by Josh Hall | 02 Nov 2009
Owners of restaurants and other businesses operating in the catering and hospitality sector deal with a unique set of risks and responsibilities. It is vital that you have suitable health and safety arrangements in place to minimise risks.
by Rosie Beasley | 28 Oct 2009
Faulty websites are turning consumers away from using small businesses, according to a recent survey by Streamline.net. The research reveals a worrying trend that has implications for the continued survival of many small firms, particularly those with e-commerce sites.
by Rosie Beasley | 22 Oct 2009
As a business owner, tax affairs account for many of your most important responsibilities. You will certainly have to deal with HM Revenue and Customs, both to report your income and to pay your tax. Furthermore, depending on the legal structure of your business you may also need to deal with Companies House.
by Rosie Beasley | 07 Oct 2009
The internet has had an important impact on the way that small businesses operate. Tools that are available for free or at rock-bottom prices are helping to make self-employed professionals and entrepreneurs more efficient and effective in business.
by Rosie Beasley | 06 Oct 2009
The technology that enabled internet users to write their own content on websites has revolutionised the internet. For businesses, user generated content (UGC) has ultimately led to an unprecedented transparency across all consumer and b2b markets, where customer reviews of products and services have changed the way people make purchasing decisions online.
by Rosie Beasley | 23 Sep 2009
Social media has once again shown that it can be as good at playing bad cop as it is at playing good cop. The most recent example of a company getting on the wrong side of the social public comes from the unfortunate DSGi - the company which owns Dixons and PC World - which suffered from a good facebooking when some employees set up a group to talk about their 'experiences' working in the company's stores.
by Rosie Beasley | 23 Sep 2009
If you become self-employed you need to take care of your own tax and national insurance payments. This means filing an annual tax return with HMRC. When you become self-employed you must let HMRC know within three months, even if you already complete a tax return.
by Josh Hall | 22 Sep 2009
Laying off staff is not a decision that any employer will take lightly. However, in these difficult economic times many companies have no choice. If you are a struggling employer, it is likely that you have considered redundancies at some point.
by Rosie Beasley | 16 Sep 2009
In a recent survey by IT company Easynet Connect, 81% of the businesses who responded said that they regularly refer business to contacts, colleagues and friends. In fact the survey suggests that small and medium sized businesses make three referrals a month to an average value of £7,500.
by Josh Hall | 10 Sep 2009
Buoyed by a recent string of relatively positive data, many commentators have been tempted to call the bottom of the recession. But while some analysts claim the worst is behind us, others believe the crisis is far from over.
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