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Four Advantages of Hiring International Staff

 

Many small businesses in Britain have the capability to hire international staff, yet so few take advantage of the opportunity. Of course, there are plenty of benefits to hiring domestic staff, but today I hope to inspire you to at least consider international employee relocation. Searching for employees overseas and …

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Why it’s critical to understand your team’s underlying culture

 

By Mario Moussa and Derek Newberry We all know that team culture matters.  The highest performing groups tend to be distinguished not just by what they accomplish, but who they are.  But the information on what type of culture to have is contradictory. Some emphasise the benefits of flat teams …

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How to Create a More Organised Business

 

Are you finding it difficult to keep organised and deliver a high standard of service to your customers? If so, it’s important to take the necessary steps required to rectify this problem. Below are some effective ways you can build a more organised business and deliver a more professional customer …

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5 simple exercises to help you de-stress

 

Many people tell us that there is no such thing as a ‘quick fix’ or if there is, it is either very bad for you, a total rip-off, or both.  This, however, does not negate the fact that there are times when we simply don’t have enough time in the …

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Why CRM makes sense for small business owners

 

As a small business owner CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software has a lot to offer you. It helps you to maintain positive relationships with customers at relatively low-cost. The solutions it offers streamline processes and data with no effort from your side. Through these features, CRM technology will make your …

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How to hire great talent – advertising and interview tips

 

By Al Taylor, CEO of tootle.co.uk  Finding and hiring the right people is absolutely critical to growing a successful small business. So what are the best ways to go about building a killer team around you? Referral A great place to start is ‘referral’ – i.e. asking people in your network …

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How to create a fit and healthy workforce

 

When it comes to workplace well-being, one of the areas often overlooked is exercise. Topics such as stress, nutrition, and posture are covered in wellness workshops and cause employees to sit up (straight, with knees bent at a 90-degree angle) and take an interest in their health. Lilli Hender from …

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Controlling Business Risk: The Importance of Good Governance

 

In a modern age of free trade and globalisation, it’s more important than ever for companies of all sizes to follow best practice when it comes to corporate governance. Far from being the domain of large-scale and multinational corporations, SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs should be aware of the importance of …

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Cognitive computers and the future of cyber crime

 

By Mike Foreman, European Managing Director, Nuro Secure Messaging It’s a simple con trick – but we keep falling for it. Back in the mid-1990s, the word “phishing” popped up in an AOL forum to describe a basic email scam. Dupe people with something that looks more or less authentic …

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The CMA review of high street banks: What does it mean for SMEs?

 

By Rich Wagner, CEO and founder APS financial It’s fair to say that SMEs and banks have had a rocky relationship over the past few years. Misconduct and misleading behaviour from banks has developed into mistrust from the UK’s smallest companies. Our study into SME attitudes to banks uncovered that …