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Even Richard Branson’s not brilliant at everything – and you don’t need to be either..
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on January 19, 2018

I was thinking about all the skills you need to run a successful business and I quickly came to the conclusion that there are few (if any) people in the world who have them all. After all, hand on heart, can you say you are a brilliant leader, an inspired business planner, a laser-focused marketer,

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How to be kind and cut your corporation tax bill at the same time!
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on January 17, 2018

Cutting your corporation tax bill by giving to charity Christmas is traditionally a time when our thoughts turn to people less fortunate than ourselves. Throughout the festive season, charities have worked hard to encourage us to give to causes ranging from homelessness and food banks to mental illness and child protection. Few of us are

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How to write your way to freedom (and more sales)
Posted by Ben Locker on January 17, 2018

Did you know it’s possible to write yourself out of a prison cell? That’s exactly what Louis Victor Eytinge did. A criminal with a track record for forgery, he was convicted of murder in 1907 and given a life sentence. Arriving in Arizona State Penitentiary, Eytinge was put in the infirmary to recover from a

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Self-employed and thinking about taking a holiday?
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on January 15, 2018

How to take a break whilst looking after your business at the same time It’s cold, grey and it’s only January. How do we get through winter? Answer? Book a holiday. But if you’re self-employed you might think twice. Most organisations give staff a number of paid holiday days per year. But if you’re one

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When it comes to saving tax – timing is everything – part two
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on January 12, 2018

The week before Christmas we posted an article pointing out the value of checking out the tax advantages of investing in new plant and equipment. We stressed the importance of timing. But this is just one matter that should be considered before the end of the current tax year. Every business owner and individual with

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Happy New Year and beware the gift card scam…!
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on January 10, 2018

Let’s hope that 2018 offers more cheer than 2017…well at least to the hapless Mrs May! Unfortunately, this season seems to bring out the good and the not so good in human nature. Readers are advised to be wary of the following scam that is targeted at vulnerable and elderly taxpayers. Frankly it’s hard to

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The 10 biggest mistakes business owners make
Posted by Mark Boulter on January 8, 2018

Common business mistakes We’re often told that making mistakes is a good way to learn – and there’s a lot of truth in that. Our careers, relationships and choices are littered with slip-ups, from which we pick ourselves up, learn a lesson and move on. But when it comes to running a business, making mistakes

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5 ways to help you fund your new business venture
Posted by Mark Boulter on January 5, 2018

Financing your business venture There’s nothing quite like building a business from scratch. Much like building your own house, taking responsibility for every element of the business project makes it seem that much more special and far more personal than you could ever have imagined. Of course, similar to constructing your own home, laying solid

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Is your body language giving you away? Here are 5 things you need to be aware of….
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on January 3, 2018

For many of us, going for an interview is a nerve racking experience. Others seem to thrive on it. Either way, we spend time thinking about what to say in the interview and how to say it. The truth is that we’re being judged before we’ve even opened our mouths. Without knowing it, your body

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Our top New Year’s resolutions for business success
Posted by Mark Boulter on January 1, 2018

Driving your company forward in the new year A new year, a new you, that’s the saying advertisers pitch to us around this time of year. And whether you’re planning on kicking that smoking habit, losing some excess weight, or taking steps to improve yourself professionally or personally, setting yourself a New Year’s resolution is

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