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  • Opinion

    How to Crowdsource an Audience for Your Product

    2014-12-23T09:00:00Z

    In today s techie age, having a global voice is easier than it has ever been. Not so very long ago, the only people who got the chance to perform on a global stage were those that the media thought worthy, interesting or downright naughty! Nowadays, ...

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    Is Your Signature an Endangered Species?

    2014-12-22T09:00:00Z

    In March a new exhibition opened at the US National Archives in Washington DC. On display you could find, among other things, Adolf Hitler s marriage certificate, witnessed by Goebbels, a greeting card from Saddam Hussein to George Bush, and a patent application from Michael Jackson for floor-lock shoes ...

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    Why Personal Service Matters in B2B Businesses — and How You Can Deliver It

    2014-12-22T09:00:00Z

    With many business-to-business (B2B) organisations still taking stock after one of the hardest hitting recessions, establishing a strong customer base is high on the agenda.

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    How to prevent common small business payroll mistakes

    2014-12-19T09:00:00Z

    A smooth­ running payroll system is vital to the success of any small business. Staff payment problems can lead to low morale, poor productivity and perhaps even a government audit.

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    Making small business accounting fun with the cloud

    2014-12-19T09:00:00Z

    Owning a small business is exciting. You get to do what you love, day in, day out. Most entrepreneurs start their own company so they can do something they re passionate about, have control of their future, or be their own boss.

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    How to choose the right accountant

    2014-12-19T09:00:00Z

    Choosing an accountant is like choosing a new business partner. The right accountant will become a trusted colleague that you can depend on, who offers advice and guidance as your business grows. So what are the top things you need to look out for?

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    When Strategy Goes AWOL

    2014-12-18T09:00:00Z

    One of the key challenges with strategy is overcoming the illusion that you have one. While everyone likes to talk big about strategy, in practice it is a loosely understood term that proves too elusive for many businesses. The work of developing strategy is difficult and, as Nobel Laureate Daniel ...

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    It’s Not About Teamwork

    2014-12-18T09:00:00Z

    Can you believe it? They had promised the customer they would get the work done and they hadn t done it. As one of the partners in the business, I soaked up the criticism from the customer and accepted blame and promised to get it sorted. I listened with boredom ...

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    A Business Plan to Impress

    2014-12-17T09:00:00Z

    A successful business almost always starts out with strong planning. A clear and concise business plan not only attracts potential investors, but it also lays out clear objectives and strategies for yourself, to help you concentrate on what matters, growing the business.

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    Retain a Customer for Life, Not Just for Christmas

    2014-12-16T09:00:00Z

    While Christmas is when retailers see sales soar, it can also be a very dangerous time for these brands. Competitors will be vying for the attention of your hard-earned customers, tempting them with highly competitive offers, deals and price drops in an effort to secure the largest share of the ...

  • Opinion

    Should the Office Open Over Christmas?

    2014-12-16T09:00:00Z

    It s the age-old dilemma to open or not to open over Christmas is a question thousands of small business owners will be puzzling over as the festive season approaches.

  • Opinion

    How the New Government can Make a Difference to Work and Wellbeing in 2015

    2014-12-16T09:00:00Z

    With the General Election only a few months away, political parties are busy consulting and listening to stakeholders on what policies they should include in their manifestos. There is no doubt that the actual election campaign will be dominated by the usual policy areas of the economy, law and ...

  • Opinion

    Social Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year UK Q&A

    2014-12-15T10:18:44Z

    After winning the Social Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, I caught up with Matthew Sanders, CEO of the Brookfield Rose group to talk about his award.

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    Meet Digital Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year, Sam Barnett

    2014-12-12T12:47:57Z

    Digital Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year, Sam Barnett talks about his business, Struq, and what it means to be a winner at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards in 2014.

  • Opinion

    What Kind of Christmas Worker Are You?

    2014-12-12T09:00:00Z

    Take our short quiz below to find out what kind of Christmas worker you are, and then check out my top tips on how to be at your most productive this festive season!

  • Opinion

    Making Change Happen Successfully: Don’t Stick to What You Know

    2014-12-12T09:00:00Z

    As John F Kennedy once famously said, change is the law of life. However true that may be, change can also be scary. We take comfort in the familiar, in the normal, in the everyday, while the exotic and the new often thrill and terrify in equal measure.

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    What Can Enterprises Learn From Start-Ups?

    2014-12-11T09:00:00Z

    While reading up on the news coming out of the recent Web Summit in Dublin, I came across an interesting piece on TechCrunch about how digital transformation must begin with pockets of innovation in enterprises. This got me thinking, as we re seeing many businesses striving to change the ...

  • Opinion

    Is Income Protection your Priority?

    2014-12-10T09:00:00Z

    Since the 2010 General Election the Government has repeatedly pledged more support for small businesses, such as last year s announcement of a 45m funding package for SMEs.

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    Understanding the difference between 'disaster recovery as a service' and 'backup as a service'

    2014-12-10T09:00:00Z

    In the world of cloud computing, where day-to-day conversations are littered with acronyms and jargon, words can often become lost in translation. Many organisations end up using the wrong terminology to describe a process or service. One such example is confusion over the difference between backup and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS).

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    Stacking the Odds in Your Favour Through Effective Stakeholder Engagement

    2014-12-09T09:00:00Z

    It might be a little prosaic to say but Stakeholder engagement is undeniably a critical element of every project and programme yet it is often poorly understood and frequently patchy in terms of its execution. Few organisations give stakeholder engagement the time and attention it requires. Which is a ...