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Business Advice

For helpful business advice on topics from how to get your business up and running, to how to use social media to find more customers, these useful articles will help you get ahead of your competition.

8 New Google My Business Updates You May Not Know About

When was the last time you logged into your business’ listing on Google My Business? Be honest! If it’s been months rather than weeks, you may have missed out on a few essential updates to Google My Business. The gang at Google have been beavering away making new and valuable updates to their free business […]


5 FREE Online Tools for Project Management and Teamwork

We all like something for free. When you own a small business, money can slip through your fingers remarkably easily. Cash gets spent on marketing, travel, software, hardware, rent, and everything in between. Additionally if you outsource work or your team are based in different locations, collaboration and teamwork can be tricky when there’s nothing […]


19 Essential Accounting Terms All Businesses Need to Know

Have you ever found yourself engrossed in an in-depth business conversation only to catch yourself thinking “… wait – what’s turnover again?” Whether you’re new to owning your own business or you’re a seasoned veteran, we all forget jargon from time to time. The lingo of business, the lingo of finance, and even the lingo […]


Understanding Business Finance For Retailers

Running a business can be difficult, and the retail industry is no exception, with external market forces that are impossible to control and tricky to plan for. It could be that an extra injection of cash is needed to help you achieve growth, plug a cash flow gap or get you through an unexpected tough […]


How to Get the Most Value From Running Focus Groups

‘Focus groups’ is a phrase that makes people nod wisely and worry about the extra thousands you just added to the budget. They can be, and often are, a complete box-ticking waste of time. If done well, they can save you from making an expensive mistake or even form the entire message for selling your […]


7 Essential Tips to Maximise Marketing Email Deliverability

I’m going to break some bad news to you, so make sure you’re sitting down. Not all of your marketing emails make it to their end recipients. Unfortunately there are no absolutes in email deliverability. Whether you’re sending bulk email marketing materials or a direct message to a customer, sometimes emails hide in spam folders […]


Making Tax And VAT Digital For Small Businesses – Are You Ready?

It seems only yesterday that one of my clients called me in a panic, having received a letter from HM Customs & Excise introducing a new online VAT system and a date for their business to be live. Following this, all quarterly VAT returns would be submitted online. Nobody wanted change. Nobody wanted to climb […]


How To Get Your Business In The Google Local 3-Pack

If you use Google regularly, chances are you’ve seen the map results – known as the 3-pack, local pack, map pack, or snack pack. But have you ever wondered how to get your business to show up there? It’s surprisingly easy! Let’s take a look at the local 3-pack; what is it? And how can […]


22 Complex Marketing Terms Explained in Plain English

Marketing. Even if you don’t fully understand it, your business can’t live without it. It’s one of those topics where the jargon can sometimes be so impenetrable, even seasoned professionals are left scratching their heads now and again! If marketing lingo leaves you puzzled, then read on – we’ve compiled a glossary of 22 common […]


Refinancing Your Business: How To Use It To Your Benefit

Business finance comes in all shapes and sizes, and while this can make it a tricky area to navigate, you can also use it to your advantage. Refinancing involves either consolidating debts, or raising cash using the assets in your business. In this article, we’ll have a look at these two main areas of refinancing […]


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