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COVID-19: Changing the Face of Recruiting

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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. (more…)

6 Tips to Stay Connected When Working Remotely

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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. (more…)

How Small Businesses Can Use the Power of Nature to Thrive During Lockdown & Beyond

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Covid-19 came at us out of “left field“. It was sudden and brutal. A wave of disbelief followed that disrupted our normal working pattern significantly, and maybe, irretrievably.

For all of us who run a business, there is a deep uncertainty right now. We are worried about what will happen to the business we’ve worked so hard to build up, and we are concerned for our employees and their long-term futures. (more…)

Top Tips to Save Money on Shipping Services

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There are many cost overruns which can cripple what might have otherwise been a successful business venture.

For businesses operating in the delivery space, one of the most prevalent concerns involves the costs associated with shipping products to the end user. (more…)

How to Make the Most of the Move to Remote Working

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The coronavirus pandemic has meant businesses across the UK have had to rapidly embrace remote working. The scale and speed that businesses have had to adapt to employees working from home has meant a steep learning curve for many small business owners. (more…)

How to Market Yourself When You Can’t Deliver Your Product or Service

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During the COVID-19 lockdown many businesses have discovered they are perfectly capable of working remotely and delivering most of what they do online.

Sadly, this isn’t the case for millions of businesses working in fields like hairdressing, massage, physiotherapy, children’s parties, cleaning or catering. But this doesn’t mean that business needs to completely stop.  (more…)

How to Reduce the Impact of COVID-19 Beyond Government Support

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The economic impact of coronavirus is still unknown but is likely to be enormous. In this unprecedented time, there are many uncertainties regarding how businesses can remain viable.

Ercan Demiralay, Partner at Wellers, one of the UK’s leading accountancy firms, discusses the measures SMEs can take to alleviate the strain of coronavirus without relying on government support. (more…)

Is a CBILS Loan the Best Option for SMEs Affected by COVID-19?

Figures released by the banking lobby group, UK Finance, showed that only one in five UK businesses who have formally applied for government-backed loans have been granted emergency funding during the COVID-19 lockdown. But is taking out a loan under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme the best option?

5 Tips on How to Turn Your Sports Career Into a Business

If you are an athlete how can you create a startup and grow a business as you transition from your sports career? Former pro basketball player, Ferran Martinez knows exactly what’s needed, so we asked him to share his top tips on how to turn a sporting career into a successful business.

Leadership and Trust During Covid-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic is presenting business leaders with some very difficult decisions. At times like these, there is an even greater spotlight on the actions and behaviours of those leading businesses. Here, we look at the key issues leaders need to keep in mind to avoid damaging their reputation and losing trust.

Essential Financial Help for Small Businesses Amid COVID-19

The UK Government has announced an array of support schemes to help businesses struggling to operate during the coronavirus outbreak. Here, Christina Nawrocki, Managing Partner at Wellers, one of the UK’s leading accountancy firms, discusses the range financial assistance available to businesses affected by COVID-19.

Legal Implications of Managing Your Business Under COVID-19 Restrictions

The Government has advised businesses to encourage staff to work from home wherever possible. While some businesses may be well versed in how to manage staff who work from home, for others this is likely to be new territory. You’ll want to ensure that despite having less regular contact with your staff, business is still […]

COVID-19 – Summary of Support Scheme for Self-Employed

The long-awaited statement from the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak regarding COVID-19 support for the self-employed has been announced. Accountants, HFM have produced a handy summary of the support scheme to help self employed individuals to understand how it will work.

Optimise Your Website In 3 Easy Steps

If you have a website (which you probably should), you will no doubt have considered how to get more visitors to the site. Without attracting high quality traffic, a website offers very little real value to any organisation.

Insolvency Practitioner’s Advice to Help Your Business Survive 2020

It’s a challenging time for small businesses right now; 2020 has certainly not got off to a promising start. If you are the director of a company, you are likely quite concerned about the year ahead. To help you tackle potential issues, here is some general advice from Hudson Weir Insolvency Practitioners for business survival […]

Managing Remote Teams During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Are you worried about managing your business’ remote teams during the current coronavirus pandemic? John Williams, Head of Marketing at Instant Offices, shares his advice on how to overcome the challenges of managing a remote team, and highlights the main pros and cons of remote working in the long-term…

How to Perfect a Business Continuity Plan for Remote Working

Across the globe, millions of employees are being advised to work from home, but managing and coordinating a remote workforce is unfamiliar territory for many business owners. We asked Paul Jeffrey, of cloud and continuity experts Iomart, to share his must-do tips on maintaining resilience and integrity when employees have to work remotely.

Guide to Cash Flow Management

Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business, and managing it effectively can mean the difference between make or break. When we refer to cash flow management, we’re talking about making sure there is enough cash available to cover all your outgoing expenses. If your outgoings are more than your sales and you run out […]

Why IT Support and Services are Vital for Growing Small Businesses

The digital age has not only revolutionised the entire business world but in the process, created platforms and opportunities that offer small businesses a level playing field. It’s for this reason IT support and services are vital for the ongoing success and longevity of modern enterprises.

Budget 2020 – Summary for Small Businesses

In the face of Brexit uncertainties and the COVID-19 outbreak the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered his first Budget. He announced a number of measures to help both individuals and businesses to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and these are summarised in this Budget Summary which comes courtesy of our friendly accountants, HFM;

3 Ways You Can Turn ‘creative luck’ Into a Skill

In the permanent disruption of the 2020s, the ability to invent new products, processes and value propositions is critical for any business. Not surprisingly, there’s a growing premium placed on individual creative-thinking as it invariably sparks the journey towards innovation, so we asked author and speaker, Greg Orme, to explain how you can harness your […]

How to Survive Tough Times in Business

Running a small business can be a bit of a roller-coaster. Just when you think everything is going smoothly, an unexpected shock can hit your business and all of a sudden, your business is experiencing a very tough time. So how do you turn your business around when times are bad, and all seems lost? […]

12 Common Presenting & Public Speaking Myths De-Bunked

If you have ever had to make an important presentation or a big pitch, you will have had  words of wisdom showered upon you. Although well-intentioned, much of that advice however is misguided, so we asked Anthony Garvey of Toastmasters International to reveal the most common myths when it comes to public speaking and presenting.

3 Popular Myths About AI in Business

In all industries, businesses are starting to realise the potential AI (artificial intelligence) can bring; strengthening decision-making whilst automating complex and time-consuming tasks. Through the power of AI, businesses can help to streamline their operations, increasing efficiency and overall productivity.

4 Ways to Avoid Hiring Expensive Business Consultants

Whether you are a start-up or an established small business, you are likely to come across a challenge that requires outside input at some point in your business’s journey. But consultants are expensive – for most SMEs, too expensive, so here are some alternatives that can help you out of a hole, without breaking the […]

7 Staff Engagement Tips for Start-Ups & SMEs

Small businesses and start-ups often provide a more flexible approach to work. That might be working from home a couple of days a week, working remotely, flexitime on core hours, flexibility for parenting duties and perhaps a more relaxed working environment.

McKenzie Friend & Paralegal – The Key Differences

You know things, we all know things – some useful (i before e, except after c), some less so (only one King in a pack of cards doesn’t have a moustache). But sometimes we only think we know things. For example, if you need to go to court, you must employ a solicitor … right? […]

A Guide to Employers Liability Insurance

PROMOTED GUIDE – This is a promoted guide from our Insurance Partner, Digital Risks. Digital Risks, offers affordable, highly personalised business insurance as a flexible, monthly subscription.   When starting out as a small business, hiring your first employee is a big milestone. With that comes great responsibility for you as a business owner as […]