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Chaos as global IT outage strikes

Plus, Pret scraps free coffee, retails sales fall and is UK inequality really getting worse, in today's Off To Lunch

Sarah Vizard

Business Leader South West Awards shortlist revealed

The Business Leader Awards recognise and support the best companies in Bristol and the South West

Wage growth is ‘too hot to handle’

Plus, Lloyds signs deal to finance UK buyouts, Warner Bros Discovery considers a split and why you can't cut your way to profitability in today's Off To Lunch

Sarah Vizard

High hotel prices cause inflation headache

Plus, HSBC appoints a new CEO, used electric car sales boom and why this is the summer of the quiet vacation in today's Off To Lunch

Sarah Vizard

Grocery inflation drops and the Rubik’s Cube turns 50

Plus, B&M reports strong results, how to boost UK productivity and the 'uneven' distribution of AI's environmental impacts in today's Off To Lunch newsletter

Graham Ruddick, Sarah Vizard

Growth Engines: Lead using a simple, big, bold number

Damar Training has one key target: to double the number of apprenticeships it offers in the next 20 months.

Pavlo Phitidis

Burberry ousts its CEO and could you survive 378 days of team bonding?

Plus, warnings over the job market, Tesco makes a premium push and Musk officially endorses Trump in today's Off To Lunch.

Sarah Vizard

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The net-zero transition: A 3-point plan for smaller businesses 

Sustainable development poses unique challenges for SMEs but there are ways to address them. The key is to get started

Niki Turner-Harding

5 things I wish my 20-year-old self knew about business

As Caspar Lee reaches the big 3-0, he reflects on what he's learned about founding, building and investing in businesses

Caspar Lee

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The power of delegation

Plus, the new flexible-working trial, Wetherspoons to close more pubs and why we should pay more attention to departing CEOs in today's Off To Lunch

Sarah Vizard

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Is fear a useful emotion in business?

Fear can be useful in the short term to drive performance, but be careful it doesn't become engrained in your business or team

Catherine Baker

Outside of a PureGym

PureGym’s CEO on why leaders need a sense of healthy paranoia

The sin of complacency undoes many good businesses, says PureGym CEO Humphrey Cobbold. To avoid it, leaders must ask themselves the hard questions

Humphrey Cobbold

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Growth Engines: The sum of the parts creates the whole magic

We take a look into the growth journey of Leeds-based digital product consultancy Parallax

Pavlo Phitidis

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7 reasons why workplace equity audits can be game-changing for SMEs

Equity audits can be a cost effective way to ensure legal compliance, boost employee engagement, enhance reputation, attract top talent and increase productivity

Zara Nanu

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Wage rises: A boost or brake on the economy?

Countries including the UK and US are increasing the legal minimum wage, but they must beware the dangers for businesses and employment

Szu Ping Chan

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer poses with Rachel Reeves, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (L), Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader (2nd R) and his shadow cabinet as Labour launch their general election manifesto on June 13, 2024 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Labour is consistently leading the polls by over 20 points, according to the latest YouGov data. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

The quest for economic growth

Sir Keir Starmer is betting the house on economic growth. If it doesn't win that bet the likely next government will face a tough choice on taxes and spending

Steven Swinford

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Growth Engines: Accelerating Ginetta into the future

The racing and sports car manufacturer has ambitious targets to triple production but will need to combine great products with excellent customer experience to do so

Pavlo Phitidis

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Retail sales and consumer confidence rebound

In today's Off to Lunch, we also cover Carlsberg's bid for Britvic, the cautionary tale of Huy Fong's hot sauce and what we can learn from the Adidas and Puma rivalry

Dougal Shaw, Sarah Vizard

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Britain, it’s time to make some tough decisions

When decision-makers stop making decisions, they're done. As the general election approaches, Britain must make the tough choices, not defer them

Ed Smith

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Inflation falls back but the cost-of-living crisis isn’t over yet

Plus, Nvidia becomes the world's most valuable company, smaller companies are increasingly appointing all-male boards and Hargreaves Lansdown on the verge of a takeover

Sarah Vizard

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From Virgin Group to Specsavers: The best bootstrapped businesses

The founders who grew their business without bringing in external investors and how they did it
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Smart firms needed smarter support to grow

Business support technology is evolving quickly, but SMEs still need more advanced digital pathways, says Enterprise Nation's Emma Jones

Emma Jones

Richard Harpin

Ask Richard: Advisory boards, accidental managers and being a public company

Richard Harpin, the founder of HomeServe and Growth Partner and owner of Business Leader, answers your burning business questions

Sarah Vizard

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Sorry, but Brits need to stop apologising and love success

The UK may love self-deprecation but there's a risk we miss out on vital business opportunities and fail to inspire the entrepreneurs of tomorrow

Szu Ping Chan