Deadline For Shell LiveWire Award Coming Up

Deadline For Shell LiveWire Award Coming Up

Tomorrow, Friday 31 July 2015 is the closing date for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Award. By 2050, our planet could be home to more than 9 billion people with 75% living in cities. Ensuring sufficient supply of resources will pose considerable challenges and at the same time present opportunities for the next generation…

Steady Growth for British Online Retail

Steady Growth for British Online Retail

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics last week show that British online sales increased by 11.4 % in June 2015, compared to the same time last year. The value of sales made online in June 2015 increased by 1.4 % compared with May 2015 and accounted for 12.4 % of all retail sales.…

Top 5 Tips for Longhaul Flights

Top 5 Tips for Longhaul Flights

Longhaul flights can be challenging but are often unavoidable in business. With a bit of planning it is possible to ease the pain and even enjoy the ride. The important thing to remember is that every person is different – knowing yourself helps you look after your needs. Your attitude determines how you feel, too,…

WinWeb focusses on cloud industry solutions

WinWeb focusses on cloud industry solutions

Winweb’s cloud-based business management solutions have a new focus on industry-specific requirements, with special applications for retail, wholesale, services, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, non-profit organizations, membership businesses, and franchises. WinWeb industry solutions offer basic business functions, such as accounting, invoicing and business planning as well as industry-specific functionality, for example multi-location and multi-channel sales for…

Top 5 Tips to Relax after Work

Top 5 Tips to Relax after Work

Can’t switch off after work? Restless? Anxious? Thoughts endlessly going round your mind? Heart racing? Grumpy with your family for no particular reason? Maybe it is time to relax! 1. Make time Relaxation may seem like indulgence, almost a taboo in our fast-paced 24/7 society, when in reality it should be part of a healthy…

FSB Events to Assess Growth Potential for North

FSB Events to Assess Growth Potential for North

The Federation of Small Businesses has announced talks to assess the growth potential in the North of England. The FSB is calling for greater efforts to rebalance the economy to ensure the vision of a prosperous Northern Powerhouse becomes a reality. A series of policy events are being organised by the FSB to find out…

Top 5 Tips for Productive Meetings

Top 5 Tips for Productive Meetings

As pointed out in an earlier post, it is worth thinking twice before scheduling a meeting and preferable to first consider whether the meeting is really necessary. When you do arrange a meeting, make sure it is as productive as possible. 1. Be clear about what you want to achieve. This could be one of…

Are You Struggling to Find IT Staff?

Are You Struggling to Find IT Staff?

Integrated cloud-based IT systems can help solve one of the biggest problems for small businesses: How to find the right information technology experts. Recruiting the right IT staff seems to be problematic for almost half of all SMEs across the UK, according to a recent report published by IT hosting company Node4. This problem might…

Top 5 Tips to Become a Better Public Speaker

Top 5 Tips to Become a Better Public Speaker

For many people the fear of speaking in public is second only to the fear of dying. Don’t let this put you off: Giving presentations, speeches and talks is an effective and valuable undertaking to promote your business and generate leads. It raises your professional profile, too, and can help you become an expert in…

Ofcom Calls For Improved Broadband

Ofcom Calls For Improved Broadband

This week, Ofcom has called for joint action between the regulator, industry and government to improve broadband services for smaller businesses. Wile 85 per cent of UK SMEs feel their business needs are well catered for by the communications market, a significant number expressed concerns about speeds, availability, quality of service, and choosing between providers.…

The Future of Cloud Computing

The Future of Cloud Computing

Focussing exclusively on cost-savings is no longer sufficient when evaluating the benefits of cloud computing. Although there can be substantial cost savings, it is increasingly important that cloud services support businesses as a whole. This will allow companies to streamline business processes and react swiftly to market changes. The concept of cloud computing is actually…

Don’t Forget About Print Advertising! Three 3 Times Brands Made It Work

Don’t Forget About Print Advertising!  Three   3 Times Brands Made It Work

Poster printing is everywhere. Despite shifts to Twitter ads, PPC campaigns and digital banners, we still see a lot of print based campaigns every single day. So, is print really dying or is it just reestablishing itself? London based poster printing company Ro-Am Posters say that despite digital trends they are still seeing numerous orders…

Why Startups Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be and Why It Doesn’t Matter

Why Startups Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be and Why It Doesn’t Matter

Typically, when we read about new businesses and entrepreneurs it’s all ‘this is the new Facebook’ or ‘how this business has really taken off in the last year’ and all too often, the media focus entirely on the glamour and success of entrepreneurism. But the life of an entrepreneur is by no means an entirely…

The Growing Startup Scene Hungary & Budapest

The Growing Startup Scene Hungary & Budapest

When you talk about the most exciting startup scenes across Europe, the cities of London, Berlin and Stockholm are usually on the tips of most tongues while Hungary and its capital Budapest aren’t traditionally associated with the startup community. Better know for its hot springs and the Chain Bridge that links the two separate areas…

Is French Still An Important Business Language?

Is French Still An Important Business Language?

A portion of English speaking people, particularly in the USA, are feeling that French is becoming a redundant language in the business world. People are arguing that learning French is antiquated whilst others are still claiming it’s in the top five languages to learn for business. It’s the language of love and the choice for…

Ways SMEs can save money

Ways SMEs can save money

When it comes to your small or medium enterprise (SME) the ability to save on operating costs without sacrificing efficiency can make a huge difference in both your bottom line and your future as an organisation. As a fast growing sector of the Australian economy and with over 1.2 million SME’s across the nation there…

Professionalism Without The Price Tag

Professionalism Without The Price Tag

When embarking upon a new small enterprise or startup money tends to be on the tight side. But a lean budget doesn’t have to mean unprofessional looking. Clients don’t need to know if you’re operating out of your basement or not – you can still maintain a very high quality front without wasting too much…

3 reasons why it pays to use a broker when looking for Combined Motor Insurance

3 reasons why it pays to use a broker when looking for Combined Motor Insurance

Choosing the right insurance can seem like a stressful and tedious process, but it doesn’t have to be! There are many reasons to use a broker and we have put together a list of our top 3 to show you why it’s a good idea! 1. You can get to know all of your options.…

Mouth to Mouth Marketing

Getting new prospects is the first step in getting new clients and orders. Even then it is not certain you will get any new business. Over the years I have learned one thing, customer referrals are by a long way the best way to get new customers. Simply put, clients who talk about you do…

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

Do you really need to have a meeting? I would suggest not! Meetings cost time – which means money. Often meetings achieve very little and are not really necessary. But should you need to discuss – person to person – any issues, there are other ways to hold a meeting too. Here to help you…

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