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[ 15 Jul 2018 | No Comment ]

Denis O’Brien, Chairman of Digicel Group and of the Digicel Foundation, supports – www.professionalacademy.com – a leading provider of training in management, leadership, sales and marketing, and has 10 tips for young entrepreneurs.

1. Back yourself – If you can count to ten and you can sell, you can be an entrepreneur.
2. Don’t be afraid to fail: if you do, who gives a damn? You’ve learned something, you always learn out of failure.
3. Be flexible. You set up your business and you think you’ve got a great idea, but the really …

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[ 21 Jun 2018 | No Comment ]

Starting up a business can be hard, especially when you don’t have the experience or much money to play around with. Often people choose to start their business from their home but for others, they don’t have a spare room to fit everything. If this is the sort of problem that you are struggling with, we might have the answer for you. Have you ever considered setting up your new business from your garden shed? If not, reads our tips below and you might just change your mind.
Choose the Right …

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[ 19 Jun 2018 | No Comment ]

Crowdfunding has gone beyond the early adopter stage, says John Auckland of TribeFirst, meaning most people have now heard of it. A recent survey by TribeFirst suggests that we are getting close to the stage where more people in the UK have supported a crowdfunding campaign than haven’t. The survey, completed by 250 people, showed that 43.8% of the respondents had backed either a charity, rewards or equity crowdfunding campaign.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that most people back their first campaign due to friends or family being behind it in some way, …

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[ 15 Jun 2018 | No Comment ]

Research by Liberis, a leading small business finance provider, has revealed that 72% of SMEs are spending up to 3 days every month chasing money they’re owed. This is costing each business an average of £5,000 per year in time spent trying to recover these funds.
The survey also found that a quarter of SMEs are chasing ‘aged debt’ of over £20,000. But on average, survey respondents are owed £11,000, so to put this into context using official figures, there are 5.7 million SMEs in the UK, meaning business owners are …

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[ 9 Jun 2018 | No Comment ]

Opening a restaurant can be an exciting business – but it can also be a risky one. (According to the Guardian the  number of restaurants closing is up by 20% in 2017.However, while the chains are suffering, the independents are on the rise.
Having opened two successful, award-winning and profitable restaurants, Louise Palmer- Masterton has learned a lot along the way!
Here are her top 10 tips for success and survival.
Passion. For me everything starts here. My current business, Stem + Glory, is a vegan restaurant brand, coming from my own 35-year …

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[ 6 Jun 2018 | No Comment ]

Launching and running a small to medium size business can be a daunting process, especially if it’s something that you are brand new to. There are so many things that you need to think of.  If you have invested in employees already, then that adds things to your list straight away.  Of course, there is the obvious things such as payroll, human resources procedures etc that you need to sort – but there is also the additional task of managing their workflow and ensuring that all processes and procedures are …

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[ 5 Jun 2018 | No Comment ]

Thanks to the Internet there is a vast amount of information available online, which has led to a power shift in the sales process.
According to Tim Butler of Innovation Visual, if people want an answer to a question, then most people will go online to find it. The information is out there, and it is now easily attainable. The internet has empowered people and the sales person is no longer the fountain of knowledge they once were.
The best way to achieve sales is through a policy of helping, not selling; …

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[ 3 Jun 2018 | No Comment ]

When presenting or pitching it is vital to stand out. Particularly for a small business we need to grab attention if we want people to notice, remember and be persuaded by what we say.
Here are three opportunities for contrast when giving a speech or presentation:
Contrast in content
In most business communication, the goal is to persuade your audience to adopt your call to action.  This might be to buy your sales pitch, support your recommendations etc.  Effective persuasion requires contrast in content.
Evidence-based information, e.g. statistics, track record or a reinforcing quote …

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[ 1 Jun 2018 | No Comment ]

By Dave Millett, Equinox
The Government and BT have given us a number of recent supposedly good news announcements about broadband infrastructure. For example the Government says we now have 95% superfast broadband coverage and that by 2020 we’ll all be getting 20mbps downstream speed, wherever we live.
Openreach announced plans to connect 50% more homes with more reliable and ultrafast fibre-optics by 2020 – taking the total to three million.  The first three million, of which around 500,000 new builds are already connected, will be spread across Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, …

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[ 16 May 2018 | No Comment ]

If you’re a mom who likes to blog and be on social media, there’s more to just clicking share and post.  You can actually increase your blog’s brand awareness by planning out a solid social marketing strategy. With its growing span, business applications and uses, social media is a powerful marketing arsenal that could be the backbone of your blog’s road to monetization.
As a hip mom who already has valuable blog content to boot, all you need is an effective social media strategy to get a solid following and a …