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2019 155

Start-up funding: Private and public funding opportunities for your start-up business

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There are some very generous tax breaks and reliefs that encourage investors to back your business. 85% of equity crowdfunding is through Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) or Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

2017 266

Counting the costs: What government funding for scientific research will cover?

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What Costs Can You Claim Through R&D Tax Credits? Finding out that the government could give you some money is always great news, especially when you’re a small business to whom it makes a real difference.

2019 150

Building customer loyalty for small businesses

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Building customer loyalty is an important process for a small business. It helps encourage first-time customers to come back, builds a strong customer base, and can make you stand out from your competitors. So how should you go about achieving customer loyalty in a small business?

2017 250

How to choose a business bank account

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Business banks accounts can offer a wide variety of features and incentives that can make the day-to-day operation of your business that much more smooth and hassle-free. Here we take you through some of the things to consider when choosing your business bank account.

2017 231

Are SMEs are turning their backs on traditional marketing?

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We recently commissioned some research to see how committed smaller businesses are to traditional marketing in the digital age.

2019 137

5 Ways to Promote Your Training Course through Effective Marketing

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Devising an effective course that meets a demand in your industry is only the start of a long journey towards making your training course profitable. In order to fill your course up with attendees, you will need a multi-faceted approach to marketing.

Online Accounting Among Top Tips for New Entrepreneurs

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Starting a new business is more than just coming up with an idea and pitching it to customers. There is a tonne of planning that goes into a new enterprise, followed by convincing financing sources to get behind the idea.

2017 195

Top 5 Tips to Relax after Work

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Can’t switch off after work? Restless? Anxious? Thoughts endlessly going round your mind? Heart racing? Grumpy with your family for no particular reason? Maybe it is time to relax!

2015 256

How business support services can help small businesses grow

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When you stake your claim in a market for the first time as a small business – whether as a sole trader or with a couple additional staff members – it’s always immensely gratifying to watch your business grow and expand. Growing as a small business isn’t always so cut and dry, however.

2018 139

Are there any Pitfalls in Cloud Computing

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Considering cloud computing but you’re concerned about the pitfalls, like security and flexibility? What is cloud computing?

2016 206

How Your Business Could Benefit from Mobile Shredding Services

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All businesses, whether large or small, will produce or possess sensitive information. This data must be kept confidential in order to protect the interests of an organisation. If you do not dispose of this data in the right manner, it could compromise your company as well as your clients.

2015 249

An Alternative to Netsuite?

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Is there currently a SaaS offering that is an alternative to Netsuite? The answer is WinWeb. WinWeb gives you transformational enterprise level cloud computing for your growing business.

2015 221

10 Steps to Survive a Business Disaster

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In business, it sometimes pays to take a risk. But in the face of natural disasters, like floods and fires, or criminal activity like cyber hacking, your Recovery Procedure Plan needs to be as safe as houses. After all, everything is on the line.

2016 204

Top 5 Tips for Startup Marketing

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Attracting customers is one of the top challenges for startup businesses, especially if you do not have any marketing background yourself. However, the principles of marketing are common sense and can get you a long way without excessive expenditure.

2015 224

Do you really “get” emotional intelligence?

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Over the last couple of months I have been running a series of workshops on emotional intelligence and from them I am now running a further series of six workshops going deeper into different aspects of EI.

2014 249

Why Startups Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be and Why It Doesn’t Matter

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Typically, when we read about new businesses and entrepreneurs it’s all ‘this is the new Facebook’ or ‘how this business has really taken off in the last year’ and all too often, the media focus entirely on the glamour and success of entrepreneurism.

2015 226

Creating a unique office space

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Designing your office right is a vital part of creating a well-functioning business. To help you get it right from the outset, we talk you through some workspace design tips for your office. Designing around a theme.

2017 167

Generation Recession: a small business evolution

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There’s a new breed of start-up – they’re younger, more optimistic and ready to innovate.

2014 247

How To Become A Self-Employed Permanent Makeup Artist

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Ever contemplated permanent makeup artist as a career choice? Congratulations! You have just begun the journey towards being a specialist in the permanent cosmetics industry-an exciting and rewarding profession.

2018 134

An Alternative to Netsuite?

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Is there currently a SaaS offering that is an alternative to Netsuite? The answer is WinWeb. WinWeb gives you transformational enterprise level cloud computing for your growing business.

2015 212

3 Rules For Live Music At Corporate Events

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When planning and booking live music for corporate events, as the organiser you will need to ensure you’ve done research and planned your entertainment in conjunction with your venue and needs.

2015 214

Top 5 Tips for Productive Meetings

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As pointed out in an earlier post, it is worth thinking twice before scheduling a meeting and preferable to first consider whether the meeting is really necessary. When you do arrange a meeting, make sure it is as productive as possible. Be clear about what you want to achieve.

2015 216

Brighton: The Silicon Valley of the United Kingdom?

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We are all aware that the digital revolution has been fully embraced throughout the United Kingdom. As the digital age continues to evolve, there are always some locations which tend to stand out from the rest.

2017 157

The Future of Cloud Computing

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Focussing exclusively on cost-savings is no longer sufficient when evaluating the benefits of cloud computing. Although there can be substantial cost savings, it is increasingly important that cloud services support businesses as a whole.

2015 214

Ways SMEs can save money

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When it comes to your small or medium enterprise (SME) the ability to save on operating costs without sacrificing efficiency can make a huge difference in both your bottom line and your future as an organisation. As a fast growing sector of the Australian economy and with over 1.2

2015 218

Top 5 Tips for Running a Business on the Side

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Not all of us have the luxury of being able to spend their whole working week on their business. A large number of entrepreneurs only have the time to run their micro biz after they have done a full day of work already or at the weekend.

2014 253

Ready to Take Your Startup to the Next Level? Consider Outsourcing These Services

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Outsourcing sometimes gets a bad reputation as it can conjure up images of workers being paid low wages while a company’s profits soar. While that certainly happens in some instances, outsourcing can also be a really savvy way for business owners to take their startup operations to the next level.

2015 220

Top 5 Tips to Become a Better Public Speaker

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For many people the fear of speaking in public is second only to the fear of dying. Don’t let this put you off: Giving presentations, speeches and talks is an effective and valuable undertaking to promote your business and generate leads.

2015 206

How Should I Legally Structure My Startup Business?

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Along with the countless other things a start-up has to deal with when setting up a company, there is the major decision of how the company should trade legally. Establishing it correctly at the outset is crucial and could eliminate many issues along the way.

Legal 220

Steady Growth for British Online Retail

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Figures released by the Office for National Statistics last week show that British online sales increased by 11.4 % in June 2015, compared to the same time last year. The value of sales made online in June 2015 increased by 1.4 % compared with May 2015 and accounted for 12.4 % of all retail sales.…

2015 204

Create the ultimate home office working environment in 5 easy steps

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With increasing numbers of people working from home, such as knowledge workers, freelancers, and stock traders, a high specification office is not a luxury any more – it’s essential for your health and effectiveness.

Four Lessons You Can Learn about Personal Effectiveness from the Ryder Cup

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Firstly: if you don’t know about the Ryder Cup it is a biannual golf match played between the professional golfers of Europe and those of the USA.

2014 223

Are you thinking about your business or in it?

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Why are we even starting a business? Is it passion, are we driven to do something new, or as Steve Jobs put it make a dent in the universe? Start a business, grow it and then do an IPO – world domination next! For many the reality often has little to do with passion!

2014 218

How to create a Professional Image for your Small Business

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Setting up your own business is a dream for many and a reality for those brave enough to take the initial steps.

2014 229

Professionalism Without The Price Tag

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When embarking upon a new small enterprise or startup money tends to be on the tight side. But a lean budget doesn’t have to mean unprofessional looking.

2015 207

Are You Struggling to Find IT Staff?

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Integrated cloud-based IT systems can help solve one of the biggest problems for small businesses: How to find the right information technology experts.

2015 200

Mouth to Mouth Marketing

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Getting new prospects is the first step in getting new clients and orders. Even then it is not certain you will get any new business. Over the years I have learned one thing, customer referrals are by a long way the best way to get new customers.

2015 206

People do business with people.

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I think anyone knows that doing business is often all about personal relationships, especially in the B2B sector and when it comes to substantial personal investments. Not surprising then that building a personal relationship with your new business partner is essential to the final outcome.

2015 208

How to achieve simplicity in a complex world.

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Making it easy for your customers to do business with you is one of the cornerstones of business success. Customers are happy to invest in relationships that promise simplicity in the future, i.e. with their personal data.

2015 207

Why working hard and doing a good job is NOT (necessarily) a recipe for success

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Do you remember that friendly, caring, loving parental advice you received about working hard and doing a good job? I would think most of us have had that talk at some point in our childhood. (If

2014 224

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

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Do you really need to have a meeting? I would suggest not! Meetings cost time – which means money. They often do meetings achieve very little and are not really necessary. But should you need to discuss – person to person – any issues, there are other ways to hold a meeting too.

2015 204

Should young people join start-ups?

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The obvious answer to this question is “yes, of course” but the reality of the matter is that getting young people (and particularly graduates) to come aboard an actual start-up can be a tough sell.

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