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Severe weather poses threat to UK’s small businesses

Severe weather poses threat to UK’s small businesses

  Itrat Bashir Severe weather conditions ahead could pose a threat to many small businesses across the UK. Last year alone, millions of pounds were washed away by floods and other harsh weather conditions. This year, with flood warnings in place across much of the North of England and Wales, and warnings of high winds more »

Communicate confidently in 6 steps

Communicate confidently in 6 steps

  By Fatoumatta Kurang For anyone who has to sell a product, service or themselves in any way shape or form, it will be abundantly clear that feeling and exuberating confidence is key to getting that smile, nod and handshake. Communicating confidently helps to engage your listener and will form the basis of what they more »

Pursuit of excellence key to Gusbourne wines success

Pursuit of excellence key to Gusbourne wines success

  By Maciej Lesiewicz When South African consultant orthopaedic surgeon Andrew Weeber purchased the Gusbourne Estate in Appledore Kent in 2003, with the vision to make of it one of the world’s leading producers of wine, he probably didn’t expect that he would achieve his  dream so quickly. The awards received in 2013 as ‘English more »

4 simple steps for effective planning

4 simple steps for effective planning

  By Fatoumatta Kurang As a self-employed individual, how do you manage huge workloads? The answer is plan, plan, plan! The biggest and most obvious planning mistake people make is leaving things to the last minute. If this sounds like you, you are no doubt struggling to complete tasks and hit deadlines, which in turn more »

CBI warns of ‘serious business downside’ and ‘huge uncertainty’ if UK exits the EU

CBI warns of ‘serious business downside’ and ‘huge uncertainty’ if UK exits the EU

  By Lisa Charles With the official EU referendum campaigns now live, the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI) have today released their latest report outlining why the UK business industry will benefit from a reformed EU membership. The report acknowledges that ‘the EU is far from perfect’, but states that the majority of its members more »

Social Enterprise ‘This Foreigner Can’ on a mission to help migrant entrepreneurs

Social Enterprise ‘This Foreigner Can’ on a mission to help migrant entrepreneurs

  By Itrat Bashir There are many foreign nationals in the UK who are hunting for an opportunity to set up their own business venture, but many struggle to find the right mentors to put them on the right path and/or raise funds. Social enterprise ‘This Foreigner Can’ has been created to help these people more »

Get positive psychology working in your business

Get positive psychology working in your business

  By Paola De Pascali Setting up a new business creates a profound change in your life, with the fear of failure plaguing the minds of many entrepreneurs. To overcome the fear of the failure, life coach Tim Mikelj says you have to accept it as a part of the process. I met with ex more »

Don’t neglect this crucial profit making area of your business

Don’t neglect this crucial profit making area of your business

  By Paola De Pascali Customer service is often neglected in the early stages of a business startup, with so many other pressing tasks to complete to get your business off the ground.  Whether you plan to be customer facing or interacting with your customers digitally, don’t neglect this crucial area of your business when more »

Small business confidence shaken by summer budget

Small business confidence shaken by summer budget

By Itrat Bashir The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)’s Small Business Index (SBI) has released its latest findings for the third quarter of 2015, with the results identifying that the budget has left small business owners with a shaken confidence. The high morale of entrepreneurs following the general election has swiftly been reversed following the more »

By September 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Businesses reach new heights in the UK

Businesses reach new heights in the UK

By Itrat Bashir Starting a new business is a daunting prospect for any person thinking of setting up a new venture. But, the recent figures compiled by the House of Commons Library (published on May 28, 2015) will give encouragement and confidence to newcomers. As per the report ‘Business Statistics’, in 2014 the number of more »

By September 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →