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  • 7 tips for great sales copy

    by Josh Hall | 19 Jul 2010

    Good sales copy is at the heart of any marketing effort. Without persuasive, gripping text, many campaigns will fail – no matter how great they look.

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  • What’s the future for the telephone call in the 21st Century?

    by Steve West | 15 Jul 2010

    Who remembers Bob Hoskins proclaiming ‘It’s good to talk’? When BT launched their TV advertisement in the early 90’s most businesses relied on the telephone, good old snail mail and face-to-face meetings to communicate with their customers. Now, 20 years later, we have email, SMS and other electronic media to communicate with all and sundry but the telephone still plays a major part in today’s business world.

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  • Tips of Claire Cooper to survive the economic recession as a small business in the UK

    by Jasper Martens | 12 Jul 2010

    AR Engineering Industries Ltd, based near Dartford in Kent, is an ISO9001:2008 UKAS accredited organisation offering a wide range of engineering, manufacturing and machining services to a wide cross section of industries and business sectors, in addition to end user consumers. Jasper talked with Claire Cooper, Operations director. She recently won the Business Personality of the Year at the Dartford & Gravesham Business Awards 2010. Claire explains how a complete revamp of AR Engineering Industries led to a dramatic growth of business.

     

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  • Avoiding BP’s mistakes – learning to manage a crisis

    by Josh Hall | 09 Jul 2010

    Crisis management is a vital skill for businesses of every size. The recent BP Deepwater Horizon spill looks set to become a classic example of how not to manage a crisis – a lack of decisive action, poor media management and, above all, an inability to stop the problem have resulted in significant damage for BP.

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  • 6 tips for employee retention

    by Josh Hall | 08 Jul 2010

    According to a recent survey, one in four employees plan to quit their job this year. Two years of cutbacks and business austerity have taken their toll on staff morale, and many now want to move to pastures new.

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  • VAT registration – is it right for my business?

    by Josh Hall | 06 Jul 2010

    VAT registration is an area that is often misunderstood by business owners. While many are obliged to register for VAT, others choose to do so voluntarily. But when must you register, and when might voluntary registration be a good idea?

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  • A checklist for first-time landlords

    by Josh Hall | 06 Jul 2010

    Renting a property for the first time can seem like an overwhelming prospect. There is a huge range of tasks that must be completed before a tenant can move in, and it is easy to lose track.

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  • Dealing with rent arrears – a 6-point guide for landlords

    by Josh Hall | 05 Jul 2010

    Dealing with tenants that are in arrears is a task that few landlords relish. But it is a very real problem – and one with which you will probably have to contend at some point.

    So how can you deal with rent arrears quickly and efficiently – and how do you regain possession of your property if you need to?

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  • 7 top tips for a green office

    by Josh Hall | 05 Jul 2010

    Energy efficiency is an increasingly hot topic. Businesses around the world are being urged to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint in an effort to tackle the impact of climate change.

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  • "Nothing beats action" - an interview with Nick Imrie

    by Josh Hall | 05 Jul 2010

    Nick Imrie is the managing director of 03Talk, a brand new conference calling service. In the first of a series of interviews with entrepreneurs across the country, we caught up with Nick to find out about 03Talk, the effect of the recession, and the life of a small business owner.

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