The serial entrepreneur who founded Lovefilm, Saul Klein, has said the Government should be considering ways to help future national champions remain independent, including taking interests in those businesses. Speaking in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Klein said there were viable arguments for the Government to take stakes in companies that had "already won and have established themselves at a level of excellence". "I'm not suggesting that we should have nationalised [chip manufacturer] Arm, but maybe if Softbank had wanted to buy Arm for $30bn (£23bn), we should have said, 'Great, why don't you buy it for $30bn and we'll put $5bn in ourselves'. "I actually think we do have to look... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Invest public money to keep growing tech companies in UK, says Lovefilm founder
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Some of the firms Norfolk County Council spends the most money with are for roadworks, school dinners and street lighting. Photo: Archant Archant Who has Norfolk County Council been spending your money with this year? We’ve taken a look at the council’s spending records from January to September to see who the biggest suppliers were.Around £550 million has been paid to 3,250 different suppliers for services ranging from surfacing roads to school dinners.Search the table below to find out which firms the council uses and how much money they have been paid.Here are the top 20 biggest suppliers:The final stretch of the NDR (Broadland Northway), between Wroxham Road and Postwick, is opened to traffic. Picture: ANTONY KELLY1) Tarmac - £32.6mThe private contractor could rake in up to £480m – £40m each year – in a 12-year deal with Norfolk County Council (NCC) to maintain highways and resurface roads.But profits at the Solihull-based firm halved … [Read more...] about Norfolk County Council rich list: Which firms got the most money in 2018?
PUBLISHED: 09:17 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:17 09 November 2018 Peter Sharkey Equity release could be an idea rather than downsizing for more mature homeowners Picture: Getty Images Archant This week, financial columnist Peter Sharkey looks at how equity release could solve your downsizing dilemma. Increasing house value is a potential - and beneficial - side effect of equity release, says Peter Sharkey Picture: Getty ImagesLong-term neighbours, people with whom we’ve been friendly for years, threw a ‘topping out’ party recently after work on their new extension was completed. Over the past couple of months, vans displaying the names of local bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, decorators and several other trades have become a constant daytime feature of our normally quiet little cul-de-sac. Granted, I won’t miss the brickie who managed to wake everyone up most Saturdays, his early morning arrival accompanied by … [Read more...] about Are you making the most of your property wealth?
Business owners know all too well how valuable time is. And how there never seems to be enough of it. Among the plate spinning, some things inevitably take a back seat. Take company culture. A lot of CEOs and business owners still don't view it as a priority, but this approach will have a knock-on effect and can lead to much deeper ingrained issues arising.The impact on the bottom lineThe effects of a toxic workplace culture can range from deteriorating employee health and happiness levels, to decreased productivity and employee churn. It's also costing the UK economy a staggering £23.6 billion per year. We know culture is important to your people too. Statistics actually show that 80% of young people research a company's culture before considering a job and a third (34%) of British employees have quit their jobs due to shoddy workplace culture.In this piece, I've outlined some of the steps businesses can take to help prevent a toxic workplace culture within organisations.Step 1: … [Read more...] about Do your employees need a workplace detox? Seven steps to improving a company’s culture
How different the world would be if the rooms in which decisions were made - be they political, legal, financial or medical - were filled with more women. It’s a statement which has been repeated so many times in so many spheres in the past year, but for the two million British women who currently want to set up their own business, it has never been more pertinent. Because if more women held financial decision making positions in this country, then studies suggest more female founders would get access to the investment they need to start a business. And if we removed the barriers to female entrepreneurship, and reversed the stereotypes which hold women back when trying to win funding for startups, forecasts state the UK economy would see a £100 billion boost over the next ten years just from the women currently waiting in the wings to start their own businesses. It’s a startling figure, especially when you consider that women want to launch their own startups … [Read more...] about Angel investor Jenny Tooth: ‘Women don’t ask for the money they need’