holiday advice

Closing On Bank Holidays Could Cost Small Businesses £2,250 Each

Closing On Bank Holidays Could Cost Small Businesses £2,250 Each

UK small businesses could potentially lose £2,250 each if they opt to close on every bank holiday this year, according to a report by Yell Business. The survey of 1,500 small firms and 1,500 consumers revealed that just 26% of businesses open their doors on bank holidays – despite 86% of the public saying they specifically use the day to shop around. Just 42% of retail, catering and leisure businesses operate as normal – though its suggested many more should consider opening too. When divided by region, the Midlands sees the fewest amount of businesses open on bank holiday at just 16%, while Yorkshire sees the highest, with 37%. The remaining bank holidays in 2017 are as follows: 1 May Monday Early May bank holiday 29 May Monday Spring bank holiday 28 August Monday Summer bank holiday 25 D... »

Holiday Advice for Small Business Managers

Holiday Advice for Small Business Managers

Business owners planning for the peak holiday season can now use a ten-point checklist from Business Link to make sure they are fully prepared. The list offers practical advice on how to avoid annual leave clashes and manage key staff absence. The advice includes keeping a holiday calendar that everyone can access and ensuring temporary replacements for key staff are properly trained. Business Link adviser, Alexandra Shoobert, said: “Many people want to take their time off during the summer months, but businesses cannot allow themselves to miss delivery deadlines or reduce customer service because of inadequate preparation and staff scheduling. This can have a negative effect on your business, especially now when companies are working harder than ever with fewer staff. We’ve is... »