ARTICLES RELATING TO SMALL BUSINESS

Copying claims against Woolworths over health bars

2019-01-18 08:26

Another small business has complained of Woolworths copying its product - this time it's a nutrition bar. The retailer has, however, denied the claims outright, saying that it started developing its product years before ever meeting the entrepreneur.

Ubuntu Baba's biggest challenge could be its golden opportunity

2019-01-12 16:01

A small business's run-in with a heavyweight retailer like Woolworths may be its biggest challenge yet, but the founder and owner of Ubuntu Baba Shannon McLaughlin is hopeful to swing the situation to something positive.

Ubuntu Baba owner: 'I'm not happy with Woolworths apology'

2019-01-11 14:15

Ubuntu Baba owner Shannon McLaughlin says she is not happy with Woolworths's apology earlier this week and has requested to speak to CEO Ian Moir.

Fine Woolworths or get them to host a small business event? Fin24 readers weigh in

2019-01-10 15:14

From calling on Woolworths to be fined for the 'striking similarities' with the Ubuntu Baba baby carrier to insisting that the retailer explain how 'unethical' practices took place, Fin24 readers had a lot to say.

Woolworths acknowledges 'striking similarities' with Ubuntu Baba carrier, removes product from stores

2019-01-09 15:13

Woolworths has said it will remove the baby carrier product from its stores, following a meeting with a business owner who claimed the retailer had copied her idea.

Three sectors where small businesses can still grow in a recession

2018-12-02 17:06

There are still some opportunities for SMEs during a recession, as certain business sectors have been known to weather periods of low economic growth.

Small businesses need your help, Mr President

2018-11-25 06:00

Part of our radical economic transformation agenda must be to turn around township economies through infrastructure investment, market access and easing the regulatory burden, writes Pule Mabe.

Young techpreneur wins Business Partners competition

2018-11-23 18:12

Khomotso Malakalaka was announced as the national winner of the 2018 SME Toolkit Business Partners Business Plan Competition for Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs.

Lessons on data breaches from the EU

2018-11-19 06:15

Six months after the General Data Protection Regulation came into effect in the EU, an industry expert points out the biggest lessons to learnt from the policy on handling data breaches.

Cyber criminals meet their match as industry players work together

2018-11-18 11:23

Major industry players are taking down cyber threats through collaboration and intelligence sharing.

 

Cape Town tech firm secures $1.85m funding to expand

2019-01-13 13:49

WhereIsMyTransport, a public transport data and technology company founded in Cape Town, has announced an investment of $1.85m as part of its Series A funding round.

#Woolworths: We bought Ubuntu Baba carriers to 'draw inspiration'

2019-01-11 16:52

Woolworths admitted it bought baby carriers, including those of Ubuntu Baba, to 'draw inspiration' for its own product.

#Woolworths: Worried a big corporate will steal your idea? Here's how to protect what's yours

2019-01-11 08:46

Small businesses with unique ideas have various options when it comes to protecting themselves from big corporates and others stealing their intellectual property, legal experts say.

Ubuntu Baba owner: Big corporates like Woolworths must help develop small businesses

2019-01-10 07:26

Shannon McLaughlin, the founder and designer of Ubuntu Baba baby carriers, says she will be in discussions with Woolworths on how it can help develop small to medium-sized businesses.

Woolworths to meet with entrepreneur accusing it of 'blatantly expropriating' her idea

2019-01-08 18:04

Woolworths plans to meet with a small business owner who has accused the retailer of copying her product idea.

Winners of first Google Impact Challenge Africa announced

2018-11-29 18:32

Twelve non-profits and social enterprises were each awarded a share of $2m in grant funding in the first Google Impact Challenge Africa.

Q&A: How small businesses can guard against cyber threats

2018-11-24 15:00

Simon Bryden of cybersecurity firm Fortinet shares ways that small enterprises, which are under resourced, can better equip themselves against cyber threats.

Black Friday and your business: A trade-off between volume and value

2018-11-22 19:26

Regarding Black Friday and Cyber Monday, business must realise a sale is a trade-off between volume and value, says the head of analytics at FNB Business.

5 life hacks to ensure you don't get hacked

2018-11-18 18:45

An expert shares five simple ways consumers and businesses can better protect their data.

5 key challenges for businesses as they head for digital transformation

2018-11-17 15:19

As businesses make the move to digital transformation, they must match their security transformation.

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