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Three Steps to India

How do you develop your business in India? Just get out there, urges Robbie Swales, director of Steps, a London-based world-leading company in interactive and drama-based learning. Having identified India as a market for potential growth, he was disconcerted by the disparity between initial enthusiasm… Read more »

Why Strix thinks global

For Paul Hussey, CEO of Strix, the world leading designer and manufacturer of control mechanism components in small domestic appliances such as kettles, coffee machines and steam irons, it is really not a question about export. It is about being a global operation. The company,… Read more »

Stop, think, grow

Take a step back. Work on the business, not in the business. Carve out some time to think. You know you should. But it’s easier said than done. There is always something that can’t wait - customers, sales, processes, finance, technology, suppliers - and everything… Read more »

Six lessons for successful growth

Entrepreneur Bev Hurley, chief executive of YTKO, on the importance of doing genuine market research (not just using Google and talking to your friends), why so many companies get stuck and can’t grow even when they want to, and why your business plan needs to… Read more »

Taking on young talent: how to find your own apprentice
Photo of Rolls-Royce plc, finalist in the Macro Employer of the Year Award category at the Apprenticeship Awards 2009

You know what you would like in your business: young, enthusiastic talent that you can mould and develop. But you’re concerned about the time and the potential costs to find and hire them. The answer: take on an apprentice. It is a surprisingly cost-effective way… Read more »