Starting a toy and games shop

Toys and games are timeless; every generation of children needs entertainment. The market is, however, very sensitive to trends as new products arrive, becomes hits, then fade off into obscurity. Running a toys and games shop requires a lot of business nous and commitment; you’ll need to be ahead of the curve and ensure that you can cater for both the...
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Creating the ideal 'elevator pitch'

So you’ve begun the important step of spreading the word about your business, and it’s time to start networking – one of the most important aspects of being an entrepreneur. But are you confident enough and do you know enough about your business to be able to make an ‘elevator pitch’?
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Q&A: Mike Walker - CountyClean

Mike Walker is founder of CountyClean Environmental Services, a Sussex-based provider of waste cleanup and management with over 35 years combined experience in the industry. Mike launched the business in 2007.
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Case study: Denise Proctor uses her drive and experience to create The Baby Loft

The Baby Loft is an online baby rental equipment service that offers parents a range of products for all stages of their baby’s life. Founder Denise Proctor, 36, talks to inspiresme about the birth of her idea and the challenges of being a Mumpreneur.
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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 choose an effective domain name

Domain names are the Internet equivalent of real-world property. They represent your business and brand; they’re often the first taste consumers will get of you. Choosing the right one is essential to help you build authority and create a valuable online presence for your business.

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What makes a good business idea?

Business ideas must satisfy a wide range of criteria to be tenable. Many businesses fail soon after start-up because the idea – the impetus – is not commercially viable and cannot sustain a profit-making enterprise.

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Guide to libel and slander for businesses

We’ve all seen libel and slander cases hitting the headlines – most seemingly involving celebrities or the rich and famous – however it’s also a big problem for businesses and in the most extreme cases can damage a businesses reputation to the point where it can no longer continue trading. So what should you do if your business finds out that a third party is making libellous or slanderous statements about it?

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Q&A: Sean Farrell - Chateau Rouge

Sean Farrell is the founder of luxury tea company Chateau Rouge. The company, which is named after a legendary Parisian chateau, aims to scour the world for special producers in order to develop a unique line of blends.

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VoIP for small businesses

Many small businesses will already have a telephony network built around traditional analogue lines but this does not mean they can’t use VoIP technologies. Migration is easy and can deliver a range of savings. VoIP can also benefit multi-site companies which employ office-based and mobile workers.

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  • Starting up

    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...
  • Finance

    Working capital matters, regardless of your size

    In the current climate of economic uncertainty, as projects are postponed and payment terms extended, banks remain reluctant to lend to businesses. For...
  • Staff and HR

    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...
  • Technology

    The cloud for small businesses

    Smaller businesses generally have reasonably straightforward IT requirements. Often a company will first need to do their finances using a spread sheet...
  • 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

    Make better book-keeping your New Year’s resolution

    The January bookkeeping blues are looming, as small business owners across the UK are crunching the numbers and getting their books in shape to submit...