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investment pitch

Five Tips for Nailing Your Next Investment Pitch

 

Acquiring funds for your business is always a tricky stage of the start-up process and can continue to be an issue as your business grows. Even the most experienced entrepreneurs have stories about the difficulty of securing an investment and getting that business off the ground. You need to be …

speak-up culture

Promoting a “speak-up culture” can help unlock employee potential

 

By Rich Preece, VP and Country Manager, Intuit UK As a small business owner, it’s vital to get the most out of every employee. Open communication and close collaboration is important, but it’s also essential that every staff member is given a platform to voice their ideas and opinions so …

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Changes to parental leave from 5 April 2015

 

From 5 April 2015, there will be changes to parental leave. Angela Lally, family law specialist at Simpson Sissons & Brooke Solicitors, runs through all you need to know. Parental leave You may not be aware that employment rights for employees are about change in respect of parental leave. The amendment will …

doing your accounts in the cloud

Four benefits to doing your accounts in the cloud

 

Doing your accounts isn’t the most exciting thing in the world. However a revolution is under way: with the advent of cloud technology accounting software is becoming that bit sleeker. Let’s just say the benefits for business owners of using cloud accounts will definitely grab your attention. So let’s have a look …

planning a partnership exit strategy

10 things you need to know about planning a partnership exit strategy

 

A Partnership is automatically entered once two or more people go into business together. It is vital that in order to protect the partnership’s assets and those of the individuals involved there are measures in place to protect the partnership and any employees, should a partner elect to exit. There …

How to motivate employees (without bribery)

 

In a world where the likes of Google and Apple seem to release a new employee perk designed to shame all other employers every week, it often seems like small businesses can’t compete. But that, my friends, is where you’re wrong. Size is on our side: we can shame the big boys …

minimise startup costs

How to minimise costs as a startup business

 

A new business is at a delicate stage and it is during the start-up period particularly that you need to keep a close eye on costs. While a business in its early stages may be doing well in terms of acquiring new clients, cash flow will often be an issue …

Brand Building

How to self-brand your business in the right way

 

When you start a business, whether you are an individual or a firm with multiple employees, you also create a brand. Your brand is what your clients engage with before they even make that first phone call and if you don’t put in the effort to define your brand, then …

How to thrive as a local SME

 

The use of aggressive sales tactics has always been a major bugbear with genuine business owners who prefer to build customer loyalty through fair pricing of their products. Taking liberties with customers by charging extortionate amounts of money for the work they do is not a sure-fire way to help …