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The 5 Biggest Potential Pitfalls for a Start-Up in Year One

 

By Gary Addison According to the Office for National Statistics 4.76 million people were self-employed between May and July 2016. This equates to 15% of the working population, and illustrates just how tempting it is to be your own boss, creating an enterprise that sustains you financially in the long-term. Although …

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Collaboration brings harmony to start-ups

 

By Marc Verter, director of Salon Musical As a creative business, especially one that relies on a niche audience, Salon Musical faced a difficult task to differentiate in a crowded, well-served market.  The vision was to recreate social gatherings like those that took place in Paris during the 19th Century …

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How To Relocate Your Small Business

 

There is nothing small about the scale of business relocations taking place up and down the country. Countless businesses move their premises each year for a variety of reasons. It could simply be out of a desire to expand and evolve, or that rental prices have become too expensive. Other, …

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How to effectively build your business into a brand

 

Written by Naomi Webb Ask people to tell you their favourite brand name and you’ll not only gain a name, but also most likely a window into their psychology. Brands hit different buttons for different people; they talk to us and tell us what their business is about, and how …

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How to raise awareness of your small business

 

When you’re working hard to build your business up from the ground, it’s hard to get a true sense of how many people actually know about it. You end up operating in a kind of bubble, assuming that because you’ve been marketing your business hard and you think about it …

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How to make your business the go-to place for customers

 

Customers hunting for the best value-for-money services have never had it so good. Businesses only have to look within their own industry to see the volume of competitors and, therefore, consumer choice. But, how do you make your company stand out above the crowd? Barclaycard, who have helped people buy …

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Is Your Business Christmas Ready?

 

By Richard LeCount, USB Makers Christmas is now less than a month away, and with Christmas decorations adorning the office, festive tunes on the radio and a mince pie accompanying a 3pm cuppa; it’s time to get your business ready for the festive period. While you may be unable to …

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21 Tips on how to work from home and maintain productivity

 

By ClearBooks More and more, companies are relaxing the rules around being physically present in the office to get work done. The rise of cloud technology and other tools for remote working have made it easier than ever for employees to work from home or elsewhere if it’s more convenient. …

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Recruitment secrets to reduce staff turnover and boost productivity

 

As 2016 draws to a close, it is clear that recruitment and retention remain two significant management concerns, with many organisations describing these issues as their top business challenges. When you take into account the statistics and costs involved with hiring a new recruit, this concern can certainly be understood. …

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Five Ways to Help Your Small Business Go Green

 

Going green makes perfect business sense. By becoming more environmentally friendly, your business can reduce overheads.  There are 4.9 million small businesses in the UK. If more could go green, imagine the amount of waste that could be reduced. There are many steps you can take to help your business …