Retail has become a cash cow for motorway service stations. Westmorland Family brought in £92m last year from just two outlets thanks to posh sausage rolls. I wrote about how petrol stations are reinventing the business model for Courier magazine, in print in the Jun/Jul 2017 issue.
Getting a grip on stock management – and building a process that can scale with the business – requires more than Excel sheets and yearly stock takes. I wrote about how small businesses can manage their growing inventory for Courier, published online on 18 May 2017.
The ‘flash-freezing’ effects of a scary chemistry lab substance are being deployed on ice cream. Is it a gimmick or a game changer? I wrote about this gastronomic technique for Courier’s Apr/May 2017 issue.
Browns of Brockley has made the radical decision to stop accepting cash from customers. I wrote about this cafe that have decided to go cashless for Courier Apr/May 2017 issue.
Many breathed a sigh of relief when Philip Hammond dropped plans to raise self-employed national insurance. But as the number of freelancers keeps increasing, how will taxes change? I wrote about how changes in tax could impact freelancers for Courier, published online on 24 March 2017.
Blendle is applying the iTunes model to journalism. But can it make micropayments work? I wrote about a new model for publishing companies for Courier, published online on 17 March 2017.
‘Airbnb for office space’ is the easiest way to describe Vrumi, a daytime-only property rental platform. Unexpectedly, the startup has found itself a hit with corporate middle managers. I wrote about startup letting company Vrumi for Courier’s Feb/Mar 2017 issue.
More than £260m in government loans has been granted to small businesses since 2012. But many founders are intimidated by the application process. I wrote about the government’s startup loan scheme for Courier’s Feb/Mar 2017 issue.
Coffee wholesaler Union has set up a sideline that allows coffee shops to roast their own beans using its facilities. But will coffee shops go for it? I wrote about Union coffee’s new Campus for Courier’s Feb/Mar 2017 issue.
Young Muslims and Jews are emerging as a lucrative and untapped source of customers. But how exactly should a business pitch its religious creds? I wrote about startups targeting religious communities for Courier’s Feb/Mar 2017 issue.