Small is beautiful – new legislation shows increasing influence of SMEs

SME power: New legislation shows the influence of small business

SME power: New legislation shows the influence of small business

Small has never been so big

Pitch to Rich: Fuel business growth through marketing

Straight to market: Start-ups can benefit hugely from marketing budgets

Ahead of Pitch to Rich 2015, Duncan Higgins from Virgin Media Business writes on the importance of marketing for SMEs

Money talks - Using IP to add value to a business

Many people see IP protection as an expense they can't afford: but will not investing prove the costliest decision of all?

UK slow to embrace franchise model, says Anytime Fitness MD

Up and running: Anytime Fitness is a successfully franchised business

British franchise market ‘under-invested’ compared to other economies, says Anytime Fitness MD Andy Thompson

Caring is sharing: new lessons in content marketing

Increasing numbers of brands are developing their own content to share with their audience. Businesses of all sizes can similarly leverage the trust customers have in their company to share relevant, timely content.

Social media, where’s my damn return??

Money talks: Monetising social media is still seen as a dark art by many

We are all aware of the power of social media, so why are so many still so poor at getting a return on their investment in it?

Sharing economy outstrips combined growth of Facebook, Google and Yahoo

In seven years sharing economy estimated to have grown by $15b, says report into sector

Valentine’s Day spending set to top £1.9bn in United Kingdom

The increase in spending for Valentine’s Day is set to continue upwards, with the 2015 figures expected to reach new heights when the details are released

Why SMEs need to treat call handling as an essential component of the marketing mix

Phone calls can often make or break a business's reputation among its clients: so how can you make sure you get them right?

‘Ambitious board’ drives Paperhat Group growth strategy

Paperhat Group CEO Tim Peppiatt

Two acquisitions already in 2015 signal positive intentions for creative services and marketing specialists

Small businesses embracing cloud-based marketing for expansion

Adobe spearheads marketing’s move to the cloud

Chinese investment in UK hits $5b

Nearly one-third of Chinese EU investment flows into Britain

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