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Do You Need an In-House Accountant or Bookkeeper?

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At some point in your journey as a small business, you’ll probably come across a common dilemma – you need an accountant.

But what’s the best solution for your business? Should you hire an in-house resource, outsource the work to a third party, or try and manage it all yourself? (more…)

4 Success Tips for Leading a Creative Team

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A manager’s main role is to ensure that everyone else in their team is capable of doing their job to the best of their ability. Whether that be giving them the tools and equipment they need or cultivating the work environment that will allow creatives to thrive. (more…)

How to Make the Most of Lockdown 2.0 With Digital Marketing

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The second lockdown is causing uncertainty and worry for many business owners. However, lockdown 2.0, as it’s known by many, is the perfect time to ensure that your digital marketing campaigns are performing well, to help you gain the results you need to get through these troubled times. So, how do you make the most out of lockdown 2.0 with digital marketing? (more…)

How Business Owners Can Successfully Navigate Uncertain Times with an Effective Employee Engagement Strategy

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From full national lockdown and the gradual easing of constraints, to a three-tiered regional system of restrictions and then back into another national lockdown. It’s been a long and arduous time for everyone since Covid-19 first reached our shores earlier this year, and even more so for the many hardworking business owners up and down the country trying to keep disconnected workforces operating smoothly. (more…)

10 Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Business Plan

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When it comes to writing a business plan, there is one single golden rule that dwarfs all others – your business plan must address each of the key concerns of your potential backer.

If you fail on this first point, all the other things you should and shouldn’t do pale into insignificance and even a great business idea might fail to get backing it needs. A good business plan keeps the investor happy, so follow these 10 Dos and Don’ts to ratchet up your chances of success: (more…)

How to Support Home Workers in the COVID Era

With COVID cases again on the rise and the world bracing itself for months more of strict social distancing measures, for many, the remote working environment is here to stay. While the first priority during the pandemic has been crisis response and emphasising the importance of health and safety, over time, naturally attentions have turned […]

Do You Know Where You’re Growing Next And Why?

Leading during a global pandemic is like learning to ride a bike again.  You may already know how to ride a bike or how to lead your organisation, but do you know how to ride a bike – how to keep yourself and your organisation upright and moving forward – when the ground around you […]

Focusing on Your Mental Health, Whilst Focusing on Your Work

The various devastating events of the past year have taken a significant toll on the mental health of countless people across the nation. For many, this has been made worse by the necessity to work remotely. Where some have thrived whilst working from home, many others have found that this isolation has had a detrimental […]

How to Use Stories to Become a Better Negotiator

My new book, The Book of Real-World Negotiations: Successful Strategies from Government, Business and Daily Life not only focuses on real world negotiation examples, but a subplot that clearly comes through in the book is the power that stories possess when it comes to negotiating.

4 Benefits of Partnering with an E-Commerce Firm

There are now more online business ventures in existence than ever before. This only stands to reason, as we have already witnessed countless shoppers migrate to the digital community when purchasing everyday goods and services. While this creates opportunities for budding entrepreneurs, there are many challenges to overcome for an online business to become a […]

8 Key Steps to Get Your Startup Off the Ground

Starting a business may be exciting, however there are a few things that you need to make sure that you get right from the beginning. Here are eight top tips for startup success that business expert, Carl Reader, shares in his new book, BOSS IT;

The 6-Step Guide to Raising Equity Finance

Raising investment is no walk in the park, especially in the current climate, but thorough preparation will make capturing the attention of investors and ultimately convincing them that your investment opportunity is right for their portfolio much easier.

How to Create a Leadership Simulator Within Your Business

What do I mean by “Leadership Simulator”? A Leadership Simulator is a situation where we can hone our skills, make mistakes without catastrophic results, celebrate our innate qualities and those of our teams, and initiate new ways and ideas without suppression or consequence. Developing leadership skills is important for start-ups and other small businesses to […]

How to Choose an Accountant for Your Small Business

Small businesses look to be facing very precarious times for at least the next year. The pandemic of 2020 has brought with it serious financial uncertainty and a global recession that it will no doubt take a while to recover from. Arguably, it is more important now than it has ever been for businesses to […]

Should Businesses Say Farewell to Office Working?

The COVID-19 pandemic has given businesses around the world a lot to consider. As the virus has upended the lives and livelihoods of many, there are few sectors that have been immune to its effects. And naturally, many business leaders have been thinking long and hard about how they can best adapt to the circumstances […]

Curiosity in the Workplace & How to Cultivate It

We live and work in unprecedented times. The term VUCA – an acronym developed by the US military to describe the state of affairs post cold war, sums it up well. VUCA – which stands for, Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous – is as true today as it was then.

Will COVID-19 Inspire a New Wave of British Entrepreneurs?

Starting one’s own business is a desire that many people have. Some harbour the ambition from a very young age, while for others it is something that grows throughout their working lives; for some, the lure is the opportunity to be their own boss, for others there is a very clear issue or gap in […]

How to Keep Your Processes in Sync With Your Business As It Grows

As entrepreneurs, when we have an idea for a start-up, we want our business to succeed and grow. Defining your products and services is part of the journey and having responsive and agile processes is a key part in this. Just remember not to lose sight of your initial idea or concept.

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

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.

Can You Be Trusted? The Skilful Art of Sincere Speaking

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 […]

5 Top Tips to Successfully Promote Yourself Online

“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 […]

The 10 Biggest Financial Crises in History & How They Changed 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. […]

How to Boost Your Employees’ Mental Wellbeing

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 […]

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

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 […]

Creating a New Post-Pandemic Work-Life Balance

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 […]