• 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 ...

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  • When people want to get somewhere quickly and are, for whatever reason unable to drive, they’ll usually call a cab or a taxi. However, what they really do is a call a private hire vehicle or mini-cab.

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  • Taxi firms can become profitable in many different areas and are not limited to urban locations, making them particularly attractive to entrepreneurs who do not wish to relocate.

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  • With the low carbon economy gaining significant traction, now is a fantastic time for businesses to invest in cleaner technologies and promote environmentally-friendly practice. Grants are available from many areas, including local and national Governments, the EU, and energy ...

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  • The availability of green support and funding has grown rapidly over the last few years. There are now a wide range of initiatives available for start-ups and small businesses involved in eco-innovation, carbon reduction and energy-efficient projects. Applying for green fundin...

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  • If you’ve always had a love of good food and, just as importantly, an eye for detail, then starting your own catering company may be just the career for you.

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  • Government grants are growing in popularity; with funding available for a range of projects and in different geographic areas, small businesses no longer have to feel limited by traditional ways of raising capital. Applying for a Government grant is easy and can be very cost-e...

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  • Bed and breakfasts are very popular businesses for first-time entrepreneurs. With a significant market that benefits from seasonal demand, bed and breakfasts are great opportunities to profitably provide an enjoyable experience to a variety of travellers.

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  • Networking events are a great way to connect directly with local businesses, develop contacts and raise awareness of your business and the services it provides. Find out how to find the best events and how to maximise what you get out of them.

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  • Marketing is incredibly important to small businesses – without it there would be little public awareness of your business. However, it can be expensive.

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  • Although investing in another market can be risky and require a lot of capital, the rewards can be huge.

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  • 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...

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  • Traditional marketing tools have evolved. Small business owners now have a huge number of choices when it comes to raising their firm’s profile, from local adverts, flyers and brochures, to online searches, reviews sites and social media. Sham Hussein, Marketing Executive for ...

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  • VoIP – Voice over Internet Protocol – allows broadband users to access telephony services over their standard internet connection. Corporate uptake is increasing as the market matures and companies appreciate the lower costs and productivity benefits on offer.

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  • Floristry businesses are popular due to the number of potential revenue streams, including weddings and special occasions. However, the marketplace is very competitive due to an increasing number of small and big players. Our guide tells you the information you need to know be...

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  • Setting up a hairdressing business is an extremely popular choice due to the possibilities for creative expression, unique selling points, expanded services and wide market. Salons are also known for being recession-proof, perfect if you want to ensure revenue streams are sust...

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  • Small business grants are available from both government-sponsored funds and also private organisations such as charities and Regional Development Agencies. They are typically for small amounts but offer very attractive repayment terms – in many cases the grant is a gift that ...

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  • Choosing commercial property is an essential step for any growing business. Making the right choice is paramount to success; the wrong lease and location can stifle your firm and bottom line.

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  • Starting a café is a popular choice among new entrepreneurs and can be a profitable and rewarding business to run. If you’re a ‘people person’ and enjoy the ‘café culture’ vibe then starting a café business could be perfect for you.

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  • “Knowledge is power” – so go the oft-quoted words of Sir Francis Bacon. Therefore, the logical conclusion is that those who impart knowledge are the most powerful of all. We all remember our favourite – and arguably most effective – teachers at school and remember them with fo...

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