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Managing employee absence in a small business

 

Marc Bishop and Sharon Crooks, co-authors of the new book HR for Small Business for Dummies, discuss how small businesses can effectively manage employee absence. Staff taking time off from the workplace is a pain for any size of business, but employee absence can be particularly challenging in a small …

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Don’t play Guess Who? with your customers

 

Raj Sond, General Manager, First Data Merchant Solutions (FDMS) “Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realise it themselves,” were the words of the late Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple. It may seem an obvious task for …

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What loyalty programmes can do for your small business

 

There is no denying that today’s business environment is globalised, competitive and dense, which makes the fight for the mind and soul of every single customer more important than ever before. What number of businesses fails to see, however, is that allegiances change very fast, and before we can think …

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The basics of business branding

 

By Richard LeCount Director of USBMakers   Whether starting up your company or looking to re-brand, educating yourself on the importance of branding can ensure that, in this saturated world of business, you can stand head and shoulders above your competitors. Not only is a brand a promise to your …

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Key questions SMEs need to ask when considering alternative finance

 

Tim Evans, Brand and Strategy Director of Verus360, the pay-as-you-use business finance company, sets out the key questions SMEs need to ask when considering alternative finance options in 2016. Since the recession, many of the UK’s small businesses have struggled to find funding. Research from alternative finance (AltFi) supermarket Funding Options reveals …

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Should UK business become paper-free?

 

By Draven McConville, CEO, Klipboard Paper has been integral to the world of business for decades. Whilst the majority of us are comfortable tapping away on laptops, responding to email on our smartphones, for many people, particularly those that work ‘in the field’, a paper and pen remains de rigeur. …

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Building a Successful Ecommerce Site – What You Should Know

 

By John Stone, editor of the BizzMarkBlog In this Internet-governed world, numerous business opportunities are waiting around the corner, to be picked up and put into practice. Founding an ecommerce site is definitely one of them. However, before you set off for a long-lasting ecommerce journey, it is essential to …

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Britain’s SMEs reveal their most profitable marketing tactics

 

Marketing tactics for SMEs are constantly evolving and as we enter the new year, it is a good time to review the most successful profit-making techniques. The following infographic from Display Wizard uses data from over 10,000 UK SMEs to reveal the most profitable marketing tactics in 2015, useful information …

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Top 5 Security Tips for Small Retailers

 

When you’re a small retailer responsible for your building, stock and cash on premises, security can become a bit mind boggling, especially if you only have a couple of staff to hand. Being safe however, isn’t about numbers; it’s about smart choices and being organised. Here are some top ways …

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Tips for starting a business while at university

 

By Owen O’Neill, 25, Founder, University Compare Starting a business at university is one of the hardest things to do, but it’s also the best time for young people to set up a business. At university, you have the gift of time, and research facilities on your side. A Santander …