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Decisions – Quote of the Week

Decisions – Quote of the Week

“What is important is not the decision itself but rather how committed and informed people are. The ‘best’ decisions can be bungled just as the ‘worst’ decisions can work just fine.” – William Ouchi, US writer. This week’s quote illustrates the point that just because you might have made some poor business decisions in the…

Infographic: Contact Forms

Infographic: Contact Forms

Most businesses have some type of contact form on their website as an alternative to posting their email address publicly. This form will have been designed to collate all the information that is required to deal with a customer query or follow up on a potential lead. But how much did you think about the…

Do you shy away from the term Emotional Intelligence?

Do you shy away from the term Emotional Intelligence?

As a convert to the idea of emotional intelligence; based on the realisation that I messed up a good few things because I didn’t get it, I now find that I have to exercise it the most when I meet people who are resistant to the concept. Unfortunately this mostly seems to be with the…

Why You Should Invest in a Reliable Email Service

Why You Should Invest in a Reliable Email Service

Could you imagine how your company – or any other company, for that matter –would run in today’s world without email? Just trying to imagine such a world would give most people migraines. Email systems are critical to the operation of just about everything today, particularly businesses. An efficient, robust email system is the lifeblood…

The Pros and Cons of the 4 Major Green Certifications

The Pros and Cons of the 4 Major Green Certifications

Green certifications are useful in promoting a business’s green credentials to your customers, prospective clients and employees. But which one is right for an SME? In this article I have summarised the pros and cons of four mainstream green standards and environmental certifications. ISO14001 – The Environmental Management System The most recognised environmental certification is…

Why new recruits should paint fences

Why new recruits should paint fences

Last week three guys who recently established a business in London wanted my thoughts on the recruitment of their first member of staff.   Whilst they were naturally concerned about the costs associated with employment, greater uncertainty surrounded the management of the new recruit?“We’ve got  to make sure the new person knows how to do…

Work – Quote of the Week

Work – Quote of the Week

“The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.” That quote was by the legendary physicist Albert Einstein. His work gave him great pleasure, but the benefits of the things he did eventually…

Infographic: Startup Trademarking

Infographic: Startup Trademarking

When your business starts to grow, there will inevitably be people who try and cash in on your success. That’s why it is so important for you to trademark your business name – a fact that many first-time entrepreneurs will overlook due to their inexperience. It can be heartbreaking to see someone copying your business…

FSB WorldPay Business Awards 2014 entries now open

FSB WorldPay Business Awards 2014 entries now open

Business awards might sometimes seem like a waste of time, but when they come with a hefty cash prize attached they should always appear on your radar. Not only will being nominated for (or winning) an award mean that the profile of your business is raised, but just imagine what you could do with £10,000…

Taking your e-commerce business to the next level

Taking your e-commerce business to the next level

For many of us, 2014 will be the year that we take our businesses to new heights. If you’re determined to stick to this resolution, here’s everything you need to know to drive forward your e-commerce business. Branch out At first, many small businesses are run from home, usually with one or two people completing…

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