business development


Female entrepreneurs plan more than men

Female entrepreneurs are more likely to plan their business development than their male counterparts, according to female business network Everywoman. Research from Everywoman highlighted that 55% of female entrepreneurs work to a business plan, compared with only 34% of male entrepreneurs. Co–founder and director of Everywoman Karen Gill said: “In order to grow, you need to have good planning in place and as the survey shows, it is the female entrepreneurs who are more likely to be doing that. Female–led businesses have long been labelled as lifestyle businesses with no desire for growth, but this research proves that in fact these businesses do want to grow.” The survey also found that women are more likely to set profit targets than men — 47% of female entr... »

Web service answers Business questions

Web service answers Business questions

Business directory FreeIndex has launched a free online tool offering small firms personalised business advice from a panel of industry experts. To use the service, businesses are required to register on the FreeIndex website. They can then post a question on the website and a FreeIndex business expert will provide an answer within 24 hours. Seven areas are covered by FreeIndex experts, which include business development, sales and marketing, internet and IT, finance, legal issues, employment and premises advice. As well as getting advice from industry specialists, other businesses registered on the site are able to contribute their tips and comment, and users can search through past advice topics. “With 5,000 new businesses joining every four weeks we wanted to offer something extra... »