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[ 19 Jul 2019 | No Comment ]

Starting a family can sometimes spell disaster for your career, but it needn’t. Of course having little ones running around is going to make an enormous change to your lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to define you. Working parents need to learn to work smarter, not harder. Stress, fatigue and eventually burnout aren’t good for you or your family, so focus on manifesting these healthy habits, to see both your career and your home-life improve.
Get Some Sleep!
This is number one on the list for a good reason, because it tends …

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[ 17 Jul 2019 | No Comment ]

By Jonathan Amponsah CTA FCCA, The Tax Guys
Numbers are the language of business so if you tend to shy away from them it’s time to face your fear and learn to love your accounts.  Here are some tips for understanding your business numbers and using them for your decision making.

Are you profitable?

You can check if your business is profitable by looking at the profit and loss account. scroll down to the bottom figure which will show a profit (positive figure) or a loss (negative figure).
Then look at the top …

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[ 8 Jul 2019 | No Comment ]

As much as they’d like to, online businesses can’t read minds. They can’t possibly know what’s going on in a customer’s head when they shop on their site. Of course, every business owner would love to understand things from a customer POV, like how easy or difficult it was to find what they came looking for, whether the site UX was a pleasing experience, whether the photos and descriptions were good enough, and perhaps why a shopping cart was abandoned occurred just before purchase.
Due to the fact that online surveys …

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[ 3 Jul 2019 | No Comment ]

You have showcased an impressive C.V, navigated your way through the interview stages and celebrated receiving a job role.  However, the hard work has only just begun as you approach the task of negotiating a salary.  Discussing money can seem somewhat taboo in the UK as an air of awkwardness will inevitably ensure.  The prospect of a salary negotiation can fill interviewees with dread as the discussion can reflect that of a poker tournament rather than boardroom.  Here, the debt advisory service Scottish Trust Deed present their 5 need to …

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[ 1 Jul 2019 | No Comment ]

By Inna Kaushan, co-founder of Solna
The data of over 3million SMEs up and down the country has been analysed to find out which regions are the highest and lowest risk for freelancers and small businesses when it comes to getting paid on time. 121 areas of the UK were scored and ranked based on how quickly businesses pay their invoices.
According to the Federation of Small Businesses, 58% of their members are owed up to £10,000 in late payments from their clients. 15% are owed between £10,000 and £20,000, and an …

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[ 30 Jun 2019 | No Comment ]

2018 saw that 70% of UK start-ups scaled up to quickly and 29% ran out of cash within their first year.  Late payment of invoices, slow financial turnover and unforeseen outgoings can have a detrimental effect on a business. However, there are many ways in which to uncover monies within a business and locate cash previously not recognised.  Here, the team at F-Initiatives present 5 ways to obtain secret cash in your business.
R&D Tax Relief
Depending on your business’s eligibility, R&D tax relief can award you with tax credits, a reduction …

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[ 25 Jun 2019 | No Comment ]

Businesses of any size will know full well that unscheduled employee absences are just something they’ll have to deal with, but there are ways to manage the situations effectively. Absences can lower morale, create mistakes, increase stress, and reduce productivity. There are definitely certain actions to take that don’t overstep employees’ rights, yet will decrease the inconvenience that sick days can bring.
Offer duvet days
This idea has been trending in recent years, whereby an employer will offer around 4-5 days every year for employees to take when they are either hungover, …

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[ 20 Jun 2019 | No Comment ]

Small business owners are easily some of the busiest people out there. As a small business owner, there is a whole lot on your plate. You don’t tend to have lots of employees working for you, which means you almost need to be the jack of all trades, taking on many roles within your company. Not only that but often there are no such things as set hours Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm and you tend to work pretty much whenever needed.
Part of owning your own company is getting out there …

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[ 20 Jun 2019 | No Comment ]

Open plan office environments are more popular than ever. Without walls and cubicles to get in the way, creativity and collaboration are made effortless and business culture can thrive, which is why employers opt for a modern, open-plan layout when designing their offices.
But the increase in volume that is common in open spaces isn’t helping our productivity. From barks of laughter, loud chewers and out-of-tune renditions of your former favourite songs, offices can quickly become a place where focus is the forgotten concept.
Diamond Interiors recently conducted a survey that found …

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[ 15 Jun 2019 | No Comment ]

By Aldous Hicks, CEO and Co-founder of ReCircle Recycling Ltd
Despite our attempts to take responsibility for recycling, the true value of recyclable materials is not being realised. Cross-contamination of plastics and dirty packaging means that over half of the items going into the recycling bin aren’t recycled.
Recyclable materials are very valuable in their pure state but the cost and difficulty of separating mixed recycling make it uneconomical. With mounting public and government pressure, something needs to change in order to stem the tide of used packaging and products going to …