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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Canny Ken and his Diddymen from Knotty Ash have the last laugh!
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on March 23, 2018

According to recent press commentary, Ken Dodd married his long-time partner, Anne Jones, just two days before he died. With an estate estimated to be £7m, the executors were facing an Inheritance Tax bill of over £2m, but tying the knot means that assets transferred to Anne can now be made tax-free.

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Hiring apprentices could be a “no brainer”
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on March 21, 2018

Apprenticeships have been in the news recently and their popularity as an alternative to university seems to be growing. It was National Apprenticeship Week from the 5 – 9 March and there were activities taking place across the country. I think it’s often thought that apprenticeships are just for big businesses. But, Government numbers suggest that in 2017 more than a quarter of a million workplaces in England took on an apprentice.

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Saving money on your business bills is easier than you might think…
Posted by Ben Locker on March 19, 2018

I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people who are hopeless at doing admin. Even the thought of dealing with red tape sends me into a bout of procrastination. I’d rather do almost anything else from cleaning the car to polishing the silver or learning dead languages.

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What sort of manager are you?
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on March 16, 2018

For a business to be successful, having a diverse team of people who can work together is important. Managing that team well is even more important. So, what are the different management styles?

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The Government’s Spring Statement 2018: what you need to know
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on March 13, 2018

It was always going to be the Spring Statement that wasn’t really much of a statement. Last year, we had two Budgets: one in March, the next in November. The traditional Autumn Statement was replaced by the annual Budget and we now have a Spring Statement instead.

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GDPR: What you need to know – part 2
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on March 12, 2018

Some more pointers to help with the May deadline General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018, to better protect our personal data. If your business holds the personal data of staff, customers, suppliers and other business contacts, you’ll be affected. Hopefully, you saw our GDPR – part 1 blog.

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