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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.

 
 

Scream your way to a holiday in Norway

Help create the longest scream in the world. Visitnorway has launched a great viral campaign to celebrate the famous painting The Scream by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.

It’s a bit of fun and all you have to do is share your travel screams by Continue reading “Scream your way to a holiday in Norway” »

 

Mission Statement or Core Values?

An interesting question don’t you think? It’s considered good practice to create a company mission statement and for what it’s worth, I agree.

On the mission issue I have to admit that I struggled to write them (even though I’ve set up and run more than one company and Continue reading “Mission Statement or Core Values?” »

 

Will How We Use Search Engines Change? Is Continuous Scrolling the answer?

Will How We Use Search Engines Change?In the early days of Google it was great. When looking for information or to buy something I found a whole range of other outlets for information, shops and products that I would have previously been unaware of, and that would have been difficult to research or find otherwise. It gave me so much more choice and options. Continue reading “Will How We Use Search Engines Change? Is Continuous Scrolling the answer?” »

 

To ISO or not to ISO – that is the question…

To ISO or not to ISO - that is the questionIn a former life, my husband ran a catering company and the big drive was for ISO 9000 accreditation. Now of course 9002 has been here for some time, but I wonder if the same challenges have followed it? Continue reading “To ISO or not to ISO – that is the question…” »

 

Summary – The Directors Dashboard (Part 5)

The Directors Dashboard (Part 5)I really do hope you find something helpful or of interest to you in my little dashboard series. Oh and if you do, please drop me a line, I would love to hear from you.  I’ve certainly enjoyed writing them. In this latest one I’ll just say that you should now have a copy of those about which I’ve been more expansive; Continue reading “Summary – The Directors Dashboard (Part 5)” »

 

Client Issues Report – The Directors Dashboard (Part 4)

Client Issues Report – The Directors Dashboard (Part 4)Perhaps most appropriate for the service industry, a report that I created and used to ask for was the ‘Client Issues Report’ (CIR). Basically the CIR listed each Account Manager’s clients in order of significance to the business – most profitable perhaps would be an obvious criteria, but it depends on you. Continue reading “Client Issues Report – The Directors Dashboard (Part 4)” »

 

An Interesting Look at What Makes a Good Manager

Google must be one of the most common single words used in the business world today and often in the context of computers and search engines of course. But in that context I was interested to read an article in the New York Times (to whom I must credit with the core of this story) about the Peeps at Google driving for a better Continue reading “An Interesting Look at What Makes a Good Manager” »

 

The Taxation of High Value UK Residential Property – A Guide to Proposed Changes

You may have read in the press about the UK Government’s proposals to change the way that high value UK residential property is taxed. So this seems like a good time to offer a short guide to the proposals and explain the current situation Continue reading “The Taxation of High Value UK Residential Property – A Guide to Proposed Changes” »

 

Sole Trader Vs Limited Company – Which should you Choose?

The definition of a sole trader is an individually owned and operated unincorporated company which is usually regarded as the simplest method of running a business. However once set up and even after employing a couple of other staff a lot of small trading companies completely discount the benefits of changing to an incorporated limited company Continue reading “Sole Trader Vs Limited Company – Which should you Choose?” »

 

Online Business, Local Market

While online marketing in itself is a long-term project that your business will need to maintain for the long haul, online marketing to your local customers specifically comes with its own set of unique challenges and rewards. First, you need to take steps to manage your online presence, as it is often the first impression potential customers have at your business Continue reading “Online Business, Local Market” »

 

Variance Analysis – The Directors Dashboard (Part 3)

In part one of my blog on the Directors Dashboard I listed a number of business areas that you would expect to keep close tabs on and in part two I expanded on one report which was the Client Visitation form which was more suitable to the service industry. This part three is about my pet report – the Budget Versus Actual (BVA) or Continue reading “Variance Analysis – The Directors Dashboard (Part 3)” »

 

Be a little selfless this Xmas! #SelflessatXmas

Be a little Selfless This XmasI do hope you share or pass the message on in the spirit it’s intended as you never know, this Xmas we might be able to help a little with extra donations to charities.

It’ll soon be that time of year again and businesses are Continue reading “Be a little selfless this Xmas! #SelflessatXmas” »

 

A brighter Day

I got up this morning feeling a bit down because the weather was the usual British October weather… dull, drab, grey and damp! But coming into work I came across this image of the most loveable puppy – clearly he needs a cuddle – is it just me or does it brighten your day?

 

Keeping control with minimum interference – The Directors Dashboard (Part Two)

In Part One of my blog on the Directors Dashboard I listed a number of business areas that one would expect to keep close tabs on and I’ve been asked to expand on one report which was the Client Visitation form. Now of course this won’t suit every company and is probably more suited to service type businesses Continue reading “Keeping control with minimum interference – The Directors Dashboard (Part Two)” »

 

A political hot potato…

A political hot potato....It seems “of the moment” to speak of one’s parents working class background and how hard they worked, but my Mom had three jobs (factory worker, waitress and cleaner) and needed them to earn enough money to feed us and keep us clothed after my Dad left. Continue reading “A political hot potato…” »

 

Keeping control with minimum interference – The Directors Dashboard (Part One)

One single monthly report, the panacea of every director! Well perhaps not quite, but keeping a handle on what’s going on and (I for one, think critically) ensuring what you NEED to happen, happens!

Forgive me before I progress because Continue reading “Keeping control with minimum interference – The Directors Dashboard (Part One)” »

 

So How Good is Social Media & Reputation Management?

Given the ongoing meteoric rise of social media, which includes video of course, you just can’t be too careful!

I read recently in the Times (in Costas if you must ask, a popular haunt of mine where I spend far too much time and money, but where Continue reading “So How Good is Social Media & Reputation Management?” »

 

Think before you tweet!

In woodwork you’re told to measure twice and cut once – for social media there should be a similar rule, such as “plan once and test offline ad nausea” Continue reading “Think before you tweet!” »

 

Tips to help you run a successful e-mail campaign

Whilst a fantastic and low cost medium, one great challenge with e-mail campaigns is that if you run too many and importantly too many bad ones, you run an even greater risk of more and more people just dumping your mail – true it happens anyway, but well researched and well targeted mail campaigns can still show a good return Continue reading “Tips to help you run a successful e-mail campaign” »

 

Online Content & Marketing – What can a Small Business do to Compete?

Since all the recent Google changes targeting spam, online comment and blogosphere is talking about quality, targeted content to attract customers as well as improving rankings on Google Continue reading “Online Content & Marketing – What can a Small Business do to Compete?” »