OPINION: Water the root not just the petals of economic growth

Entering a new year should be a time when people feel optimistic about the new opportunities that lie ahead for them. While this may be true for some, in Britain too many of our young people in particular are at risk of wandering under a perpetual cloud of pessimism, which threatens to rain down the same old depressing statistics: rising unemployment...
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Common mistakes made when writing a press release

Drafting an effective press release is a skill; it needs to be short and to the point in order to engage busy journalists yet detailed enough to allow them to write an informative piece. Avoid these common mistakes in order to get your message across well.
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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...
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Case study: independence pays off for FRS

Not many people would recognise a ‘problem with authority’ as a virtue, but the directors of design and digital media consultancy FRS Ltd cite that idiosyncrasy as a catalyst for their setting up one of London’s most dynamic and fresh young creative companies. Commercial director Peter Stormonth spoke to inspiresme.co.uk.
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How to launch a Business

Entrepreneurs at DreamLaunch on December 1 2011 tell inspiresme.co.uk the best ways to go about launching a business.
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Starting a newsagents

Newsagents provide many of life’s daily essentials, offering up a massive market to budding entrepreneurs looking to turn a profit.

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CASE STUDY: Caxton FX's top tips for the budding entrepreneur

You are a budding entrepreneur with a great idea and you think it could be turned into a profitable business. However, turning an idea into something tangible is a challenging task and not something achieved with a click of the fingers.

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Q&A: Ben Rosen - Inspiring Interns

Ben Rosen is the founder and CEO of Inspiring Interns, a company set up in 2009 to help the job market connect the huge number of graduates looking for opportunities with employers looking for skilled workers. He is a former head-hunter in the mobile space and has set up and managed other companies before Inspiring Interns.

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Business energy prices explained

The range in price between the cheapest and the most expensive business energy contract has never been wider, yet switching rates remain very low. Jonathan Elliott, managing director of the business savings experts, Make It Cheaper, offers some insight.

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Six reasons why new businesses fail

There’s an old saying in business: “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. This may sound trite but it’s a good mantra to introduce into any entrepreneurial endeavour. Plan and plan again before execution and you won’t go too far wrong.

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