Business Works

Start, finance and grow your business like Bill Gates

by John Mullins, Associate Professor, London Business School, finance business sme
What Gates and Dell, and many others like them, have figured out is that starting, financing and growing a company with their customers’ cash, instead of investors’, is a far more appealing way to go
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Intent marketing - learn from the big brands

by Hina Sharma, Head of External Communications, Pitney Bowes

Marketing techniques continually evolve and opportunities for the small business community have arguably never been more varied or more accessible
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Wake up and plug in

by Ed Marsden, Lead Telecoms Partner, Deloitte

Mobile phones have clearly become something of an addiction with about one in six of us looking at them more than 50 times a day
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Selecting staff for success

by Sue Ratcliffe, Head of Client Services, alldayPA

A company is as good as the people it hires. So, to make sure your company is the best it can be, you need to employ the correct staff
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Business at what price?

by John Harlow, Director, John Harlow Insolvency

Has the recession caused an increase in haggling over price? The proliferation of zombie companies is restricting growth and delaying recovery
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What makes a successful business person?

by Michael O'Connell, owner, Jolly Wodgers, leadership business
Anyone can set up a business, but to be successful you need to be tolerant, ready to work night and day, make huge personal sacrifices, have a good business plan and deliver it
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Managing sustained innovation for a smarter planet

by Dr Bernard Meyerson, IBM Fellow and VP Innovation

Extraordinary outcomes can be achieved when the right people, infrastructure and motivation come together - sustained innovation is becoming more significant
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What is the real purpose of a company?

by Dr Graham Wylie, CEO, The Medical Research Network

The role of the company - a vehicle to provide forms of specialisation in society that generates positive value to drive social improvements in quality-of-life
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Is banker bashing fair and justified?

by Sir Thomas Harris, Vice Chairman, Standard Chartered Bank

Seismic global economic shifts, unprecedented and depressing volatility in the markets, major concerns about the banking industry itself and a tsunami of new regulations have combined to make for a very difficult ride
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Stop wasting valuable talent

by Sharon Glancy, MD, People 1st

There has been a lot of talk about the representation of women on boards, but equally important is the loss of skills, experience and knowledge that happens after career breaks
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