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In this section we discuss topical issues affecting small business owners. Our aim is to facilitate comment and discussion between business owners, express our humble opinion on small business topics, and share useful ideas, tips and advice. We hope you will leave our website, feeling a little better informed and inspired. Please bookmark this page now....
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Last Updated: 09/07/2014
By Lesley Brooks
A study by the Institute of Leadership and Management has highlighted that managers are spending more time working extra hours for no extra pay.
Last Updated: 23/07/2014
By Lesley Brooks
For the self-employed, trying to build and grow a business is hard work. “Time is money” as they say and if you take the time off than you are costing your business money, through not working and not generating an income, whilst your business costs will still be accruing, and your competition is still working.
Last Updated: 17/06/2014
By Lesley Brooks
You have a duty as a boss to nurture and care for your employees and that includes allowing them opportunities to learn new skills as well as making the odd mistake along the way..
Last Updated: 30/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
Unfortunately many people believe by simply having something, it will help them, rather than realising they need to be pro-active and spend time building up and promoting online sales. The majority of customers will not come to you unless you reach out to them.
Last Updated: 31/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
There are mixed opinions regarding online advertising. Some argue Facebook ads are the way forward, whilst others will emphatically state that it is content all the way and you should be broadening your horizons to include video links, webinars and buzzwords....
Last Updated: 30/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
Loyalty Marketing has become a big business, and there are savings galore to be made for faithful consumers who happily collect their vouchers, save their tokens, get their loyalty card stamped...
Last Updated: 29/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
Nothing is sacred today or so it seems. Enter the internet; a world of instant information at your fingertips. The potential effect of Big Brother online is far more harmful and destructive than you could possibly envisage.
Last Updated: 27/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
I mean, let’s face it - who actually determines who and what is trending? Are you one of those who uses hashtags like they are going out of fashion and just co-join them to any word or phrase in the hope of starting another trend?...
Last Updated: 22/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
By establishing links between a review site, to your website, twitter page and basically anything that is linked to your business, will ensure that it has more exposure and also mean that your customers are more likely to leave a review.
Last Updated: 22/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
When companies first began to write business blogs; many were dubious about the effectiveness of them and also began to question exactly what they should ‘blog about.’
Last Updated: 22/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
YouTube is an excellent tool for highlighting brand awareness and raising consumer interest in your product or service...
Last Updated: 22/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
For small business owners who are looking for what they consider primarily a professional business networking site which they feel is more credible, then why not try LinkedIn?
Last Updated: 27/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
Something that provides a free service online and allows anything that you publish to be linked directly to your profile on Google plus is surely worth knowing more about?
Last Updated: 22/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
Google Plus is a social network and owner identity service that is owned by Google. It is an impressive way of identifying your presence online and allowing your input to be linked to you...
Last Updated: 22/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
Birds have been doing it for an eternity, and now it seems that everyone is doing it? Well, everyone that is, except those who seem to have an aversion to social media and the world of Twitter!
Last Updated: 22/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
Small companies need to spend a certain amount of time advertising in order to stay afloat and anything that can lend a hand in expanding business growth and promoting stock; should not be overlooked...
Last Updated: 23/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
The bad news for all those stuck in a time-warp and wanting desperately to update their company image and marketing skills, is that it really is worth getting to grips with social media. But I can’t think about Facebook... my typewriter ribbon needs changing!...
Last Updated: 15/01/2014
By Lesley Brooks
Are quotas the answer to get more women going further in business? Or is more help required on an everyday basis to support those female entrepreneurs who are setting up their own businesses from home?
Last Updated: 10/12/2013
By Lesley Brooks
Britain's high street is struggling against a range of social and economic changes. As politicians squabble about whether the country is in statistical recession or recovery, many small high street businesses have closed, and many young people can't find a job.
Last Updated: 20/11/2013
By Lesley Brooks
The UK’s Trade and Investment sixth annual Export Week came to a close on November 15th 2013. Did it Work? What practical help does your business need to assist you in your first tentative steps in selling overseas?
Last Updated: 20/11/2013
By Lesley Brooks
How useful is it to have your small business listed in an online business directory? The general rule of thumb is that the greater your online exposure the more business leads you will receive....
Last Updated: 20/11/2013
By Lesley Brooks
So why are businesses lagging behind consumers in their use of social media? Big businesses and big brands can afford to employ “community managers” or “social media marketing managers” and get ahead of the game, whilst small to medium firms are busy doing business.
Last Updated: 15/09/2014
By Lesley Brooks
The UK Government needs to do more to help the owners of small companies increase their levels of export activity. An export led recovery should surely be top of the Government's macro economic policy priority list.

 

 

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