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Complicated workplaces: why office rentals need to evolve

 

By Joff Sharpe, Head of Operations, British Land and Co-Head of Storey  As digital takes over, consumer products are increasingly focused on providing a simple, seamless user experience. Spotify and Netflix, for example, feed our hunger for immediate access to the latest music and TV. Speaking of hunger, food delivery …

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4 ways mobile expansion can benefit your small business

 

By Nick Rojas When you mull over how many people in the United Kingdom have access to smartphones, you can start to appreciate the potential benefits of mobile expansion for your small business. One survey shows that 81% of people have access to smartphones and that 50% of people between …

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Office space and productivity

 

Driving office productivity rates upwards is a major priority for businesses large and small, and in recent years optimised office design has increasingly been used to leverage the true potential of employees. But it is not as simple as moving two desks together, or requiring executives to sit opposite their …

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How much does an office cost?

 

By Joff Sharpe, Head of Operations, British Land and Storey How much does an office cost? Well, that depends on how you define ‘cost’. When you’re looking to get a small business up and running, figuring out what kind of space you need can be tough. An entrepreneur has to …

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Going cashless? Think twice and ensure you meet your customers’ needs

 

By Richard Simon, Commercial Director at First Data Visa recently announced its intention to award small and medium sized businesses up to £7,000 if they ditch cash in favour of credit and debit payments. This is an interesting incentive from one of the world’s best known payment technology brands, and …

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Moving into a new office – four items for your office shopping list

 

By Joff Sharpe, Head of Operations, British Land and Storey Relocating to a new office can be an exciting experience for any business. It can also be a gigantic hassle: entrepreneurs have limited time and resources, and the moving process can strain both. The more energy expended on logistical tasks, …

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4 top hacks to grow your business

 

You’ve taken the plunge, turned your business dream into a reality and navigated the bumpy road of starting-up – so, what’s next? Just as money doesn’t grow on trees, businesses don’t grow themselves. Britain has produced an impressive number of start-ups with a record figure of 657,790 new businesses set …

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Defending your SME from a cyber-attack – IT security vs. cyber insurance

 

By Sarah Adams, cyber security expert at digital professional insurance brokers PolicyBee. When a cyber-attack hits, it can devastate an SME. No exaggeration. If systems are down, data is lost or your website is hacked, it can literally bring your business to a halt. And a ground-down business isn’t generating …

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What to do if Your Company is Facing a Financial Crisis

 

By Jon Munnery When your company suffers an unexpected financial setback, or insolvency is on the horizon, it can seem like an impossible task to recover momentum and get the business back on track. The problem is that warning signs of financial distress are so easily missed, and then suddenly you …

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Is contacting your company a happy experience for customers?

 

By Dave Millett, Equinox Good communication is key to customer satisfaction. But unfortunately many companies don’t spend enough time thinking about how their customer would like to communicate with them and making this easy.   If you only think about how you want customer to contact you you’re in danger of …