Starting a valeting business

With so many cars on the road valeting seems like a growth industry. While there is a lot of business to grab, there are also many competitors. However, it can be a great opportunity for first-time entrepreneurs or those with a passion for vehicles. Good market research, as well as maximising potential revenue streams by making the most of assets, is...
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How to make the most of networking events

Whether you are just starting out in business or have already established yourself within your field, business networking events are a great way to boost your reputation and enhance your presence to a wider audience.
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Q&A: Alastair Crawford - 192.com

Alastair Crawford, CEO of digital directory service 192.com isn't one to let a small hurdle like a court challenge from BT or Royal Mail slow him down. Crawford took on the big boys and won. Here, he tells inspiresme.co.uk why determination is half the battle in becoming a successful entrepreneur.
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Case Study: A head for business helped Doren stay focussed on his objective

Selling headshots from the back of a rusty white van isn’t the most glamorous job in showbusiness but for photographer Doren Gabriel it was the start of a career which would see him go onto picture some of our best known faces. He launched mobile headshot business image 1st in 2002 offering corporate style portraits for just £20 a pop on the streets...
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The importance of a target customer and how they change over time

Listen to small and medium sized businesses explain the importance of understanding your target customer and how this person changes over time.
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Introduction to cloud computing

This article was written by Jelle Frank van der Zwet, who manages the go-to-market of Interxion’s Cloud Hubs, a pan-European marketing and product development program. Interxion is a leading provider of co-location and associated managed services, delivering a full set of services that allow more than 1,200 companies to securely house, connect, monitor and maintain essential IT equipment.

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Q&A: Helen Jacobi - The Inspired PA Limited

Helen Jacobi is Director of The Inspired PA and winner of National Outstanding VA of 2012 in the over two and a half years in business category. She was an Executive Assistant for 20 years working alongside boards of directors in large corporations and with successful entrepreneurs. Being passionate about enabling businesses to succeed, in 2009 she took the plunge and started The Inspired PA, a virtual PA and business management enterprise which supports business owners and entrepreneurs globally.

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Starting a removals company

Removals companies offer entrepreneurs significant growth opportunities and the chance to offer related services. Low start-up costs appeal to first-time business owners.

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OPINION: Simpler reporting - What do you think?

What the UK Government defines as micro and small business communities (less than £440,000 turnover and ten or fewer employees) constitute approximately 60 per cent of all companies registered at Companies House, plus there are the tens of thousands of sole traders and partnerships in Britain. So, it is no surprise – and indeed it is good news – that the Government is looking at how it can help small businesses play their part in steering the nation away from an economic abyss.

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What does it take to run a business?

Successful entrepreneurs often display a noted set of skills and traits that allow them to build profitable businesses. These skills can be learnt and nurtured so there's no cause for concern if you don't consider yourself a natural entrepreneur. Taking time to hone your skillset - and improving your prowess - can be a great way improve your chances of being successful.

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