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Happy Christmas from the Start Up Donut

2009 has been a hectic year for the Start Up Donut. Since launching in July, we’ve been working non-stop to bring you new features, articles, interviews, tips, blogs and advice on starting and running small businesses effectively.

Date: 23 December, 2009   By: Anna Mullinder

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Prepare for the VAT rate rise in January 2010

Just as you were getting used to the VAT rate at 15 per cent, it’s nearly time for the rate to change again. From the 1 January 2010, the rate will be going back up to 17.5 per cent, after 13 months at the lower level. Many businesses are already using the change to encourage customers to make...

Date: 22 December, 2009   By: Raphael Coman

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If you're good at what you do, you won't need to compete on price

"If it's worth doing, it's worth doing properly" my mum always used to say. We never had much money when I was growing up, but whenever mum did buy something, she'd always make sure it was of the best quality she could afford. She understood the false economy of buying something cheap that would bre...

Date: 22 December, 2009   By: Fiona Humberstone

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Business cards & networking

You arrive at networking event, your main aim is to talk to like-minded people about their business and your business - in that order.

Date: 21 December, 2009   By: emma williams

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Start your new business efficiently

1 Plan your marketing Far too often, new businesses take a scattergun approach to marketing. They spend a huge amount of time and focus on marketing – which is correct – but there is no cohesive strategy, plan or thinking. So what happens is, 80 per cent of their marketing efforts results ...

Date: 18 December, 2009   By: Heather Townsend

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The problem with money (too much)

Last month we talked about starting a business on very limited resources. This time, I would like to think about the problem of having too much time or money.

Date: 17 December, 2009   By: Chris Barling

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Why would ANY boss hire a woman?

As a start–up business, one of the most crucial elements will be employing a strong and reliable team. But how do you judge if someone is likely to be a reliable employee? One of the issues that can affect your team in the long term is maternity leave.

Date: 16 December, 2009   By: Clare Bullock

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Pre-Budget Report 2009

In his last Pre-Budget Report before the general election, Chancellor Alistair Darling unveiled a number of measures aimed at bringing about economic recovery in the UK economy.

Date: 15 December, 2009   By: Raphael Coman