Setting up a private limited company

Private limited companies are one of the most popular business structures in the UK today. There are numerous benefits, including favourable tax positions and reduced liability. Best of all; setting one up is easier than ever before.
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What makes an effective logo?

Logos can be worth their weight in gold, revealing a company’s brand and values instantly. Yet for all the great logos you see, there are hundreds of bad ones. Making sure your logo ticks all the boxes can really set your business apart from the rest.
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Q&A: Blessing Maregere - Bright Futures Enterprise

Blessing Maregere, 18, started his own contract cleaning company at the age of 16. Since then, he has founded Bright Futures Enterprise, a social enterprise aiming to inspire, educate and motivate young people to become successful. He has also co-written the business book Who Said You Can't be Young and Successful. In this Q&A, Blessing gives us an...
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Case study: Pint Drop makes buying drinks for others easier, helps pub and bar industry

The Pint Drop 'Text Your Friends a Drink’ service is the brainchild of entrepreneur William Steward. The pioneering gifting service allows people to buy drinks for their friends via a personalised text message. It is changing the way people socialise, give and receive and is ahead of the curve in terms in the growing area of social gifting. Vouchers...
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Do you have a favourite quote about business?

Listen to a diverse range of successful small businesses let you know what quotes have inspired them to aim higher and work harder.
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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 may still be beyond the reach of most small businesses, there are still some attractive deals to be had by turning attention to regional and local radio.

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Five common freelancer mistakes

Going freelance is an exciting and nerve-wracking decision. There are certainly positive aspects; there’s no boss to answer to, and you’re in charge of your workload and time. But you also aren’t guaranteed an income, and need to work hard to keep and retain clients. When you’re trying to build a client base, making the right decisions is key, but many people make common mistakes that inhibit their ability to build their business. In this article we discuss five of the most common mistakes, and how you can avoid them.

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How do I distribute an article online?

Distributing articles online allows you to gain exposure in your niche, increasing authority and help your website rank higher in major search engines. It’s a widely expanding marketing tool and there are many different article sites to choose from.

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OPINION: PR in a world of social media

The Pew Research Center in the US recently launched its latest State of the News Media Annual Report, looking specifically at the impact of Facebook and Twitter on how news is consumed. The topline statistics suggest that social media has yet to become the be-all and end-all of how we read and listen to what’s happening in the world.

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Guide to business bank loans

Business bank loans offer entrepreneurs and small businesses access to commercial finance. Whilst they are not the only source of funding they are one of the most popular. This guide gives you the lowdown on how they work and how to apply for one.

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