests in poor countries and lead to famines and civil unrest over significant regions of central Asia and Africa. Ug99 — so called because it was first seen in Uganda in 1999 — is a new variety of […]

  • Italian vintners forced to harvest crops early due to sultry summer

    Italian vintners forced to harvest crops early due to sultry summer

    Italy is set for one of its smallest wine harvests after an arid, torrid summer – and will almost certainly cede its title as the world’s biggest wine producer to France. Growers say scorching temperatures and meagre rainfall have affected crops, but add that predicted autumn rains could save the quality of a vintage that […]

  • Banks fail to meet targets to increase lending to small business

    Banks fail to meet targets to increase lending to small business

    Banks failed to increase lending to small businesses in the first three months of 2010, despite political pressure to free up the credit markets. The Bank of England’s latest credit conditions survey found that credit made available to small business in the first quarter of the year was “little changed” from the previous quarter – […]

  • Tackling the problem of really slow ADSL broadband

    Tackling the problem of really slow ADSL broadband

    As you have discovered, in our new competitive broadband market, the buck frequently doesn’t stop anywhere. Demon is your internet service provider (ISP), but it sounds as though your broadband is actually provided by BT Wholesale. However, OpenReach looks after the “local loop” part of the network from the exchange to your house. OpenReach is […]

  • Sri Lanka’s tea growers have gone organic

    Sri Lanka’s tea growers have gone organic

    Until quite recently, Sri Lanka had disappeared from the British tea connoisseur’s map. While European tea lovers have always rated top Ceylon estates highly, here the 60s Ceylon Tea centres – which served up a cup of heartburn-inducing tannic brew alongside some vaguely curried veg in cold pastry – did nothing to endear it to […]

  • Small businesses: the importance of knowing your market

    Small businesses: the importance of knowing your market

    So you’ve had a lightbulb moment and come up with a business idea. Now you need to ask yourself a simple question: “‘Will my idea work?” The only way to answer this is by doing research. But, even though the information and knowledge you can acquire from personal observation, detailed online research, attending networking events […]

  • The experts’ step-by-step guide to cyber security

    The experts’ step-by-step guide to cyber security

    Where does cyber security fall on your to-do list? If it’s not a priority, it should be because 60% of small businesses suffered a breach in the year leading up to October 2014. The worst of these breaches disrupted operations for an average of seven to 10 days. We recently held a live Q&A on […]

  • Farmers fall prey to rice rustlers as price of staple crop rockets

    Farmers fall prey to rice rustlers as price of staple crop rockets

    Knee-deep in muddy water, her face smeared with sandalwood paste and a broad-brimmed hat for protection against the broiling sun, Samniang Ketia grins broadly at her good fortune to be in the rice growing business as she replants shoots for the next harvest two months off. The 37-year-old, who leases a small plot of land […]