Celebrating the people behind British small businesses
 
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How to hire staff

 

By Alison King, Director, Bespoke HR If your business is growing, it may be time to consider hiring staff to help you expand. Where do you start and how do you attract the right people for your business? Job analysis The most important thing you can do is to create an …

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10 tips for SME success

 

Although the number of SME businesses continues to grow in the UK, what is needed to become a small business success story? With almost 30 years of working in a variety of businesses, industries and businesses, SME business Director, David Teasdale, shares the following top ten tips, based on his …

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Going cashless? Think twice and ensure you meet your customers’ needs

 

By Richard Simon, Commercial Director at First Data Visa recently announced its intention to award small and medium sized businesses up to £7,000 if they ditch cash in favour of credit and debit payments. This is an interesting incentive from one of the world’s best known payment technology brands, and …

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Moving into a new office – four items for your office shopping list

 

By Joff Sharpe, Head of Operations, British Land and Storey Relocating to a new office can be an exciting experience for any business. It can also be a gigantic hassle: entrepreneurs have limited time and resources, and the moving process can strain both. The more energy expended on logistical tasks, …

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4 top hacks to grow your business

 

You’ve taken the plunge, turned your business dream into a reality and navigated the bumpy road of starting-up – so, what’s next? Just as money doesn’t grow on trees, businesses don’t grow themselves. Britain has produced an impressive number of start-ups with a record figure of 657,790 new businesses set …

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What to do if Your Company is Facing a Financial Crisis

 

By Jon Munnery When your company suffers an unexpected financial setback, or insolvency is on the horizon, it can seem like an impossible task to recover momentum and get the business back on track. The problem is that warning signs of financial distress are so easily missed, and then suddenly you …

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Is contacting your company a happy experience for customers?

 

By Dave Millett, Equinox Good communication is key to customer satisfaction. But unfortunately many companies don’t spend enough time thinking about how their customer would like to communicate with them and making this easy.   If you only think about how you want customer to contact you you’re in danger of …

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Is Your Business Owed Money?

 

For small businesses, even a small financial problem can have a dramatic effect. One of the many financial issues that can occur for small businesses is late payments from clients or other businesses. This is not an issue to be overlooked. Over 50% of small businesses in the UK are …

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How to keep organised with HMRC tax payments

 

Keeping up with tax payments and HMRC reporting requirements can seem like a mammoth task, with disorganisation often being cited as the reason why payments are missed.  HMRC are very quick to respond when businesses pay late, so it’s worth taking the time to set up a reliable system that …

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Actively prepare for selling your business to get the best price

 

By Clive Hyman, Hyman Capital Services Once you’ve decided you want to sell your business you’ll have a busy time ahead. There is a lot to do to achieve a successful sale. However, if you get the price you hope for it will all be worthwhile. To help you get …