Comment & Analysis

How to create a professional investment portfolio

05 Mar 2015

Professional investment is now a viable alternative to traditional saving plans: but how can you make sure you mitigate the risk and maximise your chances for profit?

What the Swiss currency crisis means for you

04 Mar 2015

One of the biggest single moves in a major currency took place back in January, as the Swiss National Bank put financial markets into a frenzy: what does this mean for you and your business?

5 ways to make sure you're heard in meetings

Head on: Body language can be key for making yourself heard in meetings

Head on: Body language can be key for making yourself heard in meetings

By Alex Lynch / 03 Mar 2015

Meetings are a crucial part of starting and growing a successful business: so how can you make sure you are heard when making that big pitch?

Is it fair to use zero-hours workers when expanding your business?

Hywel Roberts / 02 Mar 2015

New report suggests 1.8 million firms used them last summer: but are controversial zero-hours contracts fair for the workers employed on them?

How higher civil court fees will affect mid-market businesses

Price of justice: Civil court fees are increasing

Price of justice: Civil court fees are increasing

Jade Campbell, solicitor, Wedlake Bell LLP / 27 Feb 2015

You might not realise that a recent rise in civil court fees and your business's profits could be linked, but a top solicitor explains why you're wrong...

Calculating holiday pay following recent legislation

By Chris Weaver / 25 Feb 2015

Going Global – how to avoid the growing pains

Organic growth: Expanding into other countries presents fresh challenges

Organic growth: Expanding into other countries presents fresh challenges

23 Feb 2015

Stephen Baines, commercial director of Precious Cells Group, explains how understanding the culture of a country as well as the law of the land can make the difference between success and failure for firms looking to go global

Does tax avoidance among global corporates put UK SMEs at a disadvantage?

Hywel Roberts / 23 Feb 2015

The spotlight is firmly on tax reduction among large global firms operating in the UK – but is the practice putting smaller domestic companies on the back foot?

Top tips for SMEs managing multi-channel communications

Multi-channel: Communications are getting increasingly complex

Multi-channel: Communications are getting increasingly complex

Erwan Kernevez, digital solutions director, Neopost / 23 Feb 2015

With the number of channels between businesses and customers increasing all the time, not getting it right can put SMEs at a major disadvantage. Read on for ways to ensure that doesn't happen

The five continuous improvement paradoxes

by Joakim Ahlström / 19 Feb 2015

Continuous improvement seems like the holy grail for any company looking to grow and improve – but it's proved harder to grasp than many small business-owners expected. Below are 5 issues to overcome if you want to achieve it at your company

Seven tips on how to use your marketing budget most effectively

Spending power: Maximising marketing spend is key for smaller businesses

Spending power: Maximising marketing spend is key for smaller businesses

18 Feb 2015

Paul Liascos, UK managing director at ReachLocal offers tips on some of the “must dos” of marketing your small or medium-sized business online

Why retailers need to start harnessing the power of social media  

18 Feb 2015

As social media enjoys a retail renaissance, Ian Jindal, Editor-in-Chief of Internet Retailing, explains how vital it is for brands to harness the power of social media

How can your business take advantage of the government’s SME procurement pledge?

Funding guide: Some SMEs are still unfamiliar with routes to procurement success

Funding guide: Some SMEs are still unfamiliar with routes to procurement success

17 Feb 2015

How can you maximise your chances of winning government funding? Top tips for SMEs below...

What to do if you or your business is accused of professional negligence

By Matthew Goodwin / 13 Feb 2015

Professional negligence is a big risk to anyone starting a business. But if the worst does happen it pays to be prepared, say Matthew Goodwin

SMEs face three months of uncertainly in election run-up

In limbo: Businesses are uncertain about the post-election landscape

In limbo: Businesses are uncertain about the post-election landscape

By Stephen Hodges / 12 Feb 2015

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