SMEs

There are many hurdles to scaling a successful company. Here's how the best in the business cleared them, and what you can learn from them.

6 tips for running a family business (without ruining Christmas)

6 tips for running a family business (without ruining Christmas)

Management Today asks family-led businesses how they work together successfully.

"Why I took my company public at an early stage"

"Why I took my company public at an early stage"

One minute briefing: The CEO of dynamic pricing platform Quicklizard, Pini Mandel, outlines the strategic...

"Women need to get better at asking for funding"

"Women need to get better at asking for funding"

Investor Lara Morgan says that start-up financing is a boys' game, but that doesn't mean...

5 ways to run your SME more efficiently

5 ways to run your SME more efficiently

When it comes to your most precious resource - time - less can be more....

Why crowdfunding is harder than you think

Why crowdfunding is harder than you think

And how to do it well: A short cat furniture case study.

How Presto Music nurtured its first-party data to drive sales

How Presto Music nurtured its first-party data to drive sales

The classical music store's strong interactive online community helped the business grow 25% year-on-year.

"Making a positive impact brings greater returns than the stock market"

"Making a positive impact brings greater returns than the stock market"

Tickr founder Tom McGillycuddy says targeting ethical and sustainable investments generated growth.

"Redundancies poisoned our culture - what should we do?"

"Redundancies poisoned our culture - what should we do?"

Management Today’s resident agony uncle, Octopus Group chief executive Simon Rogerson, offers advice for winning...

The start-up disrupting university textbooks

The start-up disrupting university textbooks

Management Today meets Perlego founder Gauthier Van Malderen.

How CEOs can improve sales

How CEOs can improve sales

“Hitting those sales targets no longer sits with sales teams, instead it should start and...

How iwoca became the UK’s fastest-growing fintech

How iwoca became the UK’s fastest-growing fintech

“It’s been the craziest time of my whole life,” says CEO Christoph Rieche.

How this dynamic pricing start-up surged during lockdown

How this dynamic pricing start-up surged during lockdown

AI firm Quicklizard’s CEO Pini Mandel pivoted to make the most of the acceleration of...

“Be persistent but not annoying”: How to get your products listed with big retailers

“Be persistent but not annoying”: How to get your products listed with big ...

Founder Andy Sutton got his luxury cat furniture start-up Catipilla stocked by Pets at Home...

This speech recognition tech knows when you're angry

This speech recognition tech knows when you're angry

AI firm Speechmatics has had one of the best years in its history, says "accidental"...

How Astrid & Miyu gave virtual sales a personal touch

How Astrid & Miyu gave virtual sales a personal touch

Shuttered shops inspired a waist-up approach to fashion, says the jewellery brand founder Connie Nam....

Beyond platforms: The next generation of digital business models

Beyond platforms: The next generation of digital business models

Interaction field companies solve bigger problems than conventional platform ecosystems.

How I pivoted to a direct-to-consumer model

How I pivoted to a direct-to-consumer model

As health consciousness increased because of Covid-19, so did the demand for kombucha. But with...

Recruitment hacks: How to find a diamond in the rough

Recruitment hacks: How to find a diamond in the rough

Management Today’s panel of leaders share their tips for finding non-obvious talent.

In conversation: Laura Tenison, founder of JoJo Maman Bébé

In conversation: Laura Tenison, founder of JoJo Maman Bébé

The entrepreneur launched her mother and baby brand in 1993 after a head-on car crash....

Founders: When should you step down?

Founders: When should you step down?

Our panel of founders on finding the right time to step aside and find a...

Q&A: "I need new funding but I'm worried it will distract me from the business"

Q&A: "I need new funding but I'm worried it will distract me from ...

Management Today’s resident agony uncle, Octopus Group chief executive Simon Rogerson, soothes another founder’s dilemma,...

Growth tips: Everyone needs to know where they fit

Growth tips: Everyone needs to know where they fit

One minute briefing: Railsbank head of people Claire Green’s former international rugby success has informed...

A quick guide to motivation

A quick guide to motivation

Do you start with relationships or results?

Leadership clinic: I'm struggling to delegate as the business grows

Leadership clinic: I'm struggling to delegate as the business grows

Octopus Group co-founder and chief executive Simon Rogerson answers questions on starting up, scaling up...

3 ways to retain customers when you're forced to shut up shop

3 ways to retain customers when you're forced to shut up shop

Non-alcoholic aperitif firm Æcorn needed to find ways of being relevant when physical availability was...

How "low code" is transforming software development

How "low code" is transforming software development

Business costs could plummet as point-and-click platforms become the norm.

There’s no point being a manager if you’re not there

There’s no point being a manager if you’re not there

The leader that made me: Railsbank’s head of people Claire Green on being sidelined by...

How Jo Malone created buzz without spending money on advertising

How Jo Malone created buzz without spending money on advertising

The perfume entrepreneur calls her marketing strategy "walking the dogs".

What you need to know about setting up a subsidiary business in the EU

What you need to know about setting up a subsidiary business in the ...

European business lawyer Steen Rosenfalck answers some frequently asked questions.

Why you don’t always want to hire ‘the best’

Why you don’t always want to hire ‘the best’

One minute briefing: Too many stars can make a dysfunctional constellation, says Cantab Capital Partners...

One way you’re giving feedback all wrong

One way you’re giving feedback all wrong

You know the old adage about having one mouth and two ears?

FAQ: Brexit vs employment law

FAQ: Brexit vs employment law

What the new free trade agreement means for employment rights, business trips to the EU...

The 5 key qualities of a great start-up leadership team

The 5 key qualities of a great start-up leadership team

A seasoned investor shares what seed funders want to see in founding management teams.

"Invest in packaging, not expensive TV adverts"

"Invest in packaging, not expensive TV adverts"

One minute briefing: David Milner grew Tyrrells crisps and Lily's Kitchen into household names. Here...

Xmas party plans from the C-suite

Xmas party plans from the C-suite

Management Today finds out how leaders are marking the season to be jolly.

How to give great customer service on a tight budget

How to give great customer service on a tight budget

A missed delivery reveals some important - and inexpensive - lessons on turning disaster into...

How to stop missed targets ruining morale

How to stop missed targets ruining morale

This year has shown that some things are just out of your control, says this...

How to spot a bad idea that looks like a good one

How to spot a bad idea that looks like a good one

Behind every flop was someone who thought they were onto a blockbuster.

How to position your business for acquisition

How to position your business for acquisition

One minute briefing: Scale-up CEO David Milner sold Tyrrells crisps and premium pet food brand...

“Starting a business is like walking on hot coals”

“Starting a business is like walking on hot coals”

Serial entrepreneur Norman Crowley believes both are dependent on being brave but not foolhardy.

How to host a virtual work Xmas party

How to host a virtual work Xmas party

It’s beginning to look at a lot like a video call Christmas.

How to think like your customers

How to think like your customers

Lockdown makes it harder to understand their motives, but there are ways of getting close...

What will the US election result mean for your business?

What will the US election result mean for your business?

As businesses navigate COVID-19 and Brexit, the incoming administration could provide some much needed certainty....

Why founder CEOs don't listen

Why founder CEOs don't listen

New research suggests that founders are more likely to ignore their management teams than other...

5 behaviours of top-class managers

5 behaviours of top-class managers

This is what you want your employees to say about you behind your back.

When it’s time to fire someone pronto

When it’s time to fire someone pronto

Letting that bad hire who doesn’t fit in or align with business values stick around...

The science of managing high performing teams

The science of managing high performing teams

Groups can achieve flow - an unfettered psychological state of creativity and productivity - if...

Want to improve employee engagement? Pay more (but not too much more)

Want to improve employee engagement? Pay more (but not too much more)

Financial wellbeing: "Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a jet ski...

How can you prepare for a no-deal Brexit?

How can you prepare for a no-deal Brexit?

We asked leaders which contingency plans (if any) they have in place before the Brexit...