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How to Give Feedback When an Employee Does a Terrible Job

In a small business or start-up culture there is often limited time available for formal employee appraisals or structured feedback planning. However, developing a business culture where structured feedback is routinely given, received and acknowledged is essential for long-term growth.

5 Factors to Consider When Expanding Your Business Overseas

According to a study by Elements Global Services, 69 percent of UK businesses are planning to expand internationally in the next three years. At the same time, 58 percent of businesses described hiring and onboarding overseas staff as challenging. Problems identified in the research include setting up global payroll, benefits programs and other HR essentials; […]

7 Strategies for Building a Valuable and Enjoyable Business

When I first discovered entrepreneurship, I was a blind optimist and believed that most entrepreneurs were succeeding, earning big money, enjoying freedom and making an impact. I knew there was work involved, but I couldn’t understand why people wouldn’t choose to be an entrepreneur – success was a sure thing if you were ambitious, tenacious […]

Making a Contractual Job Offer to a New Employee

Following a successful recruitment and selection process, employers will be able to identify which candidates they wish to employ. Making a job offer to the successful candidate appears to be a straightforward area of law, however, there are several factors that employers should consider to put themselves on the best path.

Can Employers Decline an Employee’s Annual Leave Request?

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998, employees are entitled to take a minimum of 5.6 times their normal working week as paid annual leave each year. As employees typically place great significance on their holiday entitlement, the act of declining an annual leave request can often be met with annoyance.

5 Ways to Implement Learning at Work

The business landscape is constantly changing, and new technology is accelerating the pace of developments. These changing dynamics have redefined the ‘ability to learn’ as an essential skill, whatever your role in the organisation. ‘Learn something new today’ should not be just a lesson for when you are in school or university – it should […]

How to Leverage Cloud to Achieve Long-Term Business Goals

Whether its public, private or hybrid, cloud is redefining how SMEs use IT. Businesses of any size can now acquire high-quality, IT software and technologies when they need it. According to the latest research, total cloud adoption in the UK now stands at 88 percent and no longer are SMEs trailing behind larger corporates, with […]

Funeral Plan Industry Facing Possible Regulation

Pre-paid funeral plans are set to be met with much stricter regulation, it has emerged. The funeral plan industry has been brought to the attention of the UK Government which plans to deal with bad practice in the sector.

Betting Companies to Lose Jobs Over Cut on Maximum Stakes

< High street betting stores are expected to ‘lose jobs’ over the recent crackdown in fixed odds betting machines (FOBTs). New rules coming into place in April 2019 will see the maximum stake changed from £100 to just £2, something that is expected to impact the profits and business of high street bookmakers such as […]

10 Tax-Saving Ideas for Small Business Owners

The area of tax for small businesses is not straightforward, in fact it can be a real minefield for the unwary. However, if you take a little time, and work with your accountant, it’s usually possible to find ways to save some tax. To help you think about ways you and your business could pay […]

5 Ways to Help Employees Return to Work After Mental Ill Health

We’re all faced with obstacles at work and sometimes just coming back after a holiday can feel challenging. However, when an employee is returning to work after mental ill health, the experience can be even more daunting. We asked Liz Walker, HR Director at Unum, to share advice on how employers can support returning staff […]

A Small Business Guide to Digital Signage

Imagine your smartphone or tablet scaled up and delivering information in the high street, restaurant or hospital. That’s what a digital signage system looks like and it’s an engaging way to transmit information to your audience, whatever the focus of your small business. To help you take advantage of the opportunity it offers, here’s our […]

How to Set Up a Limited Company

Aside from the sole trader route, the limited liability company is the most popular business structure in the UK. With a limited company, the liability of company directors is ‘limited’ in that the company’s finances are separate from the personal finances of the business owner. This is not the case for those who run their […]

How to Turn Around Your Presentation When Something Has Gone Wrong

As a small business owner, you may be giving a presentation to customers, at a networking event, to potential investors or for staff training. What will you do if your presentation is turning out to be a nightmare: projector’s not working, presentation not displaying as you want or you have the audience from hell? How […]

How to Hire Graduates for Your Small Business

A recent study found that 48% of millenial graduates believe a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) to be the ideal sized business to work for as opposed to a larger organisation. Even with this encouraging statistic, graduate recruitment can be difficult for small businesses. If you are to succeed you need to take a multi-faceted […]

Everything You Need to Know About Unfair Dismissal

Unfair dismissal can cause big issues for any type of small business. Even business owners with the best intentions and excellent hiring abilities might be faced with dismissing an employee one day. Here, we look at what classifies as unfair dismissal and explain how to prevent legal action in the face of a dismissal within […]

How to do Link Building the White Hat Way

Google regards links as a principal ranking signal and there is no evidence to suggest that this is set to change in the future. It therefore goes without saying that building the right links to your website will help you to rank well in search engine results pages (SERPs).

Budget 2018 – Summary for Small Businesses & Self Employed

On Monday 29 October, Philip Hammond delivered his second Autumn Budget. With stronger tax receipts driving better than expected Government borrowing figures, the Autumn 2018 Budget was more generous than most observers expected. So much so, that the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) calculates these spending promises to be the biggest Budget giveaway since the […]

How to measure your social media performance

Continuous testing, benchmarking and learning is a cornerstone of all social media activity. It will help you identify areas of relative under-performance, potential risks and opportunities to generate better results.

How to survive tough times in business

Running a small business can be a bit of a roller-coaster. Just when you think everything is going smoothly, an unexpected shock can hit your business and all of a sudden, your business is experiencing a very tough time. So how do you turn your business around when times are bad, and all seems lost? […]

How to help make sure your business survives a marriage breakdown

Being a business owner ultimately means you will face tough times, whether that be the loss of a key staff member, a dip in revenue or an untimely economic recession. However, one of the greatest – and most unsuspecting – challenges to a business owner, is a divorce. To help ensure you don’t lose your […]

How the Employment Tribunal works

Are you an employer that is being taken to the Employment Tribunal by an employee for alleged sexual harassment or racial discrimination or for unfair dismissal? Are you an employee that feels your job situation is untenable? If so, then here’s what to do.

How to build a company culture where everyone likes to sell

The saying goes we hate to be sold but love to buy. However, the same can be said for how people feel about being involved in selling. We all love to help people buy but only a few feel comfortable with being seen to sell to someone. In the past, this worked well, as the […]

A 6 Step Marketing Process to Accelerate your Startup Growth

For business founders, the “To Do” list is never ending, especially when faced with external demands from investors and stakeholders. The need to increase revenue becomes an all-encompassing obsession, and it’s easy to forget “secondary” tasks – like marketing – that help to fill the sales pipeline. But failing to build an effective marketing strategy […]

Short term business loans – when to consider using them

Like many people, you may have always dreamed of starting your own business. Being your own boss, making your own hours and realising your own vision are all common reasons people decide to start a business in the first place. A lack of funds can hold you back from taking the plunge, but now more […]

Daily Huddles: Meetings that empower your team

Many small businesses and startups are quite agile. The relatively simple structure of most small businesses means they are well placed to adapt to changing market conditions, the ever-increasing pace of working life and evolving customer needs. If everyone in the business is empowered to act in the interests of your customers, you’ll find that […]

How to Choose the Best Online Accounting Software for Your Business

Small business accounting software has changed massively in recent years. Thankfully, the advent of cloud computing has consigned the days of buying book-keeping software in a box and installing it on your own computer to history. Nowadays, start-ups and small business can choose from a whole host of online accounts software packages. The technology helps […]

Setting Up Accounts for a Sole Trader – A Beginner’s Guide

If you decide to work for yourself and begin trading as a sole trader, (self-employed) you will need to set up your accounts to record your income and expenses. In order to do this you will need to be aware of tax, national insurance and other factors that will affect the records you need to keep […]

5 Strategies for dealing with office politics

Office politics, workplace politics, corporate politics… You may refer to ‘politics at work’ by a different name, but, they all mean the same thing. The danger for a business where office politics take hold is that everybody involved becomes distracted and loses sight of the common purpose that galvanizes a team.