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Zoe Farrington
Rob Smedley
Tim Martin
Kim Bird
Patrick Speedie
Research shows gifting boosts SMEs’ employee retention

Research shows gifting boosts SMEs’ employee retention

New research from American Express has found that almost all (94%) small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) gift rewards to their employees, with half (51%) saying that motivating their workforce is the main reason for doing so.

Meet the MD: Andy Baker of Plusnet

Meet the MD: Andy Baker of Plusnet

Plusnet CEO Andy Baker tells BQ why the company is proud of its Yorkshire roots, what he believes makes a great business leader and why the company is committed to supporting the nations start-ups...

Digital skills


Over the last few years, the UK’s digital skills crisis has been highlighted by increasing levels of media coverage. The topic is also a political one, with MPs warning the nation in 2016 about the risks posed to our country’s productivity and ability to compete by the digital talent gap.

Team building

The importance of team-building in the workplace

Are you worried that your employees and management teams are failing to work well together, resulting in low morale in the workplace? Organising a team-building activity outside of the office could make for a great solution, resulting in productive, efficient, motivated and all-round happy staff members throughout your business.

Kelly Bolderson

Kelly Bolderson, managing director of Glamorgan Telecom

Meet the MD: Kelly Bolderson of Glamorgan Telecom

Glamorgan Telecom managing director Kelly Bolderson gives BQ an insight into her career so far and tells us how she worked her way up to lead a management buyout of the firm in 2015...

Manufacturing workforce

An ageing workforce is a great resource

The ageing workforce is an increasing issue facing modern manufacturing in the UK. Consider your own businesses and think about the age of your current employees.

Jacqueline O’Donovan

Jacqueline O’Donovan

O’Donovan receives freedom of the city

Jacqueline O’Donovan, the managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, has been given the freedom of the City of London by The Worshipful Company of Carmen, in recognition of her dedication to the transport industry.


Andy Street, left, shakes hands with Sion Simon following the announcement of the result.

Street elected first mayor of the West Midlands

Former John Lewis boss and Conservative Party candidate Andy Street has been elected the first mayor of the West Midlands.