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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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  • Dealing with rising rates – a guide for landlords and business owners

    by Josh Hall | 05 Jul 2010

    Interest rates have now been at their record low of 0.5 per cent for 15 consecutive months. This unprecedented situation, which came about as a result of the government and Bank of England’s attempts to stimulate the economy, has been very good news for those with buy-to-let mortgages or business loans. Borrowing has been cheap, and many landlords and business owners have enjoyed relatively low repayments on their debt.

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  • Creative finance – raising money without your bank

    by Josh Hall | 02 Jul 2010

    Growing businesses are faced with a dilemma. Many firms want to expand and, as the economy begins to recover, they can identify exciting opportunities to do so. But business expansion is dependent on finance – and finance remains expensive.

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  • Follow us at The Guardian Activate Summit 2010 in London

    by Jasper Martens | 01 Jul 2010

    Live tweets from our CEO Jason Stockwood about changing the world through the internet.

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  • Top 6 tips for small business office design

    by Josh Hall | 30 Jun 2010

    Office design is amongst the key factors affecting employee mood and productivity. This might seem over the top, but it is not; building a pleasant working environment is a key responsibility for any business owner.

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