What Will Small Business Be Like in 2030?


In the small business world, I often look into my crystal ball and predict what will happen next year. But with the black swan event known as COVID-19, it has become almost impossible to predict what will happen next.

On the Small Business Radio Show this week, I interviewed Professor Mauro Guillen who is Wharton Business School’s leading thinker on global business trends. He has new book, “2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything”, in which he gives an analysis of the economic, demographic and technological trends of today to predict what the

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Estée Lauder Making Ads In Space

Estée Lauder Making Ads In Space

Cosmetics firm Estée Lauder is making history by making its first advertisements in space aboard the International Space Station. Its “Advanced Night Repair” will soon be sent upon a Grumman Cygnus spacecraft.

Boston-based Space Commerce Matters has reportedly cut a deal with NASA to send 10 bottles of Estée Lauder products into space. This according to New Scientist.

Estée Lauder president Stephane de la Faverie said at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Ascend Summit in August, “I’m a risk-taker. That tends to basically come with ideas that are a

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Nikola founder Trevor Milton to step down as executive chairman

Trevor Milton CEO of Nikola

Massimo Pinca | Reuters

Nikola announced early Monday that founder Trevor Milton is voluntarily stepping down from his roles as executive chairman and a member of its board.

The electric truck company said the board accepted Milton’s resignation, adding that Stephen Girsky, former vice chairman of General Motors and a member of Nikola’s board, has been appointed chairman of the board, effective immediately.

“Nikola is truly in my blood and always will be, and the focus should be on the Company and its world-changing mission, not me,” Milton said in a statement. “So I made

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A Guide to R&D Tax Credits for Business

R&D tax credits is a government program that is available to limited companies in the UK, which means it is unavailable to companies that are partnerships or sole proprietors. In this guide, we explain more about the scheme, how you can apply and how it can benefit your business.

At FI Group we work with businesses, from startups and SMEs to larger corporation, to support them in claiming R&D tax credits for their innovative projects.

What are R&D tax credits and how do they work?

First introduced in 2000, R&D tax credits replaced the Scientific Research Allowance (SRA) scheme, which

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Protesters in Bangkok demand monarchy reform

Thai student-led protest movement against the government handed over to the Bangkok police three manifestos addressed to King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X), including a list of ten demands including reform of the monarchy.

Protesters first demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, a direct successor to the military junta he presided over from 2014 to 2019 and the other members of his cabinet.

Their second demand is to adopt a new constitution instead of the one that was drawn up and approved under the control of the military in 2017.

They also demand a reform of

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Bank trading floors could be poised for a makeover in the wake of Covid-19

A member of exchange staff uses a fixed-line telephone while looking at financial data on computer screens on the trading floor of Bats Europe, the European arm of Bats Global Markets Inc., in London, U.K..

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Trading floors in banks have been immortalized in countless Hollywood movies. Chaotic scenes of financial professionals, often on the phone, and often screaming; rows of desks and endless monitors all convey highly stressful situations in an industry where time is literally money.

While there’s some fiction to this stereotype, the images of densely populated, cavernous spaces are grounded

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Chime is now worth $14.5 billion, surging past Robinhood as the most valuable U.S. consumer fintech

Chime CEO Chris Britt

Source: Chime

The fintech world has a new heavyweight.

Chime, the start-up that delivers banking services through mobile phones, has closed a fundraising that values the company at $14.5 billion, CNBC has learned exclusively.

That lofty figure makes Chime the most valuable American fintech start-up serving retail consumers. Robinhood, the popular free-trading app, raised money last month at an $11.2 billion valuation. The moves show that even as investors punish the shares of established U.S. banks — the KBW Bank Index has lost a third of its value this year — they are willing to

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