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Article Archive - February 2009

  • Research and your business

    by Josh Hall | 23 Feb 2009

    Information is one of the most powerful tools available to a business. Regardless of the size of your business, it is vital that your knowledge of your customers is as deep as possible. Without such knowledge you cannot hope to effectively market your product. Similarly, you must have a comprehensive understanding of your own offerings and sales methods. Effective research can help you to identify aspects of these processes that need refining, and provide clues as to how you can improve your profitability.

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  • Beating the downturn with public sector contracts

    by Josh Hall | 23 Feb 2009

    Private sector spending is drying up at a concerning rate. Companies that survive on private sector contracts are finding the security of those contracts more precarious by the day, particularly as they are frequently supported by a long chain of companies. If just one link in the chain collapses it can spell the end of that contract.

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  • Is diversification the key to recession survival?

    by Josh Hall | 17 Feb 2009

    News by Adfero for Simply Business

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  • Starting a business - a guide for foreign nationals

    by Josh Hall | 17 Feb 2009

    The number of foreign nationals wishing to start businesses in the UK has grown steadily in recent years. While it is arguably easier to achieve this today than at any time previously, there are still significant hurdles that must be overcome. The government has recently introduced new restrictions on the movement of labour, and budding entrepreneurs will inevitably feel the effects of this. The new points-based immigration system introduced by the government in 2008-09 has further complicated the situation.

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  • Interest rate cuts not helping small businesses

    by Josh Hall | 11 Feb 2009

    News by Adfero for Simply Business

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  • A quick guide to project management

    by Josh Hall | 11 Feb 2009

    Effective project management is an important element in the success of any large organisation and it also has important applications within businesses of any size, in any industry. SMEs can use project management techniques to streamline their business practices and complete tasks in a more timely and efficient fashion. Ensuring that you and your staff have a basic knowledge of established project management techniques can result in a more agile, successful organisation.

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  • Public responsibility for the growing business

    by Josh Hall | 09 Feb 2009

    As a small business owner you may well find it a struggle to keep up with your day-to-day responsibilities and the last thing you want is a mass of red tape and regulation to navigate. However, if you run a business you operate in the public domain and so there are inevitably some public responsibilities that you must fulfil, ranging from environmental requirements to compliance with data protection legislation. These are some of the key responsibilities facing small business owners.

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  • EU to cut red tape for small businesses?

    by Adfero | 05 Feb 2009

    New proposals put forward by the EU Presidency could see the red tape burden for small firms cut dramatically.

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  • Understanding customer lifecycles and improving sales

    by Josh Hall | 02 Feb 2009

    All too frequently, marketing is written off by small businesses as expensive and unnecessary. There is a sense that small companies have no need for flashy marketing techniques, particularly when they are selling non-discretionary products and services. Many business owners are also put off by apparently incomprehensible 'marketing speak'.

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