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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.

When is a Good Time to Find Business Finance?

If you ask around, you’ll find that some element of external finance now forms a key part of many business strategies, and if used correctly, it could even mean the difference between failure and success. Yet for some business owners, seeking funding for their business can still seem like a rather big and daunting step, […]


CSR: 3 Big Ways Your Small Business Can Help the World

Corporate Social Responsibility isn’t just for big companies – SMEs can totally make a difference too. Recently on the blog, we looked at how small businesses can implement meaningful CSR programmes as well as a few practical considerations you need to go through when setting one up. But there are so many causes out there […]


What does Alexa for Business do? And do you need it?

Whether they use it to do shopping and book taxis or just ask it random funny questions, it seems everyone has Amazon’s Alexa these days. Which is not far off the mark. In the US alone, nearly 50 million people have access to a smart speaker with Alexa devices making up nearly 50% of sales. […]


Why GDPR is an Opportunity for Business, Not a Limitation

GDPR is actually really positive for businesses of all kinds. For all of the panic that it caused, the rush to become compliant, and all of the rumours doing the rounds in the run-up to the 25th May, the sky didn’t actually fall in. In fact, the clarity and authenticity of GDPR presents a number […]



7 Reasons Why ALL SMEs Need to Embrace Online Reviews

Listing your company on review websites can seem like a scary prospect. You’re putting your precious business out there to get potentially battered by the slings and arrows of former customers and public opinion. But actually, there are many more positives than negatives to online reviews – not least the warm, fuzzy feeling when you […]


Marketing Tips For Builders

The building and construction sector is having a bit of a difficult time at the moment. Brexit uncertainty has caused some people to put big money items like building projects on hold, and the bad weather we had at the beginning of 2018 delayed many building projects. On the positive side, if people are looking […]


Small Business Ethics: Helping Vulnerable Customers

As a small business, you’re in an odd position where you’re both more able to help vulnerable customers than a big corporate – and less. While you don’t have a corporate responsibility budget, you have more sight of who your individual customers are and more control over how you treat them. Without shareholders, you can […]


Six Ways to Start Building Your Brand for (Almost) Nothing

So you’ve got the next big business idea. There’s only one thing stopping you exploding onto the world stage – you don’t have a logo and you don’t have the money to spend on expensive branding campaigns. Luckily you no longer need hundreds of thousands in the bank to create effective branding for your company. […]


Is This The End Of High Street Shopping As We Know It?

The announcement in October 2018 of major losses and proposed significant reduction in the number of stores by Debenhams is a huge blow to high street retailing. The terrible news follows the recent administration of House of Fraser which has subsequently been purchased by the Sports Direct Group. The closure of these two high street […]


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