How to start a plumbing business

Plumbing is a service that is seemingly always in demand and has been described by some as a “recession-proof” industry. Once you have gained the necessary qualifications and experience, starting a plumbing business can provide a highly profitable and solid business opportunity.
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EVENT COVERAGE: SES Conference & Expo London

On February 25 2012, London played host to the SES Conference & Expo, a global event dedicated to all aspects of the search marketing and social media industry. SES was in London as part of a worldwide tour of major cities, and featured a wide range of industry experts who spoke on topics including search engine optimisation (SEO), pay-per-click advertising...
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Q&A: Amanda Fyfe - Senior Moves

Amanda Fyfe, director of Senior Moves was running a busy successful business, juggling work, family, dogs and friends when her parents decided the time had come to move from the family home to be nearer their family. Several months of driving up and down the M5 every weekend to help organise the move, convinced Amanda and her family that there had to...
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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 point and strong team of staff helped his company, Yellow Cat Recruitment, to survive the recession – and become even stronger.
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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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How to open a card shop

Cards are extremely common purchases – with birthdays happening throughout the year, there is continuous demand, with regular spikes for Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day and other special occasions. This creates a significant market, but supermarket diversification and the rise of online greetings card companies has made it a lot harder to run a profitable real-world card shop. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done – but there needs to be a very strong reason why people will visit you. Jamie Lawrence investigates the current card shop market, and the steps you’ll need to create to succeed in opening your own shop.

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Setting up as a sole trader

Setting up as a sole trader is the easiest and quickest way to start your own business. The administrative burden is minimal but you will need to notify HMRC that you’re self-employed.

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How to do business in... The USA

The USA is the largest economy in the world, accounting for almost a quarter of GDP globally. It has strong trade links with Canada, Mexico and China. The USA is also the world’s most heavily invested-into country, receiving $2.58 trillion in foreign investment in 2010. As well as having a huge economy, the USA is widely recognised as being very supportive of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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How to do business in... Russia

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has changed drastically, moving from a centrally planned economy to a market-based economy. The majority of industry in the country is now privatised, although there are some exceptions.

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Improving profitability in 2012

2011 was a pretty toxic year for most people and left the UK economy reeling. Suddenly, major high street names are falling like nine pins and there seems to be no end to the ‘butterfly effect’ caused by the irresponsible actions of a few reckless and greedy people in the banking sector. However, there are ways that smaller businesses can protect themselves from the effects of the financial crisis and, while not making themselves exactly recession-proof, the shrewd entrepreneur can certainly put in place measures to limit damage and indeed nurture increased revenue streams.

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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

    Case study: Every saved penny counts for businesses says SMEDiscounts

    Former chartered accountant Andries Smit has always had an eye for a good business model. He started his first business age 14 and has since started 1...
  • Staff and HR

    Working from home - how it can benefit your business

    It is an understood, and understandable, fact that people at all stages of their career work best when they are able to achieve an appropriate balance...
  • Technology

    Choosing computer monitors for employees

    In today’s world, many businesses are very reliant on technology. Employees will use computer screens for many hours; choosing the right monitors is important...
  • Marketing

    How to promote your services using forums

    Forums and message boards are a great basis for marketing your business online. Forums are effective social communities on the internet enabling you to...
  • Accounting

    Late payment – how businesses can avoid the cash flow hole

    Once again late payments are making the headlines. As politicians and journalists come forward to identify small and growing businesses as an integral...