With this news round-up, we bring the realisation that we are now in March and spring is just around the corner. So how is this affecting small businesses across the UK? You may be surprised to hear just how much the weather could change your fortune, plus don’t forget that spring brings with it a host of seasonal holidays that you can profit from. Read on for more information…
Feature of the Week
Employee rights are changing in the UK, as it has now been made a legal right to request more flexible working hours.
Up until now, this kind of request was implied to be a right afforded to parents only, but now every UK worker gets one “flexibility request” per year, and their employer has a legal obligation to respond to this request – with a reason.
Supposedly this will remove cultural assumptions around working part time, but the Federation of Small Businesses is worried that this law could send the wrong message to workers. See the BBC article above for full details of their concerns.
Half of small businesses expect turnover to increase in 2015 | SmallBusiness.co.uk
Research from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has found that about half of small businesses are expecting an increase in their turnover for the next 12 months. What’s more, of the 4,000 businesses polled, 40% also say that their turnover increased in the past year – read above for the full report.
This article about seasonal selling proves that any small business can market to seasonal trends, regardless of what’s on their shelves. Don’t believe us? Have a read and find out how a sausage company is churning out ideas for Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, and the rest of the commercial holidays…
UK economists prove cold weather hurts small businesses the most | SmallBusiness.co.uk
It’s official – the bad weather in the UK doesn’t just make us grumble, it also affects our business. Brainiac economists have examined relationships between weather events and economic growth, with some telling findings. Brr.
Startup of the year 2014: Two Fingers Brewing Co. | The Guardian
A very good cause is behind this cheekily-named start-up, which has now been named the start-up of 2014. ‘Two Fingers Brewing Co.’ supports Prostate Cancer UK with its fine beer, and despite only opening in January 2014, it has since been stocked in major supermarkets, as well as being the drink of choice at the 2014 Empire Film Awards. That’s a cause we can get behind.