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A quick way to improve your business is to adopt what has been proven to work well for others. Find out about leading business practices and discover how large and small changes can unlock big gains for businesses.
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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
No-one can be an expert in everything, so it’s far better to understand where your strengths and weaknesses are and build a complementary team around you that you can trust.
Caroline Plumb, co-founder of FreshMinds
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