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Top 5 Tips on Growing a Small Business

Tim Campbell, founder of the Bright Ideas Trust The Government’s focus on the UK’s small businesses in the 2011 Budget highlights the importance of small business growth to the UK economy. The Government should therefore welcome the findings of a recent survey of over 2,000 small business owners by T-Mobile, which found that 48% of small businesses are expecting to see some business growth over the next six months. Tim Campbell, leading small business expert and founder of the Bright Ideas Trust, offers his advice on the steps small businesses can take to secure future growth: Make the most of your small size No business can afford to remain static in the products and services it offers, whether large or small, but small businesses are particularly well-positioned to react quickly to chang... »

Post Offices Should Become Small Business Hubs

Post Offices Should Become Small Business Hubs

Struggling post offices around the UK should be transformed into small business hubs to safeguard their future, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which is urging the Government to support the move. Research from the FSB has found that 47 per cent of small firms use the Post Office at least twice a week, but that firms are not getting the local business support they would like to have. In the absence of business support in every community, FSB national chairman, John Wright, said that by becoming business hubs — through offering advice on banking, Government services and insurance, as well as access to dedicated Business Link advisers, Internet access and meeting room facilities for start-ups — the Post Office network would have a chance to become financiall... »

Website Provides Recession Survival Advice

Website Provides Recession Survival Advice

Small firms in need of business support to help them get through the recession can now use a new free website launched by accountant association AVN. Available at www.recessionresources.co.uk, the site includes a range of free tools, resources, training and guidance put together by more than 200 accountants and expert advisers. Practical support includes a comprehensive review tool, which is designed to help businesses strengthen their cashflow. Firms can also compare their performance against competitors or others in their sector with the site’s benchmarking reports. As well as identifying strengths and weaknesses, the report will advise businesses on how they can best survive the recession, based on individual results. Other content available to download includes videos of business... »

Martha Lane Fox

Martha Lane Fox Inspires

Small Business News – 19th January 2009 A rare opportunity to learn how to inspire, motivate and protect your staff Chat date: 22nd January Chat time: 1pm In this episode of www.smallbusinessadvice.tv presenter Sean Walsh turns his attention to what is commonly regarded as a company’s No.1 asset – its people. With an economic backdrop of rising unemployment and headline-grabbing company layoffs, it’s a crucial time for businesses to retain, inspire and motive their key staff Making a rare studio appearance, lastminute.com co-founder Martha Lane Fox will be sharing her tips and advice on best practice management skills and motivation techniques. Alongside Martha, will be Siân Harrington, editor of Human Resources (HR) magazine since the end of 2006 and a regula... »