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Month June 2012

Late payment excuses…Dealing with them

Sema Fongod of Invoicediscounting.uk.com pinpoints 6 excuses used by business to delay payment and how to handle them. The Euro 2012 football tournament has kicked off and the London 2012 Olympic Games are not far away. One thing business owners may not be too excited about is the fact that they are bound to experience…

Rocking the Old Boys’ Clubs

Waspies mean business Keep up won’t you? News that there are now 395,000 independent, own biz, direct sellers in the UK, up 20,000 since 2009 with an increase of 120% in party plan revenue, got me thinking. You’d be right in guessing that I’m more Agent Provocateur than Ann Summers but what’s not to like…

Ebay, Amazon & Co. – Are they good for your business?

Many online retailers are offering their products on eBay, Amazon and other similar websites. They are great tools to get started to sell online, but are they good for your business in the long run? The main two drawbacks for your business are:- No Business Branding – while you may sell your products the branding…

WinWeb Launches Unique Online Shop App

Almost every business should sell products and services online. The truth is most don’t, because it is expensive and/or complicated to open an online shop for the non-geeks amongst us. Yesterday, WinWeb launched its new eShop App, which makes it incredibly easy, fast and cost-effective to set up your shop online. In the usual WinWeb…

Cloud Computing: Affordable. Integrated. Adaptable. Bespoke.

Our business environment is changing fast, often faster than we think. How do you meet this challenge – one year your are market leader and the next year you are market follower, one year you have plenty of business, the next you are struggling? Cloud computing is the latest buzz in IT and has undoubtably…

Five Ways To Handle The Big Boys

All that glitters…. Keep Up won’t you? I learned a new Brit word yesterday. Yes, regrettably I’m still in the sad land of fleeces and dodgy haircuts. The word I learned was ‘institutionalised’. I was at the home of my hopeless and hapless agent, the inept, fashion disaster, Tony Robinson OBE. I was helping his…

Celebrate Local, Independent Retail Throughout July

There are over 169,000 independent retail businesses in the UK, equating to 92% of all retail businesses. From fashion boutiques and art galleries to convenience shops and DIY stores, independent retailers form a valuable and treasured part of many communities. They also form an integral part of local economies and contribute greatly to local employment.…

Management V Leadership – what’s the difference?

This is a common question frequently asked within organisations. It is an important question from a company’s viewpoint because you need both managers and leaders in order to achieve business success. After all, if everyone was a leader there would be no-one to actually get things done and if everyone was a manager there would…

Wanted: Experienced Authors For The Small Business Blog

Are you an experienced writer with a passion for small business? Do you want to use your skills to contribute to one of the world’s leading small business blogs? If so, we want to hear from you. To expand on educational content in all areas of small business, case studies, reviews, previews and news stories…

Let’s hear it for local business and give it the support and recognition it deserves

I saw some research that probably validates a lot of what we already know but its message bears repeating. The research by Santander Business Banking, based on a recent online poll of 2,031 UK adults by pollster ICM, showed that spending by UK adults at local businesses amounts to around £218 billion. The figures are…

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