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.

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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.

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For Chris Barling, founder of e-commerce software supplier SellerDeck, making the call to be customer centric when it wasn't a fad term has worked in the long run.

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Need for change: Renaud Clarke describes himself as a restless innovator

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Renaud Clarke, managing director of digital marketing shop Atelier Studios, explains why the agency teamed up with data stalwart Simon Lawrence to produce a data-led digital creativity.

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Using a pension to fund the business after war upheaval 

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Know your numbers: Bean counting makes your business stronger

While keeping a firm grasp of the company financials was never something he enjoyed, for James Uffindell, founder and CEO of Bounty Network, it is something he's learnt to take seriously.

Providing 'duvet days' to increase staff retention

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Eric Collins, managing director of Nampak Plastics, explains how his decision to concentrate on employee engagement has lead to greater innovation throughout the organisation, and why this has been instrumental in the company’s successes.

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