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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How to motivate a sales team

The paths to becoming responsible for a team are as many and winding as the myriad of thoughts that rush through your mind when you see for the first time within in your job description that you are now “responsible for motivation of the team”.
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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 Parisian chateau, aims to scour the world for special producers in order to develop a unique line of blends.
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Case study: a new approach to financial trading gaming with TraderPeople

Jonathan Rose and Chris Hobcroft are the founders of TraderPeople, an online social gaming business that provides fantasy and simulated financial trading games. In this case study, Jonathan and Chris discuss what makes their business attractive and how they utilise its core worth to add further value.
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What advice would you give to an entrepreneur starting their first business?

If you're about to start your own business or are in the process of doing so, these top tips from successful small businesses will help you ensure you're on track at all times.
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How to carry out a risk assessment

Risk assessments are essential health and safety procedures that allow you to mitigate risk in the workplace. They do not have to be overly-complex; thoroughness is more important to ensure you don’t miss out on any dangerous risks that could cause serious injury to your employees.

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20 top UK based business blogs

As the visibility of business blogs online continues to expand further and further; identifying those that offer the expert points of view most relevant to your business and industry has become an increasingly time-consuming task.  We’ve hand-picked 20 of UK’s best blogs to help you uncover the information and advice that is of most value to your business. 

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Tips to help you control stock

Maintaining adequate stock levels is essential to running a successful business – these tips will help you avoid overspending and underspending on stock.

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Q&A: Tamsin Fox-Davies - Constant Contact UK

Tamsin Fox-Davies is the Senior Development Manager at Constant Contact UK. Her time is spent across the UK delivering free marketing education to SMEs. We caught up with her to pick her brains about small business marketing, and how firms should be working towards success.

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Protecting your business with income protection insurance

Becoming self-employed is a big step to take, but it can provide many benefits such as freedom, intellectual fulfilment and flexibility. There are also financial benefits as some self-employed people earn more than they would as an employee. However, there are also higher risks and disadvantages if you are not prepared…

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  • Starting up

    Case study: Freespeed meets a growing need with experience and passion

    In London, one startup is successfully using state-of-the-art technology to fine-tune the performance of elite cyclists. Here Richard Melik, owner of Freespeed...
  • Finance

    Guide to business bank loans

    Business bank loans offer entrepreneurs and small businesses access to commercial finance. Whilst they are not the only source of funding they are one...
  • Staff and HR

    Common training and development mistakes made by entrepreneurs

    Training and development is an essential part of human resources policy but the significant benefits possible can be lost if training is not delivered...
  • Technology

    Getting over the blue screen blues

    Does your server crash on a weekly basis? Do your PCs switch themselves off for no apparent reason? Do your files and emails frequently disappear into...
  • 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

    How to work smarter with your accountant

    Small businesses owners place an enormous amount of trust in their accountants. The working relationship between SMEs and accountants is one often one...