How to start a jewellery design business

If you’re a creative person with a talent for design then starting your own jewellery design business could allow you to turn your passion into profit. Despite the recession, which was hit the jewellery market hard, if you take the right approach there is still money to be made.
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How do I host my new website?

Before visitors can reach your website, you need to host it. This means contacting a hosting company and loading your website onto one of their servers, which are directly connected to the Internet via a high-speed connection.
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Q&A: Melissa Burton - Goody Good Stuff

Originally from Syracuse, New York Melissa Burton is currently managing director at confectionary brand, Goody Good Stuff. In September 2011 Melissa was featured as one of North West Business Insider’s 42 under 42 leading business figures. She was also named Best Entrepreneur in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at The Stevie® Awards in November ...
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Case study: Rockstar Youth guides young entrepreneurs down the path to success

In London, one company takes mentoring very seriously indeed. The recently founded Rockstar Youth aims to fast-track young entrepreneurs to success by providing targeted and results-driven mentoring to make their businesses attractive to investors. Co-founders Jonathan Pfahl and Sean Hamilton recently talked to about the company, and...
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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... Kenya

Kenya is a popular business destination due to its free enterprise economy, and boasts the largest economy in East and Central Africa as measured by gross domestic product (GDP). The service industry is strong, particularly the telecommunications sector. The capital, Nairobi, is a regional commercial hub providing plenty of growth opportunities for companies.

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Q&A: John Turner - Metathink

John Turner is a freelance business philosopher. Through his company, he works with a diverse range of organisations to help them develop coherent business philosophy using workshops and training. One of the areas John specialises in is networking, and how to extract the most value from networking environments using frameworks based around human nature.

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Business energy prices explained

The range in price between the cheapest and the most expensive business energy contract has never been wider, yet switching rates remain very low. Jonathan Elliott, managing director of the business savings experts, Make It Cheaper, offers some insight.

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Five tips to keep your home-based business professional

Running your business from home brings an enormous number of benefits. However, it can also bring difficulties, such as a closer fusion of work and domesticity. One of the most difficult challenges home-based entrepreneurs face is maintaining professionalism at all times; these five tips should help you do so.

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OPINION: Direct marketing - SMEs’ best sales driver

If the question of “What is direct marketing?” leaves you drawing a blank, then let me quickly fill you in before we get to the meat of how it can drive sales for your business.

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    Entrepreneurs at DreamLaunch on December 1 2011 tell the best ways to go about launching a business.
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  • Staff and HR

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  • Technology

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