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Time to Spring clean your business?
Posted by Mark Boulter on May 7, 2018

How to start spring cleaning your business With Spring weather back again, after a slight blip, thoughts might be on spring cleaning your home or getting the garden tidied up. Instead, have you thought about spring cleaning your business? Running a business isn’t just time consuming, it’s life consuming. So, putting time aside to tidy

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Five key steps to getting your business off the ground
Posted by Mark Boulter on May 4, 2018

On the whole, the start-up world is a friendly one. When a friend launched a new business several years back, she was able to garner advice from all kinds of people working in SMEs, many of whom had been through the same process she was going through.

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7 dos and don’ts for business success
Posted by Mark Boulter on May 2, 2018

A successful business, 90% of the time, is one which turns a profit. If you can pay your staff, cover your overheads comfortably and sleep at night knowing you’re not on the edge of bankruptcy, it’s fair to say that – at least in a financial sense – you’re making a success of your company. But how is success achieved in the first place?

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A high street in crisis… Can retailers turn the tide on a changing high street?
Posted by Jon Pryse-Jones on April 30, 2018

It’s difficult to avoid the headlines warning us of the high street’s demise, with all retailers big and small feeling the pressure. A BBC report predicts that 650 shops and restaurants, run by a handful of major chains, have shut since the start of 2018 or are at risk of closure. It includes Maplin and Toys R Us who have already fallen.

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How unusual combinations give your business the edge
Posted by Ben Locker on April 23, 2018

When I was in my second year at university, one of my tutors was a well-known Scottish poet who liked to do things differently. You’d be sitting in his room, wishing that you’d read your Shakespeare a bit more thoroughly, when – boom! – you’d be lobbed a question like: “Compare the plot of King Lear to the workings of a bicycle” By doing this knew he’d make you think spontaneously and – with luck – reach new insights that you otherwise wouldn’t.

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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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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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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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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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