Why should I start a business?

Entrepreneurs around the world start new businesses every day, but are they doing so for the right reasons? The driving force behind entrepreneurship varies widely between individuals; the wrong driving force can often lead businesses in the wrong direction. A healthy driving force will help breed progressive decision-making, the right attitude and...
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EVENT COVERAGE: Beyond Networking @ Clerkenwell Workshops

On August 24 John Turner of business philosophy consultancy metathink.co.uk gave a talk called 'Beyond Networking' at Clerkenwell Workshops in London.
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Q&A: John Turner - Metathink

John Turner is a freelance business philosopher. Through his company metathink.co.uk, he works with a diverse range of organisations to help them develop coherent business philosophy using workshops and training. One of the areas John specialises in is networking, and how to extract the most value from networking environments using frameworks based...
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Case study: Freespeed meets a growing need with experience and passion

In London, one startup is successfully using state-of-the-art technology to fine-tune the performance of elite cyclists. Here Richard Melik, owner of Freespeed, talks to inspiresme.co.uk about his growing company.
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Grants and loans for green projects

With the low carbon economy gaining significant traction, now is a fantastic time for businesses to invest in cleaner technologies and promote environmentally-friendly practice. Grants are available from many areas, including local and national Governments, the EU, and energy efficiency organisations dedicated to reducing energy use.

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How to conduct appraisals

Whether you’re an experienced manager or new to the role, the appraisal – or annual review -process can be a daunting prospect; however, if a few simple steps are taken, the experience can be a productive one for both the employee and the appraiser.

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Five tips to keep your home-based business professional

Running your business from home brings an enormous number of benefits. However, it can also bring difficulties, such as a closer fusion of work and domesticity. One of the most difficult challenges home-based entrepreneurs face is maintaining professionalism at all times; these five tips should help you do so.

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Using social media to promote your services

Social media is a great way to interact with your customer base online and encourage debate and trust in your brand. Spread the word of new products and services within seconds using instant social media updates.

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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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  • Starting up

    Case study: walking the entrepreneurial path with BiggerFeet

    BiggerFeet is a successful family-run company that sells a range of footwear for people that struggle to buy shoes that fit. The company's founder, Oliver...
  • Finance

    Choosing the right business bank account

    Choosing the right business bank account is essential. Bank accounts differ in the facilities offered, borrowing costs and your relationship with the institution...
  • Staff and HR

    Case study: hiring the correct staff to create the right experience with TenPilates

    From a car crash, to physiotherapy, to starting a business – all in the space of a year. Perhaps not the path taken by most entrepreneurs, but that’s how...
  • Technology

    Case study: eCommerce helps Truffle Shuffle take on the retro t-shirt market

    Vintage T-shirt vendor Truffle Shuffle started trading in 2004 and has grown to be a significant player in the retro t-shirt market. They implemented mobile...
  • Marketing

    How to write a press release

    Press releases are important marketing devices, providing coverage of important news to journalists and target markets. Writing a professional press release...
  • Accounting

    Common money management mistakes that entrepreneurs make

    Many entrepreneurs find money management difficult, especially during in the early days, and yet it is something that is absolutely critical to the success...