How to start a travel agency

Holidays are big business – with millions of Britons jetting off to foreign lands every year, and many more opting for domestic breaks. While the online travel market is booming, high-street travel agents still have markets, particularly for packages and for older holiday-makers. To make it as a small travel agent, you’ll need to offer something different...
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Guide to radio advertising

In the 21st Century, the media for advertising one's business is vast. From old-fashioned print to social media marketing the options are seemingly limitless and, with the advent of potentially free online channels, such as Twitter and Facebook, paid-for marketing packages for TV, radio and online have been forced to lower prices. While TV advertising...
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Q&A: Archie Archer - Contraband International Ltd

Contraband International Ltd started life when Archie Archer sold all her worldly possessions on a market stall in 1995 and flew to India with an empty rucksack and a £1,000 to set up a company. From a Prince's Trust loan to Shell Livewire Regional Finalist 1997 and NatWest Everywoman Athena Winner in 2011, Archer has grown the business from a market...
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Toastmaster experience gave a much-needed boost to confidence

Shyness can hold you back in business. Networking events, meetings, public speaking opportunities – all these are great ways to promote your business and painful experiences if you are very shy.
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Design through Innovation

Design Connection - design led innovation specialist event & presentation at Westbourne Studios, London.
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An introduction to SEO

Search engine optimisation is the process of making your website more findable to people using the internet to discover new information. Businesses can use a number of techniques to increase their visibility, either in-house or using a specialist SEO agency.

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Make better book-keeping your New Year’s resolution

The January bookkeeping blues are looming, as small business owners across the UK are crunching the numbers and getting their books in shape to submit tax returns by January 31. This is the deadline for online submission of Self Assessment tax returns. Those New Years Eve revellers who don’t meet the deadline could be slammed with a fixed fine from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), of £100, for being just one day late. Diana Flier, senior compliance analyst, Intuit UK, examines the risks.

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20 top UK based technology blogs

No matter what type of enterprise you are building or what industry you’re based in, if they have not already, developments in technology are likely to affect your business at some point or another. However, as it continues to advance at a staggering rate keeping your finger on the pulse of the technological world is proving to be ever more difficult. We’ve selected 20 of the best UK technology blogs to help you stay one step ahead.

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People power - How small companies can take on the big boys

For most businesses, people are the key asset. This is especially true for smaller businesses that exist in the service industries where staff may actually be the only real asset to speak of.

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Starting an interior design company

Creative freedom and expression are always in full swing when you run an interior design company. With a diverse range of markets available, you can maximise revenue streams and turn a good profit.

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