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Why a Growing Number of Businesses are Purchasing Electric Cars

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Numerous businesses throughout the UK have begun embracing a “green” approach in regards to their daily operations. From installing LED light bulbs within offices, to outsourcing information storage solutions to cloud-based systems, these are all excellent practices in terms of sustainability. (more…)

How to Modernise Your Vehicle Fleet

Many brick-and-mortar businesses rely upon a fleet of vehicles to perform day-to-day activities. Whether arriving to a construction site, transporting materials between two different locations or meeting with customers to discuss a future project, it is important that every vehicle delivers quality results. (more…)

What Does 2021 Hold for Corporate Digital Innovation?

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The novel coronavirus outbreak has changed the world as we know it. For businesses specifically, the pandemic has introduced an increased reliance on technology – but unlike the previous gradual progression of technology in the workplace, this has come at an unprecedented pace. (more…)

Use the Christmas Break to Kick-Start Business in 2021

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I think everyone is counting down the days before they can officially say goodbye and good riddance to 2020 – a year like no other… for all the wrong reasons.

Over the festive season, it can be tempting to enjoy a care-free break with loved ones, or as Sid Madge of Meee explains, we could opt for a low-key Christmas, reduce the health risk and kick-start our businesses for 2021 instead. (more…)

Feeling Lost? How to Uncover Your Own Purpose

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I wonder what your attitude is towards work? Perhaps you can relate to the person who said: “I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” (Jerome K. Jerome.) Or Douglas Adams’s observation: “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”  (more…)

How to Make the Most of Virtual Meetings

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Working from home became the default situation for the majority of people from early 2020, and it hasn’t been an easy transition. The advantages of cutting down on the commute and spending more time with family are often offset by the strains of ad-hoc home office setups, ‘zoom fatigue,’ and social isolation. (more…)

Small Business SEO: Everything You Were Too Afraid to Ask

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According to the founding father of Microsoft Bill Gates: “If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of business.”

The statement is bold and even controversial, but the Internet is without doubt, an excellent opportunity to tell as many people as possible about your business. (more…)

How to Build a Strong Connection With Your Online Audiences

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Moving from face-to-face meetings to online has been a challenge for many small businesses. From choosing what platform to use to deciphering platforms’ jargon, online meetings have presented more worries that are more than just the typical nervousness you might feel before giving an important business presentation. (more…)

3 Situations Where Using a Paralegal May Be a Better Option than Instructing a Solicitor

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If you have a legal issue that you need help with, most people will turn to a solicitor. But these can be expensive, charging upwards of £200 per hour, putting them out of reach for many smaller legal issues, where the fees simply don’t make sense.

However, not all legal problems need a solicitor. Some can be handled, from start to finish and just as well by a paralegal – and they will cost you a lot less. (more…)

Top Tips for Terrific Technical Speaking

Technical experts have high value to add to businesses in their ideas and information. However, often the problem comes when they have to communicate it to people outside their industry at either conferences, client meetings, or even internally to senior management.

Do You Need an In-House Accountant or Bookkeeper?

At some point in your journey as a small business, you’ll probably come across a common dilemma – you need an accountant. But what’s the best solution for your business? Should you hire an in-house resource, outsource the work to a third party, or try and manage it all yourself?

How to Produce a Targeted Covid-19 Comms Plan for Your Business

To think we started 2020 relieved that we had made our businesses GDPR-compliant and believing the biggest challenge for the year ahead was Brexit. Then there was talk of a deadly virus in China and, within a few short months, it became apparent that we were in the grip of a global pandemic.

4 Success Tips for Leading a Creative Team

A manager’s main role is to ensure that everyone else in their team is capable of doing their job to the best of their ability. Whether that be giving them the tools and equipment they need or cultivating the work environment that will allow creatives to thrive.

Property Developers: How to Avoid Delays & Boost Sales

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the economy and forces the UK into a second lockdown, the housing market is booming. However, while demand and house sales are high, it is taking longer for transactions to complete because of the backlog from the first lockdown, limited availability of surveyors and increasingly stringent lending criteria […]

Could Your Business Benefit from Being Part of a Business Accelerator?

Business accelerator programmes have become increasingly popular over the last decade. Governments are looking to support new businesses and private companies, often involving angel or VC investors, in the hope of finding early-stage opportunities they can help grow, and subsequently invest in when the time is right.

How to Make the Most of Lockdown 2.0 With Digital Marketing

The second lockdown is causing uncertainty and worry for many business owners. However, lockdown 2.0, as it’s known by many, is the perfect time to ensure that your digital marketing campaigns are performing well, to help you gain the results you need to get through these troubled times. So, how do you make the most […]

10 Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Business Plan

When it comes to writing a business plan, there is one single golden rule that dwarfs all others – your business plan must address each of the key concerns of your potential backer. If you fail on this first point, all the other things you should and shouldn’t do pale into insignificance and even a […]

How to Support Home Workers in the COVID Era

With COVID cases again on the rise and the world bracing itself for months more of strict social distancing measures, for many, the remote working environment is here to stay. While the first priority during the pandemic has been crisis response and emphasising the importance of health and safety, over time, naturally attentions have turned […]

Do You Know Where You’re Growing Next And Why?

Leading during a global pandemic is like learning to ride a bike again.  You may already know how to ride a bike or how to lead your organisation, but do you know how to ride a bike – how to keep yourself and your organisation upright and moving forward – when the ground around you […]

Focusing on Your Mental Health, Whilst Focusing on Your Work

The various devastating events of the past year have taken a significant toll on the mental health of countless people across the nation. For many, this has been made worse by the necessity to work remotely. Where some have thrived whilst working from home, many others have found that this isolation has had a detrimental […]

How to Use Stories to Become a Better Negotiator

My new book, The Book of Real-World Negotiations: Successful Strategies from Government, Business and Daily Life not only focuses on real world negotiation examples, but a subplot that clearly comes through in the book is the power that stories possess when it comes to negotiating.

4 Benefits of Partnering with an E-Commerce Firm

There are now more online business ventures in existence than ever before. This only stands to reason, as we have already witnessed countless shoppers migrate to the digital community when purchasing everyday goods and services. While this creates opportunities for budding entrepreneurs, there are many challenges to overcome for an online business to become a […]

8 Key Steps to Get Your Startup Off the Ground

Starting a business may be exciting, however there are a few things that you need to make sure that you get right from the beginning. Here are eight top tips for startup success that business expert, Carl Reader, shares in his new book, BOSS IT;

The 6-Step Guide to Raising Equity Finance

Raising investment is no walk in the park, especially in the current climate, but thorough preparation will make capturing the attention of investors and ultimately convincing them that your investment opportunity is right for their portfolio much easier.

How to Create a Leadership Simulator Within Your Business

What do I mean by “Leadership Simulator”? A Leadership Simulator is a situation where we can hone our skills, make mistakes without catastrophic results, celebrate our innate qualities and those of our teams, and initiate new ways and ideas without suppression or consequence. Developing leadership skills is important for start-ups and other small businesses to […]

How to Choose an Accountant for Your Small Business

Small businesses look to be facing very precarious times for at least the next year. The pandemic of 2020 has brought with it serious financial uncertainty and a global recession that it will no doubt take a while to recover from. Arguably, it is more important now than it has ever been for businesses to […]

Should Businesses Say Farewell to Office Working?

The COVID-19 pandemic has given businesses around the world a lot to consider. As the virus has upended the lives and livelihoods of many, there are few sectors that have been immune to its effects. And naturally, many business leaders have been thinking long and hard about how they can best adapt to the circumstances […]

Curiosity in the Workplace & How to Cultivate It

We live and work in unprecedented times. The term VUCA – an acronym developed by the US military to describe the state of affairs post cold war, sums it up well. VUCA – which stands for, Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous – is as true today as it was then.