Latest Articles

How Have UK Businesses Responded to the COVID-19 Crisis?

businesses adapting to coronavirus

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has posed great challenges to the world at large: with social distancing measures transforming our day-to-day lives, upending the economy, and driving businesses into the ground, no corner of society has been left untouched by the disease. (more…)

Can You Be Trusted? The Skilful Art of Sincere Speaking

how to speak and presnt sincerely to gain trust

Across the globe, we trust scientists, doctors and teachers. Over half of us consider these professions to be trustworthy (Ipsos Global Advisor). Business leaders don’t fare so well. Just one in five are described as trustworthy and, perhaps not unexpectedly, politicians are at the bottom of the heap with a mere one in ten of us placing our trust in them. (more…)

5 Top Tips to Successfully Promote Yourself Online

promoting yourself social network

“I don’t like promoting myself online.” I have heard this from so many people and I even used to say it myself. I’ve changed my tune, however, because there is so much that can be gained from strategic self-promotion, if done correctly.

During these strange times, when we can’t network inperson, it is more important than ever to be able to effectively promote ourselfves and our services online. (more…)

The 10 Biggest Financial Crises in History & How They Changed Business

financial crisis affect business

Financial crises are not like your average recession or corporate fraud. They involve firms and people overborrowing, usually to speculate on shares or real estate. They turn legitimate economic booms into gluttonies of lazy assumptions, hucksterism, and recklessness. Because they’re based on debt, the loss of confidence in one specific area of trouble quickly reverberates. Presto, credit dries up for everybody. (more…)

How to Boost Your Employees’ Mental Wellbeing

help staff mental health covid 19

As this period of Covid-19 continues with no obvious end in sight small businesses and startups have a lot to contend with. Many businesses are operating in a hybrid mode with some staff back in the workplace while others remain working from home. We are all having to deal with ongoing uncertainly and it’s important to consider how this is affecting your employees. (more…)

Why Businesses Need to be More Aware of HMRC Enquiries Due to COVID-19

HMRC tax business coronavirus

The Government has made significant financial contributions to British business since the outbreak of COVID-19, however, now the country is reopening, it will want to recoup as much of its £330bn investment as possible through taxation. It is therefore critical that businesses are on top of their tax liabilities to ensure they don’t land themselves with a HMRC tax investigation and subsequent fines. (more…)

Creating a New Post-Pandemic Work-Life Balance

work life balance covid 19

Striking the right balance between work and play is an issue that most business owners have always had to wrestle with.

And now the coronavirus pandemic means business owners and leaders are re-evaluating their work-life balance further, so we asked Sid Madge, author of ‘Meee in a Work Minute’ to share his experience on how to strike a fulfilling balance. (more…)

What Businesses Can Learn From COVID-19 As We Return to the Workplace

As lockdown restrictions continue to lift and employees return to the workplace, it marks an opportunity for businesses to rethink the way they support and nurture their people. Employers able to embrace the ‘new normal’ have the chance to transform the way they work, for the better.

What’s My Business Worth? How to Value a Small Business

When it comes to buying or selling a business, the most important question you need to ask is – how much is it worth? There is no single formula that can be used to precisely value every private business. The seller will want to drive the price up, and potential buyers will want the opposite.

Balancing the Positives & Negatives of Stress at Work

Stress is an inevitable part of everyday life and our bodies are hard-wired to respond to it. However, it’s clear stress is taking a negative toll on businesses across the country. Poor mental health costs employers between £1,205 and £1,560 per employee every year. This cost is for all employees, not just those who are […]

How to Start an Arcade Business

The coronavirus pandemic led to many UK businesses in the entertainment industry closing their doors. Only in the last few weeks have some started to re-open under strict social distancing guidelines (meaning significantly reduced capacity and revenue).

Crowdfunding to Avoid VCs

It won’t be news to any startup that the investment industry has taken a hit during the pandemic. Every new deal is being viewed with caution and the brakes are being put on by VCs, and angels alike, while so much uncertainty pervades the markets.

Esport Opening Up New Opportunities for Travel Businesses

So far, 2020 has been a year to forget for those operating in a whole range of industries. But few have been harder hit than the travel sector. There is cautious optimism that the worst is behind us, but the industry faces changes that will linger for the long term, perhaps permanently.

How to Close a Presentation or Speech

Have you ever ended a presentation and wondered if your audience got the point or was convinced to invest in your venture? If you have, chances are you did not properly prepare your closing. Here, Vinette Hoffman-Jackson of Toastmasters International explains how to close your speech, pitch or presentation successfully.

Banish Zoom Fatigue and Teams Tedium

As small business owners, the switch to virtual communications means we’re spending big chunks of every week in online meetings, joining webinars as well as dealing with social media. We asked Lyn Roseaman to share her advice and tips on how you can get the most from communicating online.

Clever Tips to Ensure Your Small Business Stays Profitable

Your business is your lifeblood – you have poured your passion and determination into it to make it a success. You’ve spent countless late nights and weekends to create a business you are proud of, but how can you ensure your small business remains profitable as you grow?

Top Tips to Eliminate Small Business Stress

Starting a business of your own can prove to be a very rewarding experience from a long-term point of view. Still, even the most successful ventures suffered from “growing pains” during their initial stages. These stressful situations can take a toll upon the mindset of any business owner or freelancer.

Five Steps To Turning On Innovation

In two years, what decisions will you have wish you had made today? It’s a question that leaders should continually ask. But the pressure of day-to-day business means that thinking about the future can feel like a luxury in many companies.

Be a Great Place to Work – 5 Ways to Support Staff Wellbeing

Employees need to know that leaders and managers at all levels believe the wellbeing of staff really does matter; that they are committed to providing the resources and doing whatever is necessary to make their workplace a good place to work. Here are five ways to help ensure that happens:

10 Tips for Turbocharging Your Search Engine Marketing Returns

Getting noticed online is harder than ever. Not only are there more websites out there than ever before but the established players in most niches are firmly entrenched at the top of SERPs. If you want your website to get anywhere near those coveted top three spots you need to look at ways to improve […]

How to Protect Your Business From Cyber Attacks During the Coronavirus Outbreak

As the UK remains subject to strict measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has identified a surge in ‘coronavirus-themed’ malicious apps, websites, phishing emails and messages that seek to steal confidential or sensitive information. The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has even suggested that the UK has been the most severely targeted country […]

9 Ways to Survive and Leverage Your Business in Times of Crisis

We now know that although the lockdown is being slowly lifted there are still plenty of businesses that will remain closed or at best will operate at a reduced capacity. Unless you are one of the lucky ones doing really well during lockdown, you may be wondering how you will survive.

Top Tips for Tip-Top Presentations

One of the main benefits of all the technology that surrounds us these days is that it allows us to do things that would have been outsourced in the past. And when you’re running a start-up or a small business on a shoestring it makes sense to go down the DIY route for all sort […]

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: How Does it Work, and What Will Change?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme opened on 20 April, and the uptake has been huge; at the start of May, claims had been made for a quarter of private sector workers. Under the scheme, employers can claim 80% of staff wages from the Government, up to a cap of £2,500 per month; they can choose […]

What Are the Legal Implications If You Can’t Fulfil Contracts

Where do you stand legally if you have outstanding contracts that you cannot fulfil through no fault of your own, or have contracts with others for the supply of goods or services which they cannot fulfil? We asked Amanda Hamilton, Chief Executive of the NALP to outline the legal implications.

How to Keep Morale Up at Your Small Business

Many of us are feeling much more anxious than usual as lockdown continues to disrupt our lives and our businesses. Anxiety can make it hard for us to concentrate, be creative, and adversely affect our ability to adapt to the changing business conditions, to make the most of any opportunities, and to plan creatively for […]

Maintaining Cyber Security With a Remote Workforce

With unprecedented numbers of people working from home, businesses have to ensure staff are safeguarded when working remotely. We asked Scott Lester, Cyber Lab Manager at 6point6 to explain how businesses can ensure cyber security for remote workers.

COVID-19: Changing the Face of Recruiting

Coronavirus is changing how businesses attract and hire great employees. Charles Hipps, Founder and CEO of Oleeo, looks at how the recruitment process is having to adapt to COVID-19 and discusses the opportunities and challenges posed by the pandemic.

6 Tips to Stay Connected When Working Remotely

With most businesses in the UK now having a good portion of employees working from home, and with the likelihood of an increase in remote working going forward, we asked author Andy Salkeld to share his tips on how teams can stay connected when based at different locations.