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Fashion designer and entrepreneur Savannah Miller shares business tips

I understand all too well the trials and tribulations of setting up a new business, which is why I agreed to become an ambassador for Britain’s Top Real Role Model 2014. The annual competition, launched by direct selling company Amway UK and now in its fourth year, is dedicated to encouraging n...

Date: 28 May 2014   By: Guest contributor

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Why don't more people from ethnic minority backgrounds start businesses?

The recent publication of A Portrait of Modern Britain had some commentators questioning the motivation of its publishers – right-wing think tank Policy Exchange, which was founded by current Tory ministers Michael Gove, Nick Boles and Francis Maude.

Date: 27 May 2014   By: Mark Williams

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Why it has to be service first

Small businesses have many advantages and great opportunities to stand out from the crowd. Free from the shackles of over-administration and red tape you can adapt your processes quickly and easily so are well placed to deliver outstanding service.

Date: 21 May 2014   By: Guest contributor

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New research on SME and microbusiness ethical behaviour

I like to think that I am an ethical consumer. Wherever possible I shop locally (on foot or by public transport too), I purchase Fairtrade goods and my mortgage and savings are with an ethical bank. And I am not alone. Research has shown that demand for ethical goods and services grew 12% during the...

Date: 20 May 2014   By: Fiona Prior

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Electronic payment acceptance options for small firms

In recent years, electronic payments have grown in popularity along with the demise of the cheque and fewer consumers carrying cash in their wallet or purse. Card payments have become the preferred method for payments, with shoppers expecting small businesses to accept debit and credit card transact...

Date: 19 May 2014   By: Guest contributor

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Four common characteristics successful businesses share

If you’re a fledgling entrepreneur, starting your own business will be one of the most daunting things you’ll ever do. Whether it’s burning ambition, necessity or the fact that entrepreneurship is hardwired into your DNA, being one of the brave that takes this leap will be life-changi...

Date: 13 May 2014   By: Guest contributor

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Seven key steps from freelancer to business owner

The transition from being an independent freelancer to a business owner is a process of shifting responsibilities and needs. For me, moving from freelance copywriter to founder and MD of my own copywriting agency has been one of moving from one set of challenges to the next – and developing pro...

Date: 6 May 2014   By: Guest contributor