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Month December 2011

Top 5 Small Business Tips for the New Year

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Look at your competitors and see how their product offering has changed over the course of the year and examine what they’ve done right and wrong. 2. Try to get the year off to…

2012:The Year Enterprise Rocks

Making it Better and Fairer It will be a rocking good start to 2012. The UK Enterprise Rockers movement is inviting journalists to kick off 2012 by covering the launch of our #MicroBizMatters campaign. The Enterprise Rockers, all micro business owners, have chosen Scarborough to host the media launch event at noon on January 9th.…

The rate of insolvency is not helped by lies, damn lies and statistics

I saw a couple of news stories today that were reporting on new figures that have come out of Experian on the number of business insolvencies in different parts of the UK. The first (Huge rise in insolvencies, but London fares better than rest of the UK) was from Londonlovesbusiness.com and looks at the November…

Benefits of using a Factoring Broker

When looking for a property, you should ideally consult a property agency in order to secure the right property based on your requirements and resources. The same scenario applies to factoring. Factoring brokers are like the agency that aim to find the right financing solution to your business’ need. What is Factoring? How can it…

Purchasing supplies for your business more effectively

When it comes to the day to day running of a business, it’s easy to let supply purchasing slide to the bottom of priorities, especially during rougher economic times. More firms than you would imagine take this approach, but that would be missing the point. The best way to increase profit in business is to…

Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Business Hiring Mistakes

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Be aware that just because a candidate looks good on paper, it doesn’t mean they will be suitable in practice. Consider a structured assessment test to see if their skills meet your expectations. 2.…

Five Ways Flexible Working Can Boost Productivity

Research and case studies show that flexible working can increase people’s productivity. Flexible working ensures people are on top form and have the scope to put in the best work, when it matters most. General improvements in mood and health also means less days lost to absenteeism. Flexible working is increasingly popular, especially for smaller…

Get more customers by understanding your sharers

Consumer and customer behaviour is changing in front of our eyes. As a result, there is a lot of talk about how our marketplaces are changing, the influence of digital channels, the importance of word of mouth, how social media channels are allowing customers to find and share us with their friends and networks and…

Top 5 Twitter Accounts to Follow for Business Tips

For small businesses, keeping on top of digital marketing channels such as Twitter can be time consuming. The article identifies five of the best Twitter profiles that are publishing relevant and useful information for SME owners and employees. From online marketing advice to trend analysis and hardcore metrics, these five profiles provide a wide range…

Women On Top

Women On Top London Calling As you all know my collaborator in writing the ‘funniest’ book on enterprise, ‘Stripping for Freedom’, (available from Amazon ) is the very unfunny Tony Robinson OBE. Robinson is my utterly incompetent UK agent. From time to time I visit him to check he hasn’t destroyed my livelihood and life.…

Top 5 Tips for Ecommerce at Xmas

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Keep track of what your competitors are doing over the festive period. If they are undercutting you by a huge margin you may wish to react to their price cuts. 2. Add personal touches…

Courtesy, riots, customer service and employee engagement

Over the last few days a series of reports by Parliament, the police and the press have been released looking into the cause of England’s August riots. You can read an overview in the BBC article: Were the riots caused by bad manners? In each of the reports, one trend/word/observation/conclusion….call it what you will has…

Mirror Mirror on the wall…’tis the season to reflect

I have often been quoted as saying you need more than just a good idea to get a business off the ground.  I’m sure over the festive season many people taking a rest from work will be hearing the cogs whizzing as they take some time out to ponder on a new business idea, and…

Top 5 Small Business Xmas Tips

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Use the Xmas period as an excellent excuse to conduct marketing activities. Contact all of the people who have purchased from you in the past. 2. Prepare for the festive season well in advance.…

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