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How to Create Business Cards that Make a Big Impression

Most business cards are about as much use as a scrap of paper with a name and number scribbled on it. That’s fine if you are looking for a date, but not so good for showcasing your business. With a little thought, however, it’s easy to create a business card that packs a real promotional […]

How Storytelling Can Help You Build Your Business?

“Let me tell you a story.” These are six very powerful words. Six powerful words which immediately invoke curiosity and anticipation. Six powerful words from which multi-billion-dollar industries have been built. Beyond film, TV and books, storytelling has become an intentional tool in many of the most successful organisations. How can you use it in […]

How to Attract Customers from Heaven, Not Clients from Hell

You’ve done your market research, you’ve got a solid business plan, you’ve registered your company and pulled together funding, suppliers and everything else you need to start your new business. You’re ready to trade – you just need some customers. However, not all customers are created equal; some are a delight to deal with, while […]

How to Reinvigorate a Stalling Crowdfunding Campaign

Equity crowdfunding requires a lot of preparation, which means business owners have to find some significant time ahead of a campaign. And after putting weeks of effort, it can be devastating to see a lacklustre response from the crowd. So, if your crowdfunding campaign isn’t going to plan, here are the steps you should take […]

How to Choose the Right Business Loan

There are lots of things to think about if you’re considering taking out a business loan. The UK’s business lending market includes a wide range of providers offering subtly different types of business loans. If your business needs to borrow money, here are some of the key considerations you need to bear in mind when […]

Help Your Staff Get the Most from Summer, Without it Hurting Your Business

The Summer is half over but British weather means that you’re never actually sure when the warm weather will come and go. Summer holidays can cause staffing problems for small businesses, so we asked Gary Young of Equinox to share some ways you can use technology smartly to keep staff and customers happy when the […]

The Art of Delegation in a Small Business

Delegation should be easy to do, or so you might think, however it can be very challenging in certain situations particularly for owners of small businesses. As a business owner with a very small team, I have found it can be even harder to let go. It’s my baby.

How to Get Your Pitching Right at the First Attempt

“Put that coffee down. Coffee’s for closers only”. Alec Baldwin delivered this iconic line in the movie Glengarry Glen Ross. It may sound harsh but that is the reality. Pitching an idea and closing a deal can be a nerve-wracking process. Even successful business greats like Richard Branson found the skill of pitching hard to […]

11 Tech Time-Savers to Boost Productivity

A productive business is a profitable business. A simple, but very true statement. But, according to a Close Brothers report (PDF), the UK lags behind the rest of the G7 countries by 16%. So what is holding back productivity, and what can British businesses do to become more productive?

Business Energy Switching Myths

If you run a business and you’ve never switched to a new energy contract, you could be paying as much as 40% more than you need to for gas and electricity. A recent study carried out by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that a staggering £7 billion is being wasted by small and […]

5 Top Tips for Creating a Foolproof Mileage Policy

9 out of 10 company car drivers in the UK admit to having submitted inaccurate mileage claims in the past, according to a recent survey by Flexed. Inaccurate mileage claims can cost businesses in inflated expenses claims and also bring the potential for fines from HMRC. So how can businesses ensure mileage records are accurate?

The Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Entrepreneurs

We can all learn from studying successful business people. How do some individuals seem to have the knack of succeeding? Are they lucky, or do they have certain skills or traits that help them to achieve? Paul Bassi CBE, a successful business owner himself, looks at what successful entrepreneurs have in common.

6 Things You’ll Need To Launch a Thriving Food or Drink Product

Small businesses have a tougher time than their larger and better-established competitors. Unlike the big brands, who enjoy plentiful resources and instant recognition in their industry, SMEs have plenty of hurdles to overcome, so we asked Craig Sams and William Fugard, co-founders of Gusto Organic drinks to share what they have learned from launching Gusto, […]

Where to Locate Your Business? The Best UK Cities for StartUps

Entrepreneurship is on the rise in the UK, and one of the first decisions you will need to make when starting a business is where to locate your venture. Even today, the era of the digital nomad, the place you choose to set up shop – figuratively or literally – can have an effect on […]

A Guide to Business Signage Best Practice

If your business has a physical presence of any kind, or you exhibit or attend branded events, it’s imperative to invest in quality business signage that stands out from the crowd. The right signage and logo design will help build brand recognition, both offline and online, and ultimately increase footfall and conversions.

Getting Started with Google AdWords – A Step-by-Step Guide

A lot of small businesses start using Google AdWords in the hope that it will help them increase sales with small investment. This isn’t true. Yes, AdWords can help you increase sales but only with the right investment. To get the return on investment you’re hoping for, you will need to set up your account […]

Secured v Unsecured Business Loans – The Key Differences

If you need finance for your business, one route you can take is a business loan. Business loans now come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so you’ll need to choose the loan that’s best suited to your situation. One of the main options you’ll have is whether to take out a secured, […]

Staff Performance Reviews – How to Get the Most Out of Them

As a business owner, it’s likely that you struggle to find time to do the performance appraisals for your team. You are not the only one. Surveys have indicated that owners and managers hate doing performance reviews and as many as 58% think it is a waste of time.

4 IT Security Best Practices SMBs Need To Adopt Immediately

While cyberattacks on companies that are household names are often highly publicised and reported on, attacks on small businesses often go unnoticed by the media despite accounting for 43% of targeted attacks. These attacks might not hit the front page, but they are having a significant impact on small businesses across the globe.

How to Manage Staff Holidays

All workers are entitled to receive a minimum of 5.6 weeks’ paid annual leave. Whilst this is a benefit for staff, employers can find themselves struggling to manage staff holidays around their business needs. To help make sure your business runs smoothly, here is an overview of how to successfully manage staff holidays.

Cut Your Costs With an Insurance Policy Tailored for Your Line of Work

When you are running a business, it can often feel as though your margins are being squeezed year after year. Seeing the costs of your supplies, subscriptions and other essentials rising while the prices you charge are being forced down is an understandable cause for frustration.

Is it Safe to Switch to a Smaller Business Energy Supplier?

In the latest results from the Which? annual survey of the ‘best and worst energy suppliers’ survey, smaller suppliers come out well on top, while the Big Six languish at the foot of the table. But, given the recent spate of small energy suppliers going to the wall, is it safe to switch to a […]

The FinTech Companies Helping You To Remortgage

Remortgaging is a popular way to save money on your mortgage – with lower rates available to those that switch. Introductory rates are often available for the first few years of your mortgage deal, but once you get to year 3 or 5, the standard variable rate (SVR) kicks in.

A Guide to Merchant Cash Advances

If you need an injection of cash for your business, there are now many different and increasingly flexible alternative finance products available to suit your unique requirements. One of the more recent and most innovative among them is the merchant cash advance. So what exactly is a merchant cash advance, and is it a suitable […]

What the New Right for Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Means for Businesses

In April 2020 the Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Act, is due to come into force. This will place legal requirements on businesses to give employees who have suffered a bereavement time off work so we asked HR Consultant, Kirsten Cluer, to explain what businesses should do to prepare for the new legislation.

A Practical Guide to IT, Telecoms & Connectivity for Small Businesses

Virtually every business now relies on technology to trade successfully so need to invest in the right technology. For large businesses, this is rarely an issue, but for early stage and small businesses, these can be big decisions and the wrong ones can cause real problems. This guide aims to help you make the right […]

7 Common Direct Mail Mistakes to Avoid

Even in an age of digital marketing, the use of direct mail as a way of attracting and converting new customers as well as touching base with previous clients remains a tried and tested technique. However, if you make any of these common direct mail mistakes, you will almost certainly be wasting time, paper, ink […]

Your Making Tax Digital for VAT Questions Answered

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is arguably the biggest change to the UK’s tax system for a generation, so here’s a quick walkthrough of what MTD means for small businesses, together with five practical steps to help you tackle the changes.

4 Ways to Make Your Crowdfunding Campaign Stand Above the Rest

Equity crowdfunding has flourished as a key form of alternative finance for early and growth stage businesses. It’s become a great alternative to bank loans and other traditional funding sources, allowing entrepreneurs to engage a crowd of passionate investors for financial backing. However, the popularity of equity crowdfunding has left platforms, like Crowdcube and Seedrs, […]

Why Real Leaders Don’t Need a Corner Office

For some people, power (and therefore impact) sits in symbols of power such as a corner office, a nice company car or an executive assistant. Symbols can, at times, play an impactful role but real and lasting impact is so much bigger than that. It’s how you conduct yourself, your actions and behaviours, that will […]