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Five steps to better sales conversions

Convert your website visitors and window shoppers into sales

Frontline managers are an essential in companies with fewer hierarchical layers.

Is it worthwhile developing better leaders?

Fast-growing businesses must identify and develop high-potential employees at all levels for career progression– and current leaders have an important part to play

Skills and fit: Can you get the balance right?

Finding the balance between skills and fit when recruiting

Tom Marsden, CEO of Saberr, discusses the “skills versus fit” debate and advises how companies can be more diligent in the hiring process to make sure they get the balance right

Out of ideas: How do you react when inspiration runs dry?

How to grow your business if you’ve run out of ideas

Running out of ideas can seem like a dead-end: but there are ways you can work through a creative block in your business thinking, say Amasty

Corporate vision: Is everyone pulling in the right direction?

Boosting profits and staff retention through a shared corporate vision

Motivating staff and building profits are the two main pillars of any successful business: is presenting a share corporate vision the way to master both?

Leadership crisis: How can shareholders protect their interest?

Sports Direct's leadership crisis – how shareholders can protect themselves

The recent troubles at Sports Direct threw up a number of pressing questions: Here Brian Palmer looks at one, namely how can shareholders protect their interests against malpractice at the top?

Innovation: Do you know how to breed inspiration in your business?

Practical steps to incentivise and fuel innovation in your business

We all see innovation as the Holy Grail for driving a business forward: but what real world steps can be take to ensure this happens?

Purpose and values: Are you putting these at the hear of your business?

The modern rulebook: Putting purpose, vision and values at the heart of a business

A new digital openness means that businesses are more exposed than ever before: one positive this had produced is an increased focus on values and purpose, says Mel Wombwell from Grant Thornton

How can you keep your staff onboard during periods of change?

Change is necessary for all companies to grow: but how can you address understandable anxiety among staff when it happens?

Business advice: Lord Sugar is the top name in UK enterprise

Be transparent, expect transparency - Lord Sugar's advice to businesses

Renowned businessperson Lord Alan Sugar has been providing his tips for entrepreneurs, via business data site Company Check. Here, Alastair Campbell, founder of Company Check, explores what Sugar’s advice means for businesses.

Company mentoring: Is is the key to galvanising your workforce?

Why your company should develop a mentoring scheme

Some smaller companies shy away from mentoring schemes because of the investment required in both time and resources: but can that initial outlay be returned with interest if done right?

Business angel: Can a mentor give your business a lift?

Are you in need of a small business guardian angel?

Starting a business is one of the hardest things to do, especially with no experience: so can getting an experienced ally on board make the difference?

Loyal staff: Is your workforce invested in your business?

Working smart: Five ways to keep your staff loyal

Staff turnover can be a real problem for SMEs if it gets out of hand: so here are five ways to ensure your staff stick around for at least a little longer, in association with Cartridge Save 

Managing trouble: Are you better than Mourinho?

No way Jose: how to handle your SME staff better than Mourinho

With a very public dressing down for two senior staff members and poor results, Jose Mourinho's management has been called into question: so here's how to ensure yours isn't

Super-skills: Can you face up to the upcoming resourcing crisis?

Skills crisis: Can you use internal resources to plug the gaps?

Most people agree we are on the verge of a skills crisis: so how can organisations help themselves by using their internal resources?

Workplace wellbeing: Can nice guys really win?

The happiness revolution: Turning workplace wellbeing into business success

Saurav Chopra, CEO and co-founder of Perkbox discusses why workplaces should evolve to put employees first

Plumbing new heights: Can learning a trade be more lucrative than a degree for prospective entrepreneurs?

The ‘trade’-off between university and an apprenticeship for hopeful entepreneurs

The debate around the best academic and professional route to forming your own business continues to rumble on – here Lewis Howard makes the case for apprenticeships

Entrepreneurial spirit: Can the right mindset drive profit growth?

Are 'home-grown entrepreneurs' the key to business success?

With money still tight, can creating employees with an entrepreneurial spark make the difference in a tough marketplace?

Winning mentality: Can an elite sporting mentality translate to business?

Wimbledon’s winning mindset – lessons for business leaders

The gladiatorial arena of Wimbledon is where champions are made every year: so what can entrepreneurs and business leaders learn from the mindset that drives them to victory?

Personal data: People who can harness data are invlauable

Capturing the talent that can monetise big data

By now everyone understands that big data can transform your business but precious few know how to do it: so how can you make sure those invaluable individuals are on your side?

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