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The Apprentice: Lesson ten - wheeling and dealing

The last few candidates have to do some high-end wheeling and dealing on this week’s The Apprentice. They will be working for an up-market daily deals website, sourcing big discounts on luxury experiences.

Date: 28 May 2012   By: Rachel Miller

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What is the key to surviving your first year in business?

This question is particularly close to my heart. When I started my very first business venture at the age of 17 in Communist Hungary – where at that time 'entrepreneurship' was virtually unrecognized – some of the points you will read below were key to my survival. Now, 22 years later, hav...

Date: 24 May 2012   By: Agnes Cserhati

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Travel tips for small firms from Olympic legends Sally Gunnell and Chris Boardman

With some businesses offering employees flexi-time and with Sunday trading hours being extended during the Olympics, it’s easy for employees to overlook something as simple as getting around during the Games. ...

Date: 24 May 2012   By: Feven Iyassu

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What can your business learn from a grocery store in Sedona, Arizona?

Why is it that we can look at another small business and see what they are doing right or wrong so easily?I was looking for a grocery store in Sedona, Arizona. The store in the plaza only has the name on the façade as signage. I could clearly see if they added the word ‘groceries’ to th...

Date: 21 May 2012   By: Paul D Foster

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The Apprentice: Lesson nine - more cheese less wine

We’re in another transport hub this week on The Apprentice — and still no sign of an away-day anywhere. Lord Sugar has called the troops together at the champagne bar at St Pancras station. It’s six in the morning. Bit early isn’t it Lord S?...

Date: 18 May 2012   By: Rachel Miller

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Storage tips for start ups

Whether you're starting a business or looking to grow an existing one, space is an important factor. And storage is key to ensuring your work area remains clutter-free, whether that’s in your home, premises or another location. Knowing your storage options – and the benefits/risks – c...

Date: 16 May 2012   By: D Davies

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Recruitment tips - the induction plan

Do you have a formal induction plan for new recruits? An induction plan will help ensure that the initial impressions on the first day of a new job are positive and that the new employee starts off productively.

Date: 14 May 2012   By: Paul D Foster

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The Apprentice: Lesson eight - the art of selling

The candidates on The Apprentice are going to Waterloo Station this week to hear about the next challenge. They’re obviously hoping for a nice day out somewhere but Lord Sugar, Nick Hewer and Karren Brady are waiting for them in a smelly old railway arch that’s covered in graffiti.

Date: 11 May 2012   By: Rachel Miller