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Small Business SEO: Everything You Were Too Afraid to Ask

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According to the founding father of Microsoft Bill Gates: “If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of business.”

The statement is bold and even controversial, but the Internet is without doubt, an excellent opportunity to tell as many people as possible about your business. (more…)

3 Simple Steps to Build a Winning Start Up Strategy

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You have a great business concept. Now you just need to sell it – not to customers, well, not yet. But to your backer.

Your top sales tool is a business plan. But take care. Potential investors banish the vast majority of plans to the bin, so you need to make sure business plan does the business. (more…)

Can Your Personal Credit Affect Your Business Credit?

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A credit score is a reflection of a person’s or business’ creditworthiness.

As a general rule, the higher your credit score, the more trustworthy you are to lenders. But does your personal credit rating affect your business credit score? (more…)

8 Things You Need to Know Before Working Offshore

According to the Oil & Gas UK Workforce Report, there are around 280,000 people working offshore in the UK alone. If you’re interested in a career working offshore, whether it be on an oil rig or working, research vessel or servicing and installing wind farms, here are eight things you’ll need to know before you […]

9 Ways to Make Christmas Tax Deductible

It’s Christmas! Well, nearly – and that means festive gifts and the goodwill. If you’re smart, your generosity can be tax deductible, so we asked Jonathan Amponsah of The Tax Guys to explain how you can claim some Christmas tax reliefs, and reduce your tax bill whilst still keeping the taxman happy.

How to Bond Your Team at the Christmas Party

Tis the season for office parties and dinners and, for many business owners, speeches, pep-talks and toasts. Your Christmas party is an opportunity to bring everyone together as a group, and with the right words, inspire your team as you head into another year.

7 Ways Small Businesses Can Avoid Losing Business Over the Christmas Period

Some businesses will work on Christmas Eve but then close down until Thursday, 2nd January. It may feel as if everyone is off work and every office is closed (especially with many schools closed until the 6th or 7th of January as well) – but that’s not entirely accurate. As a small business owner you […]

5 Tips for Better Conference Calls

Office technology has developed rapidly in recent years resulting in new ways of working and doing business. A growing number of companies rely on remote workers who operate outside the traditional office space and many UK-based businesses draw a significant percentage of their customer base from abroad.

A Guide to Creating Brand Style Guidelines

As your business grows, your brand becomes an ever-increasingly important tool to drive your success. It’s importance means you’ll want to nurture and protect it, and part of this will be developing your brand style guidelines.

5 Tips to Help Boost Your Business with a Great Taste Award

Within the food and beverage industry, the Great Taste Awards are highly-respected and often considered the gold standard of speciality food and drink accreditation. Securing such a prize can catapult your product into the limelight, so we asked Kim Havelaar, Founder of Roqberry to share her know-how and advice on how to win a Great […]

Leading a Team Through Rapid Growth

Transforming a start-up business into a scale-up is an incredibly challenging task, which can be difficult to plan and prepare for. Although there is a lot to consider, moving from start-up through to the stages of rapid growth is practically impossible for any entrepreneur without having the right team or talent in place.

How ‘Digital UX’ Rules Can Help You Write a Better Speech

Over the last decade, organisations and business both big and small have been steadily investing more and more in their digital user experience (digital UX). Interestingly, the digital UX rules businesses are employing online can be applied to help you write great speeches, talks and presentations.

How Small E-Commerce Businesses Can Prepare for Black Friday

Black Friday 2019 is coming up, and consumers are getting ready for a frenzy of online deals. Last year, there were 194 million site visits on Black Friday alone, with over 1.2 billion visits across the whole of Cyber Week for the top 10 retailers. Clearly, this is an event that retailers should be taking […]

7 Ways to Make Your Small Business Website More Accessible

It has long been an expectation for businesses to make physical spaces accessible for people of all abilities, and improvements have been made. Now the onus is on online retailers, where there is still a lot of work to be done, so we asked Hilary Stephenson, MD at user experience (UX) design agency, Sigma to […]

Banks & Lenders – A Guide To Small Business Financing

Whether you’re just getting started with your new business, you’ve got a seasonal company that sees a yearly slump or you’re looking to invest in a must-have asset, getting the finance you need can seem like a daunting and almost impossible task.

Undertaking Due Diligence When Recruiting Senior Employees

Recruiting the right person is a challenge for any business. For startups and SMEs without an in-house HR team or even a single HR specialist, it can be especially daunting. Hiring executive talent brings extra complexities and takes valuable time. But be warned, failure to do your homework on candidates for senior positions can be […]

8 Reasons to Consider Implementing a Remote Working Policy in Your Business

From flexible hours to an easier commute, working from home seems like an ideal option for many employees and it can have a lot of benefits for business owners too. In this article, Peter Watton of matched betting start-up OddsMonkey, offers his advice to businesses who might be considering offering a working from home policy.

10 Ways to Maximise Your Productivity When Running Your Own Business

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-flowing inbox and endless meetings it can be hard to keep up, so here are ten ways to maximise your productivity every day:

15 Performance Review Tips to Boost Productivity in Your Team

Regularly reviewing employee performance is vital for businesses, as it provides both employer and employee with important information about the employee’s progress, needs and skills. It can also help improve employee productivity – but only if it’s done in the right way.

Due Diligence – A Jargon Free Guide on What It Is & How To Do It Properly

Due diligence is a term bandied around quite a lot. However, not many people understand what it means or what is involved. If you ever consider buying, selling, or investing in a business, then you’ll need to know precisely what due diligence means, what the process is, and how to conduct due diligence properly.

Guide to Employment Contracts for Small Businesses

As a small business owner, your legal responsibilities when taking on staff can be somewhat daunting but with a little help you can soon get your head around what’s needed. One of your first duties as a new employer is to ensure you comply with employment contract law. To help you understand your legal obligations, […]