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A guide to setting up your first business website

November 6, 2017

Having an online presence is crucial for any modern business so that potential customers are able to find you online. However, many small businesses are missing out on the opportunities that being online bring. So if you’re yet launch your business online, or are thinking of starting a new business and want to make the […]

5 Business leadership tips for new business owners

October 20, 2017

So you’ve decided to take the leap and start your own business. Does this mean that all the leadership stuff you learned about on your mini-MBA gets tossed out the window? Ah, the joys of throwing away the corporate policies manual, the bliss of not worrying about reporting lines and organizational structures. Well, yes and […]

Gold Mine or Moon Shot? How to tell if your business idea really is a winner

October 19, 2017

We are living in an exciting time… a time where technological changes are booming. Digitalization, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, 3D printing and the Internet of Things are just a few examples of these amazing technologies that are opening up a world of completely new opportunities. However, in order to turn the technological possibilities into economic […]

How to create your own support team and increase your startup’s chance of success

September 18, 2017

Starting up and growing your own business can be extremely exciting and exhilarating, but it can also at times be quite lonely and overwhelming, particularly if you don’t have a business partner to share the experience with. When you are sitting alone at your desk it can be hard to know where to turn for […]

What can you learn from Industry Awards?

September 7, 2017

No matter what industry you’re in, there are organisations that recognise and reward those that excel above the competition. When you’re concentrating on finding your feet as a business, you may think that awards should be put on the back-burner. However, you can learn a lot by paying attention to industry awards.

Covey’s Matrix: The Simple secret to great time management

August 29, 2017

Managing time effectively is vital if you are to prosper as a business owner, especially when it comes to running a small business when just a few people have to deal with every aspect of the business. Despite best intentions though, we’ve all got to the end of a day without achieving any of the […]

How to find a niche in the market and stand out from the competition

August 14, 2017

If your new business is going to be operating in a competitive marketplace, it’s crucial that you find a way to differentiate your business from all the competitors out there. In short, why should customers choose your products or services over what’s already available? If you can’t answer that question, then you need to read […]

The Beauty of selling your business with a Management Buyout (MBO) – And what to look out for

August 2, 2017

Many small businesses, up to 20 employees, are run in a very hands-on manner by their owners. This can work well for everyone and hopefully provide the proprietors with a good level of income. When it comes to the moment they want to move on, or retire, however, their future financial independence will depend on […]

How do you go from startup to selling a product every 12 minutes?

July 21, 2017

The dream for many entrepreneurs is to come up with a great new product, find the funding to develop it and then for it to fly off the shelves. The reality for most is different, but when this does happen it’s worth finding out how this success was achieved because the lessons we learn can […]

Five questions that will add value to your bottom line

June 30, 2017

As a business owner, you are always looking for greater efficiencies, more productivity and some general cost savings. One of your key jobs is to make sure you are always looking for ways get your business running more smoothly and more profitably, but before you jump in and make wholesale changes to the way your […]

Standing on the shoulders of giants: How small businesses can thrive in today’s platform economy

June 1, 2017

We live in a platform economy dominated by one or two big companies in every industry: but small businesses should see this as an opportunity not a threat, says Steven Van Belleghem.

The Future of Business – 20 Key Trends Leaders Should Know

May 16, 2017

Change is happening rapidly in the business world. Artificial Intelligence, Augmented and Virtual Reality, and ever improving technology at almost level are just a few of the new trends that business owners will need to deal with in the next five years. With these trends being pivotal for businesses of every size, we asked Rohit Talwar […]

How to recover from a business failure, fast

May 3, 2017

Nobody enjoys failure, but everyone experiences it at least a few times in their life and especially as a small business owner. While it’s one of those things that most people like to gloss over, failing is actually a hugely valuable experience, as long as you know how to make the most of it. Leigh […]

Harness the “Power of Three” to nail your pitch

April 7, 2017

If you’re a start-up, chances are you are going to have to get out there and tell people about your new venture. What you say, and how you say it, is a lot more important than you may realise. When it comes to communicating what you do, you don’t want to make a rookie error, […]

Part-time Entrepreneurs – How, and why, more young people are juggling a career and their own business

April 6, 2017

The days of a “job for life” are long gone. Millennials are starting their careers in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, but they are also equipped with the skills and attitude to react quickly to changes and spot new opportunities. The trend of young people changing jobs more frequently is one perhaps one […]

How to stop the ego from sabotaging your success

March 30, 2017

Having set up my company, I won a handful of decent clients and achieved an annual turnover of £500,000. Initially this felt good, but 2-3 years later it no longer did. As many small businesses can find, it seemed like I was up against a glass ceiling and could not break through. I had problems […]

7 Guiding Principles to growing your business

March 22, 2017

These 7 Guiding Principles to business growth have been developed through my 20 years of experience in working with thousands of organisations. Their purpose is to stimulate your thinking about the critical challenges and opportunities in growing your business and how you can avoid some of the errors that might otherwise stifle your growth potential […]

Achieving sustainability in business – managing the complexity of profit, planet and people

March 3, 2017

Business sustainability is a great opportunity for start-ups and small businesses to focus on. Not only is it a way to create long-term, sustainable success, but it’s also a way to attract employees (younger generations expressly value sustainability), investors and business partners. Let’s briefly look at what business sustainability is and then get into some […]

How to create a gold medal winning business culture

February 27, 2017

For many business owners and entrepreneurs, it can be hard to motivate your employees and encourage them to perform to optimal levels, especially when resources are limited. Olympics athletes not only have to train extremely hard but are also faced with huge financial burdens and limited resources and often rely on sponsorship to maintain a […]

Creating the right visuals to complement your presentation

February 14, 2017

Startups need to get their message across — and fast. It’s therefore vital for every new business to create a great pitch presentation. To help you prepare a compelling case, we asked, Emma Ledden, author of The Presentation Book to share the secrets of how to produce memorable presentations that help put you on the […]

Going into business with friends – How to do it successfully

February 13, 2017

Starting a business with friends can seem like a good idea, but before you jump in and set up a company with people you are close to, you need to be honest with yourself and each other. If you get it wrong your new business could fail and lifelong friendships ruined. So what steps should […]

Mindfulness for small business owners – How 10 minutes of me time can make all the difference

February 3, 2017

As a small business owner, you have to juggle many balls and spin a canteen’s worth of plates. You have to simultaneously pay attention to every part of your business; sales, production, cash flow, marketing, accounts and the list goes on. During a typical day, your attention is pulled in many directions at once and […]

Simple stories, super results for startups

February 2, 2017

It might be strange to think that storytelling can be a powerful tool for startups. But stories provide a fantastic way to explore the purpose of your new business, what it stands for, what it will be like and how you will achieve your vision. The great thing about stories is that we are all designed to […]

10 ways to maximise your productivity when running your own business

January 30, 2017

Successful business owners know how to make the most of every minute of every day. Wasted time costs money and clients, but when you’re slowed down by administrative tasks, an over-spilling inbox and endless meetings it can be hard to keep up with the pace. Here, Richard Walton highlights ten ways to maximise your productivity […]

Scaling a craft business – How to grow without compromise

January 13, 2017

The craft business boom of the last decade has brought plentiful opportunities for businesses and customers alike. For entrepreneurs involved, however, managing growth and expansion while retaining the original values and quality that initially propels a business to success can sometimes be easier said than done. Growing and scaling a craft business presents unique challenges […]

How to get your business noticed – Self-marketing for start-ups

November 25, 2016

Your business may offer amazing products and a fantastic service. It may have a clear, determined vision of what it is doing and where it is going. But if your potential customers don’t know it exists, your wonderful business is likely to disappear without trace. As Alan Sugar put it: “Your start-up will be a […]

Turbo-charge your start-up by sharing what you know

November 15, 2016

One of the biggest challenges you face as a start-up is getting your name out there. However, even if people hear your name, unless they know what makes your business unique, they are unlikely to choose you over a competitor. Help someone understand how you can solve their problem, however, and you’re in with a […]

A New way to brainstorm – Getting great business ideas with ‘The Idea Generator’

November 9, 2016

Brainstorming was born in the 1950s and while all the other aspects of business have changed dramatically since then, the way we come up with new ideas hasn’t. Until now. Intuitively, brainstorming seems to make sense as an approach to get new ideas on a tricky issue. Get some smart people in a room; tell […]

Why being a good customer could drive your startup’s future success

November 3, 2016

Launching a startup is weird. You have a big idea driving you, with lots of small things to do to get going. You don’t necessarily have lots of business coming in or staff on board yet, but still you have to run this fledgling business the way you are going to run your future super-successful […]

10 Top tips to avoid business failure

November 2, 2016

The fear of failure is one of the most common reasons why people decide not to start their own business. Hauling yourself out of your comfort zone and throwing yourself into the unknown takes a certain amount of courage and self-assurance. Leaving a cosy, secure job to try and turn your business idea into reality […]

Why building resilience in your workplace is good for business

October 28, 2016

According to Billy Ocean “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” – a sentiment many people working in business would echo and applaud. Tough is a word people often use to mean resilient. It may not scan as well, but when the going gets tough, the resilient remain resourceful, creative and healthy. Studies […]

The 8 Acts all business owners and leaders need to master

October 24, 2016

So you’re in charge: perhaps you started the company, maybe you’ve taken it over, or you were handed the top job and told to run the show. What next? Every company is different. But while scale of the demands placed on the chief executive of a listed multinational may be different to those a small […]

8 Mindfulness hacks to help make your business ideas actually happen

October 21, 2016

The difference between entrepreneurs who succeed, and those who spend time just thinking about it, is taking action. Specifically, it’s about taking the right action at just the right time. You might not realise it but, if you’re starting a business, you can gain a lot from using some age-old Buddhist philosophies. One particular Buddhist […]

The 10 Commandments of Behaviour that every start-up should follow

October 14, 2016

Experience tells me that one of the reasons why people start up their own business is to be their “own boss”, and that means they don’t want to be constrained by petty, bureaucratic, small mindedness being meted out every minute of their working lives. The reality is that we all need rules. In the words […]

3 Ways to create a culture of learning, not blaming, in your business

October 13, 2016

If you can create a culture of learning, not blaming, in your business, you are more likely to see your business grow and flourish. If you allow a blame culture to take hold in a business, staff will tend to hide, or even cover up, any mistakes. This attitude can often compound problems further. On […]

Why the best businesses start with a vision

October 11, 2016

If you were to survey a group of entrepreneurs about why they started their business, I’m sure you would get a huge variety of interesting answers. Of course many of them will have been motivated by money, but I would bet that one of the most popular reasons would be a desire to create something […]