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Using energy saving devices can have a big impact on usage

Five ways to make your business more competitive through better energy management

To mark Big Energy Saving Week, Phil Scholes, SME sales and marketing director at npower, offers advice on how small and medium sized businesses can give themselves an edge over their competitors by reducing their cost base through better energy management.

George Burgess dropped out of Stanford University in the US to launch Gojimo

Education entrepreneur George Burgess' battle to bring technology to the classroom

While most students would have used the excuse of poor revision materials to give studying a miss, born-and-bred 17 year-old entrepreneur George Burgess saw an opportunity.

Jim Hart decided to solve a business problem by starting a new firm

Recruiting native speakers to help with export growth

Europlus Direct and Jim Hart's investment in native speaking salespeople has led to export success and growth of revenues to £8 million. It's a move which Hart believes is his best ever, and has also led to the founding of a company supplying recruitment and translation services.

Business owners now have a growing array of finance options

What you need to know about online finance options

Despite the struggles for SMEs to secure finance, the number of options available continues to grow. Clive Lewis, head of SME issues at the ICAEW, provides a guide to what is out there.

If new to the foreign exchange market, expertise and guidance are invaluable

The pragmatist’s guide to currency management for businesses expanding overseas

While growing a company in new territories can be a baptism of fire, currency management need not hold back a business – as Halo Financial director David Johnson explains.

Deane is committed to the handmade approach characterised by the business

The Cambridge Satchel Company's journey from kitchen counter to global brand

Having not paid herself for three years after founding The Cambridge Satchel Company, Julie Deane has now secured $21 million worth of venture capital. GrowthBusiness finds out how she's going to spend it.

Existing contracts can often drag out the process of due diligence

Selling your company or business: Are your commercial contracts in order? 

Sam Jardine, partner at commercial law firm Watson Burton, looks at how customer and supplier contracts are factored into a company sale.

A rise in minimum wage will have a big impact on retailers on the high street

Five business leaders react to the planned increase in national minimum wage

If George Osborne's call for a raising of the national minimum wage by 69p goes through it will bring it back in line with pre-crash levels, but what does this mean for those having to pay it?

As businesses begin to ramp up finance faces unprecedented pressure

How to release finance from its administrative burden

Stuart Evans, chief technology officer at Invu, explains how using electronic and automated invoice processing can ease the strain on finance departments.

Mexico City is the 10th most populous city in the world with 20 million residents

Mexico: much more than the M of the MINTs

Gabriela Castro-Fontoura, director at Sunny Sky Solutions, gives her tips on how businesses should prepare before entering the Mexican market.

The UK, and London's Silicon Roundabout, has seen a surge of tech start-ups

Startup Institute: Tooling up staff for early-stage technology companies in the UK

Despite the ever-growing number of technology start-ups setting up in London and the rest of the UK, they will be going nowhere unless the right talent can be employed. It's a quandary which Startup Institute is hoping to solve by bringing its already successful US model to Britain.

India is one of the BRIC nations, alongside Brazil, Russia and China

India – Still a land of opportunity for business

Adrian Mutton, CEO of Sannam S4, which helps UK companies explore opportunities, then set up and expand in India, outlines the key issues which companies considering the Indian market must bear in mind.

Bring your own device cuts down on hardware as well as operational costs

Navigating through the issues of desktop virtualisation and BYOD

For any business looking to stay ahead of the innovation curve, bring your own device is a trend which has been hard to ignore. Scott Cairns, CTO at T-systems, explains what companies need to address before diving in.

The Bank of England has tried, and often failed, to stimulate business lending

Traditional finance methods aren’t working for SMEs, but disruptive change is afoot

While there is all too often doom and gloom surrounding business lending, Tradeshift CEO Christian Lanng believes that alternative methods could be about to provide a much needed shake-up. 

Bitcoins have surged in value to their current level of $840

The rise (and fall?) of P2P currency Bitcoin

Maxwell Rodriguez, online payment expert at SecureTrading, analyses what 2014 might have in store for Bitcoin.

Brazil is fast becoming one of the leading nations when it comes to e-commerce

Building a better business in Brazil

Glenn Porter, general manager of international identity verification at GB Group, provides a run down on what needs to be done to enter the Brazilian e-commerce market.

Recruitment firms take away the stress of finding the right candidate

How to pick a recruitment agency

Comparing prices, asking about guarantees and securing reference checks are amongst tips from Hiring Hub writer Tom Williams when it comes to selecting a recruitment firm.

John Styring has been careful to prepare his firm for what it will need in the future

How to manage fast growth without bursting at the seams  

Growing quickly and efficiently takes careful planning, explains IglooBooks co-founder and CEO John Styring.

Crowdcube has now been in operation and growing its brand since 2010

Hiring a smart PR agency

Luke Lang, co-founder and chief marketing officer of equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube, reveals why teaming up with a boutique PR agency is his best business decision to date.

3D printing takes away the need for extensive outlay to begin manufacturing

New breed of 3D printing start-ups emerging to challenge consumer brands like Nike

As one of the biggest trends to emerge during 2013, 3D Hubs co-founder Bram de Zwart explains why 3D printing is democratising the way start-ups can compete with bigger players.

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MINT nations: (Clockwise from top left) Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey and Nigeria

The emerging markets worth a MINT

Glenn Porter, general manager international identity verification at GBGroup, examines the opportunities and risks of trading with the MINT population of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey.

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