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Why Now is a Good Time for SMEs to Borrow

 

Every small business needs a helping hand, but it can be difficult to know whether the market is stable enough to borrow a substantial amount of money to fund your business ventures. Matt Robinson, Commercial Director at Ping Finance, believes that now is the right time for SMEs to borrow, …

7 ways Marketing Automation can boost your sales and marketing efforts

 

According to digital guru, Andy Martinus, there are two tribes when it comes to marketing automation, those that have heard the term bandied around, unsure what it quite means but thinking that they are missing a trick if they aren’t doing it; and then those that are actively running marketing automation …

Four SMS marketing quick wins

 

By Jason Lark, Managing Director at Adobe Campaign specialist, Celerity. Marketing has become more and more focused on reaching consumers on every device, SMS has often been misconstrued as one of the more outdated, limited and perhaps even invasive strategies. Some businesses feel they get a better bang for their …

Make Export your Superpower in 7 easy steps

 

With Brexit looming it’s easy to see why many SMEs are shying away from the limelight and burying their heads in the sand trying to pretend Brexit won’t affect them. The reality is Brexit will have an impact on your business regardless of whether you export or not.  So you …

Mental heath

Why is mental ill-health so prevalent in the workplace?

 

According to DR Zain Sikafi, CEO and CO-Founder of Mynurva, the UK is currently battling a mental health crisis. Large numbers of people across the country are suffering from symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress, but few are seeking the treatment or support they need. There are many reasons for this …

How to retain your best people

 

SMEs acutely understand the importance of retaining their best talent. But without having large pots to dip into for handsome pay rises, how can they hold onto employees that may be tempted to look elsewhere? According to Brett Hill, managing director at The Health Insurance Group, there is plenty that …

Recognising the early signs before you’re burned out

 

According to HSE, around 15.4 million working days are lost due to work-related stress in 2017 with 595,000 British workers suffering from Mental Health issues such as depression and anxiety over the last 12 months with 239,000 new cases. Further research by the CIPD and SimplyHealth found presenteeism had more than tripled from …

The rise of the side business

 

Nowadays, having more than one job is becoming more popular, with a fifth of workers in the UK considering the opportunity — especially the millennial generation. The term ‘side hustle’ was originally coined in the 1950s and is defined as ‘a way to make money from your passion, interest or …

How to Overcome Most Common UK SME Challenges

 

Rob Straathof is CEO at Liberis, and talks about how UK SMEs can overcome some common challenges.   With new government regulations, disruptive technologies and an uncertain economic chapter about to set in, small businesses are being presented with numerous challenges. As SMEs account for 99.3% of all UK private sector …