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Are you one of Britain’s GREATest Businesses?

 

The Business is GREAT Britain campaign has teamed up with BT Business to launch a new competition to find and showcase the country’s greatest small and medium sized businesses. The Business is GREAT Britain campaign is a government initiative that aims to build confidence amongst small businesses by showcasing inspirational …

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Don’t let the banks stop your business’s growth

 

For small firms looking to the future with business ambitions, the current economic climate presents a maze of both opportunities and obstacles. Academy Leasing Managing Director, Mike Nolan, considers the options available for securing growth finance.   Confidence continues to return to the UK economy but net bank lending to …

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5 things B2B marketers overlook in their Google+ strategy

 

There are literally hundreds of social networking sites online today, everything from About.me to Zoopa.com, but the relative newcomer on the scene, Google+ has much to offer B2B marketers. Early critics claimed that Google+ would never gain the overwhelming popularity of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, but according to some newer …

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Is it time to own your office?

 

If you run a business out of a rented office space, you’ll inevitably ask yourself at some point whether buying a property is a good business decision. The industry you’re in, where in the country you’re based and a host of other factors that are specific to your business will …

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Useful event planning tips for small business owners

 

Great events don’t just happen by chance – holding an event takes a significant amount of organising. Regardless of whether you’re planning a conference, a networking day or a client party, the success of the event will depend largely on your event management skills. In this article I will highlight …

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5 essential Gmail plugins every small business owner should know about

 

Emails can be boring, overwhelming (and underwhelming), and worst of all really, really time consuming. Whether you want to spend less time worrying about emails and more time doing your job, or you just want better emails, these five plugins can be a big help. Rapportive Whether you enjoy networking …

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Young entrepreneurs: refreshingly positive or naively optimistic?

 

Whilst a boom in young entrepreneurs setting up businesses is a positive step for the recovery of the economy, it is imperative that they have a clear understanding of the challenges that lie ahead. When thinking of going into business, entrepreneurs are usually inspired by a burning desire to turn …

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5 critical steps to starting a tech business

 

We have the opportunity to talk to founders of technology-based businesses a lot and there are some common themes that emerge when it comes to starting a business. This isn’t a step-by-step guide to starting your business, but rather a few guiding principles to help you on your way. If …

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From David to Goliath: 5 ways for small businesses to build their brand

 

When it comes to tender writing, it’s important that companies know their place. While it’s great to see so much ambition coming from the owners of a startup organisation, the chances of a small construction company with ten staff snatching a multi-billion pound motorway building contract from under the noses …