How to start a mini-cab business

When people want to get somewhere quickly and are, for whatever reason unable to drive, they’ll usually call a cab or a taxi. However, what they really do is a call a private hire vehicle or mini-cab.
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How to write a marketing plan

While marketing should not be expected to guarantee sales, it is essential to business success as it will increase awareness of your business and help to create long-term relationships with customers.
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Q&A: Raspinder Singh - Gradpreneur

Recently graduated from Royal Holloway University of London with a degree in Management with Accounting and Finance, Raspinder Singh discovered that his passion lies in business, and ensuring others realise what their true capabilities are. With this in mind, he created Gradpreneur and hopes that many will find it useful and see entrepreneurship as...
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Case study: HeyZap innovates in a growing marketplace

HeyZap founders Jude Gomila and Immad Akhund set up their company as the global economic downturn began to bite. From their office in San Francisco, they tell inspiresme.co.uk how they bucked the trend to create a company that today serves over 400,000 websites.
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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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Q&A: Mike Welch - Blackcircles.com

Mike Welch is founder of Blackcircles.com, an innovative company that allows the public to buy tyres at competitive prices over the internet and on the telephone. Blackcircles.com partners with hundreds of garages nationwide to provide a full purchase and fit service.

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Q&A: Iain Worthington - Red Box Recorders

Red Box Recorders provides robust software-based recording tools for organisations across the globe. Founder Iain Worthington talks to inspiresme.co.uk about the challenges of working in such as sensitive industry.

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Starting an advertising agency

On the face of it starting an advertising agency seems like a glitzy and glamorous business, however, the success of an ad agency is very much dependant on your ability to deliver results for your clients and the competition can be fierce. If you’re creative and have experience of advertising and marketing however then starting an advertising agency could be the business for you.

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Starting a livery yard

Running a livery yard requires a broad range of knowledge, experience and confidence. The bond between horse and human can be very strong, and most horse owners expect the very best. Being professional at all times is essential; you’ll also need sound business sense in order to make the business profitable and grow successfully.

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How to carry out a risk assessment

Risk assessments are essential health and safety procedures that allow you to mitigate risk in the workplace. They do not have to be overly-complex; thoroughness is more important to ensure you don’t miss out on any dangerous risks that could cause serious injury to your employees.

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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

    How to negotiate with investors

    Learning to negotiate with investors will help you secure the best possible deal for your business. Your investor will try to strike a hard bargain – remaining...
  • 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

    "The Mobile Cloud Comes of Age:" What it Means for SMEs

    The June 2011 CBI/Harvey Nash employment trends survey, (Navigating Choppy Waters, CBI June 2011) reveals growing numbers of employers are moving away...
  • Marketing

    Case study: Cassius Management punching above its weight

    Philip Ercolano certainly showed early potential for success. In 1999, at the tender age of 17, he was signed by talent supremo Simon Fuller, the man behind...
  • Accounting

    OPINION: Simplify the tax rules and let UK small businesses thrive

    There’s been a lot of talk recently about how the great new lifeblood of the UK - and worldwide - economy is going to be fuelled by small businesses.