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  • Five reasons to market your local business online

    by Josh Hall | 25 Nov 2009

    The internet presents significant benefits for firms of every type – even those with no obvious online element to their offering. The internet is a hugely important marketing and communications tool that should be embraced by companies of every size and in every sector.

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  • Eliminate unnecessary costs for your buy-to-let this winter

    by Josh Hall | 25 Nov 2009

    Winter can be a costly period for buy-to-let investors and professional landlords. As we all know, the colder months are often those in which niggling problems with a property become urgent – and in which new issues arise.

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  • Beat the 50p tax rate with dividend payments

    by Josh Hall | 19 Nov 2009

    The 50 per cent tax rate announced by the Chancellor in his latest Budget speech took few by surprise, but has caused consternation amongst those in the higher tax bracket.

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  • Planning your budget for 2010 – our top tips

    by Josh Hall | 03 Nov 2009

    As the year comes to an end, many business owners are looking back on the volatile twelve months we have just endured in an effort to learn lessons and plan for the future. This period offers an opportunity to take stock and consider potential improvements for the coming year.

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  • Health and safety responsibilities for restaurants

    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.

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  • How minor website faults can turn into major problems

    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.

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  • Business tax dates you need to know

    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.

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  • 17 useful online tools for self-employed professionals

    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.

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  • 5 tips for making the most of online reviews

    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.

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  • 10 ways to keep employees singing from the same social song-sheet

    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.

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