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    Emergence: The Next Efficient Evolution of Crowd-Sourced Innovation

    2014-11-11T09:00:00Z

    Young, agile firms have always been known for their disruptive ideas. Increasingly, enterprises are keen to foster a similar innovation culture so that great concepts can surface even in a company with thousands of employees. The challenge comes when there are many layers of management and frontline workers are struggling ...

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    SME Lessons from Greggs’ Turnaround

    2014-11-11T09:00:00Z

    This time last year high street bakery chain Greggs was mired in financial turmoil. A 2.9 % fall in year-on-year sales was costing the company 4.6 million and wiping 7% off the value of their shares. For a while it looked like Greggs was going to join the likes ...

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    10 Tips for Grooming your Business for Sale

    2014-11-11T09:00:00Z

    Selling your business is part art, part science, and like selling anything you need to present the opportunity in the best light to potential purchasers and also be aware that it is a complex issue that requires maximising both your sale price and tax position. You will probably only do ...

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    The Skills Shortage May Slow Economic Growth

    2014-11-10T09:00:00Z

    Traditionally, when countries exit extended periods of downturn, one of the biggest problems faced by businesses is building up the necessary cash reserves so that, as orders increase, the cashflow needed to service that demand exists. However, partly due to the longevity of the most recent period of stagnation, the ...

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    Expenses Fraud: How Can Your Company Tackle it?

    2014-11-10T09:00:00Z

    According to recent webexpenses research, one in four office workers are claiming back more on company expenses than they are entitled too. What s more The National Fraud Authority has also raised concerns about this issue, reporting that businesses lose in excess of 100 million every year as a ...

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    Changes in the Construction Industry

    2014-11-10T09:00:00Z

    The construction industry is currently enjoying a period of strong growth, resulting in a shortage of available labour. As a recruitment consultancy, specialising in the social housing and consultancy sector, we are also witnessing the impact of the industry s surge.

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    Sharing a Winning Performance in the Meeting Room

    2014-11-07T09:00:00Z

    One of the biggest frustrations in company meetings has to be time wasting. When the pressure is on, every minute is precious and, regardless of the purpose of the meeting, it has to be conducted as efficiently and effectively as possible. Today s tech-savvy workforce need the best technological tools ...

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    Increasing Your Business Value By Thinking Strategically

    2014-11-07T09:00:00Z

    Every business owner sets out to create a successful organisation; with business growth being one of their key objectives. How they achieve this depends on factors such geography, sector product and customer base. There are several golden rules that should be considered, such as having long-term strategic growth plans in ...

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    Six Essentials of Negotiating the Best Price for Your Business

    2014-11-07T09:00:00Z

    Anybody can put a business on the market, but negotiating the best sale price is a different ballgame altogether. In a typical business sale a lack of negotiation skills can cause dramatic negative swings in the final sale price. Despite plenty of preparation, if you don t know how to ...

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    Five Tips to Avoid the Productivity Paradox

    2014-11-07T09:00:00Z

    It s a typical Monday. I head into the office feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle the list of projects I had left on my desk the Friday before. I grab coffee, get settled in and log in to my computer. And that s when the barrage arrives.

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    A Shared Economy Approach to Doing Businesses Can ‘Reap Rewards’ for SMEs

    2014-11-07T09:00:00Z

    SMEs have all to gain in the energy market and beyond if they come together when it matters.

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    Crowdfunding in the UK: Top Tips for Setting up a Crowdfunding Platform

    2014-11-06T09:00:00Z

    In recent years we have seen an exponential growth in the number of online crowdfunding platforms in the UK as businesses and individuals seek alternative ways of raising funds. There are, however, a number of regulatory and other legal issues to consider when setting up a crowdfunding platform (CFP).

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    Know Your IP Rights as a Small Business

    2014-11-06T09:00:00Z

    There s a common perception that a corporate giant can steal a great idea from a start-up with ease and not worry about the consequences.

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    How SMEs Can Boost Email Engagement

    2014-11-06T09:00:00Z

    Email is one of the most powerful tools for any business looking to reach their customers and engage with them. For SMEs looking to use it effectively, the overarching strategy should be to send the right message to the right person at the right time. In addition to this, there ...

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    Opening the Doors to Your Business Now Could Pay Dividends in Years to Come

    2014-11-05T09:00:00Z

    While youth unemployment may now finally be starting to trickle downwards, the past few years have certainly seen a renewed emphasis in the business world and of course in the media on the subject of entry level jobs. As the debate has played out, one ...

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    How can you manage mental health in your workplace?

    2014-11-04T09:00:00Z

    Mental health problems are becoming increasingly prevalent in the workplace. One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year and one in six will experience a mental health problem at any given time*.

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    How to keep your business moving

    2014-11-04T09:00:00Z

    Life can be tough on your body. It s no surprise that musculoskeletal conditions like back, neck and muscle problems cause more prolonged work absences than any others*.

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    Top Tips For Business Success

    2014-11-04T09:00:00Z

    Running a successful business doesn t always go to plan, but having a plan in place makes it easier to overcome any problems that arise. Below are some examples of how I did it, and my top tips for planning for success:

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    How can flexible working benefit your business?

    2014-11-04T09:00:00Z

    Small businesses rarely work Monday to Friday 9-5, but the government s new legislation to allow all employees to request flexible working arrangements, could prove to be a great benefit for small business owners. Providing they have worked for the company for at least 26 weeks, employees can now request ...

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    5 Tips for Retaining Customer Loyalty

    2014-11-04T09:00:00Z

    A business can not survive without loyalty. A company can chase new customers to ensure it stays afloat but this can often be time consuming and will eventually result in there being little or no resource left to pull from.