News at Rocket Lawyer UK

Feeling Confident – 3 successive quarters of growth in 2013

Small Business News

The Federation of Small Businesses announced this week that small business confidence has reached an all-time high as their data shows three successive quarters of growth in 2013. Encouragingly, confidence has improved for firms across most sectors and most UK regions. And, as a result of this improved confidence, the investment in people and businesses needed to boost the economy is beginning to feed through.

For the first time since the report began more firms are looking to take on staff than reduce their workforce and spare capacity has fallen back meaning that more firms feel confident to grow.

If your business is ready to hire new staff, maybe for the first time, then have a look at our checklist for new employers and all the basic documents you’ll need like employment contracts are available on our business pages.

More good news for SMEs this week as the government announced plans to make it simpler and easier for smaller businesses to bid for and win work across the entire public sector following  Lord Young’s recommendations to create an SME-friendly ‘single market’ for public procurement.

Do you or one of your employees need flexible working due to childcare or carer responsibilities? Simpsons Sissons and Brooke’s employment specialist, Melissa Cook, has written a short guide to flexible working on the RLUK blog this week.

Pop up shops can be a great way to sell your new products and promote your brand. Ideas Tap have a good guide on how to launch a pop up shop for your business or creative work while over at the Guardian SmallBiz network a panel of experts offer their top tips on starting a pop up shop.

 Tech and Social Media News

Is the next Nick D’Aloisio about to be discovered at Devonport High School for Boys in Plymouth? Students are queuing in their lunch breaks to join the ‘appreneurs’ club  Thinkspace set up in the school by three of its students and supported by Apple’s Steve Wozniak and Twitter’s Dick Costolo.

Adweek publish a useful analysis of what part of a web page gets the highest viewership. You’ll be surprised at what they found.

Finally

5.3.10RichardBransonByDavidShankboneLooking for something to read this weekend? Here’s 65 books to read over a lifetime as suggested by Richard Branson

Have a great weekend!

Photo of Richard Branson by David Shankbone on Wikipedia

Mark Edwards

Senior Vice President of EMEA at Rocket Lawyer
With a decade of experience as an innovator and business leader in the UK legal industry, Mark specializes in creating and growing new businesses based on sound market insight and customer need. He sees the team and the people in it as the crucial component for building a successful business.

Prior to joining Rocket Lawyer in 2012, Mark led the legal business development team for LexisNexis UK. There, he managed a cross-functional team, and was responsible for the full lifecycle of product innovation—from proposition development and business case, through the launch and early sales traction. During his time at LexisNexis UK he built two new successful product lines. Previously, Mark was a user experience consultant, working in various industries including telecommunications and health.

Mark has a Computing degree, a masters in User Experience, and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.

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