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7 tools that will revolutionise the way you do business meetings

 

The business meeting as we know it is dead – the days of boardroom gatherings and drawn-out business lunches with no real purpose are numbered. Small business owners and startup founders are too busy to give up hours that could be better spent doing, well, business, and a new style …

The ultimate guide to small business awards in 2014

 

Awards are a brilliant way of raising awareness of your business, and getting a little bit of glory too. Even if there are no cash prizes (though many competitions do offer them), the coverage, prestige, and chance to meet top business bods can be just as good. Let’s face it, …

10 top small business resolutions to keep in 2014

 

Photo credit: William Andrus It’s a new year, and time to go back to your small business with a fresh attitude and new ideas. While giving your business your all is for life, not just for January, the beginning of the year is always a great time to get yourself …

9 of the best festive accessories for your small business Christmas

 

Photo credit It can be hard to get into the Christmassy spirit if you’re a small business owner who barely has time to take a breath, let alone browse the shop aisles for twinkly Christmas lights and baubles. Luckily for you, we’ve done the hard work and found everything you …

Nightmares before Christmas: small business boiler problems

 

Photo credit: Rachel Elaine We’ve all had the experience of coming home from a festive weekend away to find the boiler’s packed in, and nothing destroys the Christmas cheer more than having to endure the bitter winter months with no heating and no hot water. But this problem isn’t confined to …

Easy last minute tips to help you make the most out of Small Business Saturday

 

We’re less than a week away from Small business Saturday – an initiative making its UK debut next Saturday, encouraging people to get out and support local small business owners and self-employed – yup, that’s you! Over in the US, Small Business Saturday has become big business, with an estimated …

Nightmares before Christmas: Number 4 – standing out from competitors

 

If you’re a small business, getting custom at this time of year can sometimes feel like a free-for-all. Prices are being slashed, customers are stressed out, and your competitors are pulling out all the stops. So how can you stand out? By connecting with your customers, that’s how – and …

Nightmares before Christmas: Number 3 – cash-flow problems

 

You’ve been anticipating the Christmas rush for ages, and you’ve stocked up on your products, congratulating yourself on your forward thinking. As December continues, you realise you’re maybe a bit too well-stocked, and you won’t shift it all. If you were banking on getting those sales, this can leave you …

Nightmares before Christmas: Number 2 – your staff can’t get into work

 

Photo credit: Martin Pettitt ‘Tis the season of picturesque frosty mornings, ice and – if we’re lucky – snow! The problem is that, if you own a small company, snow has a nasty habit of disrupting your business. Suppliers might be delayed, customers might stay away and, most important of …