SMEs are still struggling for cash

As the world economy flirts with an ugly slowdown, go-ahead British firms are eager to finance growth and buck the global economic trend

Top 10 emerging markets for outsourcing

A number of countries are catching up India and other traditional outsourcing destinations. Here is Raconteur’s pick of the newcomers

Beauty is big business for Britain

The beauty industry is at last being recognised by the government as a major contributor to the UK economy as spending on cosmetics and personal care continues to rise

Brighter future for family firms on horizon as UK recovers

Optimism is growing among owner-managed businesses as economic growth returns, but potential stumbling blocks must be removed if smaller and family firms are to flourish

Down but are BRICs out?

What happened to the so-called BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China that once offered such great economic promise?

Why Tesco expansion into China failed

Tesco store in China

Tesco’s solo failure to crack the Chinese market can teach other firms looking to expand abroad some valuable lessons

Manifesto pledges to help smaller businesses

Manifesto pledges to help smaller businesses

The major political parties are out to get votes and in return are promising to boost funding for small and medium-sized businesses

5 public finance options for businesses

Top 5 Finance Options

Raconteur reviews five top public finance options for British businesses