Small business news roundup February 15th-22nd

Small business newsMissed any of the small business news we covered on the bOnline blog this week? Here’s our roundup of top stories from the past seven days:

At the end of last week we told you about the one-man bank in Germany. Small banks are becoming more popular as consumers enjoy a more personal experience in tough economic times. But do you think it could be the future of banking?

On Monday we revealed that the government’s plan to house small businesses in empty buildings is failing. None of the 300 empty government buildings offered last year have been taken up so far, and many have been deemed unsuitable.

Next we explained how you can beat the horse meat scandal while supporting local businesses. The FSB is leading a call to ‘keep trade local’, in the hope that locally-run butchers will attract more customers to buy their locally-sourced produce.

On Wednesday it emerged that one third of bosses behave badly. In a new report, 11% of employees said their boss is ‘bad’ or ‘despicable’, with some likening their leaders to David Brent, Margaret Thatcher and even Hitler! Have you ever had a bad boss?

And yesterday we discussed new research which shows consumers are becoming less loyal and more promiscuous. This is driven by the economic downturn and the rise of the internet. Customers now admit to joining several loyalty schemes and using their mobile devices to compare prices online whilst out shopping.

Keep checking back on the Small Business Secrets blog for the latest tips and features as well as daily small business news.

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