• The 3 big mistakes that stop your press release from being published

    When you’re starting or running your own small business, you have an endless list of jobs to do. One of the most crucial is generating interest in your business and creating awareness of your products…

  • What is a confidentiality agreement or ‘NDA’ and when might a small business use one?

    Picture the scene. You’ve spent years developing an amazing new product, the likes of which has never been seen before. It will truly revolutionise the market and give your competitors many sleepless nights of agonising…

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    7 brilliant branding tips for start ups

    Your brand is your identity and in a tough marketplace, it can be the thing that separates you from the competition and grabs the attention of potential new customers. Remember you’ve only got a very…

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    10 top tips for small businesses starting out with social media

    We’ve all heard it; “You just have to be using social media marketing.” And the response from many business owners is; “I’m keen to try using social media to promote my small business but I’m not…

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    Lessons in steering your business to export success – The Brompton Bicycle

    The Brompton Bicycle is a great example of how a simple idea can be transformed into a global business. Today, the company behind the bike is a well-known British business success story, but it wasn’t always the case.

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    5 e-commerce trend predictions for 2015

    Year on year, the e-commerce industry continues to boom with more and more companies moving to the web. The rapid pace of business is amplified online, with the proliferation of apps, new technologies and seemingly…

  • Taking on an employee for the first time – 4 things you must get right

    If you are taking on a new employee, you need to be aware of a whole range of issues. With staff come a range of responsibilities that you, as an employer, are required to fulfil.

  • A Beginner’s guide to cloud computing for small and start-up businesses

    The phrase ‘cloud computing’ has already been around for a number of years. However, plenty of small business owners are only just discovering what the ‘cloud’ actually is and more importantly, how cloud computing can…

  • Why it is important to have a Partnership Agreement

    Business is all about partnerships – public-private partnerships, supplier relationships, collaboration with colleagues and competitors, and of course the way you work with your customers.