Starting a crèche

Starting a crèche is challenging for a number of reasons, not least the wide range of regulations and laws you’ll have to comply with because of your close working relationship with children. Financially, running a crèche can also be tough, as profit margins are low and overheads high. However, it can be a very rewarding business.
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EVENT COVERAGE: Social Media for Business Briefing @ Beatons Group

On July 21st 2011, Beatons Group held a seminar that brought business people from different sectors together to discuss social media. The event, called Soial Media for Business, included presentations from Beatons Group and Crafted Media.
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Q&A: Andy Evans - Your Deal Daily

At only 21, there is no doubt that Andy Evans is a very young entrepreneur with big ambitions; however, his experiences and success are more than most people double his age can boast about. At just 13 years old, Evans was running his regular discos and, by the age of 14, he had begun his own web design business, which has subsequently grown from strength...
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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 payments just over a year ago with help from a graduate web developer for the grand total of £200. Now, their mobile customers’ conversion rates have increased five-fold and resulting revenue has...
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What advice would you give to an entrepreneur starting their first business?

If you're about to start your own business or are in the process of doing so, these top tips from successful small businesses will help you ensure you're on track at all times.
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How to do business in... Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a rich business heritage, made up of both large corporations and many small, family run firms. It is a city-state located on the south coast of China, known for its skyline and natural harbour. It has changed hands several times, with China regaining sovereignty from Britain in 1997. Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

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What printer systems does my company need?

Most businesses would find it extremely hard to function without print functionality. From invoices and estimates to research and notes, the ability to make hard copies of information is extremely useful in a number of ways. There are a number of different options available, from single inkjet printers to multi-function devices – encompassing scan and copy facilities - and complex production machinery.

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How do I host my new website?

Before visitors can reach your website, you need to host it. This means contacting a hosting company and loading your website onto one of their servers, which are directly connected to the Internet via a high-speed connection.

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How to implement an email marketing campaign

Email marketing is a form of direct marketing; successful campaigns can yield a high ROI as their overheads are not significant. However, email marketing is notoriously difficult to get right. With so many email messages arriving daily it can be hard to get yours read and acted upon, and there’s also the danger of being seen as ‘spammy,’ which can seriously affect your reputation.

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OPINION: The F-commerce myth - addressing the hype behind selling on Facebook

At the current time (April 26) Facebook, the most visited website on the internet, is deep into preparations for its expected $100 billion Initial Public Offering (IPO). That may seem like a lot of money, but all the indications are that the public simply can’t get enough of this site. To put this into perspective, Facebook wins one in every five internet page views. Even more astoundingly, the average visit lasts 20 minutes. The truth is many people simply don't leave this walled garden; meaning that Facebook really IS the internet for millions of people.

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