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The Rise of Home Delivery

 

E-commerce is the fastest-growing market in Europe and North America: last year saw 18.6% growth in online sales within the EU and 14.4% in the US, and the Centre for Retail Research predicts similar levels of growth for 2017 and beyond. According to a report by Nielsen, consumers regard online …

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5 Reasons You Should Invest in Content Marketing

 

By Chris Hardy, XChange Training “Content is king” – the phrase we all cringe at, but know to be true. Well, at least if the latest statistics are anything to go by. Let’s have a quick recap of some of the most interesting (and useful) stats which were published last …

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A turbulent 2016 paves the way for a tech-fuelled 2017

 

Paul Haydock, CEO at alternative finance provider, DueCourse, discusses the key trends and events that have characterised 2016, and looks ahead to what 2017 has in store for the fintech and SME sectors. Throughout Britain and beyond, the ricochets of a tempestuous 2016 are being felt; in every industry and …

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Why taking a break is good for business

 

Are you one of the 40% of Britons who don’t take their full quota of annual leave each year? New research from online travel firm, ebookers,  shows many small business workers admit that they rarely take a ‘proper’ break. Yet it’s one of the best things you can do for …

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Why are Businesses Embracing the Cloud Now More Than Ever?

 

Any business, no matter its size, needs to find ways to maximise productivity whilst minimising costs. This is the central driving force behind the shift to cloud technology. Moving to the Cloud removes the need for businesses to maintain expensive on-site infrastructure, providing an unprecedented degree of flexibility compared to …

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The Millennial effect – 3 ways the future of work is changing

 

A recent investigation into the evolution of working habits over the last century by AVG Business has revealed that millennials – people who left school around 2000 – have been the driving force behind a number of the largest trends in employment today. From the use of technology to make …

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Six security lessons for small business from 2016

 

Historians will look back at 2016 as the year that cyber security moved from being an important issue to a critical one on both sides of the Atlantic. In the United States, the two main presidential candidates traded insults over email security and claims that Russian hackers were trying to …

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Evolution of the marketplace business – next stop, recruitment

 

By Ben Hutt, CEO of Search Party There just aren’t enough hours in the day. Sound a familiar refrain? For time-pushed SME owners and business decision makers, the range of tasks and responsibilities they must undertake is almost endless – finance and accounting, planning and strategy, sales and marketing, and of …

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Building a business case for employee equality

 

Driven by the government’s new ‘Closing the Gender Pay Gap’ consultation, equality in gender pay has found itself on the HR agenda of many organisations for 2017. Whilst there has always been sporadic interest in pay equality, the government’s announcement and the subsequent media coverage has certainly put the spotlight …