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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.

 
 

Struggle for hand dryer clarity – Is it just me?

Well today’s whinge dear reader is about the ubiquitous electric hand dryer – now you might think I’ve got to much time on my hands (sorry, no pun intended), but my point here cuts to the very heart of advertising (well ok, “the very heart” is a bit of an exaggeration) Continue reading “Struggle for hand dryer clarity – Is it just me?” »

 

Is now a good time to buy Barclays shares?

Is now a good time to buy Barclays shares?With many banks taking a beating in the press over the last months, indeed years, Barclays Bank has continued to take an uncomfortable centre stage recently and it continues today, with criticism of Mr Jenkins appointment as the new CEO because he’s an insider Continue reading “Is now a good time to buy Barclays shares?” »

 

So you lost all your mobile contacts!

I wonder how many of you have lost your mobile contact list? Well I flippin’ have and that’s for sure. Ok, so I might find IT generally a bit daunting and welcome the daily range of new content, ideas and applications with a resounding sigh, but I do… wait for it… have an iPhone and I do… have an iMac! Continue reading “So you lost all your mobile contacts!” »

 

Getting back to work after extended time off

So I’m lucky enough to have taken seven weeks off work! Yes seven – eat your heart out J. I won’t bore you with where my hubby and I travelled to, but what I would like to do is share with you some thoughts on the difficulties of getting back to work Continue reading “Getting back to work after extended time off” »

 

Economic Success of the London 2012 Olympics

Economic Success of the London 2012 OlympicsLike most all of the UK, I’m almost lost for words to describe the wonderful results and atmosphere of the London Olympics, but as an accountant and FD, I have to ask if we can translate the British athlete’s success into an economic boost for the UK. That for me now is the big question? Continue reading “Economic Success of the London 2012 Olympics” »

 

Fed up with the British weather? How about a career in International Business?

Fed up with the British weather? How about a career in International Business?If you’re considering a career change and working internationally appeals to you then congratulations, I think you’ve chosen a path that will offer some amazing opportunities both for your professional and personal life. Continue reading “Fed up with the British weather? How about a career in International Business?” »

 

Smartphones: Does your business need one?

Smartphones: does your business need one?Technology is said to be an entrepreneur’s best friend and a great example of how it can help our businesses lies with smartphones. These all purpose companions have quickly turned into a must-have accessory for business owners. Here are a few reasons why. Continue reading “Smartphones: Does your business need one?” »

 

Website Hosting – Choosing the right solution for your business

Website Hosting - Choosing the right solutions for your businessChoosing the right hosting solution is one of the most important considerations when launching (or re-launching) a website. Picking the right host or configuration can mean the difference between a fast, snappy website or one that is sorely lacking. In this post I’ll cover some of the basic considerations to keep in mind when choosing a web host. Continue reading “Website Hosting – Choosing the right solution for your business” »

 

Location, Location, Location – Can you buck the business premise?

One of the major considerations in opening a retail unit, shop or restaurant used to be (and I assume still is) location. Certainly when I went to college they would drum it into us – location, location, location, thus ensuring there’s the right amount of foot fall and getting that all important passing trade, which is why shopping centres and retail parks always have an Continue reading “Location, Location, Location – Can you buck the business premise?” »

 

Checking that a Company or Professional Consultant is really Google Adwords Qualified or a Certified Partner

We have recently been looking for an AdWords professional to implement and manage AdWords campaigns for a new website in a competitive market place. As with any supplier or consultant it’s important that we employ a company or individual that is highly experienced and qualified and therefore decided that our first requirement Continue reading “Checking that a Company or Professional Consultant is really Google Adwords Qualified or a Certified Partner” »

 

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” »

 

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 “Apps for the SME Sector” »

 

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” »

 

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” »