• work with freelancers

    How to work effectively with freelancers

    As the recession continues to hit UK businesses, many are finding they have to make redundancies to save money, and replace their full time staff with part-time freelancers. This means more work for the UK’s…

  • How to set up a Small business IT network

    How to set up a small business IT network

    Having a data network has become a requirement for all modern businesses, regardless of size. An IT network gives your workforce access to the internet and other services like VoIP, allowing employees to communicate and…

  • A practical guide to flexible working rights for small businesses

    Every employee that has worked for you for more than 26 weeks has the statutory right to request flexible working.

    Here’s what every small business owner needs to know about flexible working rights, and how to handle flexible working requests from staff so that you don’t end up in front of an Employment Tribunal.

  • project management tips and advice

    The importance of roles and responsibilities in project management

    One of the key attributes of projects is that they are not structured in the same way as ordinary business departments. A number of people, possibly including contractors or consultants, are brought together to deliver…

  • what to do when employee has lied on CV

    Can you dismiss an employee if they lied on their CV?

    It is common for individuals to exaggerate or embellish certain aspects of their CV when applying for a role, however employers can be faced with a serious problem if it turns out the person they…

  • 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 a number of essential things you will need to…

  • grab audience attention with prop

    9 ways you can use props to make your presentations more impactful and memorable

    How much of what you say is actually remembered? As a business owner, communicating your vision and expectations is vital if your business is to succeed, so strong and effective communication skills are a pre-requisite…

  • Negative company review by employee

    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…

  • employee cost

    The real cost of taking on your first employee

    Taking on your first employee should be an exciting time. It means your business idea is working and you need help to expand. But while employees will help your business grow, they will also bring…