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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 […]

6 Fun Apps to Help You Get Your Business Through Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner; the high streets are flooding with people, the markets are springing up in town and city centres across the country, and the festivities are in full swing. While it is a time of great celebration and merriment, Christmas can also be incredibly stressful with a stack of work to […]

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

 Some businesses will work on Christmas Eve but then close down until Wednesday, 2nd January. It may feel as if everyone is off work and every office is closed (especially with many schools closed until 7th January as well) – but that’s not entirely accurate. Many people are still working during the festivities. As a […]

How to Get Funding Fast: The Quickest Routes to Finance for SMEs

When you need to find business funding fast, what are your options and what are the quickest ways for you to secure more finance? We talk you through the most viable fast funding options for SMEs who need finance in a hurry, and include practical tips on how to ensure your funding application goes as […]

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.

5 Technologies That Can Supercharge Your Next Corporate Event

Today’s events offer the best of both worlds when the right technology is applied to the immediacy of the face-to-face experience. Delegates can enjoy the impact of personal, immediate interactions, networking opportunities and cutting-edge talks – with the added benefits of VR experiences, social sharing, personalised follow-up experiences and automated check-ins. In this way, the […]

How to Build the Perfect Pitch Deck for Raising Funds

Most entrepreneurs really struggle to bring in investment without the proper tools to bolster their proposition. An engaging pitch deck is a key part of any successful fundraising strategy, so it’s vital to get it right. With no clear consensus on what a great pitch deck for raising funds looks like, we asked funding expert, […]

How to Use Digital PR to Build Links to Your Website

There are a whole range of ways that you can build backlinks to your business’s website, from guest posting to tactical link audits and on-site asset creation. However, the amount of time and effort it takes to get each link can become a barrier, particularly when you have limited resources.

How to Give Feedback When an Employee Does a Terrible Job

In a small business or start-up culture there is often limited time available for formal employee appraisals or structured feedback planning. However, developing a business culture where structured feedback is routinely given, received and acknowledged is essential for long-term growth.

5 Factors to Consider When Expanding Your Business Overseas

According to a study by Elements Global Services, 69 percent of UK businesses are planning to expand internationally in the next three years. At the same time, 58 percent of businesses described hiring and onboarding overseas staff as challenging. Problems identified in the research include setting up global payroll, benefits programs and other HR essentials; […]

7 Strategies for Building a Valuable and Enjoyable Business

When I first discovered entrepreneurship, I was a blind optimist and believed that most entrepreneurs were succeeding, earning big money, enjoying freedom and making an impact. I knew there was work involved, but I couldn’t understand why people wouldn’t choose to be an entrepreneur – success was a sure thing if you were ambitious, tenacious […]

Making a Contractual Job Offer to a New Employee

Following a successful recruitment and selection process, employers will be able to identify which candidates they wish to employ. Making a job offer to the successful candidate appears to be a straightforward area of law, however, there are several factors that employers should consider to put themselves on the best path.

Can Employers Decline an Employee’s Annual Leave Request?

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998, employees are entitled to take a minimum of 5.6 times their normal working week as paid annual leave each year. As employees typically place great significance on their holiday entitlement, the act of declining an annual leave request can often be met with annoyance.

5 Ways to Implement Learning at Work

The business landscape is constantly changing, and new technology is accelerating the pace of developments. These changing dynamics have redefined the ‘ability to learn’ as an essential skill, whatever your role in the organisation. ‘Learn something new today’ should not be just a lesson for when you are in school or university – it should […]