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What are the alternatives if your broadband doesn’t meet your business needs?

April 25, 2018

For small businesses broadband is an essential requirement and yet for many people it’s hard to get the level of service they want from their supplier. Why is this and what steps can you take to get the quality of broadband you need to run your business successfully? We asked telecoms expert, Dave Millett to […]

Minimum Wage and statutory rates increases – April 2018

April 17, 2018

The beginning of April has likely been a hectic time for many employers, with usual accounting and financial deadlines sandwiched in between important updates to employment law rates and payments. Here, we outline the increases in the National Minimum Wage, National Living Wage and other statutory payments, all business owners need to abide by from […]

Why small businesses should embrace GDPR and be ready for May 25

April 12, 2018

Data is vital for many businesses looking to take their productivity and profitability to the next level. Yet according to our research, 56% of UK small businesses have concerns about their current data collection processes. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to become law in May 2018, every UK business needs to ensure […]

5 Cybersecurity quick-wins for startups

April 9, 2018

You don’t need to be a multi-national enterprise to be an enticing target for cyber criminals. Half of small business owners experience at least one type of cyber-attack over a one-year period, research from Nationwide’s Small Business Indicator survey revealed. The reality is poor cyber security awareness and a lack of dedicated IT professionals make […]

10 Data Science terms every business leader needs to know

April 4, 2018

There is a lot of talk about data science, big data, AI, and IoT these days, but what is the reality behind the hype? What do these terms actually mean, and what impact could these have on your business? Let’s take a look at 10 of the highest profile tech terms affecting businesses in 2018;

How to improve your email deliverability

March 27, 2018

Email marketing is an essential tool for small businesses and large enterprises alike. The ability to communicate directly with your target audiences helps attract new prospects and keeps existing customers informed. However, delivering a good email campaign that hits all the right notes is not as simple as you might think. It’s a complex discipline […]

How to improve your company culture to attract, and keep, the best employees

March 20, 2018

Improving company culture is at the top of the agenda for most modern day businesses, as more employers are coming to appreciate the role it plays in attracting prospective employees. However it is not as simple as placing a ping-pong table in the staff room; a company culture needs to be fostered over time. To […]

How to help more of your employees to stay in the company pension scheme

March 16, 2018

Workplace pensions are a legal requirement for all UK businesses no matter how small. Since 2012 more than 8 million people have been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension by their employer. With auto enrolment contribution levels set to rise on 6 April 2018, it’s more important than ever that small businesses improve pension awareness […]

How technology can help businesses make the leap from start-up to scale-up

March 14, 2018

Britain’s entrepreneurial nature is highlighted by the fact that a new business is founded every hour. But only a small portion of these start-ups will make the leap to become a growing business that enjoys success at scale. For the best chance of becoming a successful scale-up, small businesses need the right people, systems and […]

How to use Google Analytics to boost your online performance

March 13, 2018

There are a million things to think about when you start a small business. Your website alone is a field of rabbit holes – content, structure, design, SEO, social media integration – down any one of which you might lose yourself for days if you don’t know what you’re doing. One area that small business […]

A Practical guide to Content Marketing for small business owners and start-ups

March 9, 2018

When you are looking for ways to promote your new start-up or small business you will, without doubt, soon hear the words, “content marketing”. There’s a lot of buzz about content marketing at the moment, but what does it actually mean and how can small business owners use content to help grow their business? This […]

How work experience can boost the bottom line for SMEs

March 8, 2018

This week (5-9 March) marks National Careers Week, it highlights the importance of good careers education and support for young people leaving education. The week brings together schools, colleges and universities with employers to showcase best practice in careers guidance. Work experience can help kickstart a career for young people, but it also offers many […]

How to balance your digital and print marketing

March 6, 2018

Now that the panic-provoking headlines of “print is dead” have toned down to “well, not quite”, it’s safe to say that we all know there is value in both print and digital marketing. The question that businesses are now asking themselves, is how exactly do we work out how to divide our budgets between print […]

What can small employers do to improve gender equality in the workplace?

February 27, 2018

The issue of gender equality in the workplace has garnered much publicity in recent months and is one of the biggest issues facing employers in 2018. Most of the media attention has surrounded information on Gender Pay Gap Reporting (GPGR) which forces companies with 250+ employees to publish a report detailing aspects of staff pay […]

13 Questions you must ask to get the best deal on business telecoms, and why you should never buy just on price

February 26, 2018

Everyone wants to get the best deal on their telecoms – but buying just on price, is unlikely to give you a great return. Not all telecoms solutions are the same; so, it’s important to ask the right questions to ensure you are comparing like for like. To help you get the best deal on […]

Legal implications of copyright infringement

February 22, 2018

Copyright infringement can be defined in numerous ways, some of which include piracy, theft and freebooting. Legally, the term is used when an individual uses any works protected by copyright law, without permission, which then leads to the infringement of any exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder.

The Pros & Cons of Microsoft Office 365

February 21, 2018

For any small business, the decision to switch to a cloud-based system where all pieces of data can be stored online is one that’s worth deliberating. Platforms such as Microsoft Office 365 have many benefits, but they might not always be suitable for every business. To help you decide whether or not it’s a system […]

Why the customer relationship should now be TOP priority for any business

February 19, 2018

In the past, company leaders were focused first and foremost on the development of innovative products and operational excellence. Today, customer satisfaction is the absolute number one priority – a point confirmed by almost every recent survey of top managers, with 89% of company leaders now seeing customer experience as their biggest differentiator. Here, customer […]

Tools that will make your startup team more productive

February 13, 2018

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4 Simple Steps to finding more customers

February 8, 2018

Finding customers is a vital skill for all startup and small business owners. Without big advertising budgets or marketing campaigns to bring new customers to your door, you need to know the smart ways to attract clients. To help you succeed, we asked growth coach and author, Robin Waite to reveal how to cut through […]

6 Facets of cybersecurity that small businesses need to be aware of in 2018

February 7, 2018

Every article on cybercrime makes alarming statements about the issue becoming more of a threat year after year. And sure enough, this was borne out in 2017 with some very high-profile cyber attacks, significantly impacting both the NHS and the UK government. So, as a small business owner, what are the key cybesecurity threats and […]

A Start-Up’s Guide to Co-working

February 6, 2018

Co-working spaces have grown in popularity over the last few years, and it is no surprise that many companies are now exploring the option of moving their business into the hub of a buzzing co-working environment. But what exactly is co-working, how does it differ from a typical office environment, and could it be a […]

Business telecoms in 2018 – Key factors, trends and questions

February 5, 2018

Technological developments are driving changes in all aspects of business. And business telecoms is no different. Startup and small businesses can reap the benefits the advances in technology are bringing, but they need to ask the right questions when it comes to the cloud, contracts, coverage and customers. So what are the key factors and […]

Having fun at work – Is it something your business should be aiming for?

February 2, 2018

What constitutes ‘fun’ at work, and why is ‘fun’ in the workplace deemed essential anyway? And more crucially for business owners, does having a fun workplace bring real benefits to the business? We asked change consultant, Philip Cox-Hynd to share his experience and reveal the 9 Do’s and Don’ts of building an open and honest […]

Motivating employees: How to energise your people to achieve great things

January 31, 2018

Your people are one of the most powerful forces available to you in realising your goals and ambitions, and the way you culturally think about your people strategy is critical to your commercial and business success. Getting the most out of your team is pivotal to a thriving business, so motivating your employees isn’t an […]

How to work out whether a leased line is a suitable connection for your business

January 30, 2018

While, you may be willing to put up with a bit of buffering if you’re trying to watch YouTube comedy clips, a slow connection can be no joke for your business. If slow connection is an issue for your business, your service will almost certainly be ADSL over a standard copper phone line. In these […]

The Changing Face of Digital Marketing: What small businesses need to know for 2018

January 29, 2018

Digital marketing never stays static, and 2018 is going to be no exception. As a small business owner, or the person responsible for marketing in a small organisation, what do you need to know at the start of this year to stay ahead of your competition? We asked Tim Butler, founder of Innovation Visual, to […]

How to create a positive workplace

January 23, 2018

Building a business isn’t just about making money. It’s about building a workplace that people want to be part of. Whether you are building a new business or part of an existing one, you can and should take steps to make the culture of the workplace a positive one. In this article, I’ll discuss some […]

How to manage staff holidays

January 22, 2018

All workers are entitled to receive a minimum of 5.6 weeks’ paid annual leave. Whilst this is a benefit for staff, employers can find themselves struggling to manage staff holidays around their business needs. Even large companies can find managing holidays difficult, for example, Ryanair’s recent flight cancellations were caused by too many pilots booking […]

5 Ways small businesses can implement a successful CSR program

January 19, 2018

When it comes to implementing an effective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, small business leaders can often feel overwhelmed. However, CSR activity shouldn’t be reserved just for the big players. Small businesses can also enjoy the benefits a good CSR program can bring.

10 of the most common workplace accidents and injuries

January 18, 2018

There are hundreds of thousands of accidents – many of them serious – in workplaces every year. That’s why it’s so important for every small business owner to take the proper precautions. Of course, even the best prepared among us can still fall victim to accidents at work. But to be forewarned is to be […]

Getting started with Google AdWords – A Step by Step guide for small businesses

January 15, 2018

A lot of small businesses start using AdWords in the hope that it will help them increase sales with small investment. This isn’t true. Yes, AdWords can help you increase sales but only with the right investment. To get the return on investment you’re hoping for, you will need to set up your account properly […]

How to overcome your speaking nerves by turning fear into your friend

January 11, 2018

When you’re starting a new business or part of a small team, public speaking is an essential skill and yet one that many of us fear so much. As a small business owner you need to be the face of your own business and being able to impress rooms full of people will open lots […]

The best UK cities for co-working

January 10, 2018

A new study examining 18 major UK cities reveals; Edinburgh is the most popular city for co-working spaces Leeds and Bristol are the next best. Brighton & Hove named as least favourable city. London near the bottom of the rankings.

5 Ways to make your blog content SEO-friendly

January 5, 2018

Blogging is something a lot of small business owners do. When it’s done well it can be a great low-cost way to reach out to potential customers. However, many new businesses can find that the effort they put into their blog isn’t as well rewarded as they’d hoped. So to help you realise all the […]

A Guide to employee perks and benefits for small businesses

January 4, 2018

As salaries, working hours and development opportunities are becoming more aligned from business to business, offering staff perks, benefits or incentives is a way of attracting, and retaining, talent. Glassdoor, the career site, say that 57% of all workers rate perks and benefits as one of the top factors they consider when deciding whether to […]