How to come up with a great business idea

Find the right business idea and you could build a successful company that generates substantial profit. However, coming up with a killer business idea is easier said than done.
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Top 10 most common PR mistakes

The media can be an invaluable tool for publicity, building awareness and communicating your key messages, but if your PR isn’t up to scratch you won’t get any positive coverage and thus no return on your investment.
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Q&A: Kezia Luckett - Mummy's Maid

Based on her personal experience of struggling to juggle life as a businesswoman, a mother, and keep up with the day to day running of the home, Kezia Luckett found her gap in the market. Mummy's Maid provides a variety of household services from looking after children to cleaning the home, but unlike other housekeeper businesses, they offer short-term...
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Case study: how a good location drives business to Phoenix Training

Phoenix Training & Development started in 1995. In that time, the company has been drastically restructured and grown, but remained in the same premises throughout. Tim Holmes, client relationship director, explains why location is of such importance to Phoenix.
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How to launch a Business

Entrepreneurs at DreamLaunch on December 1 2011 tell the best ways to go about launching a business.
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Entrepreneurship: Born or bred?

It’s a polarised argument. Can you actually train someone to be an entrepreneur? Those who endorse mentoring initiatives resoundly say ‘yes’, while there are others who believe that entrepreneurial spirit is something you’re born with; that you will instinctively overcome any odds to make your business succeed.

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How to do business in... New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country located in the south-western Pacific Ocean. It is around 900 miles east of Australia and was one of the last lands to be settled by humans, due to its remoteness. It is well known for its distinctive fauna, varied topography and mountain peaks. There are strong environmental beliefs throughout New Zealand; natives are very keen to preserve the country’s natural features and beauty. Society is very egalitarian, with few formal structures.

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How to do business in... China

China is home to 1.3 billion people, and is now the second-largest economy in the world, as well as the world’s fastest-growing economy. It is still considered a developing nation, and the style of business in China is extremely different to in the UK.

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Cloud computing for new and growing businesses

2011 is set to be the year cloud computing really goes mainstream, as more and more businesses and individuals embrace this key technology trend. Analyst firm Gartner recently stated that cloud computing would be one of the top 10 strategic technologies in 2011, with many people exploring what the ‘cloud’ is, and how it can help businesses to become more efficient.

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How to do business in... The USA

The USA is the largest economy in the world, accounting for almost a quarter of GDP globally. It has strong trade links with Canada, Mexico and China. The USA is also the world’s most heavily invested-into country, receiving $2.58 trillion in foreign investment in 2010. As well as having a huge economy, the USA is widely recognised as being very supportive of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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