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Why Now is a Good Time for SMEs to Borrow

 

Every small business needs a helping hand, but it can be difficult to know whether the market is stable enough to borrow a substantial amount of money to fund your business ventures. Matt Robinson, Commercial Director at Ping Finance, believes that now is the right time for SMEs to borrow, …

Four SMS marketing quick wins

 

By Jason Lark, Managing Director at Adobe Campaign specialist, Celerity. Marketing has become more and more focused on reaching consumers on every device, SMS has often been misconstrued as one of the more outdated, limited and perhaps even invasive strategies. Some businesses feel they get a better bang for their …

Make Export your Superpower in 7 easy steps

 

With Brexit looming it’s easy to see why many SMEs are shying away from the limelight and burying their heads in the sand trying to pretend Brexit won’t affect them. The reality is Brexit will have an impact on your business regardless of whether you export or not.  So you …

Mental heath

Why is mental ill-health so prevalent in the workplace?

 

According to DR Zain Sikafi, CEO and CO-Founder of Mynurva, the UK is currently battling a mental health crisis. Large numbers of people across the country are suffering from symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress, but few are seeking the treatment or support they need. There are many reasons for this …

Recognising the early signs before you’re burned out

 

According to HSE, around 15.4 million working days are lost due to work-related stress in 2017 with 595,000 British workers suffering from Mental Health issues such as depression and anxiety over the last 12 months with 239,000 new cases. Further research by the CIPD and SimplyHealth found presenteeism had more than tripled from …

The rise of the side business

 

Nowadays, having more than one job is becoming more popular, with a fifth of workers in the UK considering the opportunity — especially the millennial generation. The term ‘side hustle’ was originally coined in the 1950s and is defined as ‘a way to make money from your passion, interest or …

How to Overcome Most Common UK SME Challenges

 

Rob Straathof is CEO at Liberis, and talks about how UK SMEs can overcome some common challenges.   With new government regulations, disruptive technologies and an uncertain economic chapter about to set in, small businesses are being presented with numerous challenges. As SMEs account for 99.3% of all UK private sector …

Employee engagement

Use the 3 Cs of employee engagement to grow your small business

 

A perfect metaphor for teamwork is the V-shape of geese flying overhead, all working towards a common goal.   According to Karen O’Donnell from Toastmasters International, If our small businesses create a supportive environment, our teams have the potential to be actively engaged, adopt the organisation’s vision and purpose, and …

How SMEs can attract Gen Z

 

The freshest generation of talent – Gen Z, those born between 1995-2004 – are filtering into the jobs market and are looking for their first role. Brett Hill, managing director at The Health Insurance Group highlights how SMEs are in a great position to attract the best of this latest …