Achieving growth in a recession isn’t easy, especially when your business is aligned with the public sector. We asked Thomas Martin, Joint MD of Arco, a supplier safety clothing, workwear, safety boots and safety equipment, how he navigates the bumpy economic terrain.
Jo Fairley co-founded a chocolate empire. Here she talks about what she learnt from launching Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate and growing it into a global ethical brand. We’ve also pulled out 10 tips based on her experience and insights.
Chocoholic entrepreneur Josephine Fairley talks about how she co-founded Green & Black’s organic chocolate during the 1991 recession, built it into a global ethical brand and helped pioneer the modern concept of ethical business. “Which,” she says, “only goes to show there are opportunities as well as challenges for businesses in difficult times like these…”
Sarah Wood started her first business aged 13; now 38, she is the Winner of the 2011 Fast Growth Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award. But you’ll know her better from her social media work, turning brand campaigns such as Compare the Market/Meerkat and Evian’s Roller Babies into viral hits. In true tech entrepreneur style, she sent her interview answers in via smartphone from the middle of a Cambridge conference…
A notable improvement in UK business confidence in the last three months suggests that the economy will come out of recession and return to growth in Q2 2012, according to the latest ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) out today.
Forget the double-dip recession, take inspiration from these dynamos of British business. In conjunction with The Times, we’re profiling the market-defying growth stories of five of our most dynamic, mid-market clients. First up is Midlands engineering company, MIRA, which has diversified from motor industry beginnings into new markets in technology, defence and overseas.
“What are the critical factors that will unlock growth in the UK and create a more resilient economy in the long term?” That was the question we asked four senior business leaders whose companies have beaten the market to achieve impressive growth during the downturn. Here are the factors they view as essential to growth.
He went from redundancy in 1993 to razor-sharp entrepreneur after developing a shaving oil in his kitchen and founding the King of Shaves company. CEO Will King talks to Nick Huber about his pivotal career moment, leadership style, stress tactics and his next big ambition.
That’s the finding of Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR) , which surveyed 6,000 business leaders across the globe in the final quarter of 2011 to compare workplace stress levels, holidays taken and stress-busting solutions.
Showbusiness faces the same issues as real business, but with products you’ve heard of and characters you couldn’t make up. Alex Connock, CEO of TV and education producer Ten Alps, says that makes it a good place to learn universal business lessons, and picks out some rules to rule by.
The engine room of the UK economy is gearing up to pump again with more than half of our surveyed CEOs and FDs expecting it to become easier to finance their business activities in the next 12 months. But with the funding taps mostly being turned on for larger, blue-chip companies, many are facing another year of frustration and/or creative growth strategies. Grant Thornton’s latest survey maps the financing needs and wants of the UK mid-market.
Today marks the 100th International Women’s Day but it seems there’s still much to strive for when it comes to equality in business, as new Grant Thornton figures reveal the proportion of women in senior management has fallen back to 2004 levels.
Finance directors aren’t normally the face of the company but they are playing an increasingly critical role in its success, as our recent What makes an outstanding FD? report, researched in conjunction with Directorbank, shows. Here, we interview three business leaders – including Directorbank’s MD John Pearce (below) about the growing importance of the FD .
Confidence among businesses has fallen according to the latest ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM), indicating that the economic recovery will slow in the second half of 2010. Despite uncertainty as to the impact on the recovery of the Coalition Government’s plans to reduce public spending, the BCM’s financial performance indicators suggest that the financial health of UK businesses continues to improve.