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Date: 03/10/2018 | By: Zoë Thomson
In business, do you see risks or opportunities? Because the fact is, embracing risk can benefit small businesses. It’s sometimes seen as a boring or dry subject or something that is only relevant for big corporates, but it’s something that every business needs to engage with.   In a fast-paced, engaging session, BizSmart Select Member Zoe Thomson of Risk Evolves covers the ins and outs of risk, and how you can turn perceived threats into opportunities for your business.   [capture_email]To… Read More
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Date: 02/10/2018 | By: Steve Parker
When it comes to marketing your business, what's more important - data-driven marketing efforts or strategic business relationships?   In this electronic age of information overload, we can end up relying on reports and research on which to base our decisions. With the time pressures on us, it can be all too easy to concentrate our efforts on our company and products’ ‘features and benefits’.   But then people like to stress the importance of relationships in our business world. It can… Read More
Date: 27/09/2018 | By: Kevin Brent
Stephanie Breedlove started Breedlove & Associates in 1992 as a way to pay her nanny. The big payroll processors weren’t interested in dealing with one person’s wages and doing it themselves was complicated and time-consuming, too much for the then overwhelmed Breedloves.   Breedlove saw a business opportunity and started a payroll company for parents who needed to pay their nannies. By 2012, Breedlove & Associates had grown to £9 million in revenue and then she received a £54 million… Read More
Date: 27/09/2018 | By: Zoë Thomson
A comment made frequently to me by many a small business about GDPR is “all the hype leading up to 25th May and since then, there has been nothing”. And yes businesses maybe feeling that its been quiet but the reality is far different; its just that there have been no headlines……..yet!! or perhaps the recent news on British Airways may change that. Recently published figures highlight that within the UK there have been 6281 complaints registered with the ICO between May 25th to July 3rd 2018… Read More
Date: 27/09/2018 | By: Sarah Preece
Sweet FA some would say and there is definitely some confusion about what these titles actually mean.  However, there are a number of important differences between each of these roles and if you need to engage someone then this will help to select the right level of support. EA is a term I’ve come across quite recently, this is the Executive Assistant.  Now the cynical part of me would say that EA sounds like an important job title to justify… Read More
Date: 18/09/2018 | By: Liz Painter
Allan Corfield was nearly £30,000 in debt when he lost his job as an architect. He didn’t need to be in such a big hole, but the way he tells it he was young and irresponsible. He’d just got back from Vegas with his mates when his weeping boss told him he was making him and his colleagues redundant. There was no chance of him finding another job. The recession had hit and there were no architect jobs being advertised… Read More
Date: 18/09/2018 | By: Stu Avis
Introduction: Over the last few weeks, a number of businesses I know have received very negative ‘reviews’ on Facebook from accounts and people that are completely unknown to them. It has become clear that there is a distinct rise in these reputation damaging posts and I wanted to share one way that you can deal effectively with this, should you be unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of something like this. The Details. Most of the time, posts,… Read More
Date: 18/09/2018 | By: Kevin Brent
Are you tempted to re-sell someone else’s product to boost your topline revenue?   On the surface, becoming a distributor for a popular product can appear to be a simple way to grow your sales—simply find something that is already proven to be successful elsewhere and negotiate the rights to sell it in your local market.   While distributing someone else’s product may be a relatively easy way to grow your topline, all that revenue growth may do little for… Read More
Date: 13/09/2018 | By: Kevin Brent
  We get to see a lot of company founders who are contemplating an exit. Some of our customers get lucky early in life, but in the vast majority of examples where a founder is getting a seven- or eight-figure offer, it is not their first rodeo. In fact, most owners have had multiple failures and modest successes before their first big exit.   One of the most compelling reasons to consider selling your business is to give yourself a… Read More