October 25, 2013
"Friday feeling" slows productivity
British workers officially switch off for the weekend at 2.39pm on Friday, according to a study of 2,000 office workers commissioned by British Airways. The poll found that the majority of workers wind things down mentally well before leaving time, with nearly half admitting they take Fridays a lot easier than any other day. And six in ten feel entitled to wind down early because they work over their contracted hours throughout the week – more than 80% said their boss still gets "value for money" by employing them. One third said their workplace has a noticeably better atmosphere on a Friday and 47% said their boss is a lot more lenient towards the end of the week.
FSB chooses Young Enterprise as its official charity
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is to lend its support to the charity Young Enterprise to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. New research from Young Enterprise finds that 92% of senior UK managers would like enterprise education to be included in the national curriculum, and the FSB is working with Young Enterprise to help them reach their target of being in 50% of all secondary schools by 2015. John Allan, FSB national chairman, said: "Through financial resources, volunteers, communications and projects, this relationship will help take these incredible programmes into more schools up and down the country."
Business Startup show celebrates 30th year
This year's two-day Business Startup convention takes place on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November at London's Olympia. Now in its 30th year, the event attracts more than 20,000 business people. The programme includes seminars with speakers such as Doug Richard of School for Startups and motivational speaker Brad Burton. Workshops will cover subjects including franchises, mentoring, lead generation, email marketing and branding. There will also be speed networking events and an Angel's Den for budding entrepreneurs looking for investment. The contestant with the best pitch of the weekend will be crowned the Innovator of the Show.
Tweet the minister
Matthew Hancock MP, the minister of state for skills and enterprise, is to take part in a live Tweet chat on Twitter at 11am on Thursday October 31 as part of the build-up to Small Business Saturday. Small business owners will be able to put questions directly to the minister by following @SmallBizSatUK and @matthancockmp. You can join in the conversation using the hashtag #SmallBizSatUK. Small Business Saturday takes place on 7th December. More information can be found on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page.