Operations

Our operations section contains a range of articles to assist small and medium business owners with the day-to-day running of their enterprise; from choosing a business premises to managing company supplies we’ve got expert advice to help you run your business efficiently.

When Did Your Business Last Carry Out A Safety Audit?

When Did Your Business Last Carry Out A Safety Audit?

It is easier than many employers realise to manage workplace health and safety effectively. The right health and safety procedure for your business need not be difficult, time-consuming or expensive to manage. This article considers how to conduct an effective safety audit and the importance of regular safety inspections. Responsibilities for staff A key player in the safety inspection process is the health and safety officer (or officers), who is/are responsible for helping the business meet its health and safety obligations to staff, visitors and members of the public. The officer must be a ‘competent person’ possessing the knowledge and experience needed for the job. Together with the safety officer, and other relevant staff or union reps, you need to draw up a plan for the conduct of n... »

A Guide to Help You Solve The Problems Associated With Relocating Your IT

A Guide to Help You Solve The Problems Associated With Relocating Your IT

Planning an office move can be a logistical nightmare. Uprooting all of your staff, assets and infrastructure and moving them across the country without interrupting business functions is a task fraught with hazards. One of the biggest challenges is moving your IT and making sure it’s ready to go at the new site. Good IT relocation requires specialist skills to ensure all business-critical equipment is moved quickly and safely, while ensuring downtime is kept to a minimum. At LeadingEdge we’re specialists in providing a comprehensive IT relocation service. Over the years, we’ve picked up a thing or two. Hazards of IT relocation Staff needs When considering an office relocation, you should be mindful of how this will affect your employees’ commute to work. Will your ... »

Save Money AND Run a Sustainable Business: Is it Possible?

Save Money AND Run a Sustainable Business: Is it Possible?

It is a common misconception that being sustainable means ineffective cost methods, for reusing even the simplest of items can give a business the environmental responsibility they need to uphold a positive reputation – regardless of size. A global survey previously identified that 53% of consumers would prefer to purchase products and services from a company with strong environmental dedication; meaning running an unsustainable business could be causing more harm than you think. Whether you’re situated in a sky-scraping metropolis or a quaint space in a town centre, these helpful tips and efficient solutions will guide your business to a greener future without damaging your profitability. Purchase refillable pens It is estimated over 240m disposable pens that contain plastic and toxic ink... »

How to Move Business Premises Hassle Free

How to Move Business Premises Hassle Free

When moving premises, once you have chosen where you wish to move, the next step is to conduct the move itself. You may have moved house before and be well aware of the stress and cost this entails; when moving office premises, this time-consuming legwork can be increased tenfold. Moving premises will always be a disruptive time. But you can minimise the cost and disruption to your business by meticulously planning the move well in advance. Follow the below guidance to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible. How do I plan the move? Moving office premises should never be a spur-of-the-moment process. You need to plan well in advance for the move to be a success – ideally, this should be at least half a year in advance or more. To put the groundwork in place for the big move, take the... »

Basic Bookkeeping for Your Small Business

Basic Bookkeeping for Your Small Business

As a small business owner, it can be tempting to dispense with time-consuming bookkeeping, and work on an ad-hoc basis to save time. However, this will almost inevitably turn into a complicated, confusing nightmare in the future as receipts are lost, invoices go unpaid, and the taxman wonders where all the money went. This article breaks down the basics of a good bookkeeping system, and should be a useful starting point for business owners looking to get their accounts in order. What do I need for a simple bookkeeping system? Essentially, a good bookkeeping system will record all the money coming into and out of your business. This is useful for a business owner as they have to keep on top of costs and provide the HMRC with proper records. In particular, a good bookkeeping system will incl... »

A Business Guide to Going Green

A Business Guide to Going Green

Everyone worries about the environment, but these worries are often forgotten when it comes to running a business. Many companies avoid being green due to fears about cost – yet failing to follow legislation can end up costing you a whole lot more. It’s imperative that you find out what legislation there is, and how it affects your firm. But being green doesn’t just have to be a method of damage limitation – it can reduce your costs and give you a considerable edge over the competition. The guide covers why environmental concerns are your concerns, how to devise a plan for addressing them, and what actions you can take to ease your impact on the environment. Why bother being a green business? Our understanding of the impact that business operations have on the environment has grown massive... »

How to Purchase a Property Licence

How to Purchase a Property Licence

If your business is in search of premises that will be quick to occupy, a property license might be your best option as they are cheaper than leases, and allow you to move in more quickly and easily. They also offer you the flexibility to change your premises if you experience a rapid growth, or a change in your circumstances. This guide will help you understand the difference between a license and a lease, check the license agreement and anticipate potential difficulties. What is the difference between a license and a lease? There are a number of differences that a business owner should be aware of. One of the main ones is that licenses cover short periods; leases longer ones. Licenses are valid for up to two years, but leases may run for significantly longer. Other measures businesses sh... »

A Guide to Buying Business Premises

A Guide to Buying Business Premises

One of the largest investments your business is likely to make, buying premises is a huge step, but one which can carry significant advantages for the right kind of business. If you have the capital to back it up and are reasonably confident of your firm’s ongoing success, buying a premises can provide you with security of tenure, a lucrative return on your investment, unparalleled flexibility, and more. There are various aspects to consider when looking to purchase a commercial property, and this article will give you the lowdown on what to think about. We cover the advantages and drawbacks of purchasing, how to shortlist and choose the perfect building for you, how to use a chartered surveyor, and more. What are the pros and cons of buying business premises? Before you take the plunge, i... »

Networking and Your Small Business

Networking and Your Small Business

Networking with other businesses, customers and peers is an invaluable part of running a successful business; you won’t get very far if you go it alone. However, many businesses shirk the concept of ‘networking’ due, in part, to a lack of understanding of the concept. Networking can take many different forms, from participation in online forums all the way to international trade missions, and can take place for an almost limitless variety of purposes. This article is intended to shine a light into the murky concept of networking – explaining exactly what it is, the different forms it can take, and how you and your business can network successfully. How does networking work? At its heart, networking is just the process of building mutually beneficial personal relationships. Good networking ... »

How to Hold an Effective Board Meeting

How to Hold an Effective Board Meeting

The time when key decisions are made about the future of the business, how a board meeting is conducted is often indicative of how someone runs a company as a whole. Get them right and they can be a key tool in developing smart business strategies. Although this article is most useful if you run a company large enough to have board meetings, small business owners can quite easily carry the lessons learned over to strategy and other general meetings. What are the objectives of a board meeting? Although board meetings can have many different topics, they broadly fall under five general objectives shared in common. If you are conducting board meetings that don’t cover any of the objectives below, it might be time to look at how effective they really are. Agree on a strategy The board must hav... »

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