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From Be the Business
Why hiring for passion, not just experience, can be transformational
Hiring for passion, rather than experience, can help populate your company with the kind of people who will live and breathe the business.
If you’re not learning from competitors then how can you ever improve?
Whether it's avoiding the mistakes close counterparts make or exploiting industry trends to stay ahead, it pays to snoop on your peer group.
A business mentor gave me a sounding board for my ideas and decisions
A business mentor may seem formal, expensive or out of reach, but there have never been more opportunities to access an experienced individual.
Tried and tested approaches to deal with staff missing targets
Be the Business spoke to three SMEs about the strategies employed to both identify when staff are missing targets, and get them back on track.
Productivity review: Response to government evidence call
Be the Business has responded to a government call for evidence on how to enable less productive businesses to learn from, and catch up with, the best.
PureGym: Dealing with 60m customer experiences a year
CEO Humphrey Cobbold explained how the company is learning from rivals and innovating along the way as it grows market share quickly.
About Be the Business
Be the Business was established in 2017 to address the underperformance of UK productivity. Chaired by Sir Charlie Mayfield, Be the Business is spearheading a business-led drive to help companies across the UK improve their performance.
We provide the inspiration, tools and resources for businesses to get started on improving their own performance. We enable business leaders to identify where the opportunities are for their businesses to improve, and we extract the best advice from other businesses on the approaches that are proven to work.
In addition to providing benchmarking tools and advice we are also working with businesses across the country to understand what works on the ground, constantly learning, evolving and sharing that with businesses in all four corners of the UK.
The latest on business practices
Creating team leaders to maximise sales and profit
Nurturing and empowering team leaders helps take some of the pressure off, as Be the Business found out in the beauty and hospitality sectors.
Leaders / Empowerment / Customers
Getting your staff interested in business turnover and profit
Financial indicators like turnover and profit can feel like abstract ideas to employees. Yet every staff member has an impact on company performance.
Profit / Financials / Team
The honest leaders not afraid to admit they don’t know it all
While it may be tempting to lead from the front on all matters, honest leaders are those who recognise employees are often better at their role than they are.
Leaders / Communication / Support
The three Ps of successful delivery
John Lucas told us about the three Ps of successul delivery: plans, processes and people.
Plans / Processes / People
Marrying structure and creativity to unlock innovation
Plumen has had to think strategically about the way in which future business innovation would be cultivated.
Innovation / R&D / Strategy
Digitally simulating your firm can transform productivity
Andrew Peters explains why digitalisation tools can simulate step changes in productivity.
Digitisation / Productivity / Values
Groups & events
- How do you drive the performance of your business?
- Productivity Through People: Help unlock enhanced productivity and growth in your business
- Mentoring programme: Access mentors from some of the UK’s biggest companies
- Cornwall hospitality cluster: 75 companies have come together to share business ideas
A culture of burn-out is very 1990s – it is now recognised that healthy employees are productive employees.
Julia Mitchell, MD at Toast PR
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