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Why small businesses fail (and how to avoid that fate)

Small businesses in the UK have a worryingly high rate of failure. 20% close their doors within twelve months, rising to 60% after three years. Careful founders can significantly decrease the chance of their business becoming a member of the failed majority by paying attention to the reasons why other small businesses have failed, and…

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6 tips for a better home office setup

Need a better home office setup? Working from home is fast becoming the norm for many. During the first UK coronavirus lockdown, in April 2020, some 46.6% of people in employment worked from home at least some of the time. And for the country’s growing cohort of self-employed people and employees on flexible contracts, home-working…

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How small businesses can take card payments

Card payments rocketed to the top of the agenda for many small businesses in 2020. Until recently, accepting card was a great way to future-proof a small business. Nowadays, with card payments 75% higher than the pre-coronavirus norm, it is fast becoming a basic business requirement. The pandemic may have caused an increase in card…

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6 things to do before you launch a product

Launching a new product is an exciting time for any business. However, it’s important to resist the urge to launch too hastily, as this can lead to problems with customer support, marketing and the product itself. To ensure your new product meets or exceeds your expectations, work through these 6 things to do before you…

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7 Christmas party ideas for homeworking staff

Need some Christmas party ideas? Work Christmas parties will need to be a little different this year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many teams will be holding their parties remotely, with attendees joining from their own homes via video call. In our view, these strange circumstances make throwing a successful Christmas party more important than…

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The best phone setup for small businesses?

Getting the best phone setup for small businesses is essential. With 60% of people preferring to call a business after finding them online, phone calls are still the most simple way to engage with your customers on a personal level. In this article we will guide you through the best phone set up for small…

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Tips to turn your business carbon neutral

This article provides tips on how to turn your business carbon neutral. We’ll take you through a three-stage process, from calculating your company’s carbon footprint, through implementing measures to reduce your carbon emissions, to setting up carbon offsetting programmes. Calculate your company’s carbon footprint In order for your business to work towards carbon neutrality, you…

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Switchboard – FREE Setup!

Virtual Switchboard FREE Setup That’s correct, free setup on our virtual switchboard service. Choose your  professional voiceover artist from our carefully selected list, send us your script and we will set up your Virtual Switchboard for you for just £4.99 per month +VAT. This service includes Call Whisper for each menu you have selected at…

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5 simple SEO tips for a new website

This article covers 5 simple SEO tips that could help you increase your site’s search visibility in Google, Bing and other search engines. We’ve tried and tested all these tips, so you can rest assured the advice suits the latest search engine guidelines and algorithms. Tip #1: Check how search engines “see” your website Before…

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30 business ideas for students

Whereas some students settle for getting a part-time job to supplement their student loan, others take a braver path. Setting up a business during your studies is a bold and ambitious move, but it could greatly benefit your bank balance, as well as your CV, in the long run. If this combination of effort and…

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Customer retention strategies for a small business

For small businesses, every new customer is a small triumph of effective marketing. With this in mind, it is especially important to carefully plan how to keep customers loyal and maximise their lifetime value to the business. This guide sets out 6 customer retention strategies that could help keep customers coming back to your small…

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0204 Numbers – New London Area Code

0204 Numbers Our quick guide on 0204 numbers with all your questions answered. Where are 0204 numbers based? The new 0204 numbers are London based numbers. Ofcom have announced that the new 0204 range is being added to London’s existing 30 million numbers. The area code for London is actually 020, with ranges extending to…

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Limited company vs. sole trader: A simple guide

Limited company vs. sole trader: What’s the difference? Most small businesses in the UK are set up as either a limited company or a sole trader. In this article, we explain the definition and characteristics of these two types of business entity. We’ll also talk you through to register your business as one of the…

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Popular tools to help manage your social media marketing

Social media marketing can be challenging, especially if your business has multiple profiles across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all the rest. In this guide, we introduce a selection of social media marketing tools that will simplify key aspects of social media management, from including creating and scheduling posts, boosting engagement with content, and monitoring what…

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Which accounting software do I use for my small business?

The right accounting software could bring significant efficiencies and financial savings for your small business. Which software is best for you will depend on factors like the size and setup of the business, its number of employees or clients, whether it sells products or services, and how you plan to accommodate accounting within your operations.…

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4 mistakes to avoid if you’re self-employed

4 mistakes to avoid if you’re self-employed (and how to fix them) One of our content writers has been self-employed for eight years and counting. In this article, he’ll guide you through 4 common mistakes to avoid while working as a freelancer. Being self-employed opens up possibilities you don’t typically get with regular employment. As…

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How do I copyright my business name?

You’ve spent lots of time and creative effort coming up with the perfect business name; now you’re going to want to protect that name to the greatest possible extent. This article will tell you how to protect a business name from misuse and imitation, from registering your company to trademarking your brand name. Here’s what…

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How to set up a business email

Here’s how to set up a business email in three simple steps, from setting up a web domain, to linking that domain to an email host and configuring your business mailboxes. Step #1: Set up a domain Learning how to set up a business email is simple. If you want a business email address that…

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How to get a business loan

Want to learn how to get a business loan for your new venture? New businesses have myriad start-up costs, ranging from big outlays on premises, staff and inventory, to cheaper-but-crucial details like paying for web hosting, putting money aside as petty cash, and setting up a business telephone number. Such costs combine to create a…

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Which social media should I use for my new business?

There are two key questions to consider before you choose which social media platforms to use for a business: Which marketing objectives will the business work towards through its use of social media? Which social media platforms are being used by the people or organisations the business wants to reach, and how are those people…

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