How to start an antiques shop

There’s more to running an antique shopping than having an eye for a bargain (although that skill is essential). You’ll also need sound business sense and know exactly how to target your audience. Practical experience of dealing with antiques is essential before you go it alone, so if you’ve not worked in an antique shop before it’s time to start thinking...
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Guide to using Facebook for SMEs

The controversy following Facebook’s floatation on the stock markets may have caused some companies to hesitate before using social media as a business tool. But if so, they are missing out on a major opportunity.
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Q&A: Jessica Ratcliffe - GaBoom

GaBoom is an innovative online video game swapping site that allows gamers to barter directly with other gamers. Jessica Ratcliffe, founder of GaBoom, tells what it’s like running this fast-growing company.
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Case study: Every saved penny counts for businesses says SMEDiscounts

Former chartered accountant Andries Smit has always had an eye for a good business model. He started his first business age 14 and has since started 15 more, in sectors as broad as retail, consultancy, training, property, accountancy, investing and ecommerce.
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What has been your biggest PR success to date?

Outstanding Branding is a UK independent distributor of promotional merchandise, corporate giveaways and branded clothing. Based near London Bridge, the company sources creative corporate giveaways for ad hoc requirements, as well as managing and distributing branded merchandise schemes on behalf of clients.
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Guide to small business grants

Small business grants are available from both government-sponsored funds and also private organisations such as charities and Regional Development Agencies. They are typically for small amounts but offer very attractive repayment terms – in many cases the grant is a gift that doesn’t need to be repaid.

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Q&A: Erez Nounou -

Erez Nounou is the founder and CEO of Bizoogo, the UK’s first crowdsourcing platform for startups, designed to connect aspiring entrepreneurs with the ideas or the professional expertise they need to start new businesses. He previously trained and qualified as a solicitor at Norton Rose LLP with experience in international, corporate and banking law.

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The implications of Waste Hierarchy guidelines for SMEs

A key responsibility for any business is to safeguard the personal information that it collects of its employees, clients or customers as part of its operations. Businesses are also required to implement waste management systems by recent Waste Hierarchy regulations put in force by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) which came into force last month.

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Five ways to build trust as a freelancer

Freelancers starting on their own can suffer from a lack of credibility – clients are naturally wary of new businesses. It’s important to develop this credibility, and therefore trust, as quickly as possible, to ensure a growing client roster and a profitable business. These five tips, outlined by Jamie Lawrence of inspiresme, are easy ways to help put clients’ minds at rest and encourage them to pay for your services.

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Q&A: Danny Jatania - Pockit

Danny Jatania is CEO and Chairman of Pockit, an online savings website which allows its members to participate in exclusive offers and discounts in areas such as insurance and utilities. He is also a Director of Lornamead, a leading, privately-owned family company that markets personal care brands globally. We catch up with Danny to discuss his experiences at both Lornamead and Pockit.

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