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Budget 2014: Small Business Impact

Budget 2014: Small Business Impact

Chancellor George Osborne has today unveiled his latest annual Budget and small businesses in particular are concerned about what changes could be incoming and how they might help or hinder the fledgling economic recovery. The Forum of Private Business has already issued their response to the Budget with Chief Executive Phil Orford speaking on behalf…

6 Reasons Your Small Online Business Needs a Blog

6 Reasons Your Small Online Business Needs a Blog

Every small business needs a blog. Why? Here are 6 reasons. 1 – It levels the playing field Online marketing, and marketing in general, isn’t always fair on the little boys. With their huge budgets and extensive brand awareness, it’s significantly easier for big companies to make a splash with their campaigns and tougher if…

Infographic: Intelligence

Infographic: Intelligence

Most entrepreneurs are really quite smart people – and they have to be, to deal with all the challenges that running a business will throw at them on a daily basis. But there are many different types of intelligence and it isn’t all about IQ or qualifications when it comes to managing a business or…

Value – Quote of the Week

Value – Quote of the Week

“Stop competing on price; compete on value. Deliver total consumer solutions, rather than just your piece of the solution.” – Faith Popcorn, US trend expert This is something that is overlooked by many businesses. In their quest to become the most affordable provider on the the market, they forget that it is more important to…

Building a business from your skillset

Building a business from your skillset

There is an interesting article on the BBC Business website about how former athletes are making a success of their retirement by becoming entrepreneurs. Sportspeople have to face a massive change in their life at a relatively young age. Their chosen career is usually over by about the age of forty at the latest –…

Infographic: Bubbles

Infographic: Bubbles

We’ve been posting a lot of good news lately about the UK economy and how it finally seems to be recovering from when the “bubble” burst back in 2008, but how much do you actually understand about the principle of economic bubbles? Today’s infographic is all about bubbles that have occurred throughout history. Markets tend…

Top 5 Tips for Running a Business on the Side

Top 5 Tips for Running a Business on the Side

Not all of us have the luxury of being able to spend their whole working week on their business. A large number of entrepreneurs only have the time to run their micro biz after they have done a full day of work already or at the weekend. This weeks tips column contains our Top 5…

Micro businesses need more time

Micro businesses need more time

Anyone who has ever attempted to run their own business is aware that there simply are not enough hours in the average working day to get everything done to satisfaction. Something always ends up getting compromised in your pursuit to have a successful micro business because usually the burden comes down to the sole employee…

UK economy to return to pre-recession levels

UK economy to return to pre-recession levels

The latest estimates from the British Chambers of Commerce suggest that the UK economy will exceed its 2008 peak from before the economic crisis very soon – as early as this Summer. Economic growth for the year has been upgraded to 2.8% from 2.7% by the BCC and economic analysts actually believe that the organisation…

Knowledge – Quote of the Week

Knowledge – Quote of the Week

“I find more and more executives less and less well informed about the outside world, if only because they believe that the data on the computer printouts are ipso facto information.” – Peter F. Drucker, US management consultant. Do you ever look at some of the decisions that are made by big companies and wonder…

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