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Sick as a start-up

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Latitude Solutions has identified the five most common business diseases that are infecting companies of all shapes and sizes. MD, Cliff Findlay diagnoses the conditions and reveals the remedies to alleviate their symptoms. While symptoms can vary, most companies we have come across (including ourselves) have suffered from one or more of them at one […]

Work hard, play bard

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Sackie Somal, who heads up the Invest in Warwickshire team, explains why you should head to Shakespeare’s county to achieve business success. As well as being the centre of England, Warwickshire is fast becoming the business centre of choice, with more than 26,000 organisations, including big names such as Jaguar Land Rover calling it home. […]

Leave the office behind

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October is the new August for savvy travellers. A sun, sea and sand holiday during the hectic July/August period invites the distinct possibility of sharing every square metre of swimming pool with a family of five from Blackpool. Charming as they may be, for the savvy package holidaymaker there is a far sweeter spot in […]

Hotspots – Darlington and Newcastle

Rockcliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa, Darlington

AWAY ON BUSINESS ROCKLIFFE HALL HOTEL, GOLF & SPA RESORT Where? Darlington. Why? If you’ve ever contemplated the difference between a four-star and a five-star hotel, a stay at Rockliffe Hall Hotel will set you straight. From the moment you arrive, you are priority number one. Taking your bags at arrival and parking your car […]

Mum’s The Word – DermaEraze

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A new breed of entrepreneurs have taken a hold across homes throughout the United Kingdom. With a baby on one arm and a phone in the other, these women are changing how mums are perceived across the business world. We talk to a few of these socalled “mumtrepreneurs” – women who have started businesses whilst […]

Why a flexible workforce will save you thousands

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The UK skills shortage is costing companies, particularly SMEs. Research by Sandler training, a business development company, found that over half of small businesses claim that a lack of applications for positions is leading to bad hires, costing businesses, on average, £14,000 per employee. More and more, companies are turning to freelancers and contractors, who […]

Sell More By Crunching Stats, Analyzing App Usage, And Optimizing Interfaces

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While retailers often lean on ecommerce platforms to spur revenue generation, they may be paying insufficient attention to another profitable platform for business growth. According to comScore research, there is an increasingly larger number of retail product searches and purchases being done on mobile devices. How comScore Classifies Internet Devices Before delving into the comScore […]

How to avoid a financial hard landing

Depending on whose figures you choose to believe, something like 50% of new businesses fail within the first year.  Why?  The simplest answer is that they run out of money.  That’s a bit like saying “the plane crashed because it lost too much height.”  The statement is so obvious it sounds stupid.  But that is […]

The Minimum Wage – Never Far from the News


The minimum wage has been in the news in the UK over the conference season and beyond. It seems the policy is beginning to stir up as much controversy as it did when it was being seriously debated prior to Labour’s victory in 1997. First the Green Party announced that the National Minimum Wage (NMW) […]

Why SMEs are vital to the UK


With the news that SMEs employ over 80% of the UK’s workforce, Boost Capital take a look at why they’re so vital to the nation’s fortunes in this handy infographic.

Turning An Idea Into A Business


With the economy the way it is, a lot of people are feeling the pinch both at home and at work. Unemployment is a very real problem and for those people who do have a job, there’s a lot of pressure to remain in jobs that they might not necessarily like. With dissatisfaction rife amongst […]

A pain in the Glass?


  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 look to take advantage of the complexity of current laws. Therefore […]

The perils of rising interest

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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 times during this period that rates are about to […]

It’s an Android World

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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 Android operating system. It is widely accepted that Apple’s iPhone and IOS operating system were years ahead of anything else […]

How to increase your website conversion rate

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Eddie O’ Driscoll, Managing Director of digital marketing agency DPFOC, takes a look at your websites conversion rate and how you can optimise it in this handy infographic.