• Guide to effectively using promotional materials for start-ups

    Making the leap into starting your own business takes a lot of bottle and brings a lot of new challenges. Those early days, as you work to drum up business and generate new customers, will…

  • What employers need to know about hiring staff from overseas

    In all businesses, the focus is on employing the right person for the role. When the person you intend to hire is not a UK citizen, you need to be aware of the legal requirements…

  • DBS checking employees – 6 tips to make sure you get it right

    Whether you are a small or large business owner, it’s likely you will welcome any method that cuts down the level of effort and time needed to successfully perform a given activity. Employee recruitment and…

  • How to write a good creative brief

    When you’re hiring a creative freelancer or agency, you need to remember that they’re coming from outside of your organisation, and might not know your brand guidelines, tone of voice, and so on.

  • How to cold-call successfully

    It’s an occasional necessity of business that you’ll need to call somebody without them expecting it, which is the very definition of cold-calling.

  • How to sell to the big retailers – advice for small businesses

    If your new business makes a product that you want to sell to the general public, then one of the most important factors in your future success will be great distribution.

  • commercial lease

    What to watch out for in a commercial lease – tips for small firms

    When you take on a commercial property, you probably have a lot of things to worry about that don’t directly relate to the property itself – business plans, securing funding, and so on. However, that…

  • How to hire employees when you don’t have any cash

    The easiest and most risk free way to start a business is to base it at home and do all the work yourself. Many successful firms started that way and grew organically; funding growth from…

  • Should you rent or buy your business premises?

    Finding the right premises is one of the most crucial decisions when starting or growing your business. Many firms are successfully started from home – that’s certainly the most cost effective place to base your…