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Top Tips to Eliminate Small Business Stress

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Starting a business of your own can prove to be a very rewarding experience from a long-term point of view. Still, even the most successful ventures suffered from “growing pains” during their initial stages. These stressful situations can take a toll upon the mindset of any business owner or freelancer. (more…)

Be a Great Place to Work – 5 Ways to Support Staff Wellbeing

Employees need to know that leaders and managers at all levels believe the wellbeing of staff really does matter; that they are committed to providing the resources and doing whatever is necessary to make their workplace a good place to work.

Here are five ways to help ensure that happens: (more…)

10 Tips for Turbocharging Your Search Engine Marketing Returns

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Getting noticed online is harder than ever. Not only are there more websites out there than ever before but the established players in most niches are firmly entrenched at the top of SERPs.

If you want your website to get anywhere near those coveted top three spots you need to look at ways to improve your online marketing. (more…)

How to Protect Your Business From Cyber Attacks During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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As the UK remains subject to strict measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has identified a surge in ‘coronavirus-themed’ malicious apps, websites, phishing emails and messages that seek to steal confidential or sensitive information. The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has even suggested that the UK has been the most severely targeted country for COVID-19 related phishing emails. (more…)

Top Tips for Tip-Top Presentations

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One of the main benefits of all the technology that surrounds us these days is that it allows us to do things that would have been outsourced in the past. And when you’re running a start-up or a small business on a shoestring it makes sense to go down the DIY route for all sort of requirements – your branding, design & print and your presentations for example. (more…)

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: How Does it Work, and What Will Change?

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme opened on 20 April, and the uptake has been huge; at the start of May, claims had been made for a quarter of private sector workers.

Under the scheme, employers can claim 80% of staff wages from the Government, up to a cap of £2,500 per month; they can choose to top up the surplus but do not have to. (more…)

What Are the Legal Implications If You Can’t Fulfil Contracts

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Where do you stand legally if you have outstanding contracts that you cannot fulfil through no fault of your own, or have contracts with others for the supply of goods or services which they cannot fulfil?

We asked Amanda Hamilton, Chief Executive of the NALP to outline the legal implications. (more…)

How to Keep Morale Up at Your Small Business

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Many of us are feeling much more anxious than usual as lockdown continues to disrupt our lives and our businesses.

Anxiety can make it hard for us to concentrate, be creative, and adversely affect our ability to adapt to the changing business conditions, to make the most of any opportunities, and to plan creatively for the future. (more…)

How to Make the Most of the Move to Remote Working

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The coronavirus pandemic has meant businesses across the UK have had to rapidly embrace remote working. The scale and speed that businesses have had to adapt to employees working from home has meant a steep learning curve for many small business owners. (more…)

How to Market Yourself When You Can’t Deliver Your Product or Service

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During the COVID-19 lockdown many businesses have discovered they are perfectly capable of working remotely and delivering most of what they do online.

Sadly, this isn’t the case for millions of businesses working in fields like hairdressing, massage, physiotherapy, children’s parties, cleaning or catering. But this doesn’t mean that business needs to completely stop.  (more…)

Leadership and Trust During Covid-19

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The current COVID-19 pandemic is presenting business leaders with some very difficult decisions.

At times like these, there is an even greater spotlight on the actions and behaviours of those leading businesses. Here, we look at the key issues leaders need to keep in mind to avoid damaging their reputation and losing trust. (more…)

Legal Implications of Managing Your Business Under COVID-19 Restrictions

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The Government has advised businesses to encourage staff to work from home wherever possible. While some businesses may be well versed in how to manage staff who work from home, for others this is likely to be new territory.

You’ll want to ensure that despite having less regular contact with your staff, business is still able to carry on as normally as possible, so we asked Francesca Mundy, Senior Legal Editor at Sparqa Legal to highlight key issues for employers to consider. (more…)

Optimise Your Website In 3 Easy Steps

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If you have a website (which you probably should), you will no doubt have considered how to get more visitors to the site. Without attracting high quality traffic, a website offers very little real value to any organisation. (more…)

Managing Remote Teams During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Are you worried about managing your business’ remote teams during the current coronavirus pandemic?

John Williams, Head of Marketing at Instant Offices, shares his advice on how to overcome the challenges of managing a remote team, and highlights the main pros and cons of remote working in the long-term… (more…)

How to Perfect a Business Continuity Plan for Remote Working

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Across the globe, millions of employees are being advised to work from home, but managing and coordinating a remote workforce is unfamiliar territory for many business owners.

We asked Paul Jeffrey, of cloud and continuity experts Iomart, to share his must-do tips on maintaining resilience and integrity when employees have to work remotely. (more…)

3 Popular Myths About AI in Business

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In all industries, businesses are starting to realise the potential AI (artificial intelligence) can bring; strengthening decision-making whilst automating complex and time-consuming tasks.

Through the power of AI, businesses can help to streamline their operations, increasing efficiency and overall productivity. (more…)

7 Staff Engagement Tips for Start-Ups & SMEs

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Small businesses and start-ups often provide a more flexible approach to work. That might be working from home a couple of days a week, working remotely, flexitime on core hours, flexibility for parenting duties and perhaps a more relaxed working environment. (more…)

McKenzie Friend & Paralegal – The Key Differences

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You know things, we all know things – some useful (i before e, except after c), some less so (only one King in a pack of cards doesn’t have a moustache). But sometimes we only think we know things. For example, if you need to go to court, you must employ a solicitor … right?

Wrong! (more…)

Why Collaborative Working and Open Offices are the Future

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The office environment is now the frontline of employee engagement, with businesses everywhere investing in their working spaces for the benefit of staff.

The right working space will improve productivity and the bottom line through a series of benefits that we’ll detail below. (more…)

IR35 in 2020 – What Business Owners Need to Know

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Most UK businesses have just a few short weeks before finding out what the new legislation will be regarding IR35.

The Spring Budget is due on 11 March, and the thought of sweeping reforms for their payroll system. on top of Brexit uncertainty, is only going to cause more frustration for businesses. (more…)

The Brexit Checklist for UK Tech Companies

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With the UK finally set to leave the UK, businesses are now waiting to see what the post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU will be like.

With a lack of clarity on what the future holds, Ritam Gandhi, founder of Studio Graphene, shares steps that UK tech companies can take to future-proof their business. (more…)

9 of the Best & Fastest Ways to Improve Your Website Results

The majority of small business owners recognise the power of digital marketing and that a website is a must have.

With limited funds and marketing budget, most small businesses tend to buy their website from an agency or designer that does everything. However, as Tim Butler, founder of Innovation Visual explains, this might not be the best course to take. (more…)

Small Business SEO: Everything You Were Too Afraid to Ask

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According to the founding father of Microsoft Bill Gates: “If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of business.”

The statement is bold and even controversial, but the Internet is without doubt, an excellent opportunity to tell as many people as possible about your business. (more…)

The Dos & Don’ts of Influencer Marketing

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As we head into 2020, one thing is for sure, and that is that 2019 was the year influencer marketing reached the mainstream.

So how can businesses successfully use influencer marketing to reach more customers and grow sales? (more…)