Theo Paphitis has backed a 'no brainer' scheme operated by The Carbon Trust to help more small and medium sized businesses to upgrade to new more environmentally efficient equipment by offering interest-free loans of up to £400,000.
There’s a postal strike on. Smarta only mentions this because well it hasn’t really noticed much of an interruption to its service so far – except when its DVDs failed to arrive but its suspects that has less to do with the postal strike and more to do with its postman’s taste for 1970s action thrillers.
This morning Smarta will mostly be speculating about the motivations of one Ben Benson the property tycoon who says he is giving away £1m of his own money to lucky readers of his new book. Benson’s book The New Rules of Wealth profiles big-name entrepreneurs such as Sir Philip Green to provide money-making tips to aspiring millionaires – but ten readers will receive a significant helping hand in the form of £100,000.
Poor Willie Walsh. The British Airways chief executive has tried every trick in the book to rescue the company an airline which was once resplendent in its near-monopoly of the UK’s aviation industry but which is now so badly affected by the twin plagues of recession and competition that Walsh has actually decided to stop paying himself.
It came as something of a revelation to Smarta that Daniel Ek co-founder of arguably the most successful web start-up to come out of Europe in the last five years only discovered Twitter aservice even Smarta’s mum has been subscribed to for the last six months ‘a couple of months ago’.
While Smarta is happy to agree attempting to buy Lemsip from a Majorcan pharmacy using only exaggerated facial expressions and frantic gesticulation to communicate is no-one’s idea of a great holiday we’re finding it difficult to sympathise with a European Courts of Justice (ECJ) ruling which gives workers the right to claim days back from their employer if they fall ill during their annual leave.
The cut-throat world of search engine optimisation has been holding its breath this week after luxury goods group LVMH which owns brands such as Louis Vuitton Moët & Chandon and Christian Dior lost a legal battle to prevent its brand names being sold as sponsored links by Google.