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Tempted to Work from Home? The Pleasures and the Pitfalls

Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:38:14 +0000

If you’re considering making your home a base for your business or your primary place of work, don’t forget to factor in the possible pitfalls.

Growing Your Business: Where Should You Start?

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 01:05:47 +0000

When you are starting to think about growing your business and hiring staff to help you manage your daily tasks as you take on more clients, which department should you focus on growing first?

Confidence To Go For Growth

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 20:53:42 +0000

As 2013 comes to an end, is there a spring in the step of small business owners, or are they struggling to find their feet in this cautious economic climate?

How small businesses can reduce their costs on office supplies

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:15:33 +0000

Online retailer, Frillo, has fundamentally disrupted the retail sector with a brand new business model, by not charging a mark-up on products sold to the end user.

Get the RIGHT strategy to succeed in business going into 2014

Sun, 27 Oct 2013 12:39:48 +0000

Pricing strategies are one of the biggest issues facing businesses going into 2014. Now that the economy is showing signs of recovery, the need to get the most out of every pound has become acute.

Are you ready for 4G?

Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:36:19 +0000

4G is literally turbo charging UK mobile networks, transforming the mobile internet experience for millions of smartphone and tablet users. But how will it affect you?

Trials and tribulations of small businesses finding the right meeting room or conference venue

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 19:13:36 +0000

Looking for a meeting room or conference venue in London? For owners of small and medium-sized businesses, client meetings can sometimes represent something of a challenge, especially when looking for somewhere in London, according to Holiday Inn, a leading hotel group.

Going social – time to push your brand

Thu, 23 May 2013 21:34:41 +0000

For many small business owners, social media may seem like another world. In reality it is, but that shouldn’t stop you from using it to promote and push your business message.

Small Business Help Increases in a Variety of Ways

Thu, 23 May 2013 21:25:51 +0000

Over the last few years times have been tough for small businesses, with many going under during the recession and many more just managing to stay afloat by cutting excess everywhere they could.

Essential new technology for small businesses

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:00:41 +0000

Having the right technology is one of the key things that small businesses need to get right in order to succeed and be the most streamlined and efficient that they can be.

Rising energy prices – how to protect your business

Sun, 04 Nov 2012 22:56:45 +0000

What can you do to protect your business from rising energy prices and cut your bills down to size?

Expanding Your Business Overseas to the UAE

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 22:06:54 +0000

Expanding one's business overseas using export services from HSBC or other banks may be one of the smartest moves that a business can make.

What is a self invested personal pension?

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 20:30:58 +0000

If you would prefer to have more freedom over what you invest in and would like to hold investments directly, then a self invested personal pension could be the better option for you.

An exciting new place to rent office space

Fri, 24 Aug 2012 06:27:02 +0000

If you run a business in the Manchester area and are looking for somewhere to relocate to, it won’t be long before you can look at offices to rent at Manchester Airport.

Not just a place to catch a plane

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:08:05 +0000

Airports will no longer be places you travel through but actual destinations in themselves. This creates some interesting business opportunities.

What to do if you have an accident at work

Wed, 22 Aug 2012 07:38:05 +0000

Most employers take good care of the people who work for them and nobody wants to see anyone get hurt while on the job, however the reality is that accidents do happen, and if they do you may be entitled to compensation, depending on the circumstances.

An alternative finance solution for small businesses

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 07:57:25 +0000

Borrowing money is essential for the growth of any business, and none more so than the small to medium sized enterprises. Find out how invoice factoring could be the best solution for your business.

The Benefits of Colour Laser Printers

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 07:48:08 +0000

When it comes to choosing a printer for the home or office, there are more things to consider than just the purchase price of the printer. Here are some tips and advice.

Tips for protecting your business

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 11:15:46 +0000

Four tips on how to protect your small business and secure its future success and growth.

Business broadband explained

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:36:27 +0000

Understanding the best broadband options for your small business will help you boost productivity in a digital age.

Corporate entertainment at the world’s biggest sporting venues

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:27:37 +0000

Entertaining clients with corporate hospitality can play an important part of your marketing strategy. Here are some tips on which events to choose.

SMEs and professional indemnity

Tue, 07 Aug 2012 09:34:37 +0000

Professional indemnity insurance is vital, if your small business is offering services based on professional skills or knowledge.

How do businesses benefit from new pension legislation?

Tue, 07 Aug 2012 09:23:19 +0000

Far from being a threat to small businesses, new pensions legislation represents an opportunity.

Business Savings Advice

Sun, 22 Jul 2012 19:59:12 +0000

Keeping costs down is something which every business has to do at some point when things get tough, but it’s harder for some companies than others. If your company finds it ...

Marketing top tips for small business

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 06:28:07 +0000

Marketing is essential, if you want to get your business noticed by potential customers. These top tips will help give you some valuable ideas.

Make Hotel and Travel Expenses Easier for you and for your Employees

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:23:46 +0000

Now, we all know that travelling and staying away from home can be a pain, particularly with the added stress of time-constraints and deadlines, but are there any other, more concrete ...

Wanted: A budding entrepreneur who dares to be different

Sat, 03 Mar 2012 22:11:43 +0000

Budding entrepreneurs could win £200,000 of business services in Orange competition.

What is Professional Indemnity Insurance?

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 10:27:34 +0000

Going it alone and running your own business can be a daunting and risky prospect. Protecting yourself from potential liabilities is vital.

Attracting new business with promotional items

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 08:36:38 +0000

How can promotional items help build a business's brand? This article gives you hints and tips on how to make the right impression.

The importance of Professional Indemnity Insurance for management consultants

Fri, 05 Aug 2011 07:01:00 +0000

Management Consultancies Association highlights consultants failing to insure against risks.

Top data mistakes small businesses make and how to avoid them

Tue, 25 May 2010 08:30:40 +0000

Simon Lawrence explores how to turn data into profit and avoid some of the common pitfalls he's seen businesses make with data-based marketing campaigns.

Five reasons a Conservative Lib Dem deal is good for small business

Mon, 10 May 2010 11:35:56 +0000

As the horse trading between David Cameron and Nick Clegg appears to be entering its final phase, Alex Bellinger asks 'could a coalition deliver good news for Britain's small businesses?'

How to use Facebook to promote your business

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 09:44:46 +0000

Chris Lee continues his series on how small businesses might want to use social media by looking at the 300lb gorilla that is Facebook.

Charlie Mullins – the story of a millionaire plumber

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 10:11:55 +0000

As we count down to Thrive! London, we take a look at the story behind one of the entrepreneur panellists taking part - Charlie Mullins the man behind the multi-million pound turnover Pimlico Plumbers.

Why data and marketing must work closer together

Fri, 22 Jan 2010 09:36:15 +0000

Some say this will be the decade of data, but how do you get the most from your own customer data?

Interview with Marc Benioff, founder of

Fri, 08 Jan 2010 10:57:25 +0000

Alex Bellinger asks Marc Benioff, founder & chairman of billion dollar cloud CRM business, about his entrepreneurial journey, inspiration & ethos.

A Christmas startup story – Gareth Mitchell of Tree2MyDoor

Thu, 24 Dec 2009 14:50:54 +0000

How a Christmas present idea turned into a flourishing business with one or two festive highs and lows along the way: an interview with Gareth Mitchell of

Twitter for small businesses: how to use it and why?

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 13:00:21 +0000

Twitter is the big internet phenomenon of the last two years. But what benefit does it hold for small businesses and how should marketers best use the service for their company?

Poking holes in CRM – your customers, the social web & VRM

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 13:54:22 +0000

Last month's launch of Chatter introduced a social layer to's cloud-based CRM offering, but how far will businesses go to let customers have their say?

Think of your brand as your business DNA

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 10:48:46 +0000

Clare Tucker continues her series on marketing with a look at cost-effective ways to keep your business brand fresh.