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Now That’s What I Call 2018: The Best Of The Informi Blog

Before we’ve had a chance to blink, the end of the year is nigh.

We’ve had a jam-packed this year at Informi. From interviews with makers of leopard print gym leggings to revisiting Tomorrow’s World and discovering what predictions came true. We’ve covered a lot and we want to make sure you haven’t missed any of our best bits!

So, here’s our yearly wrap up of the best of the Informi blogs, the key events of 2018 and some extra titbits we weren’t able to cover ourselves:



Key events:
  • Plastic microbeads are banned in England
  • Iceland announces that it will stop using plastic for its own-brand products by 2023
  • The Beast From The East causes widespread disruption across the UK
Best of the Informi blog:

How Can Businesses Be Sustainable While Still Making Money?
Under scrutiny, though, this idea falls apart. Businesses can and do make millions while being much more sustainable than their rivals. All it takes is the right business acumen — and a lot of hard work…read more.



Key events:
  • Toys R Us and Maplin go into administration
  • Elon Musk’s Space X Falcon Heavy launched
  • The Beast From The East causes widespread disruption across the UK
Best of the Informi blog:

Groundbreaking Women Who Changed The World Of Business Forever  
Tuesday 6 February 2018 marked 100 years since women got the vote. With that in mind, we take a look at some of the most groundbreaking women in history – both pre and post-suffrage – that changed business forever… read more.

And let’s not forget Valentines Day. For these couples, mixing business with romance is a match made in heaven.

We Found Love In A Perfect Workplace: Evoke
We Found Love In A Perfect Workplace: Dialog
We Found Love In A Perfect Workplace: SixtyEightFeet



Key events:
  • Cambridge Analytica scandal breaks
  • Novichok attack in Salisbury
  • The New York Times began publishing obituaries of women from history that they have overlooked
Best of the Informi blog:

Lessons Learnt In My First Year of Running A Business   
Owner of Bettie Confetti, Andy, gets brutally honest and shares her lessons learnt from the first year of business selling snarky greeting cards line… read more.



Key events:
  • Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for “DAMN”
  • Dr. Maya Angelou turned 90 years of age
  • The Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to Prince Louis
Best of the Informi blog:

Busting The Excuses For Not Starting Your Business
So much holds us back from starting a business but resident blogger Jen Smith busts the most common excuses to make 2018 the year you finally get started… read more.

You might have missed: The National Living Wage for people over 25 increases from £7.50 to £7.83 an hour.



Key events:
  • The Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan
  • GDPR came into effect
Best of the Informi blog:

The Ex-Call Centre Manager Leading The Clean Eating Revolution
Carley left behind a well-paid call centre role to pursue her long-standing passions of sport and nutrition – and set up Kettlebell Kitchen in 2016. We caught up with Carley to find out more about her journey… read more.

You might have missed: The first 3D printed human corneas are created at Newcastle University.



Key events:
  • Thousands of people march through London to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS and to protest against government cuts to the health service.
Best of the Informi blog:

Memorable World Cup Moments And The Lessons For Life And Business
Every World Cup is packed with compelling stories, on and off the pitch, that can teach us much about life and business. That’s why we’ve picked 10 memorable World Cup moments and deciphered some – slightly tenuous – business lessons… read more.

The reaction of the supporters at the end compared to two years ago tells the players that experiences with England can be positive, that the country are very proud of what they’ve done and the way they’ve played, and there will in time be lots of positives to take.

Gareth Southgate The England manager after exiting the World Cup


Key events:
  • England reach the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup
  • Water found on Mars
  • All 12 children and their coach rescued from Thai cave
Best of the Informi blog:

Love Island and Small Business – An Unlikely Coupling Up
As Bettie Confetti is consumed with the Villa and all its antics, she’s been drawing some similarities between Love Island and running a small business. Maybe the heatwave got to her a little, but stick with her, she might be onto something…read more.

You might have missed: Toblerone returns to original shape.



Key events:
  • The Bank of England raises the baseline interest rate from 0.5 to 0.75%
  • Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley buys House of Fraser for £90m
  • Joint hottest summer on record. AKA ‘The Heatwave’
Best of the Informi blog:

Top 5 Young Entrepreneurs Who Didn’t Go To University
We wanted to make the case that young people can be hugely successful even if they don’t go to university. We compiled this list of successful entrepreneurs in hopes of reducing some of the stress being experienced by teenagers all over the UK, who are anxiously waiting for their GCSE or A-Level results…read more.

You might have missed: The government publishes the first in a series of guidelines for businesses and the public on how to prepare in the event of a “no deal” Brexit scenario.



Key events:
  • Office for National Statistics reports that life expectancy improvements in the UK have stalled for the first time since records began.
Best of the Informi blog:

Eight Surprising Videos Of Entrepreneurs Before They Made The Big Time
Whether it’s a fresh-faced, pre-beard Richard Branson or a beer supping Mark Zuckerberg, these videos remind us that even the biggest entrepreneurs had to start somewhere. They also tell us how much a business and its ideals can change over time, especially when faced with the conflicts that come with globe-conquering growth…read more.

You might have missed: the world’s largest offshore wind farm, opens off the coast of Cumbria.



Key events:
  • The Budget
  • 700,000 people march through London demanding a vote on the final Brexit deal
Best of the Informi blog:

How I Started My Own Fashion Label (Whilst Still At School)
Savagé has established a loyal following, with the young entrepreneur’s designs being worn by music artists such as Jazmin Gonzalez and 070 Shake. We spoke to founder, Emmanuelle, shortly after a pop-up event in London’s Brick Lane to find out more about making it in the fashion world…read more.

You might have missed: Pepper becomes the first robot to appear at a UK parliamentary meeting, talking to MPs about the future of artificial intelligence in education.



Key events:
  • 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War
  • Brexit Withdrawal Agreement published
  • Small Business Saturday
Best of the Informi blog:

Where Is The Best Place To Start A Small Business?
We’ve looked at data from the 63 largest UK towns and cities to find out what‘s on offer for someone who is considering starting a business, and determined which is the best place in 2018 to start a small business…read more.

You might have missed: Man becomes the first person to swim around the entire coast of Great Britain.



Key events:
  • UK High streets quietest Christmas trading period since credit crunch.
  • The European Court of Justice rules that the UK can cancel Article 50 without the consent of the 27 other EU states.
  • Theresa May faces a vote of no confidence.
Best of the Informi blog:

5 Decade-Defining Events That Shaped British Business
What other events in British history changed everything? What are the moments in politics, culture or technology that set our history on a different course? And, to bring it all back, who were the winners and losers in the business world…read more.

You might have missed: Man becomes the first person to swim around the entire coast of Great Britain.


We want to take this opportunity to thank you for reading our blogs and newsletters this year. It’s been a rollercoaster for the business world with plenty on the horizon for 2019.

We’ll be back in the New Year, but until then, a very Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year!


The words of Jen Smith, Informi’s resident email blogger

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