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Margin for success

Margin is probably the most crucial figure in any business. Tell me your turnover, your margin and your running costs and within seconds I can tell broadly whether your business is a triumph or a disaster.

Date: 30 November 2009   By: Adam Ewart

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When it comes to networking, the kids are on the money

For many of us new to social networking and closer to being within Gen X than Gen Y, it takes considerable time to learn the rules and etiquette of social media. And to be honest, many of those rules are only just developing now. As Penny Power explains in this video, we really can learn a lot from...

Date: 28 November 2009   By: Mark Sinclair

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Guerilla tactics

I’ve always felt that there were two types of startup – those with too much money and those with too little. I’ll leave the topic of too much money for another day, and instead think about the more common problem of having too little money.

Date: 27 November 2009   By: Chris Barling

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Keeping in control of currency

Negotiating an English country road can be a nerve-wrecking affair. Plagued by single-track lanes, tight bends, and sudden dips, you can never be certain of what’s in store just around the corner.

Date: 26 November 2009   By: Administrator

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Starting up in a down-turn – but where to get funding?

Starting up a business is always going to be tough and like many things in life, there’s probably never going to be a perfect time to take the leap and launch your idea. For many entrepreneurs, one of the key concerns is acquiring funding to turn your dream into a reality. Doug Richard says tha...

Date: 26 November 2009   By: Mark Sinclair

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The importance of being relevant

All start-ups must consider how they pinpoint the ‘relevancy’ between what their business offers and what there website does. Follow the R-E-L-E-V-A-N-T marketing approach and soon you will find your online activities gathering pace.

Date: 25 November 2009   By: Ian Rhodes

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The tortoise and the hare guide to online networking (for start-ups)

On social networks, it’s tempting to try and grow your network rapidly by accepting any friend requests that come your way and building a network of strangers. As Louis Gray explains, when thinking about business networking; revenue is only going to come from a small selection of your online co...

Date: 24 November 2009   By: Mark Sinclair

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Allegra McEvedy MBE: The celebrated anti-celebrity

There was much to be inspired by at the 2009 National everywoman Conference last Wednesday, but the thing that jolted most of us into unprecedented awe was an animated speech from Allegra McEvedy MBE, founder of healthy fast-food restaurant chain Leon.

Date: 24 November 2009   By: Kate Horstead