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Deborah Meaden on how to fund a new business

What advice would I give to someone starting out in business who may be worried about funding? Today, I think people in need of funding and hoping to start a new business tend to approach the banks automatically, by default. Then, if they’re declined, the big question is – ‘What next?...

Date: 19 December 2013   By: Guest contributor

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Rewarding and recognising staff when money is tight

It is often said that employees are the lifeblood of a business and it is certainly true that they are an important factor in its success.  For this reason ensuring employees feel valued is vital in order that they remain motivated, loyal and productive. ...

Date: 19 December 2013   By: Guest contributor

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Key lessons I learned about starting a business

Starting a business involves making an often tough, but amazing journey. I was fortunate enough to have started ‘tinkering with the internet’ right when affiliate marketing was just starting to evolve. At that time eBay, for example, would pay for every website visitor they received, even ...

Date: 18 December 2013   By: Guest contributor

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The worrying consequences of spiralling business costs

According to research published recently by membership organisation the Forum of Private Business (FPB), business costs in 2013 in the UK have increased at a rate of “3.5% ahead of inflation”.

Date: 17 December 2013   By: Guest contributor

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13 things you could have learned from our blog in 2013

1 “Ensuring that your target market can find your website is essential to making your new business work and SEO [search engine optimization] is core to that”...

Date: 12 December 2013   By: Mark Williams

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Four cashflow tips for seasonal businesses

As the high streets prepare for a shopper-invasion and the countdown to festivities begins, businesses that traditionally feel the financial impact of the peaks and troughs of seasonal trading are once again preparing their strategies to manage cashflow.

Date: 12 December 2013   By: Guest contributor

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Why the best time to start a business is now

The thought of starting a business now might seem to many a bad idea. These are the days of austerity, surely we need to keep our heads down, take stock of what we have and bide our time until this is over.

Date: 11 December 2013   By: Guest contributor

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How your business can avoid Christmas party pitfalls

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is warning business owners to be aware of seasonal dangers that could potentially leave them with “a nasty financial hangover long after the decorations have been taken down”.

Date: 11 December 2013   By: Guest contributor