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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Using social media to promote your services

Social media is a great way to interact with your customer base online and encourage debate and trust in your brand. Spread the word of new products and services within seconds using instant social media updates.
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Q&A: Paul Blanchard - Right Angles

Paul Blanchard is the founder of Right Angles, an innovative PR consultancy that aims to do things differently. The company boasts an impressive roster, including Compassion in World Farming, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Aviva and the ACCA. inspiresme.co.uk caught up with Paul about his company, the public relations industry, and how small companies can...
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Case study: Beanie's Health Foods imports meat-free products to Britain

Lisa Drummy is a director of Beanie’s Health Foods – for the last 10 years she has been importing and distributing Fry’s Vegetarian Foods with her business partner (and Dad!) Patrick Drummy. They started Beanie’s on an impulse when they discovered that Fry’s in South Africa were looking for someone to import Fry’s Vegetarian Foods into the UK.
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The importance of motivation in a sales environment

Whether outsourced, or in-house, a solid sales force can put a company on the map. By working together to increase brand awareness and drive sales forward, the sales team can exponentially grow revenue and play a crucial role in ensuring a business’ success.

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EVENT COVERAGE: Email & Social Media Marketing for SMEs

Social media and email marketing are important, modern methods of engaging with current and potential customers, but developing an effective campaign can be difficult, and there are pitfalls. This event, organised by email marketing firm iContact, aimed tell SMEs exactly how they should approach these two important avenues.

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How to get your company at the top of Google’s local listings

The beauty of the world we live in is that you are always local to someone. That’s the view of many senior online marketers. Achieving rankings in Google’s local listings offers businesses an opportunity to tap into an extensive source of traffic, but it’s not simply achieved at the touch of a button.

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How to do business in... Canada

Canada is the world’s ninth-largest economy, and one of the richest countries in the world. Around 75 percent of Canadians are employed in the service sector. Unusually for a developed nation, Canada still has a strong primary sector, largely consisting of the logging and petroleum industries. The country also has strong economic links with the USA, although doing business differs greatly between the two.

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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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  • Starting up

    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...
  • Finance

    CAMPARI: preparing a business bank loan application

    For many entrepreneurs and small businesses, bank loans are an important source of funding, whether to fulfil orders, employ staff or finance patent protection...
  • Staff and HR

    Toastmaster experience gave a much-needed boost to confidence

    Shyness can hold you back in business. Networking events, meetings, public speaking opportunities – all these are great ways to promote your business and...
  • Technology

    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...
  • Marketing

    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...
  • 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...