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  • How to expand your property investment portfolio

    by Josh Hall | 19 Apr 2010

    As the UK emerges from recession and the property market begins to pick up, many buy-to-let investors are considering expansion. Many of those landlords that had safeguarded and properly managed their investments have survived the downturn, and a large number of them have actually flourished in the adverse conditions. Now, as activity in both the rental and sales markets is stabilising, expanding a portfolio looks realistic.

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  • General election update: the parties launch their manifestos

    by Josh Hall | 19 Apr 2010

    The election campaign is now in full swing. The historic first television debates have begun and, on 12 April, Parliament was officially dissolved – meaning that MPs are now in fact, former MPs.

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  • How friendly should a landlord be with his tenants?

    by Josh Hall | 16 Apr 2010

    As a landlord, you are likely to see quite a lot of your tenants. While some choose to employ a property manager to take care of the day-to-day maintenance of their portfolio, others adopt a more hands-on approach. If you fall into the latter group, you will certainly understand the importance of a good working relationship with your tenants.

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  • Employee benefits: the real cost to a growing business

    by Josh Hall | 16 Apr 2010

    Employee benefits have always been an important part of any remuneration package, but they have become even more vital in the past couple of years. As firms have scrambled to cut costs, many have reduced their headline salary offerings – but a good employee benefits package has helped them continue to secure top quality talent.

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  • General election business update: NI row, fluctuating polls and grey vote

    by Josh Hall | 15 Apr 2010

    The election campaign has now begun in earnest. The bank holiday weekend saw each of the three main parties flexing their public relations muscles in anticipation of Gordon Brown’s trip to the Palace to call the election. With the country set to go to the polls on 6 May, and the public’s voting intentions continuing to fluctuate, the coming month looks set to be particularly hard fought.

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  • The 10 Commandments of good letting

    by Josh Hall | 15 Apr 2010

    The life of a buy-to-let investor or professional landlord can be a tough one. Defaulting tenants, precarious mortgage arrangements, and the constant fluctuations of the housing market all combine to create a pretty challenging situation.

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  • How business technology can help small businesses to build their network

    by Jasper Martens | 13 Apr 2010

    Nigel Maine is the founder of Market + Motivate, a marketing agency specialising in small and medium sized enterprise (SME) B2B sales and collaborative lead generation systems and techniques. Helping your business to thrive, not just survive. He is also working on the Business Technology Handbook that will be published later this year.
    Jasper asked him some questions on how small businesses can use business technology to improve their business.

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  • Marketing return-on-investment: What it is and how to measure it

    by Josh Hall | 13 Apr 2010

    Marketing activities can make or break a small business. The way in which you market your firm is key to your success; well thought out, properly executed campaigns can help to ensure that your venture fulfils its potential, while poor or non-existent marketing can destroy any chance of success.

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  • What are your tax responsibilities as a start-up business?

    by Josh Hall | 12 Apr 2010

    Business owners face a range of important tax responsibilities. Indeed, many pressure groups have complained that the tax and regulatory burden facing new businesses is too heavy.

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