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Flexible Working Provides “Competitive Edge” for Growing Businesses

40% of businesses have entire teams that work full- or part-time remotely New research has revealed that 67% of the UK’s fastest growing businesses state that having flexible working gives their business a competitive edge – helping to reduce costs and secure the best talent. The report, released by management platform 4th Office in conjunction with creative agency Rooster Punk, found that 40% of businesses have entire teams that work full- or part-time remotely. 87% of the business leaders surveyed felt that teams no longer have to be in the same place as new technology enables communication regardless of location. Though email still remains the main mode of communication with firms – with 97% stating that it’s the most used tool – the report demonstrated a rise in other digital communica... »

Free Guide to Help Small Businesses Cut Energy Costs

UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) could collectively save nearly £400 million per year in energy costs, and over 2.5 million tonnes of C02, by reducing their carbon footprints and certifying their efforts under the Carbon Trust Standard. The Carbon Trust Standard SME online certification is the only tool designed specifically to help small business’ certify their carbon footprint reductions. SMEs using the tool have, on average, cut their energy costs by £2,000 per year, and their carbon footprints by 13 tonnes CO2. Harry Morrison, General Manager, the Carbon Trust Standard, said: “Small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of the UK economy, and reducing their collective carbon footprint could play a major part in ensuring we meet the UK’s target to reduce ... »