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[ 25 Apr 2017 | No Comment ]

“There are many ways that parents can start to encourage their children to interact with money from a young age said Kirsty Bowman-Vaughan, children and young people expert at the Money Advice Service. “We know that children learn best when they gain practical experience with money, and allowing them to make decisions and learn from their mistakes lays the foundations for better money management skills as they grow up.”
Here are five ideas to help your kids start to learn about money:

Give children the chance to pay for things from an …

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[ 22 Apr 2017 | No Comment ]
Could you run your kitchen table business from the countryside?

By Dave Millett, from independent telecoms brokerage Equinox
Despite living in a country with the world’s fifth highest GDP it can feel at times as though our telecoms infrastructure, especially in rural areas, has barely advanced since the dark ages. Rural businesses suffer from the unholy trinity of no phone coverage, no or very slow broadband and the expense of running in dedicated services.
So if you run a small business in a rural area – what are your options?
Internet
In 2011 the government set up the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project, with …

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[ 17 Apr 2017 | No Comment ]

When you first set up your own business, your primary concern will be clawing together the capital to buy the equipment, rent your office space and get your company off the ground. The problem is, in all that excitement and adrenalin, there are often initial start-up costs that go overlooked by most entrepreneurs. In today’s post, we’ll give you a handful of these costs and what they mean for your business if the proper funds aren’t allocated…

Who are your service providers?

Many business owners will factor in their suppliers, manufacturers and …

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[ 16 Apr 2017 | No Comment ]

Guest article, by Stephen Allen, Lightvert
If you travel on public transport you will have noticed many advertisements are now digital, smart, changed at the press of a button.  In the movies we’ve seen images of the future with brands displayed everywhere (remember The Fifth Element and Minority Report?).
Here are 4 other world-changing technologies you should be aware of. You’ll be experiencing them as consumers and possibly using them in your own businesses sooner than you think.
Personalised Augmented Reality
Augmented Reality (AR) arrived in our family life with Pokémon Go. For the …

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[ 11 Apr 2017 | No Comment ]

New research by the Money Advice Service shows that talking to children about money and giving them experience of making money decisions could be as important as saving for their future.
Parents should include their children in discussions about money from age four to give them the best chance of being financially secure in later life, it has emerged.
Findings from a report released by the government-backed Money Advice Service, demonstrate a worrying lack of money skills among the UK’s children and young people. Millions of Britain’s young people are set to …

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[ 5 Apr 2017 | No Comment ]

It’s not zero hope for zero hour workers
There’s a worrying trend for zero hours contracts (ZHC) which can leave workers in double jeopardy. There is the fear that they will not be offered any hours in the short term, plus the long term fear that with a ZHC you can’t plan for the future or buy your own home. And the facts show that getting a mortgage on a ZHC is tough – with seemingly inconsistent earnings patterns and no proof of guaranteed work in the future, many lenders simply take …

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[ 4 Apr 2017 | No Comment ]

From Lisa Cole of www.less-stuff.co.uk
Despite living in a digital age, children manage to generate a lot of paperwork. From the red book with weight records right through to university prospectuses, every week of parenting seems to bring in a new important bit of paper.
Couple this with work stuff; invoices, insurance certificates and tax returns and you can quite easily have a big mess on your hands.
There is a theory that you should only handle a piece of paper once, as soon as you get it you should either deal with …

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[ 24 Mar 2017 | No Comment ]

What is E-commerce? 
E-commerce is short for electronic commerce. OK, many of you probably figured that, but what does that really mean? E-commerce refers to online sales. It’s the transactions that happen on the internet, the buying and selling of products on the web. Yes, it’s not a new concept, but it’s never been as widespread as it is today. According to the United States Department of Commerce, e-commerce sales increased by 15.1 percent from 2015 to 2016. Businesses who avoid selling or buying merchandise online do so at their own peril.
E-commerce is …

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[ 23 Mar 2017 | No Comment ]

Do you need tomake change happen in your business? The beauty of being in charge is that you tend to know what is going on and can influence it.   Most of the people you lead aren’t going to feel that way, unless you do something about it.
Jean Gamester from Semaphora believes that what is most important is that you make sure that those that you lead feel they are being kept informed and that they have a say too.     You’re going to need their involvement to make these changes work …

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[ 9 Mar 2017 | No Comment ]

Change can make or break a business. Which is why it’s important to understand the costs versus the benefits of any change you decide to push forward in your business.
Very often the driver behind change is reducing costs. These are often attacked and managed – sometimes overly aggressively without adequate attention given to growing revenue.
So how do you manage change while boosting profitability? Clive Hyman FCA of 528 Advisory has nine top tips:

Success measurement of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators): Rather than making your main KPI cost reduction, make it revenue …