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How The Pandemic Has Helped Some SMEs

In a lot of ways, 2020 has sucked for all kinds of businesses. I’m not here to Mary Poppins a terrible situation. But in amongst all the bad news, some rays of light have strayed across my screens. The small and mid-sized businesses that have turned lemons into limoncello and provided valuable services during a […]


Managing Staff Holiday Entitlement During Times Of COVID-19

As we push deeper into the second half of this unprecedented year, employers are now potentially facing different challenges due to the implications of staff returning to work with unused holiday entitlement. How might this clash with rebuilding their business? Some businesses remained open throughout lockdown, with many operating under the requirement to provide products […]


7 Simple Ways To Support Small Businesses In The Current Climate

No matter which way we turn at the moment, businesses are still being majorly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the Government has lifted restrictions in most sectors, some have only just been able to re-open their doors and others are still being hampered by localised lockdowns or quarantine restrictions. So what can you […]


How To Obtain Finance Under The Government Bounce Back Loan Scheme

While COVID-19 forced many businesses to temporarily close, it’s important to be thinking positively about the easing of lockdown and return to work. As I write this, some industries such as retail have already been given the green light and resumed trading from 15th June. For others, particularly within the hospitality and leisure industries, there […]


How To Restart A Business Impacted By COVID-19 Part 2

In Part 1, you discovered how it’s possible for your business to recover from COVID-19, especially if you already have the three key traits to business success. For easy reference, these are: A good product or service Engagement Constant improvement What if your business doesn’t have these key business success traits? Certain industries, (retail in […]


How To Write A Profit And Loss Forecast For Your Start-up Business

So you have a great business idea which you believe will be successful. The only drawback is that you need to borrow money to purchase supplies or simply to buy time for the business to generate sales and become self-financing. Whatever the reason for borrowing money, it’s likely that you will be asked for a […]


How the Google+ Closure Will Affect Your Business

Google+ has about 2.2 billion user accounts and even up to a year ago Google+ was making updates to their platform, so it may have come as a shock to some regular users that it will be closing in April 2019. Even though Google+ has a high number of user accounts it is estimated that […]


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 […]


Autumn Budget 2018: How It Will Affect SME Businesses

Philip Hammond presented his third Budget on Monday 29th October which should be the last one before Brexit in March next year. Mr Hammond announced the end to austerity, but I’m sure many small businesses owners will be rather sceptical of this, as trading in most sectors is still tough. There were many positives for […]


11 Awesome Email Marketing Best Practices

Signing up to receive email marketing communications from an organisation can often feel like a gamble. Are you going to receive something of real value? Or are you going to receive the same old tired sales messages that’ll send you heading for the “unsubscribe” link quicker than you can say “Buy Now!”. That gamble is […]


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