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How SMEs can survive the Scottish referendum

The Scottish independence referendum is fast approaching, and in the final days before Scots head to the polls, the outcome is sure to remain uncertai...

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Currency movements cost UK SMEs over £10 billion a year

Ebury estimates that insufficient currency risk mitigation is responsible Ebury, the fast-growing financial services company that helps busines...

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Rise in demand for “Phablets” predicted

The recent availability of new big screen devices (e.g. smartphones such as the iPhone 6 Plus, 5.7 inch Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and Nokia Lumia 1520) ...

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The worst office colleague traits revealed

Harmony is the key to any successful business, but are these bad traits putting your workers at each others throats? So what makes the perfect team...

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September 5, 2014 | Posted By:

Win a weekend stay in London at Templeton Place, Nevern Place or The Rosebery, courtesy of Supercity Aparthotels.  We’ve teamed up with Supercity Aparthotels to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a weekend stay at Templeton Place or Nevern P...

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    Get a grip! School drop-out tames the Dragons
    August 18, 2014 | Posted By:

    "You'll never amount to anything." That's what teachers told Grip It Fixings' inventor Jordan Daykin when he dropped out of school at age 13. Six years later, the successful entrepreneur has just taken on the Dragon's of the Den and won. Here he unve...

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    Entrepreneurs That Made Big Money with Online Casinos
    August 7, 2014 | Posted By:

    The online casino industry has generated a large number of millionaires and billionaires. In Europe, the owners of Bet365, the Coates family, have emerged as the toppers of the Sunday Times list of richest people. Their company Bet365, which offers c...

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    From High Growth to ‘Hyper Growth’
    July 10, 2014 | Posted By:

    GrowthAccelerator, the government-backed business growth advisory service, has identified a breed of rapidly expanding SMEs, dubbed 'Hyper Growth' businesses in a unique study released today. Capitalising on the recovering economy, these firms hav...

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    Betting Shops Bitten by the Budget, While Online Gambling Blooms
    June 17, 2014 | Posted By:

    With the Gambling Bill looming and tax surprises in last week’s budget, a turbulent year lies ahead for bookmakers and gambling companies.  But the new opportunities opening up in online gambling could change the business, and lead UK gambling comp...

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    The Key to Caller Satisfaction
    June 4, 2014 | Posted By:

    If you have a small to medium sized business and you’re looking to grow your business as well as competing in the global marketplace – you need to ensure that you stay one step ahead of your competitors. One of the best ways to do this is by providin...

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How SMEs can survive the Scottish referendum

September 16, 2014 | Posted By:

The Scottish independence referendum is fast approaching, and in the final days before Scots head to the polls, the outcome is sure to remain uncertain for small businesses with an interest in the country. English and Scottish businesses could sud...

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    Keeping your staff healthy doesn’t have to harm your wallet
    September 11, 2014 | Posted By:

    Whether a business is large or small, wellbeing strategies are an integral part of the workforce culture. However, with many businesses continuing to feel the pinch, it is no wonder that companies are struggling to implement such strategies. But it d...

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    Oh, we do like to do business beside the seaside
    September 8, 2014 | Posted By:

    You should look to coastal regions across the UK as they become popular business hubs, says Graham Longley, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Executive Councillor for Enterprise, Tourism and Economic Development. When we think of the seaside we im...

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    Having trouble filling a vacancy? Why not make a video…
    September 5, 2014 | Posted By:

    A recent survey from generalist job board CV-Library shows that nearly 80% of candidates would be more likely to apply for a job if there is video content within the job description. September is one of the busiest times of the year for recruiting...

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    Plants in the office increase productivity by 15%
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    "Green" offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than "lean" designs stripped of greenery, new research shows. In the first field study of its kind, researchers found enriching a "lean" office with plants could increase productiv...

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    Small business marketing plan in 6 steps.
    September 4, 2014 | Posted By:

    You may think creating a marketing plan is one of those tasks best left to the professionals, or you simply don’t have the budget right now. However, a marketing plan is something companies of all sizes need to deal with head on in order to grow th...

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Currency movements cost UK SMEs over £10 billion a year

September 15, 2014 | Posted By:

Ebury estimates that insufficient currency risk mitigation is responsible Ebury, the fast-growing financial services company that helps businesses to transact and trade internationally, has estimated that British SMEs have lost over £10bn in t...

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    The perils of rising interest
    September 11, 2014 | Posted By:

    Are you ready for higher interest rates – and is there anything you can do to cushion the blow? Adam Aiken takes a look Interest rates have been at a historical low of 0.5% for more than half a decade. There have been suggestions at various tim...

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    SMEs missing out on up to £2,000
    September 10, 2014 | Posted By:

    The Government’s Growth Vouchers Scheme can offer funding for strategic business advice Businesses in England can take advantage of a scheme by the Government designed to offer business advice to SMEs and entrepreneurs. Those companies based in En...

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    A day in the life
    September 3, 2014 | Posted By:

    This month our start-up loan recipient, David O'Neal, reveals a typical day running one of the most fun workplaces we've ever seen, ShortCuts Children's Salon   In Profile Entrepreneur: David O'Neal Business: ShortCuts Children's Sal...

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    An alternative approach to business recovery
    August 21, 2014 | Posted By:

    When cash flow problems are not addressed they can lead to standard business recovery options. But what if you could target the problem early on and save your business from administration or liquidation? Suzy Franklin, Client Director at Cashsolv, ta...

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    Into the paperless breach:
    August 7, 2014 | Posted By:

    Why it pays to embrace the advances in accountancy management software. Document management for accountants tends to go hand in hand with the concept of paperless organisation: the art of moving records, spreadsheets and entire administrative syst...

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Rise in demand for “Phablets” predicted

September 12, 2014 | Posted By:

The recent availability of new big screen devices (e.g. smartphones such as the iPhone 6 Plus, 5.7 inch Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and Nokia Lumia 1520) has triggered a surge in demand from small businesses. More than a fifth (21%) of small business emp...

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    A pain in the Glass?
    September 11, 2014 | Posted By:

      Matthew Dick and Anna Reid of D Young & Co, look at a recent attempt by Google to trademark the word “Glass”, to highlight the issues for businesses trying to trademark a descriptive word Trademarks can be a tricky business, and some will...

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    Attract quality customers with responsive e-commerce website design.
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    Small businesses can no longer afford to launch a website and leave it untouched for years to come. Today, your website is seen as your virtual business store. You should treat it that way and continually refresh its look and feel. The goal of an e-c...

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    It’s an Android World
    September 10, 2014 | Posted By:

    Tech Stars' Jon Bradford investigates how Android has gained ground, while Silicon Valley snobbery isolates Apple Nothing creates more arguments and flame wars online than raging debates  between Apple’s iPhone fan-boys and those of Google’s And...

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    5 Important Tips to Consider When Choosing a Barcode Scanner
    September 9, 2014 | Posted By:

    Any retail business requires a powerful point-of-sale (POS) system to properly handle transactions, manage inventory, and record employee and consumer information. One of the key elements to a good POS is a good barcode scanner. This is a piece of ha...

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    Employers who want the best talent need to invest in multimedia job ads
    September 8, 2014 | Posted By:

    Many employers are missing out on top talent by not moving with the times and including video content in their job descriptions, recent findings suggests. A survey from the generalist job board shows that nearly 80% of candidates would be more lik...