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10 Tips: Plan Now for ‘World Cup Fever’

SMEs need to start developing and communicating their plans for the football World Cup says HR service provider Right Hand HR which offers ten tips for managing ‘World Cup fever’. Lindsay Grieve, Managing Director of Right Hand HR said: “Inevitably, there’ll be scaremongering stories about how much the World Cup will cost the UK in terms of unauthorised absence and lost productivity. The typical concerns are that employees will call in sick – to watch a match or because they’re recovering from the night before – and that discussing games and checking scores will distract them from their work.” However, Right Hand HR claims that, if handled well, this summer’s tournament is actually an opportunity to boost employee morale. “The Wor... »

Export Opportunities: 10 Tips

Export Opportunities: 10 Tips

> The BCC is urging businesses to take a measured approach to export opportunities created by sharp falls in the value of Sterling. John Dunsmure, Managing Director of the BCC warned that, for exporters, current economic conditions bring both opportunity and risk. In response to the risk, UK Chambers of Commerce offer services designed to help exporters cut through the paperwork that comes with overseas trade. “A weak pound does traditionally open the door to export opportunity. We are hearing from business that falling global demand has impacted international orders but the opportunity is still very significant. However, businesses turning to export whilst times are tough at home should tread carefully.” “It’s all too easy for overseas orders to turn sour if you do... »

10 Tips to Reduce Waste & Save Money

10 Tips to Reduce Waste & Save Money

Small Business News – 18th February 2009 A Government campaign launched last week is offering small businesses simple tips from Defra and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on saving cash, carbon and water. The top ten tips, which form part of the Real Help for Businesses Now campaign, include: switching off computers and monitors – a single computer and monitor left on 24 hours a day will cost over £50 a year. For a typical small office with 10 computers this could save over £300 per year; heating costs can go up by eight percent each time you increase the temperature by just one degree – keep heating at a constant level and ensure doors and windows are shut when using heating or air-conditioning; and using refillable printer, fax and photocop... »

Multi-channel Retailing, 10 Tips

You can understand why multi-channel retailing has become the latest bandwagon to jump on. According to the IMRG index, in March 2006 the year-on-year growth rate for online sales was around 50%, with £2bn transacted for the month. In contrast, last Christmas saw High Street sales rise by a mere 0.9 per cent. Both traditional retailers and catalogue suppliers are increasingly moving online and combining marketing and fulfillment through all channels. This presents new challenges and there are some major traps for the unwary. Apart from the obvious point that selling on the web requires some different skills, it’s crucial to replicate brand values and a proper level of service. Problems in one channel will equally damage the other. The following tips are designed to help stimula... »