Becoming a personal trainer

Personal training is a highly rewarding profession that offers plenty of opportunities to specialise. If you want to be a personal trainer, you’ll need a detailed knowledge of a range of disciplines including nutrition and biology. There are many different training avenues available, so you can pick the one that suits you best.
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How to create a sales strategy

There is an old adage that nothing happens in business until a sale is made and all businesses - whatever their size, shape product or function - need customers to prosper. While it is possible to acquire customers and grow without ever having a formal sales strategy, like most things in life having a plan will greatly improve your chances of success...
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Q&A: Tim Bullock - New Wave Ventures

Tim Bullock is a co-founder of New Wave Ventures LLP, a vehicle for the personal business investments of its founders. New Wave has no external investors or investment committee and addresses each investment opportunity with an open mind - aiming to achieve the most satisfactory structure for all parties. New Wave’s preference is to invest in high quality...
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Case study: walking the entrepreneurial path with BiggerFeet

BiggerFeet is a successful family-run company that sells a range of footwear for people that struggle to buy shoes that fit. The company's founder, Oliver Bridge, tells us what it was like to set up his own company at 15.
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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 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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EVENT: Innovating Entrepreneurs: Media Maestros

A packed auditorium at the British Library sat enraptured recently as four senior industry figures discussed how the correct handling of the media can pay dividends to emerging and medium-sized businesses.

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How to start a bar

Bars are very popular businesses; they come in all shapes and sizes and it’s easy to put your own stamp on one. But it’s not easy to create a successful bar. Creating a razor sharp atmosphere that people respond to is an art; a combination of the right drinks, decorum, music etc. is essential. However, if you’ve got the skills, then starting a bar can be a great way to combine your love of nightlife with a passion for business.

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OPINION: PR in a world of social media

The Pew Research Center in the US recently launched its latest State of the News Media Annual Report, looking specifically at the impact of Facebook and Twitter on how news is consumed. The topline statistics suggest that social media has yet to become the be-all and end-all of how we read and listen to what’s happening in the world.

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Introduction to shipping imported goods

Buying imported goods can be a great move for many small businesses. You may be able to find better products – or cheaper prices – abroad, improving your company’s offerings and its margins. However, shipping imported goods can be complicated as you’ll need to make arrangements for the entire journey.

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  • Starting up

    Case study: Xcite Digital how to survive and thrive in a recession

    Xcite Digital is an award winning, digital marketing agency that designs, builds, and markets websites for blue chip clients such as Pizza Express, BP...
  • Finance

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    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

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    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

    Smart phone and comms choices for small businesses

    With so many different options of mobile phone, traditional land lines, new Voice over IP (VoIP) services and broadband packages available for start-ups...
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    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.