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Knowing your ‘Consumer’ and your ‘Customer’

This is the first of three blogs that describe the underpinning all businesses need to have to enable growth. You will often hear people use the terms ‘customers’ and…

Opening your eyes to international growth

As the founder of a digital agency, Cameron and Wilding Ltd, I know all too well what it is like to juggle a million different priorities as you grow a business. So when do you…

Workplace Dress Codes: Time for a Review?

You may have read about Nicola Thorp, a receptionist, who was sent home for refusing to wear high heels.  This sparked considerable debate about dress codes in the workplace,…

Business growth, innovation and state funding

Ask an audience of new business owners to identify the most crucial driver of growth and you are likely to receive an array of responses. The list might include talent,…

How business schools can fuel high growth companies

Since co-founding Impression at the end of 2012 I have learnt a lot about running a business in a short space of time. Although my degree in management and marketing provided me…

The power of WHY?

What is the importance of the power of WHY? I have been a fan of Simon Sinek for years. The first minute of his TED talk about this famous WHY and titled “How great leaders…

Why Category Management is core to business success

The SBC is delighted to offer a series of blogs written by Ross Crombie on the essentials that businesses of any size need to get right, but frequently don’t! Essentials or just…

How can business schools capture the imagination of entrepreneurs and small business leaders ?

Ten years ago, ‘business school’ would have been an oxymoron to most entrepreneurs. Their businesses were predicated on breaking rules, whereas schools relied on embracing…

A helping hand for STEM start-ups

In a recent industrial strategy document for the life sciences sector, Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, commented on the UK’s strong…

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – What is it and what should organisations know?

What is GDPR? On May 25th 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation will come into effect in all EU member states.  It will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK.  …

Retaining a spirit of entrepreneurship in a growing business

Entrepreneurship almost invariably serves as the bedrock of a small business, but over time that bedrock may be eroded and replaced by something quite different. Growth is often…

Why entrepreneurs need to turn the world of “what if” on its head

One of the reasons why hindsight really is a wonderful thing is that it provides us with an infinite number of “what ifs”. We might remain acutely aware of the futility of…

Laying the foundations for a solid client-agency relationship by setting the ground rules early

In an increasingly competitive world in which marketing agencies are prolific, how best should they retain clients, and how can a relationship between client and agency be set up…

Success, vision and luck: Is entrepreneurship a matter of “nature” or “nurture”?

The words “entrepreneurship” and “vision” are frequently bandied around in tandem. The general implication is that both encapsulate the ability to make a difference, to…

Entrepreneurial leadership

Effective entrepreneurial leadership is becoming increasingly important in today’s fast moving global economy. But what is it and what does it mean for those working with such an…

Bridging the gap between business and academia

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has set up a team of academic experts whose job is to provide a pathway between its Bristol Business School and SMEs.  The…

Insight Blog – Join our campaign and support small businesses everywhere…

Small Business Saturday really is a labour of love – right from the beginning it has been brought together by volunteers and organisations with one goal – to support, inspire…

Why businesses and universities should work together

There is a long-standing view that our universities are places where students go to learn theory and are a source of potential talent but have little to offer businesses…

Business schools and employers need to be more proactive to create work-ready recruits

More than 1,000 members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) were surveyed on their work with business schools, revealing that links between the two groups were often poor.…