FSB launch new resources to support LGBT+ entrepreneurs

The UK’s biggest business membership organisation, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has launched a flagship new digital resources hub to support and encourage LGBT+ entrepreneurship, and promote inclusivity in workplaces.

FSB’s ‘Let’s Grow Business Together’ initiative has been backed by the government’s Equalities Minister, Mike Freer MP.

It is also backed by prominent LGBT+ business campaigner Iain Anderson, the Executive Chairman of public relations agency Cicero/AMO.

The online hub features first-hand insights and experience from LGBT+ small business owners, some of whom decided to start their own business in order to feel more comfortable being themselves and avoid the risk of discrimination or subconscious bias in a corporate workplace.

Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found that 40% of LGB+ workers and more than half (55%) of trans workers have experienced workplace conflict and harassment, compared to 29% of heterosexual, cisgender employees.

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IOD calls on government to introduce lower corporation tax rate for net zero firms

The Institute of Directors has published a white paper ‘The Green Incentive: how to put net zero at the heart of business planning’.

The policy paper sets out four specific medium-term recommendations which would incentivise businesses, and particularly smaller businesses, to play their part in decarbonising the economy.  

The Government has set a national climate change target of net zero by 2050. However, there are a lack of effective incentives and support for small and medium sized businesses to achieve net zero themselves.  

Therefore, the IoD is calling on the UK Government to: 

  1. Be explicit that it wants every business to achieve net zero in its operations.
  1. Introduce, with several years’ notice, a lower corporation tax rate for organisations that have achieved net zero, compared to those that have not. This recommendation does not necessarily require a greater use of taxpayer resources or, conversely, that taxes necessarily rise
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Secrets of Success: Ralph Rogge, CEO of Open-Banking Startup Crezco

Providing an online checkout for B2B businesses without the need for card-schemes like Visa or Mastercard.

Crezco is a business-to-business open banking payments platform that makes B2B invoice payments as frictionless as card payments but without the associated costs, processing account-to-account payments up to £1 million in real-time for free. CEO Ralph Roggee, speaks to Business Matters

What type of businesses do you work with?

We typically work with UK and EU small businesses, many of whom have connected our payment processing API with their accounting software, such as QuickBooks and Xero. Others use our app directly or connect to us through some of our integrated booking and supply-chain platforms.
What problem does your company solve?
Online checkouts that rely on card-schemes are not suited to B2B businesses. They’re expensive, subject to fraud, chargebacks, delayed settlement times and payment limits. They were simply not intended for B2B businesses as they … Read more

The Most Important Qualities of a Successful Entrepreneur in 2022

Being a successful entrepreneur in 2022 requires a lot of hard work, but there are some other qualities that can help you to thrive.

Perception

Being able to spot gaps in the market is a great quality to have as an entrepreneur. In 2022, this may be more difficult, as it can seem like everything has already been done. However, taking a simple idea and noticing what is missing will help you stand out and succeed.

That’s exactly what David Spector and his wife, Heidi did with ThirdLove bras which catered to women who fell between cup sizes. Bras are already widely available from many underwear shops and websites, but by adding the extra sizes, they made it possible to stand against other competitors. They also created an app for customers to fit themselves, making it easier for them to get the right size and less likely to return bras … Read more

How to Treat Your Eyes During Sunny Holidays

Summer is just around the corner, but we have already been enjoying majestic sunny days. We can confidently say that there is nothing better than going out and feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin. It is scientifically proven that moderate exposure to the sun has both mental and physical benefits.

Besides all the great things about the sun, we should not forget that humans are weak against it. Our eyes can suffer great damage from it. Looking at the sun directly can actually burn our retina and lead to temporary vision loss, long-term eye problems, and even blindness.

In order to avoid such eye conditions from developing, we will present 4 tips about ways to take care of your eyes during sunny periods.

Tip 1: Eye Examination

The most important thing that you should take from this article is this first piece of advice which relates to … Read more