How to start a performing arts company

It’s a tough time for the Arts these days. The era when funding was plentiful is long gone and, today, the harsh reality of running theatre companies like the businesses they are is being forced on arts managers.
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Common sales mistakes made by entrepreneurs

Sales are an essential part of any business but are especially important for entrepreneurs and start-ups. With no track record, making the sale can be difficult, and without sales the business will not generate any profit and therefore can’t succeed. But sales is an art, and there are many mistakes that can limit your productivity and success, and put...
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Q&A: David Barker - 4D Data Centres

David Barker is Technical Director of 4D Data Centres Ltd, a Tier 3 colocation company with data centres across the UK. David, who started the company when he was 14, talks to inspiresme about the challenges of being a young entrepreneur, and the path he’s taken to build a sustainable firm.
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Case study: business process management at HAM Associates

HAM Associates consider operational processes as a basis for their ergonomics design schemes. The development of their own internal processes has been a key part of their business success. John explains why companies should always follow processes to succeed.
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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... South Africa

South Africa is a country with a strange mixture of third world poverty and advanced infrastructure. It is the wealthiest country in Africa, but has a life expectancy of just 45. However, it is going through rapid economic changes and has seen huge social changes since Apartheid ended – although racial tensions are still high.

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Starting a graphic design business

Graphic design is a fast-paced industry that can offer up exciting jobs and conceptual projects for business owners. The market is saturated but there are big rewards for firms that stand out.

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The opportunity is now: a guide to overseas trading

The latest round of data from the Office of National Statistics on the performance of the UK’s export market has indicated that the trade deficit narrowed in May – helped largely by a boost in exports of 6.6 percent. The data also indicated that exports to non-EU countries saw a significant increase – suggesting that UK businesses are starting to find work arounds to the Eurozone worries in search of growth. With the world’s eyes on the UK this summer, targeting countries with an appetite for ‘Brand Britain’ is a good way to identify markets to kick-start exporting programmes. With positive export data and the onset of the summer’s events, businesses should feel confident about ongoing trading conditions.

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Starting a florist

Floristry businesses are popular due to the number of potential revenue streams, including weddings and special occasions. However, the marketplace is very competitive due to an increasing number of small and big players. Our guide tells you the information you need to know before starting your own florist.

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Starting a PC repair business

Computer services occupy a billion-pound market, making PC repair a potentially very lucrative business idea. With both domestic and commercial markets open to entrepreneurs, the options available are extensive.

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