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  • Is your management style benefiting your business?

    by Josh Hall | 11 May 2010

    As a business manager, the way in which you conduct yourself in the workplace is a vital consideration. Your management style can have a dramatic impact on the atmosphere in your firm and, in turn, on the productivity of your workforce and the success of your business.

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  • Social media tips for tradesmen - what works?

    by Josh Hall | 06 May 2010

    The social media bug has bitten business owners in a huge variety of sectors. The rapid and widespread uptake of these technologies with the public has meant that social media is not only useful for tech companies and retailers; in fact, Social Media Marketing (SMM) has uses and implications for virtually every profession – and tradesmen can use it to their advantage.

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  • How to create an inventory for your buy-to-let

    by Josh Hall | 06 May 2010

    A comprehensive inventory is one of the most important tools in any landlord’s arsenal. Along with a properly drafted contract and an efficient screening process for potential landlords, this simple document should form the bedrock of your working practices.

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  • 5 councils you should follow on Twitter

    by Jasper Martens | 06 May 2010

    With the elections today, we looked at some councils who are successfully using Twitter to keep the people up to date with the latest election results. You would be surprised that not only big councils are using Twitter to reach their audience. So which councils are successful? 

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  • The Conservative party gives their business manifesto

    by Rosie Beasley | 30 Apr 2010

    The Conservative Party is still edging a lead in the polls, although at this stage it seems unlikely that they will gain enough ground during the last days of campaigning to avoid a hung parliament. Much depended on the outcome of the final live television debate last night and early polls suggest that he came across the best on issues for entrepreneurs and business.

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  • The Labour party offers their business manifesto

    by Rosie Beasley | 30 Apr 2010

    Do you know who you’ll vote for on 6th May? What are the issues that you are focusing most on to help you make your decision?

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  • How to vote in the general election

    by Josh Hall | 30 Apr 2010

    The 2010 General Election is has shaped up to be one of the most unusual, and potentially most important, in recent political history. The traditional two-party system, dominated by Labour and the Conservatives, is in danger of being torn apart by resurgent Liberal Democrats, buoyed as they are by a surge in leader Nick Clegg’s stock and a popular distrust of both of the alternatives.

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  • The Liberal Democrats layout their business manifeso

    by Rosie Beasley | 30 Apr 2010

    With the general election campaign in its last week and many voters undecided, it’s time to get down to brass tacks and look at exactly what each party hopes to offer small businesses if it wins the election.

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  • How to bolster your small business for the economic recovery

    by Josh Hall | 29 Apr 2010

    As the UK economy begins to recover from the downturn, businesses across the country are considering ways that they can cement their financial position. According to a Simply Business survey, nearly 43% of small business owners feel that things aren’t looking better for businesses and there is a general sense that many firms remain in a precarious situation.

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  • Recruiting the wrong employee can cost a company 2.5 times their salary

    by Jasper Martens | 27 Apr 2010

    Small businesses don't have to fear high recruiting costs if they use 'For Direct Hire' from business owner Marc Mapes. Jasper talks to Marc about his new concept as part of our entrepeneurs series.

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