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What were the 90s like for business?

What were the 90s like for business?

By Adam Gale Friday, 06 May 2016

It's 50 years since MT was first published, so we've trawled the archives to bring you some gems from times gone by. The fourth in our series: 1991-95.

Hotel Chocolat founders land tasty £40m payday

Hotel Chocolat founders land tasty £40m payday

05 May 2016

Peter Harris and Angus Thirlwell have floated the company today at a value of £167m. Will it be able to avoid the mistakes of Thorntons?

 
 
How the Biscuiteers are icing their way to sweet success

How the Biscuiteers are icing their way to sweet success

05 May 2016

Entrepreneur Harriet Hastings doesn't think her biscuit delivery business will be crumbling anytime soon.

 
 
Caroline Plumb's three top reads

Caroline Plumb's three top reads

04 May 2016

The CEO and founder of FreshMinds enjoys reading about the art of rhetoric, Paula Radcliffe and Genghis Khan.

 
 
Hermann Hauser: 'An A team with C technology wins over a C team with A technology every time'

Hermann Hauser: 'An A team with C technology wins over a C team with A technology every time'

03 May 2016

YOU LIVE & YOU LEARN: Hermann Hauser on how he started Acorn Computers and why biosciences will be the next big thing.

 
 
The BHS blame-game is an ugly business

The BHS blame-game is an ugly business

29 April 2016

EDITOR'S BLOG: You might not like Philip Green's taste but a healthy economy needs his like.

 
 
Meet the former stripper who has Waitrose going wild for his noodles

Meet the former stripper who has Waitrose going wild for his noodles

29 April 2016

Ross Mendham's low-carb Bare Naked Foods are proving a hit with the health-conscious.

 
 
Method investing: be the business version of Daniel Day-Lewis

Method investing: be the business version of Daniel Day-Lewis

29 April 2016

Immersing yourself in your venture is the only way to know whether you're a good fit, says Faisal Butt.

 
 
How other start-ups can follow Etsy's lead on diversity

How other start-ups can follow Etsy's lead on diversity

29 April 2016

The ecommerce site has made significant improvements to gender parity in its workforce.

 
 
Why Muslim entrepreneurs can give Islam a much needed image boost

Why Muslim entrepreneurs can give Islam a much needed image boost

29 April 2016

EDITOR'S BLOG: There's a wealth of Muslim business talent out there. Perhaps they can help change British perceptions of Islam.

 
 
These businesses are cashing in on the cyber crime wave

These businesses are cashing in on the cyber crime wave

28 April 2016

We're hearing more and more about the rising number of hacks and data leaks, but who's fighting back?

 
 
How would Brexit affect employment law?

How would Brexit affect employment law?

28 April 2016

WORKPLACE RIGHTS: If the UK votes to leave the EU, it is unlikely that the government would change workplace legislation.

 
 
Italy's Northern Powerhouse

Italy's Northern Powerhouse

28 April 2016

The Italian economy might be in a bit of a mess, but the country's buoyant north-eastern corner has spawned a cluster of world-beating businesses, from Pinarello to Segafredo.

 
 
Is James Dyson's new £299 hairdryer more than hot air?

Is James Dyson's new £299 hairdryer more than hot air?

27 April 2016

The inventor has announced a surprise move into the haircare industry.

 
 
Islam means business: Meet the new generation of Muslim entrepreneurs

Islam means business: Meet the new generation of Muslim entrepreneurs

27 April 2016

From halal ready meals to dating and Ramadan apps, the UK has seen a host of innovative businesses serving the Islamic community. We report on the entrepreneurs combining commerce with religion.

 
 
Daniel Kahneman: The father of behavioural economics

Daniel Kahneman: The father of behavioural economics

27 April 2016

To mark 50 years of MT, here's the second in a series looking back at the best business brains since 1966.

 
 
These entrepreneurs are turning bamboo into bog roll

These entrepreneurs are turning bamboo into bog roll

26 April 2016

Cheeky Panda wants to save 'millions of trees'.

 
 
How Accolade Security's founder overcame language barriers and a brain tumour

How Accolade Security's founder overcame language barriers and a brain tumour

25 April 2016

HOW I BEAT THE ODDS: Laurence Momann on moving to London from Afghanistan, epileptic fits and building a £1.6m security business.

 
 
Sage CEO Stephen Kelly is on a mission to make some noise

Sage CEO Stephen Kelly is on a mission to make some noise

25 April 2016

THE MT INTERVIEW: There'll be no more hiding of Sage's light under a bushel, says the accounts software outfit's high-energy boss.

 
 
Philip Beresford: The Sunday Times Rich List compiler on 27 years of wealth watching

Philip Beresford: The Sunday Times Rich List compiler on 27 years of wealth watching

24 April 2016

MT's ex-editor on why he's provoked the fury of both the left and the landed classes in his quest to rank the assets of the mega rich.

 
 
How to boost productivity in a small business

How to boost productivity in a small business

22 April 2016

Britain might have a productivity problem, but that doesn't mean your firm has to.

 
 
Meet the entrepreneurs building an army of digital mums

Meet the entrepreneurs building an army of digital mums

22 April 2016

Digital Mums wants to help small firms have better access to talent and tackle maternal employment all in one go.

 
 
Why Alibaba just invested $1bn in a food delivery service

Why Alibaba just invested $1bn in a food delivery service

18 April 2016

The Chinese ecommerce company is hungry to expand in the on-demand market - watch out Just Eat.

 
 
Meet the entrepreneurs teaching students how to find decent digs

Meet the entrepreneurs teaching students how to find decent digs

15 April 2016

Uniplaces is on a quest to become a global platform for students to find accommodation.

 
 
Uber is finally making a profit - sort of

Uber is finally making a profit - sort of

15 April 2016

The ride-hailing app makes money on each ride in the US but its global expansion is burning through big bucks.

 
 
'Maternity leave shouldn't hamper your career' - Claire Davenport

'Maternity leave shouldn't hamper your career' - Claire Davenport

14 April 2016

The managing director of VoucherCodes.co.uk on career breaks, 'date days' with her children and why computer science needs to get cooler.

 
 
Keeping it in the family pays dividends

Keeping it in the family pays dividends

12 April 2016

Family firms contributed 26% of Britain's GDP in 2014, up 4%.

 
 

Advice

How to win at office politics

03 May 2016

Don't think you can ignore the politics in your workplace. Here's how to deal with it and keep your principles.

 

My ex-girlfriend has applied for a role on my team. It's awkward - what should I do?

29 April 2016

Check whether she's out for revenge or simply wants to join your excellent team, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How can I persuade my husband to retire so we can go on a long cruise?

28 April 2016

A cruise might be a nightmarish prospect for your husband. See if you can persuade him to gradually reduce his hours instead, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

8 ways to reduce staff turnover

22 April 2016

CRASH COURSE: Recruiting new people is expensive and disruptive. Here's what you can do to help retain employees.

 

How can I stop my son using his inheritance to start a business?

05 April 2016

If you try to discourage him, he's likely to go ahead anyway, but may fail and not ask for help. Encouragement works better, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

We're having parking space wars at our new office. Can you help?

04 April 2016

You need to be firm and allocate spaces in the car park based on seniority, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How do I stop our firm's partners awarding themselves unaffordable bonuses?

01 April 2016

You need to warn the younger partners that these payouts are unsustainable and you fear for the future, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How to break bad habits

22 March 2016

Want to stop checking your phone constantly, procrastinating or being late? Here are ways to retrain your brain.

 

How can I stop my business partner from giving his wife a job?

03 March 2016

You need to ask to talk to his wife directly - and then explain why it might not be best for her, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

My boss refused my request for a pay rise. Should I try again?

02 March 2016

Yes, but don't threaten to resign unless you're prepared to follow through, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How to hire a finance director

01 March 2016

CRASH COURSE: Here's how to find a CFO or FD who's more than just a high-powered bean counter.

 

Am I wasting my time as a non-executive director?

25 February 2016

Tell the chief executive that you won't feel you are earning your fee until your abilities are used to help improve the business, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How to square up to uncertainty as a leader

25 February 2016

Facing a complex, ambiguous situation? Don't leave it to others to make a decision. Here's how to take the lead.

 

Would an MBA help me race up the career ladder?

02 February 2016

If you're in a hurry to progress in your job, an MBA won't necessarily help you get to the top more quickly, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

I've sold my start-up and work for the new boss under the earn-out terms. I hate it, what should I do?

29 January 2016

Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Focus on the company's performance to make sure you get your earn-out cheque, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How can I stop a director from telling staff not to come in with a cold?

27 January 2016

You need to clarify your sickness policy with a company memo, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How do I get out of organising the office Christmas party?

07 December 2015

Don't try and dodge the task, instead get colleagues to help you, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

How do I find a non-exec role with a small firm or charity?

01 December 2015

First work out what expertise and experience you can offer and then try local organisations, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

My colleague is earning a lot less than me, even though he's my equal. Should I tell him?

25 November 2015

No. You'll just make him feel bad and you could damage your working relationship, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

Effective leaders need more than good intentions

24 November 2015

Just thinking about doing something won't get results, it's what you actually do that counts. Here's how not to fall into the action-intention gap.