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10 signs that your business is heading for trouble

Running a business is hard work. There’s never a time when there’s nothing to do. So, it can be hard to stand back and get some perspective on whether or not you’re on the right track. If any of these tell-tale signs ring a bell, then stop, take a moment and think about where you�?...

Date: 30 March 2012   By: Bryony Thomas

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When is it best to accept defeat and close down your business?

The past few years have been tough for most businesses and even highly experienced business people have suffered. Many a good business that in more prosperous times could have been successful has gone to the wall, with failure often being outside of the owner’s control.

Date: 30 March 2012   By: Elaine Clark

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The Apprentice: Lesson two - know your numbers

It’s the design task — perhaps one of the most excrutiating challenges on The Apprentice.

Date: 29 March 2012   By: Rachel Miller

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How do you get going when the going gets tough?

Difficult trading conditions call for difficult decisions. When markets are contracting, it’s no time to put your head in the sand. But what do small firms need to do in order to survive?...

Date: 29 March 2012   By: Rachel Miller

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10 more reasons why start-ups fail

So what are the other key reasons why many new businesses fail to survive their first two years of trading and why do more established businesses go under? Once again, in no particular order…...

Date: 28 March 2012   By: Mark Williams

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10 reasons why start-ups fail

Opinions differ greatly over the exact survival rate of new businesses in the UK, but without doubt the failure rate remains depressingly high. Some claim that more than half of small businesses fail in their first year, while 90% don’t last two years. So what are the key reasons why they don�...

Date: 28 March 2012   By: Mark Williams

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How to survive your first two years in business (part 2)

With few new UK businesses surviving to reach their second birthday, we asked followers of @StartUpDonut, @MarketingDonut, @TaxDonut, @LawDonut and @ITDonut on Twitter and members of our Facebook network for their advice about how to make it through your first two years in business…...

Date: 27 March 2012   By: Mark Williams

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How to survive your first two years in business (part 1)

With low two-year survival rates for new firms, we speak to business owners who have made it past this important threshold and ask what words of advice they offer…...

Date: 27 March 2012   By: Mark Williams