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What's the point of startup accelerators?

It’s accelerator season again and applications are being accepted for mentoring from TechStars London, Oxygen Accelerator, Dotforge and more. Lots of entrepreneurs and investors see accelerators as a vital part of starting a tech company – but are they really for everybody and do you reall...

Date: 28 July 2014   By: Guest contributor

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Why you sometimes have to reinvent yourself if your business is to stay alive

Three brief case studies. Three businesses that had to ‘wake up and smell the coffee’, or go bust! Knowing what to do is not the same as taking the necessary action.

Date: 23 July 2014   By: Robert Craven

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10 tips to help entrepreneurs implement effectively

Ideas mean nothing unless you make them real. Real entrepreneurial ideas get turned into products and services and are sold to customers to make a difference. Yet, entrepreneurs are often not implementers, nor project managers. They’re often distracted by the next idea, development or new oppor...

Date: 21 July 2014   By: Guest contributor

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How to avoid being overcharged for office space

Operators and landlords will do their utmost to ensure they get the best possible deal from the start of a contract term. When you rent a traditional office space you’ll often be bound to an agreement for around three - five years. Therefore, if you sign up for services and facilities on a whim...

Date: 17 July 2014   By: Guest contributor

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Creating your small business online

There are many options for small businesses when setting up online. You need to work out exactly what you want from your web presence. Will it be generating sales or selling products or will it be a point of reference for customers?...

Date: 14 July 2014   By: Guest contributor

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The importance of effective cashflow management

We see it all too frequently, businesses of all sizes getting into financial trouble and struggling to pay their suppliers, the taxman and their own staff. This can happen because the people running the business are so focused on their product or service or customers that they forget to take care of...

Date: 10 July 2014   By: Guest contributor

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Frogs are not small crocodiles - and small firms are not little big companies

Governments and blue chips think they're talking and marketing to smaller or owner-managed businesses, but they're not. They don't know how to talk to owner-managed businesses. They don't even realise that small businesses have a separate language and way of being.

Date: 9 July 2014   By: Robert Craven

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Does Fido have the Midas touch?

The national campaign, Bring your Dog to Work Day, launched on 27 June. It raises proceeds for three major animal welfarecharities and encourages businesses to allow dogs in the work place.

Date: 3 July 2014   By: Guest contributor