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Must-read information about filing tax returns

We’re starting to see reminders from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that the tax return season is fast approaching. So what are the key facts you need to know?...

Date: 28 October 2011   By: Emily Coltman

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Young Apprentice: feel the love

We’re back in the boardroom with Sir Alan Sugar and his hench people — Nick Hewer and Karren Brady. But it’s not quite business as usual. For a start the candidates are a bunch of teenagers. And then, in his opening pep talk, Lord Sugar says, “I actually love you lot.” Woah ...

Date: 27 October 2011   By: Rachel Miller

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The key to successful blogging - and why it’s worth the effort

Blogging isn’t easy is it? You work all day (and sometimes into the night) with the day job and then somehow you’re expected to find the time to blog. And for goodness sake, does it even work? Is it even worth it? You hear horror stories of people putting in dozens of hours a week with not...

Date: 27 October 2011   By: Fiona Humberstone

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Is social media good or bad for your business?

Matt Forrest of the Sage UK Small Business Team ...

Date: 26 October 2011   By: Matthew Forrest

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Some alarming stats about professional indemnity insurance

We carried out some research recently and one of the most shocking findings was small businesses and freelance consultants delay purchasing professional indemnity (PI) insurance for an average of six months after setting up in business.

Date: 26 October 2011   By: Nick Green

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Your chance to win £3k worth of start-up kit

Would-be entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas and existing small-business owners with a clear vision for business growth are being called on to enter the Enterprise Now competition, for a chance to win a £3,000 prize.

Date: 21 October 2011   By: Mark Williams

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How easily can you explain your business idea?

The original idea for a business needs very careful scrutiny. Few are brilliant immediately. Ideas are nothing if they cannot be enacted effectively, so clarity of thought at the outset is vital. As Einstein once said, if you can’t explain something to your grandmother, then you probably don�?...

Date: 20 October 2011   By: Kevin Duncan

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The truth about email marketing

The last thing busy start-up owners want is extra tasks and for some the very idea of setting up an email marketing system can seem daunting. However, it’s one of the best marketing channels available in terms of return on investment. Here I will cover three common email marketing misconception...

Date: 19 October 2011   By: Matt Bird