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Date: 24/08/2017 | By: Kevin Brent
Too much ‘What’ and not enough 'Why'? Don’t be satisfied by knowing the ‘what’; make sure you understand ‘why’. BizSmart Select Member Gill Hutchinson of Aardvark Marketing considers this  in her latest blog.   Too much ‘What’   It’s a subject I have blogged about before, but I make no apologies for returning to it.  Understanding customers is the single most important enabler of effective marketing.  And to be clear, when I say ‘understanding’ I mean the in-depth knowledge that means… Read More
Date: 02/12/2016 | By: admin
British retailers are optimistic about the coming year but most still want to see fundamental reform of the business rates system. A snapshot survey carried out by the British Retail Consortium asked retailers what changes the government could bring forward to make the UK a better place to do business; 74% of the retailers polled called for fundamental reform of business rates. Helen Dickinson, BRC director general, said this finding was “no surprise” and she described business rates as  “an… Read More
Date: 02/12/2016 | By: admin
The manufacturing and services sectors are growing; the number of firms that are recruiting is at an all-time high; and businesses are well-placed to grow in 2015. These are the findings of the British Chambers of Commerce Q4 Quarterly Economic Survey, which polled almost 7,000 UK businesses. Director general John Longworth said: “With employment and investment intentions at historically high levels, businesses are gearing up for a big year in 2015. It is now vitally important that firms are able… Read More
Date: 02/12/2016 | By: admin
Small businesses are taking on more staff, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Its Voice of Small Business Index found that 15% of SMEs have increased their staff numbers in the third quarter of 2013. This is the highest figure since the Index began in 2010 and mirrors the recent improvement in labour market figures. The FSB also expects more recruitment in the SME sector from April 2014, when all small businesses will be eligible for a cut… Read More
Date: 02/12/2016 | By: admin
Do You Want to Grow Your Business?   Is your business innovative?  Constantly changing and developing is one of the keys to success.  Do you regularly come up with new ideas to boost business, or are you stuck in a rut?   Don’t let your business get left behind.  Half of all businesses fail within the first four years of trading.  But around twenty percent of those could still be going strong if they’d taken advice early on.   Many… Read More
Date: 01/12/2016 | By: admin
Businesses providing digital services in the EU now have to pay VAT where customers live. It means some small firms that are currently below the VAT threshold in the UK may have to register for VAT in order to be able to easily comply with the new regulation. From 1 January 2015 VAT became payable in the member state of consumption. A business can now choose to register in each member state where it has customers, or register for a… Read More
Date: 28/10/2016 | By: admin
As the Government focuses on how to protect the growing number of workers in the "gig economy", a new survey of self-employed workers has found that eight in ten don't want employment rights. A poll of 250 freelancers by Contractor Calculator found that 80% of self-employed workers say they are not vulnerable and do not want legal rights because they don't want to be burdened by red tape. The findings show that: 88% do not want maternity or paternity rights;… Read More
Date: 28/10/2016 | By: admin
There are just three days until this year's paper tax returns are due, but nine in ten businesses now file online and the days of the paper return are well and truly numbered. The deadline for anyone submitting their tax return in paper form this year is Monday 31 October. But those using the traditional method are dwindling and more businesses are opting to file their tax returns online every year. Even so, HMRC statistics show that 11% of businesses… Read More
Date: 28/10/2016 | By: admin
Workloads have gone up significantly in UK offices in the past year, causing increased stress and threatening employee well-being. A OnePoll survey of 3,000 office workers in the UK, Germany and France on behalf of Wrike has found that 62% of UK workers say their stress levels have increased in the past year. This puts the UK second to Germany, where two-thirds felt their stress levels had increased, and slightly ahead of France (60%). Nearly six in ten (58%) UK… Read More