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A turbulent 2016 paves the way for a tech-fuelled 2017

 

Paul Haydock, CEO at alternative finance provider, DueCourse, discusses the key trends and events that have characterised 2016, and looks ahead to what 2017 has in store for the fintech and SME sectors. Throughout Britain and beyond, the ricochets of a tempestuous 2016 are being felt; in every industry and …

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How to effectively build your business into a brand

 

Written by Naomi Webb Ask people to tell you their favourite brand name and you’ll not only gain a name, but also most likely a window into their psychology. Brands hit different buttons for different people; they talk to us and tell us what their business is about, and how …

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Why taking a break is good for business

 

Are you one of the 40% of Britons who don’t take their full quota of annual leave each year? New research from online travel firm, ebookers,  shows many small business workers admit that they rarely take a ‘proper’ break. Yet it’s one of the best things you can do for …

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Why are Businesses Embracing the Cloud Now More Than Ever?

 

Any business, no matter its size, needs to find ways to maximise productivity whilst minimising costs. This is the central driving force behind the shift to cloud technology. Moving to the Cloud removes the need for businesses to maintain expensive on-site infrastructure, providing an unprecedented degree of flexibility compared to …

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How to raise awareness of your small business

 

When you’re working hard to build your business up from the ground, it’s hard to get a true sense of how many people actually know about it. You end up operating in a kind of bubble, assuming that because you’ve been marketing your business hard and you think about it …

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How to make your business the go-to place for customers

 

Customers hunting for the best value-for-money services have never had it so good. Businesses only have to look within their own industry to see the volume of competitors and, therefore, consumer choice. But, how do you make your company stand out above the crowd? Barclaycard, who have helped people buy …

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The Millennial effect – 3 ways the future of work is changing

 

A recent investigation into the evolution of working habits over the last century by AVG Business has revealed that millennials – people who left school around 2000 – have been the driving force behind a number of the largest trends in employment today. From the use of technology to make …

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Overcoming the challenges faced by a mumpreneur

 

More and more mums are giving up their careers and choosing to start their own business from home. Flexible working hours, a potential to earn more money, to follow a dream or to be at home for the children are just some of the advantages tempting mums to be mumpreneurs, …

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Is Your Business Christmas Ready?

 

By Richard LeCount, USB Makers Christmas is now less than a month away, and with Christmas decorations adorning the office, festive tunes on the radio and a mince pie accompanying a 3pm cuppa; it’s time to get your business ready for the festive period. While you may be unable to …

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21 Tips on how to work from home and maintain productivity

 

By ClearBooks More and more, companies are relaxing the rules around being physically present in the office to get work done. The rise of cloud technology and other tools for remote working have made it easier than ever for employees to work from home or elsewhere if it’s more convenient. …