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Why grads are great for SMEs – and how to hire the best

 

Small businesses can often be cautious of hiring fresh-from-uni grads. When you’re running an SME, especially in the early days, you may think you don’t have the time to train somebody up, or that hiring someone with proven experience is less risky. It’s time for UK small businesses to wake …

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Good with figures? The best small business accounting software out there

 

So you’ve got a great idea, a growing team, and the future is looking bright – but, unfortunately, there’s a side to all small businesses that often fills the founder with dread. Yes – we’re talking accounts. Now, the more mathematically gifted of you may do better in this sphere, …

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Breaking Lent in style: the world’s most extravagant dishes

 

Ah, Easter – a time to stuff ourselves silly on chocolate eggs and hot cross buns, falling face-first into all the wonderful food we denied ourselves through Lent. But why stop at a measly Flake? Here are some of the most extravagant and decadent dishes available from restaurants, cafes and …

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Is the customer always king? How to deal with difficult customers

 

When you’re running any kind of business, whether it’s a small start-up or a huge corporation, your customers always remain key to your success. It’s important to treat everyone with fairness and respect, and it’s your responsibility to provide them with a high-quality service. However, it’s also important to be …

The 6 weirdest computer viruses of all time

 

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the ‘Heartbleed’ virus, which affected the security of websites all over the globe. Small business owners all everywhere have been busy frantically updating their websites, changing passwords, sending panicky emails to customers and crossing their fingers. But viruses are almost as old …

A small business introduction to PPC advertising

 

Search marketing is a great way to bring customers right to your digital doorstep, but online advertising can be a tricky business. With “Google” now serving as a synonym for search, you’d be forgiven for thinking that PPC (pay-per-click) advertising begins and ends with that search engine – but what …

The most funny job adverts of all time

 

Social media was ablaze this week at the news that Beyonce was looking for a PR intern – and that they would be paid not in cold hard cash, but in 3 selfies with Queen Bey herself (and unlimited Pepsi products). To the relief of most of the world (and …

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7 tools that will revolutionise the way you do business meetings

 

The business meeting as we know it is dead – the days of boardroom gatherings and drawn-out business lunches with no real purpose are numbered. Small business owners and startup founders are too busy to give up hours that could be better spent doing, well, business, and a new style …

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How to create a positive company culture

 

Image source Onsite medical centres? Free concierge for employees? For many small business owners, having the resources or budget to keep staff happy and productive with the same kind of company culture and perks as the likes of Google, Facebook or the guys in this article is a far-off dream. …

 
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