MANAGEMENT: Skills required to grow a business

Ravi Govender

SA entrepreneurs are often faced with the challenge of retaining skilled and experienced people in their businesses. Standard Bank’s Ravi Govender looks at ways in which to attract and keep skills within a company to ensure long-term growth.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: James Caan on the entrepreneurial journey – Pt1

James Caan, Lisa Lllingworth

Journalist Lisa Illingworth spoke to James Caan of Dragon’s Den fame about his Step Up 2 a Start Up initiative for the next edition of Finweek. In this article she speaks to Caan about his own entrepreneurial journey and who is really responsible for the development of SMMEs.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: 8 reasons why you need an accountant

finance

Many small businesses prefer not to employ a professional CA in order to save on costs. This articles outlines eight ways your business can benefit from the services of a professional accountant.

INSIGHT: SA SME industry not for the unprepared

Challenge

Running a small or medium enterprise in South Africa despite all the challenges we face, is definitely not for the faint hearted. Gerrie van Biljon from Business Partners Limited assesses macro and micro risks local businesses need to be aware of.

CORPORATE NEWS: Budget sounds optimistic

CEOs

As part of the National Budget speech on 26 February, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan made some interesting promises regarding small and medium businesses. Some optimism was noted when he talked about tangible benefits regarding tax and new opportunities for small enterprises.

OPINION: SME-friendly budget will boost economy

Budget

Small and medium businesses in South Africa are creating 60% of jobs annually and have long been the providers of 50% of formal jobs. In order to give SA a proper boost in job creation and economic development, Minister Pravin Gordhan would have to deliver a small-business friendly budget.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP IDEA: How to navigate securing finance for your business in 2014

Debt

A common issue raised among local entrepreneurs is the ease of access to business finance, which is often criticised due to the difficulties experienced when attempting to secure funding to either establish, or grow, a business. The reality is that there is money available for entrepreneurs with the right idea.

CORPORATE IDEA: Cloud provides enterprise-level capabilities to SMEs

Cloud

It has been said that the use of cloud computing enables SMEs to have access to enterprise-grade applications that will improve service delivery. Werner le Roux from Flux Interactive elaborates on this subject.

YES! This is how South Africa needs to teach entrepreneurship

KauffmanVid

One of the biggest challenges facing South Africa at the moment is the question of how to foster an entrepreneurial culture amongst the youth. Unfortunately much of the teaching that takes place in schools and support initiatives is very theoretical in nature and doesn’t capture the realities of being an entrepreneur.

CORPORATE NEWS: SMEs in SA slowly recovering

nAZEEM mARTIN

Business Partners Limited , has revealed that business owners are much more confident that the economy will be conducive for business growth in the next year. Read more on how consumer confidence has increased according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report.