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The UK business blog will provide information and advice on a wide range of business related topics including finance, employment, law, marketing, training, the Internet and everything in between!

Our goal is to provide our visitors with a valuable source of information, offering guidance from industry experts to help you to grow your business throughout 2012 and beyond. Our experts write for all experience levels, so whether you're new to business, a serial entrepreneur or a seasoned business professional, we hope you’ll find our articles of interest and share your thoughts with others.


The challenge of selling your product or service

The biggest challenge facing virtually all businesses is selling. Any enterprise rises or falls on the strength of its ability to sell their product or service. If sales are high, it thrives. If they’re low, it’s just a matter of time before it fails Continue reading “The challenge of selling your product or service” »


Choosing The Right Domain Name For Your Business

When it comes to launching a new website, the domain name is simply something you cannot afford to get wrong. Getting the right domain can make all the difference to your rankings and brand image so in this post, I want to explore just a few factors that you should be aware of before picking the perfect domain Continue reading “Choosing The Right Domain Name For Your Business” »


How does one tackle BO in the work place?

I’ll tell you why I thought of writing this as I wonder how many of you have had to deal with the issue of cleanliness or body odour in the work place? I’m sorry to say that I have and it’s difficult to say the least!  Continue reading “How does one tackle BO in the work place?” »


Upwardly Mobile Apps for the SME Sector

Yesterday it was the fax and today it’s the app. What next? Technology moves quickly and although faxes have hopefully run out of toner for the last time, it seems likely that the app is here to stay. For small business owners staying on top of the rapidly changing world of IT is essential. Cloud computing and the rapidly expanding world Continue reading “Upwardly Mobile Apps for the SME Sector” »


Thinking of selling a company – How?

Having sold a company with my husband and another one before that, a friend asked me yesterday how one goes about selling a company, where you start and it’s an interesting point. Continue reading “Thinking of selling a company – How?” »


Office Politics… Bringing Cakes into the Office

My husband used to be a chef and still likes to do a bit of baking and I recently brought in a lovely Battenberg for our small team which brought this situation to mind. Over the last few years I’ve brought some of my wares into the various offices I’ve managed and they go down a storm. It’s also great given the fact my waistline won’t stand me chomping Continue reading “Office Politics… Bringing Cakes into the Office” »


CQC Guidance

I was reminding myself the other day what the CQC guidance on employing staff in Health and Social Care roles says. and turned to Outcomes 12, 13 and 14 to refresh my memory. In essence, an employee has to be fit for the role Continue reading “CQC Guidance” »


4 Mistakes to Avoid When Marketing Your Website Online

If you’ve ever attempted to do your own internet marketing then you’ll know it can be a minefield out there. With all the misinformation and conflicting views it can be confusing to say the least when trying to work out the best way to move your site forward online. In this post, I want to explore some of the key elements that I think everyone would agree Continue reading “4 Mistakes to Avoid When Marketing Your Website Online” »


Work Life Balance, Job Satisfaction and Happiness – General Thoughts

Work Life BalanceIf you’ll allow me, I’d just love to start a conversation about work, stress and well being. So few people I speak with can say they love what they do (which is perhaps not surprising), but the subject raises lots of questions and points of view Continue reading “Work Life Balance, Job Satisfaction and Happiness – General Thoughts” »


Last chance for SMX London – Search Marketing Expo 15th & 16th May 2012

A great search marketing conference for both SEO beginners and seasoned professionals alike, held at Chelsea Football Club – another bonus if you’re a supporter! Plus, get 15% with our discount code!

This year is a coup for SMX with Google’s Amit Singhal giving the Continue reading “Last chance for SMX London – Search Marketing Expo 15th & 16th May 2012” »


12 Tips for Choosing a Digital or Internet Marketing Agency

From a lay persons stand point how does a technophobe director of a small company choose the right digital agency to promote their website? In such a competitive market with so many agencies to choose and all of them waxing lyrical about how good they are, where do you start Continue reading “12 Tips for Choosing a Digital or Internet Marketing Agency” »


Lack of appreciation for office plants

As a generalisation most small business owners take quite a paternalistic approach to their staff.

Working in a small team engenders a family like environment and we try to ensure (within budgetary constraints) that staff remain happy Continue reading “Lack of appreciation for office plants” »


Deprivation of Liberty Standards

Deprivation of Liberty StandardsDoLS or Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, in Health and Social Care settings means a whole raft of rules and regulations, tied up with Health and Safety surrounding how vulnerable people are kept safe without unwarranted restrictions. Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) – Alzheimer’s Society Continue reading “Deprivation of Liberty Standards” »


UK Economy in Recession Again

UK Economy in Recession AgainThe Office for National Statistics has just announced that the UK economy has returned to recession, which is defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction. The 0.2% decline in the first quarter of 2012 follows the 0.3% dip in the final quarter of 2011 Continue reading “UK Economy in Recession Again” »


Care Home or Home Care?

Care Home or Home Care?Independence is precious. Staying in the home which has been the centre of family life and holds so many memories is vital to emotional well-being. People hang on to their independence often long after they actually lost it in every true sense of the word. It can come as a shock to families to discover that their elderly person has not been coping Continue reading “Care Home or Home Care?” »


How do I buy a property in my pension?

How do I buy a property in my pension?In our last blog we gave a brief overview of some of the ways in which your pension can help your business. In this our second article we look at one of those areas in more detail, explaining how you can buy a property in your pension Continue reading “How do I buy a property in my pension?” »


Using people assessments to help you select the right people for your business

Using people assessments to help you select the right people for your business.We’ve all hired a candidate who didn’t live up to expectations. They had the right experience, solid qualifications, good references and performed well at interview, but ultimately failed to deliver. Perhaps they left quickly, leaving you with the cost of recruitment, or worse, are still hanging on, costing you daily in lost productivity and low team morale. Continue reading “Using people assessments to help you select the right people for your business” »


Business Attire – Oh dear what should I wear for work?

Business Attire - Oh dear what should I wear for work?I was generally musing with my other half that in these days of such choice (in most aspects of day to day life) the actual amount of choice itself adds to daily frustrations as well as a certain element of stress. An example of this is general business attire and the choices we have now with regard to the clothes that we can wear for business and work. Continue reading “Business Attire – Oh dear what should I wear for work?” »


What a great marketing campaign!

We think Compare the Market’s award winning ‘Compare the Meerkat’ advertising and marketing campaigns are just fantastic and we’d like to thank them for keeping us entertained particularly as we have a Sergei lookie-likey here in the office. It’s provided us with quite a bit of entertainment and mickey taking! Continue reading “What a great marketing campaign!” »


Using Trade Shows to Find UK Wholesale Suppliers

Using Trade Shows to Find UK Wholesale SuppliersIf you are on the hunt for legitimate, high-quality wholesale suppliers, one of the best places to start is at an industry trade show.

When launching an e-commerce business, one of the most challenging steps in the process is finding honest and reliable wholesale suppliers. Continue reading “Using Trade Shows to Find UK Wholesale Suppliers” »