Becoming a personal trainer

Personal training is a highly rewarding profession that offers plenty of opportunities to specialise. If you want to be a personal trainer, you’ll need a detailed knowledge of a range of disciplines including nutrition and biology. There are many different training avenues available, so you can pick the one that suits you best.
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Five tips to help small businesses do their own PR

Many small businesses shy away from the PR minefield, but it’s very important to get involved. Strong PR activity can raise your businesses’ profile, develop useful and relevant contacts, and increase the chances of new leads. PR is not as complicated as is often thought, but it’s important to understand the ‘rules’ of the industry and also know where...
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Q&A: Alastair Shortland - Textlocal

Alastair Shortland is Founder and CEO of Textlocal, who provide SMS and mobile marketing services to a wide range of businesses including Dominos Pizza and Manchester United Football Club. We caught up with Alastair to discuss his business, his industry and his entrepreneurial vision.
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Case study: creating the perfect evening out with designmynight

Nick and Andrew are the founders of designmynight, a website that allows people across London to discover the best clubs, restaurants and bars based around their budget, and make use of discounts and special offers to ensure they have a fun-filled evening on the town. We talk to the entrepreneurs about their early experiences and the process of building...
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How to start a security consultancy

Security consultants identify security threats and then help their clients defend against them in a cost effective manner. Security consultancy services are very much in demand, and as the area becomes ever more complex the market is set to grow in the coming years as companies increasingly realise that they need external help and advice in order to plan and defend strategically against security threats. With low start-up costs this is also a highly attractive business to first-time entrepreneurs and offers great potential to expand and specialise in a particular area.

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Product Review: Serif WebPlus x6 - Building a Professional Business Website

A bespoke graphically designed website is simply an expense too far for many SMEs in the current climate; however, the presence of their brand online is something most can ill afford to be without.

Serif’s software solution, WebPlus x6 retails at under £100 and is targeted at both beginners and experts, putting professional quality website design in the hands of small business owners.

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Q&A: Alastair Shortland - Textlocal

Alastair Shortland is Founder and CEO of Textlocal, who provide SMS and mobile marketing services to a wide range of businesses including Dominos Pizza and Manchester United Football Club. We caught up with Alastair to discuss his business, his industry and his entrepreneurial vision.

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Calculating tax for limited companies

As legal entities, limited companies are subject to strict taxation requirements. These requirements can be very complex; whilst it’s possible to file the appropriate returns yourself you may wish to hire a professional accountant to take on the administrative burden.

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How to start a jewellery design business

If you’re a creative person with a talent for design then starting your own jewellery design business could allow you to turn your passion into profit. Despite the recession, which was hit the jewellery market hard, if you take the right approach there is still money to be made.

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