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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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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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Closing the gender gap in manufacturing

 

It’s no secret that manufacturing has been a male dominated industry since its inception. Few women chose a career within the industry and the ones who do are few and far between. But does it make sense that in 2017 women only make up 26% of the workforce within this …

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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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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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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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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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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 …