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Flower Power! How plants can transform your workplace
Posted by Ben Locker on April 20, 2018

Years ago, I used to work in offices that were very minimalist and discouraged (or even banned) you from keeping plants. I hated it, and it made me wonder whether keeping plants in the workplace had any measurable benefits. The short answer is ‘Yes!’ If you want happier, more productive staff, then plants could well be part of the answer. These are just 5 things I’ve found out.

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Some questions answered on Making Tax Digital
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on April 18, 2018

If you’re self-employed, then just the thought of completing an annual self-assessment tax form can fill you with dread. How long is it going to take? Now where did I put all of my receipts? The Government could have a solution though. In a move to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right, Making Tax Digital (MTD) could put an end to the annual tax return for millions.

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Moved job a few times over the years? Here’s how to trace your old pensions..
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on April 16, 2018

These days it’s very rare for people to stay in a job for life, or even for very many years. Moving from job to job can be great news for your career and your salary but things can quickly get confusing when it comes to your pension.

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Video marketing: Just good business sense
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on April 13, 2018

It’s no surprise to hear that Google is the largest search engine in the world but how many of you would have put YouTube second? As we continue to consume video content online, are you missing out on the chance to promote your business, product or service.

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Taking your business abroad
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on April 9, 2018

One way to grow your business is to sell your product or service to the rest of the world. Another is to relocate or open subsequent offices elsewhere but wouldn’t that just be a load of red tape and a very big headache? There will inevitably be a whole host of things to think about, but you might be surprised at just how keen some countries are to have your business.

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Chatbots: What on earth are they?!
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on April 6, 2018

If you don’t know what a chatbot is then don’t worry, you’re not alone. In simple terms, it’s an online tool that can be programmed to interact like a human being. It’s really rather like an Amazon Alexa or Siri but rather than being programmed for general use it’s designed (or programmed) to address a particular online business application.

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5 HR mistakes your start-up should avoid
Posted by Mark Boulter on April 4, 2018

Starting a business inevitably means juggling several things at once. Quite often one person will have many hats – project manager, sales person and HR manager to name but a few and – particularly in the first few years. With that in mind, we’ve listed five of the more common HR mistakes made by SME’s and give some tips on how you can avoid them.

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GDPR: What you need to know – part 3
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on April 2, 2018

More pointers to help you comply by 25 May General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018. In an increasingly digital world, the new regulations are being introduced to better protect our personal data. If your business holds the data of staff, customers, suppliers and other business contacts, then you’ll

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9 business tips on recovering money that you are owed
Posted by Mark Boulter on March 30, 2018

Cash flow issues are invariably faced by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) at some point in their journey. Most of us have a story to tell about a customer who will not pay for services rendered in a timely fashion or having to coax and cajole a certain customer month in, month out for payment.

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Big brother is monitoring your heart rate
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on March 28, 2018

Can the move to wearable technology be used against us as employees? Is this example of Big Brother a step too far? Can the health data of employees be harvested in the future, by employers, and could that impact performance bonuses and health benefits? Read some thoughts on the topic here.

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