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When Teams Go Wrong – How to Turn Around a Failing Team

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We’ve all been there. The team meeting where nothing is achieved. The group discussion where it feels like you can cut the air with a knife. The team that is actually a team in name only, where it’s everyone for themselves and only the most vocal, political or best-connected survives.

So how can you get a broken team back on track, and make sure everyone pulls together? (more…)

A Practical Guide to Flexible Working Rights for Small Businesses

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The statutory right to request flexible working is available to all employees who complete 26 weeks of continuous employment.

Whilst flexible working is certainly becoming a more common feature in the workplace, it could stand to become even more significant in 2019 as discussions continue around whether employers will be required to state whether positions can be worked flexibly in job advertisements.

In the meantime, here’s what every small business owner needs to know about flexible working rights, and how to handle flexible working requests from staff so that you don’t end up in front of an Employment Tribunal; (more…)

Faulty or Unwanted Goods – What Are Your Customer’s Rights?

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If your business involves selling goods to customers you will, inevitably, need to deal with a percentage of customers that want to exchange items, or are seeking a refund.

As a small business, it’s really important to know what your legal rights and duties are when it comes to customers that have bought your goods. (more…)

How to Switch and Save on Business Energy

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When it comes to business profitability, you’ll know that keeping overheads as low as you can is vital. But countless companies end up unwittingly paying more than they should for their business energy. And with energy prices on the rise, this can add up substantially, especially during winter months.

But how do you know if your business is on the best rates, or if you’re overpaying and need to switch to a better deal? (more…)

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Handling a Crisis

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With each passing year, we are barraged with more and more stories of corporate scandals and wrongdoing. Recent examples include a global carmaker rigging their vehicles to cheat on emissions tests, a major bank illegally foisting accounts and credit cards on millions of customers without their knowledge or consent, and innumerable stories about sexual misconduct by powerful, entitled executives.

And these are just a few high-profile cases – the tip of the iceberg for anyone who reads the business news. (more…)

The Importance of Roles and Responsibilities in Project Management

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One of the key attributes of projects is that they are not structured in the same way as ordinary business departments. A number of people, possibly including contractors or consultants, are brought together to deliver a project.

This lack of a corporate structure leads to a need for clearly defined roles in the project structure. (more…)

Business Energy for Startups – Understand Your Costs & How to Get the Best Deal

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Starting a new business is exciting but can often be stressful too. Keeping costs at a minimum and budgeting effectively is a sure-fire way to get you through those difficult patches.

One of the quickest and easiest methods is to compare your energy tariff and switch to a better deal. A quick business energy price comparison can result in up to 30% savings per year. So, while business energy is not the most thrilling of money-savers, it’s certainly one of the most effective. (more…)

How to Simplify Invoicing and Get Paid Faster

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For any small business, making sure invoices are paid can be a big job in itself. If they’re not managed properly, payments can be consistently late, and your relationships with clients might suffer as a result.

Even more significantly, you’ll struggle to keep cash moving smoothly through your business. No cash, no business. (more…)

Emerging Technology Predictions for 2019, and What They Mean for SMEs

Predicting the future is, naturally, a difficult task. If it wasn’t, life (and business) would be a lot less interesting. However, being able to spot the winds of change when it comes to business technology is vital for companies of any size to make the right long-term strategic decisions.

How to Be a Leader Rather Than a Manager

The transition from being a manager to becoming business leader, is one that many new business owners will need to make. Often, the success or failure of your business depends on how well and how quickly you can adapt to this fundamental role change.

ByteStart Teams Up with Make It Cheaper to Bring You Better Energy Deals

ByteStart is delighted to announce the launch of a new service to help businesses cut their energy costs. Created in conjunction with the UK’s leading business energy price comparison service, Make It Cheaper, the partnership gives you access to brilliant value business energy, broadband and phone deals.

5 Ways to Unlock Finance for Your Start-Up Business

Everybody understands that starting up a business from scratch is not a simple process or an easy challenge to take on. Regardless of how lofty your ambitions are or whether you’re aiming to establish yourself as a sole trader or as a the boss of a burgeoning new enterprise, finding access to initial and early-stage […]

10 Common Self-Assessment Tax Return Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

If you need to submit a Self-Assessment Tax Return (SATR) it’s imperative you get it in on time and free of any mistakes. There are penalties for not submitting your tax return on time and you may have to pay a fine if HMRC deem you have not taken enough care in completing it. This […]

Can You Dismiss an Employee if They Lied on their CV?

It is common for individuals to exaggerate or embellish certain aspects of their CV when applying for a role, however employers can be faced with a serious problem if it turns out the person they hired does not have the experience or qualifications needed to carry out the job at hand. So what can you […]

Becoming an Employer – Your Responsibilities When You Hire Staff

No matter how successful your business has been with just you working in it, if you want to grow you’ll need to employ people. There are innumerable benefits of having employees. The right people will ease the workload on you and allow you take holidays. Good staff keep your business running day to day, so […]

How Companies Can Motivate Staff in 2019

Human resources as a role within organisations has grown significantly in the last 20 years, and today, employers need to find ways to motivate their staff and keep them satisfied at work. Not only are happier staff likely to be more productive, but they are a less likely to leave and companies will save money […]

How NOT to Network – 7 Business Networking Mistakes to Avoid

When you start your own business, one of the first things you need to do is to start promoting it and finding customers? Depending on the type of business you are in, one age-old and sure-fire way to build relationships is through networking. However, if you are to enjoy the full rewards of networking you […]

How Mediation Can Help Your Business Avoid Going to Court

If you run a business it’s inevitable that disputes will arise. Whether it’s problems with suppliers failing to meet their obligations, employee issues or non-payment by customers, when a dispute arises it can be difficult knowing how best to resolve the problem with the minimum of disruption, time and expense. Taking the matter to court […]

On to a Winner? How to Tell if Your Product Idea is Really a Good One

So, you have a great product idea, it’s exciting, you see the value and believe it could change your company’s future or launch your next new business. This idea may be a brand new product solving a problem, or a better way to address a market need than the competitors out there today. Knowing that […]

6 Ways to Maintain IT Security for Your New Business

Starting a new business is a mixture of fun, fear and challenge. For many new business owners, the technology side of things can be particularly fearful. With so many things to think about, how do you know what you do and don’t need to be able to make a success of your new business, and […]

How to Prevent Hacking on Your Website

The role of cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important in 2019, with studies showing that the average data breach in the UK can cost companies around £2.7 million and up to 163 days to correct. Whether it is phishing or external hacks, the exposure of key data can be hugely costly to an organisation and some […]

What I Learned from Going Bust

Every business owner can learn valuable lessons from studying how successful businesses are born and grow. Looking out for, and replicating, key drivers of success in other businesses, can help to drive our own business forward. However, vital insight can also be gained from business failures. In many cases, what we can learn from terminal […]

From One-Click to No-Click: The Technology Behind Frictionless Retail

It may seem like yesterday, but Amazon first began disrupting the retail status quo nearly 25 years ago. As one of the world’s largest online retailers, it has set ecommerce standards. But it now has its sights set on stores. With Amazon’s move into offline retail set to be a game-changer, we asked Retail Technology […]

Can You Dismiss an Employee for Posting a Negative Company Review?

Company reviews left on websites such as Glassdoor and Indeed can be a great way for your organisation to build a positive reputation and help in efforts to recruit new talent. However, there is always the risk that staff may leave negative reviews on these websites, which can have a very different impact altogether.

A Small Business’s Guide to Disposing of E-Waste

Many small businesses up and down the country have a corner or storeroom where dead or unused electronic kit sits, unused and gathering dust. Many of us keep it there because, hey you never know, it might come in handy for spares one day. But it never does and ends up sitting there for years. […]

4 Elements to Consider When Designing Product Packaging

“You should never judge a book by its cover”, or so runs the popular advice. But there’s a reason that these words are so often-repeated; we often need to remind ourselves that first impressions aren’t everything. Whether we’re meeting a new person for the first time, or picking up an unfamiliar product, our natural drive […]