Starting a dog walking business

We might be a nation of dog lovers but people’s increasingly busy lifestyles mean that they often just don’t have the time to take their best pooch friends out for walks. If you’re good with animals and enjoy spending time outdoors then starting a dog walking business could allow you to turn your passion for pooches into a serious moneymaker.
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Using LinkedIn to promote your business

Building relationships via social networks is one of the most effective ways to market your business online. LinkedIn, a dedicated social network for business professionals around the globe, offers a range of ways to get your business noticed.
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Q&A: Danny Jatania - Pockit

Danny Jatania is CEO and Chairman of Pockit, an online savings website which allows its members to participate in exclusive offers and discounts in areas such as insurance and utilities. He is also a Director of Lornamead, a leading, privately-owned family company that markets personal care brands globally. We catch up with Danny to discuss his experiences...
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Case study: independence pays off for FRS

Not many people would recognise a ‘problem with authority’ as a virtue, but the directors of design and digital media consultancy FRS Ltd cite that idiosyncrasy as a catalyst for their setting up one of London’s most dynamic and fresh young creative companies. Commercial director Peter Stormonth spoke to inspiresme.co.uk.
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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 undertake competitor analysis

Competitor analysis refers to a range of techniques used to quantify and analyse the actions of other players in your market. A deep understanding of your competitors is essential for all businesses; understanding their strengths and weaknesses can help your business becomes more successful at gaining market share and satisfying the needs of its customers.

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Guide to design right and registration

Design right offers automatic protection for the shape and configuration of articles – or article parts – in the UK for a maximum of 15 years. An EU-wide scheme also protects the shape, pattern, configuration and ornamentation of an object for a maximum of three years. Registering your design provides added protection.

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Why small businesses needn’t fear cloud computing

Cloud computing has been an IT buzz word for many years and its benefits discussed at length, however, small and medium companies (SMEs) in the UK appear to be lagging behind their European counterparts in terms of adoption. Many are failing to embrace cloud technology, despite the much talked about benefits ranging from reduced IT costs to improved efficiencies. David Sturges, CEO of WorkPlaceLive, discusses why they needn’t fear ‘the cloud’.

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Q&A: John Turner - Metathink

John Turner is a freelance business philosopher. Through his company metathink.co.uk, 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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Q&A: Gillian Crawford - Tartan Twist

From journalism to creating and selling designer jewellery is an unusual career change but one that entrepreneur Gillian Crawford had made successfully. She tells inspiresme.co.uk about how the Devil is in the detail when it comes to running your own business.

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