Celebrating the people behind British small businesses
 
hidden cost of printing

The hidden cost of printing is eating away at SMEs’ annual revenue

 

For many small businesses, creating a truly paperless environment is impractical and unachievable. While advances in technology, such as cloud file storage, have gone some way to reduce the amount of printing organisations need do on a daily basis, the majority of small businesses have no idea how much print …

guide to alternative finance

The Ultimate SME Guide to Alternative Finance

 

Alternative finance. It’s supposed  to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, if you believe the pundits. But is it just a flash in the pan? Or will it grow to become not-so-alternative when you’re looking to amp up your business. After all, banks are often accused of not stepping up …

pop up shops

Why huge retailers are opting for pop up shops

 

There has been much written on the trend of pop up shops; from small provincial towns to the crowded high streets of the biggest cities in the country, the pop up shop is a model that many people are enjoying. From consumers to business owners, the pop up shop provides …

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Why data should rule the roost in your business

 

Understanding your customers is at the root of every successful business – whether you are selling homemade jams, beauty services or sandwiches, knowing what your customers like and dislike is paramount to cementing solid, and lasting relationships. However, a recent YouGov study by First Data Merchant Solutions (FDMS) found that …

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Using cause marketing to improve your brand awareness

 

If you are a SME business owner it can sometimes be quite difficult to run a successful online marketing campaign. It requires a lot of planning and it can bring a poor financial when a business can least afford it. When cash isn’t easy to come by it can be …

small business law

Don’t get caught out: Understanding small business law

 

Running your own business is tricky enough, the last thing you need is to be tripped up, or bamboozled, by laws you had no idea existed. Understanding the legal environment in which your business operates in is vital in its growth and success. The below looks at the areas of …

Asia’s competitive trading landscape and how to get involved

 

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) China now has the world’s largest economy[1], knocking the US from the top spot. Estimated to be worth $17.6tn, China’s economy is still growing and has expanded at approximately 10% a year for the last 32 years[2]. And it’s not just China: East …

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10 free apps every entrepreneur needs

 

Doodle Sick of wasting time endlessly emailing to get that important meeting in the diary? Doodle streamlines the process allowing you to finalise plans with just one email, meaning you can spend more time on what matters – growing your business. Create an event online with potential dates, send it …