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Three no-cost ways to generate more profit

As a business-owner, keeping your head above water during tough economic times involves cutting costs. Unfortunately, for many businesses, the first thing that goes is the marketing budget – just at a time when they need to attract as much business as possible.

Date: 30 January 2012   By: Katie Diacon

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Do start-ups need accounting software?

There is an ever growing number of accounting software packages available to suit businesses of any size and many that are particularly suitable for small business accounting. Making accounting easy is crucial for those running their own business, at whatever stage of development. However, should yo...

Date: 26 January 2012   By: Neil Goddard

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Is Richard Branson a typical entrepreneur?

The London launch of Sir Richard Branson's new book Screw Business As Usual was a very jolly affair. The man himself said all the right things and was ably supported by Jean Oelwang CEO of Virgin Unite, the not-for-profit foundation of the Virgin Group.

Date: 16 January 2012   By: Mike Southon

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Lessons to take forward into 2012

I don’t think that I am alone in thinking 2011 was a difficult year. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it was flippin’ hard work. So what have I learned from my experience during 2011 that will benefit me in 2012?...

Date: 12 January 2012   By: John Sollars

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10 things you need to know about starting a business

About half a million people in the UK start a business each year, although this number could be significantly higher in 2012, because of high numbers of redundancies and a shortage of jobs. Most new ventures fail within a year or two, but according to government figures there are about 4.8m business...

Date: 10 January 2012   By: Mark Williams

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Are past mistakes holding your business back?

I have a theory that each of us makes at least one big mistake when they start their businesses. The trick is to not let that mistake overshadow your entire business but learn from your mistakes and move on.

Date: 9 January 2012   By: Fiona Humberstone

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Is it a bad time to start a business?

The news has been dominated recently by the Government budget and its spending cuts. Austerity measures appear to be in place for large swathes of the population and growth prospects are poor, set in the context of rising inflation, employment and debts.

Date: 5 January 2012   By: Louise Tillotson