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New leadership schemes for small business recovery

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis spurs British businesses to adopt new ways of working, the government is investing £20 million to improve small businesses’ management, productivity and problem-solving skills through 2 training programmes, at this crucial time in the UK’s economic recovery. The Small Business Leadership Programme will focus on strengthening decision-makers’ leadership skills, so they are able to address management challenges, some of which, such as remote working, have arisen from…

£1,000 Job Retention Bonus to keep furloughed workers

The government is introducing a new Job Retention Bonus to provide additional support to employers who keep on their furloughed employees in meaningful employment, after the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends on 31 October 2020. The Job Retention Bonus is a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee who they previously claimed for under the scheme, and who remains continuously employed through to 31 January 2021. Eligible…

BLOG: Lean or Traditional: Which Strategic Approach is Right for your Business?

Steve Hobbs is founder of Asking Better Questions and one of the Business Gateway’s webinar speakers. Here Steve examines the lean or traditional approach to strategic planning. Why do businesses fail? Before delving into definitions, tools, tips and tricks, it is important to look at the reasons why 75% of start-up businesses fail within the first five years. Aside from obvious things including ill-conceived ideas, poor execution or questionable business…

Round two of discretionary grants for Leicester City

A FURTHER group of businesses and charities will be able to apply for funding aimed at helping those whose finances have been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Leicester City Council received £3.5million from the Government’s Discretionary Business Grants scheme, to enable non-repayable grants to be paid to some businesses and charities which are struggling to survive due to a significant loss of income and on-going fixed property costs. The…

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