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Options if your Business is in Decline

Of course there are dozens of reasons a company slips into decline in the first place and it’s a huge challenge for any owner MD or Chief Exec, although in that very statement we have already touched on a path forward! Continue reading “Options if your Business is in Decline” »

 

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” »

 

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?” »

 

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?” »

 

8 tips for reducing recruitment costs for cash strapped small businesses

With high recruitment agency fees of at least 20% of annual salary, looking for alternative methods of recruiting is a high priority for a lot of small businesses. We thought that we would summarise a few ideas that have recently helped our limited budget start up businesses to recruit some great staff Continue reading “8 tips for reducing recruitment costs for cash strapped small businesses” »

 

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?” »

 

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” »

 

Tips on Micro Business B2B Marketing

Of course there are many, many people who wax lyrical about B2B, indeed any dammed marketing, though I wonder if they really have any experience of it. Continue reading “Tips on Micro Business B2B Marketing” »

 

Using Facebook for Customer Service

In our experience, resourcing a social media campaign internally or outsourcing to a digital agency is not practical for most small businesses who are, at the very least, sceptical or do not have the time nor the budget to invest in something that doesn’t provide any specific or measureable return on investment Continue reading “Using Facebook for Customer Service” »

 

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” »

 

Autumn Statement 2016 Summary

Given Brexit and the general economic uncertainty, Mr Hammond has come in giving  gloomy underlying  economic conditions, Continue reading “Autumn Statement 2016 Summary” »

 

I just can’t seem to get around to it!

Sometimes its just hard to get down to it… Continue reading “I just can’t seem to get around to it!” »

 

Dividend Tax Changes on 6 April 2016

New tax changes as to how dividends are taxed are due to take effect from 6th April 2016. Continue reading “Dividend Tax Changes on 6 April 2016” »

 

Summary Autumn Statement 2015

Here is a key point summary

Main Headlines Continue reading “Summary Autumn Statement 2015” »

 

Some challenging interview questions!

I remember attending several training courses on the subject of interview and selections techniques. Particularly in house training when I worked for some very large corporations. Continue reading “Some challenging interview questions!” »

 

Why Businesses Need A Staff Handbook?

Your staff handbook will play an essential role in maintaining success and progress of your company. Continue reading “Why Businesses Need A Staff Handbook?” »

 

Being Charming In Business

My last blog considered the subject of being “nice” in business… Continue reading “Being Charming In Business” »

 

Sales slow? How about being a nicer person!

Well we’ve all met obnoxious, arrogant yet successful people. When you leave their company it’s hard to find something good to say about them, but what are the traits of the people who leave a mark on your heart? Continue reading “Sales slow? How about being a nicer person!” »

 

Inspirational Thoughts to Keep You Motivated

Ramblings of a business blogger and a few great ideas to keep you going and inspire new thought…

Forgive me if you’ve heard some of these, but life and business can be a challenge and sometimes we just need a little nudge, so here are some great “nudges” that I like – I hope you like them too.

  • Remember the drains and radiators – If you’re spending too much time with people who drain your energy, shift the balance and spend more time with people who warm your heart – they’ll feel the same way.
  • If you’re writing, try not to stop with a sigh when you reach the end of a chapter, try to start the next chapter with enthusiasm. When you pick up your pen or brush again (ok put your finger on your keyboard again) you’ll know exactly where to start.
  • If you hit writers block, don’t allow it to stop you in your tracks. Make some memorable note, perhaps change font colour and just carry on with the next point. Your subconscious will most probably fill the gaps in whilst you’re at lunch and you’ll come rushing back to carry on.
  • Try and take a few moments every day to thank the powers that are greater than all of us for the good things in life – sometimes it’s difficult, but it’s also habit forming and really does put things in balance and helps though the more difficult days. Glass full rather than empty and all that. Sounds trite but positivity is a habit that can make you happy.
  • Remember how your favorite music fills your soul? Well take 5 minutes and play some to yourself, then head back to work with renewed intent.
  • If your life is getting you down, always remember you can change it – Yes you can! Of course they’ll be consequences, but you can change things and just maybe the consequences are stepping-stones to a better life.

Remember, even back in (I think) 1934 Dale Carnegie said “don’t settle for being mediocre or setting your sights too low, you could be selling yourself short!

Until next time…

 

July 2015 Budget Key Points

Here is a key point summary

Growth & Inflation

  • Economy grew by 3% in 2014
  • GDP growth forecast for 2015 revised down from 2.5% to 2.4% then to 2.3% in 2016

Borrowing

  • 2015 borrowing forecast is revised down to £43.1bn
  • Government debt as a proportion of GDP  79.1% for 2015/2016
  • Savings of 12bn to come from welfare cuts and 5bn from tax evasion

Duties

  • No changes for alcohol and tobacco
  • From 2017, three new Vehicle Excise Duty bands will come into force for new cars in England only, starting at £140 annually. “Every single penny” from VED will go to a Roads Fund to fund improvements from 2020.

Personal Tax and Pension

  • Inheritance tax threshold to rise from £325,000 to £500,000 per person This ostensively means that married couples and civil partners will be able to pass on assets worth up to £1m, including a family home, without paying any IHT at all.
  • The personal income tax allowance will rise to £11,000 from April 2016
  • Higher rate of tax threshold rises from £42,385 to £43,000 from April 2016
  • Mortgage interest relief for buy-to-let homebuyers to be restricted to basic rate of income tax.
  • Permanent non-dom tax that allows some UK residents to limit the tax paid on their earnings outside the country that are not brought into the UK was abolished. Anyone resident in the UK for more than 15 of the past 20 years will now pay full British taxes on all worldwide income and gains.
  • The amount people can contribute to their pension tax-free to be reduced for individuals with incomes over £150,000
  • Pensions tax annual allowance to be gradually reduced to a minimum of £10,000 from next year.

Business

  • New national living wage for all employees aged over 25, starting at £7.20 an hour from April 2016 and set to reach £9 by 2020
  • Corporation tax will be cut to 19% in 2017

 

 

 

 

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