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.
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…
When a business achieves dynamic growth, can it be traced back to a specific moment or turning point? In our new video podcast series, ‘The Day Everything Changed’, we ask senior figures in business for their experiences of what catalysed their company’s growth.
First up is Jim Stengel, former global marketing officer at Procter & Gamble (P&G), whose sales doubled during his time there.
“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.
What will make British media businesses world class in the next decade? It’s a big question but there is consensus on the answer. Pretend TV founder, Alex Connock, reports back from the Royal Television Society convention and WPP Stream and finds out what the world’s biggest media and internet players are thinking about – from dual screen and interactive TV to social video and BRIC markets…
Scott Barnes, CEO of Grant Thornton, and Robin Fieth, Executive Director, Finance & Operations, ICAEW, give their thoughts on the recent ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM). The video report lasts three minutes – or jump to the relevant question via the links below.
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 .
UK businesses have lowered expectations for 2011 as business confidence weakened once more in Q4, according to the latest ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM). This suggests that economic growth next year will be slower than forecast with companies reluctant to invest and back the recovery.
A selection of views from senior-level delegates at the recent FT Commercial Property Conference in London, which was lead-sponsored by Grant Thornton. Here are the questions they address in the video… continue reading for quick jump links to the different questions.
This was one of the hot topics of discussion at the recent FT Commercial Property Conference in London, sponsored by Grant Thornton. It’s also the question we posed to six directors, managers and business commentators attending the conference. Continue reading for more conference videos.
Clare Hartnell, Head of Property and Construction for Grant Thornton, gives an overview of the main themes at the recent FT Commercial Property Conference, which was lead-sponsored by Grant Thornton and held in London on 29 September 2010. Continue reading for a text summary…
Grant Thornton’s Automotive Advisory team are pleased to bring you a series of briefings for lenders to the automotive sector. Episode #1 looks at the challenges and opportunities facing business in the motor retail sector.
Despite the poor economic climate, UK vehicle registrations the first seven months of 2010 were 13.2% above the same period of 2009. More recently, August saw registrations fall by 17.6% on the same period a year before. As the beneficial forces that propelled some motor dealers to record levels of profitability are disapated, the next few months are certain to become challenging.
Watch our interviews with seven UK business leaders and finance specialists sharing their views on how the new government can help midmarket businesses finance their growth strategies. You can find out more about Grant Thornton’s viewpoint on our