How to set up an online shop

If you’re thinking about setting up an online shop and want to know the best way to go about it, our step-by-step guide tells you all you need to know.
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Starting up a franchise business – an overview

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There are currently over 900 different businesses operating as franchises across the UK. Some of the more instantly recognisable brand names that offer franchise opportunities in the UK are Domino’s Pizza, McDonald’s and Subway.
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Is 2021 the year to start a property development business?

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Could 2021 be the year of the small independent property developer? The last 10 months have seen more changes to the planning rules in England than the previous 10 years combined, as the government looks for a way to reach its target of creating 300,000 new homes a year, and simultaneously stimulate the economy as part of the COVID recovery efforts. (more…)

The Democratisation of Professional Services & How to Use it to Your Advantage

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With lockdown largely forcing the country into remote working, digital adoption has been accelerated exponentially. Of course, this isn’t without its challenges, as businesses struggle to ensure their staff have access to the right tools and technology, are communicating effectively, and continue to offer the same high level of service to clients. (more…)

How to Successfully Launch Your Drinks Brand in Time for Summer

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As you may expect, soft drink sales tend to skyrocket in summer. In fact, the start of the primary sales season starts as soon as Easter and lasts through to the end of September.

With the global pandemic leading to most high street shops temporarily shutting, supermarkets, along with food and beverage retailers, have seen an uptick in business, creating an opportunity for new drinks brands to gain significant traction. (more…)

8 key steps to get your startup off the ground

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Starting a business may be exciting, however there are a few things that you need to make sure that you get right from the beginning.

Here are eight top tips for startup success that business expert, Carl Reader, shares in his new book, BOSS IT; (more…)

Will COVID-19 Inspire a New Wave of British Entrepreneurs?

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Starting one’s own business is a desire that many people have. Some harbour the ambition from a very young age, while for others it is something that grows throughout their working lives; for some, the lure is the opportunity to be their own boss, for others there is a very clear issue or gap in the market that they have an idea of how to solve. (more…)

How to start an arcade business – the key steps

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The coronavirus pandemic led to many UK businesses in the entertainment industry closing their doors. Only in the last few weeks have some started to re-open under strict social distancing guidelines (meaning significantly reduced capacity and revenue). (more…)

Esport Opening Up New Opportunities for Travel Businesses

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So far, 2020 has been a year to forget for those operating in a whole range of industries. But few have been harder hit than the travel sector. There is cautious optimism that the worst is behind us, but the industry faces changes that will linger for the long term, perhaps permanently. (more…)

How to close a presentation or speech

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Have you ever ended a presentation and wondered if your audience got the point or was convinced to invest in your venture? If you have, chances are you did not properly prepare your closing.

Here, Vinette Hoffman-Jackson of Toastmasters International explains how to close your speech, pitch or presentation successfully. (more…)

How to survive tough times in business

Running a small business can be a bit of a roller-coaster. Just when you think everything is going smoothly, an unexpected shock can hit your business and all of a sudden, your business is experiencing a very tough time.

So how do you turn your business around when times are bad, and all seems lost? Business owner, Anthony Main shares what he learned when his business was on the brink. (more…)

5 questions to ask yourself before starting a business

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The inspiration to start a business can come at any time: in the pub, in the shower, in the supermarket, walking the dog.

How many times has someone you know announced they’ve had a great business idea? And how many of those eureka moments ended up as no more than a few notes on a napkin? (more…)

Start-Up Guide (2) – Before you start a business

Starting up a business on your own must be one of life’s steepest learning curves – and certainly one of the most challenging.

The start-up process will not only test your knowledge of your industry and your key skills, it will also teach you about yourself. By the end of year one, you will be considerably more self-aware.
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Start-Up Guide (9) – Accounting for your new business

When you start up your own business, one thing’s for sure – money isn’t going to be in abundance to begin with. It goes without saying that it will go a lot further the more self-sufficient you are in the early days. But if there is one area where it’s worth shelling out for professional help, it’s with your accountant.
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Start-Up Guide (10) – An overview of National Insurance (NI)

When Lloyd George’s Liberal government first introduced National Insurance (NI) payments in 1911, the aim was to provide a safety net for workers who fell on hard times.

The scheme took money out of workers’ wages, and in return, they could get money from the government to pay for medical treatment, or if they lost their job.
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How to start a business at university (from someone who did it themselves)

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A number of the world’s largest companies were founded by ambitious and determined university students who weren’t afraid to dream.

Most people know that Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in his Harvard dorm room, but were you aware that FedEx, the global courier service, was first imagined by Frederick W. Smith in an undergraduate paper while he was studying at Yale? (more…)

How to get your pitching right at the first attempt

“Put that coffee down. Coffee’s for closers only”. Alec Baldwin delivered this iconic line in the movie Glengarry Glen Ross. It may sound harsh but that is the reality.

Pitching an idea and closing a deal can be a nerve-wracking process. Even successful business greats like Richard Branson found the skill of pitching hard to come by. (more…)

Selling a small business – the how and why

When it comes to selling your business, there are a number of routes you can take. To ensure your business sale goes smoothly and you get full value for your business, we look at the process of selling a small business and highlight some of the key considerations you will need to make. (more…)