Celebrating the people behind British small businesses
 
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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. …

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Six security lessons for small business from 2016

 

Historians will look back at 2016 as the year that cyber security moved from being an important issue to a critical one on both sides of the Atlantic. In the United States, the two main presidential candidates traded insults over email security and claims that Russian hackers were trying to …

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Recruitment secrets to reduce staff turnover and boost productivity

 

As 2016 draws to a close, it is clear that recruitment and retention remain two significant management concerns, with many organisations describing these issues as their top business challenges. When you take into account the statistics and costs involved with hiring a new recruit, this concern can certainly be understood. …

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Five Ways to Help Your Small Business Go Green

 

Going green makes perfect business sense. By becoming more environmentally friendly, your business can reduce overheads.  There are 4.9 million small businesses in the UK. If more could go green, imagine the amount of waste that could be reduced. There are many steps you can take to help your business …

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Evolution of the marketplace business – next stop, recruitment

 

By Ben Hutt, CEO of Search Party There just aren’t enough hours in the day. Sound a familiar refrain? For time-pushed SME owners and business decision makers, the range of tasks and responsibilities they must undertake is almost endless – finance and accounting, planning and strategy, sales and marketing, and of …

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Selling Your Small Business? Here’s What You Need to Know

 

By Scott Brown, MD Sable Accounting There are many reasons to sell a small business. If your company is doing well, it might attract interested buyers. Perhaps your company’s continued growth calls for a co-owner to help it expand successfully. You could be moving abroad and planning a business relocation …

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Building a business case for employee equality

 

Driven by the government’s new ‘Closing the Gender Pay Gap’ consultation, equality in gender pay has found itself on the HR agenda of many organisations for 2017. Whilst there has always been sporadic interest in pay equality, the government’s announcement and the subsequent media coverage has certainly put the spotlight …

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How to use storage to create more space in your office

 

Written by Naomi Webb One issue with being a small or medium-sized business is space. Due to your size and the number of staff you employ, you don’t necessarily need, or can afford, to move to a bigger office. However, space can still become an issue due to the accumulation …

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5 ways to combat late payment

 

One of the biggest issues facing small businesses across the UK is the problem of late payment. It was reported at the start of the year that over 53 percent of small businesses were owed money from late payments, totalling around £255 billion. There’s no two ways about it, this …