Starting a record label

Although there has been much talk in recent years of the decline of recorded music and struggling major labels, many indie labels are actually enjoying considerable success, due largely to the fact that they are more flexible and therefore better able to cope with a changing landscape.
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EVENT COVERAGE: Creative Mishmash @ Clerkenwell Workshops

inspiresme.co.uk attended the ‘Creative Mishmash’ event at Clerkenwell Workshops on September 29th, organised by Dreamstake in association with Elite Consulting.
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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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Case study: Pink-tiger aims to perk up the wilder side of life

It’s a market that’s traditionally found behind blanked out shop fronts in the seedier parts of Soho but one company has re-imagined the image of suppliers of adult goods and lingerie and is confident that its ‘by women for women’ approach will be a sure-fire winner for those looking to spice up their love lives.
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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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How to do business in... the UAE

The UAE is generally viewed as a very rich country thanks to its oil reserves, and rightly so – it was ranked as the world’s sixth-richest country by the International Monetary Fund in 2010. Its residents have the highest average income in the world, with over 50 percent of this wealth coming from the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi. 

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Guide to jury service for businesses

Most UK adults can get called for jury service. This can present some issues for employers, who must legally provide time off for the employee when they need it. Most trials are over within a few days, but more serious or complex crimes will take longer.

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Using contracts and negotiation to resolve disputes

With no sign of a serious upturn in the UK economy any time soon, freelance businesses are bearing the brunt of late payment and ‘sharp practice’. But by understanding basic contract law and developing your negotiation skills, you can resolve most disputes quickly and to your advantage. Dave Chaplin, CEO of ContractorCalculator and author of the bestselling Contractors’ Handbook, outlines strategies you can adopt to prevent your challenges escalating into crises.

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Q&A: Dave Kelly - Storm Consultancy

Dave Kelly is one of UK’s new breed of internet entrepreneurs. At 24, he runs an award winning Web Design & Development agency, Storm, in the beautiful city of Bath. Over the past two years, Storm has grown its client base to include some of the world's best known gaming and sporting names.

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20 top UK based business blogs

As the visibility of business blogs online continues to expand further and further; identifying those that offer the expert points of view most relevant to your business and industry has become an increasingly time-consuming task.  We’ve hand-picked 20 of UK’s best blogs to help you uncover the information and advice that is of most value to your business. 

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  • Starting up

    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.
  • Finance

    Why banks reject loan applications

    Many entrepreneurs looking for bank loans have been turned away. There are many reasons why banks reject loan applications; some are easy to fix whilst...
  • Staff and HR

    Case study: Yellow Cat Recruitment deals with a square peg and a round hole

    Finding a unique selling point can be hard, especially when your business operates in a very busy sector. Jonny Breeze found that having a unique selling...
  • 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

    Can a blog build your business?

    CEOs and small business owners are blogging more now than ever before. But is this really the way to seek out and engage with that core of loyal customers...
  • Accounting

    Understanding your accounts: the profit and loss account

    The profit and loss account forms part of a business’ financial statements. It summarises the trading results of a business over a period of time (typically...