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Why SMEs Should Invest in Full Fibre Internet

To keep a competitive advantage in their respective industries, SMEs prioritise growth by boosting their revenue. Many do so by tapping previous clients, acquiring new...

Apps for ease when running a business by phone

Smartphones have revolutionised how we work and with the rise in remote working changing how businesses operate, it’s clear, we don’t need to be in...

Seven ways social media can help your SME

In the digital-first age, social media is a platform that allows SMEs and business of all sizes to reach millions of people worldwide. The benefit...

The marketing metrics you should use to measure success

Marketers and businesses have more data at their fingertips than ever before. Nearly every marketing platform, plugin and tool offers unprecedented amounts of information and...

Helping micro businesses thrive online

What is an open ecosystem and why does it matter? Micro businesses, just like their much larger counterparts, rely heavily on technology to run. Tech...

Maximizing Your Lunch Break Hack

Welcome to our guide on optimizing your lunch break for productivity and well-being. Discover practical tips and strategies to make the most of this valuable...

How Tech can Elevate Customer Experience for small Retail Businesses

We know that small retailers are hugely valued for the personalised service and bespoke products they offer. Whilst these attributes should of course remain a...

Revamp Your Marketing Strategies with the Changing Seasons

Are you looking to spruce up your marketing strategies and stay ahead of the competition? One effective way to do so is by adapting your...

Networking events and their importance

Networking events are essential in business for several reasons: Building Relationships: Networking events provide opportunities to meet and connect with other professionals in your industry...

Eight top tips when considering an Apprenticeship

Embrace the learning curve: Understand that entering an apprenticeship with little to no experience is an opportunity to learn and grow. Embrace the learning curve,...

3 Business Trends to Stay Ahead in 2024

When it comes to the business world, change is the only constant. As we approach 2024, business leaders must stay ahead of the curve. Here...

9 Ways to become a more Sustainable Business in 2024

Sustainability isn't just a buzzword; it's a commitment to our planet and future generations. As we step into 2024, it's more important than ever for...

Four ways to build a business culture that fosters innovation

Imagine a company culture that rewards experimentation, uses mechanisms for working backwards, offers corporate tools to scale innovation, and supports right-size teams to maintain agility....

10 Ways to Lower Your Stress Levels at Work

In order to manage the stress in your life, you need to take care of yourself first, even if others are demanding your attention. The...

How a Cycle To Work Scheme Can Benefit SMEs

Cycling has plenty of benefits and not just for employees — it’s also good for employers and the environment. Learn more about why cycling makes...

Ethical Team Wins Specialist PR Agency of the Year

Winner in the Yorkshire Prestige Awards 2023/24 Ethical Team delivers impactful public relations, media outreach and creative communications to purpose-driven clients from start-ups to global...

Commercial Harmony: Balancing Functionality and Aesthetics in Business Design

Any organisation that wants to succeed must prioritise business design, which is more than looks and includes user experience and functionality. In addition to visually...

Majority of firms expect to increase marketing budgets this year

More than two-thirds of businesses will increase their marketing budget this year, with half of those expecting search engine optimisation (SEO) to be their main...

Social Media Resolutions for Business in 2024

New social media updates, rules, trends, and tips seem to be increasingly frequent with companies either soaring or failing at trying to harness them. As...

Seven steps to finding the right support for your SME

Looking for support can be a daunting process for many small business owners, but it doesn’t need to feel so arduous. Below are 7 steps...

How digital tech can help SMEs overcome labour shortages

As a result of Brexit and the impact of the pandemic many UK businesses are finding themselves struggling to find and recruit the staff that...

The Thomas Paine Hotel Wins Boutique Hotel of the Year Norfolk

Winner in the London and South East Prestige Awards 23/24  Under private ownership since 2013, The Thomas Paine Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel set in...

Six tips for an SME hybrid workspace powerhouse

Fewer than five years ago, companies were often growing their office space to offer employees desirable space to work, shower, store bikes – even to...

Boosting Financial Efficiency: Smart Strategies for Small Businesses

Smart Strategies to Boost Financial Efficiency in Your Small Business Most successful businesses focus on three vital strategies to improve financial efficiency: streamlining lending and...

Affordable Interior and Garden Design for Everyone

House Designer, a budding online interior and garden design firm, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after design companies in the industry. Known for...

The Importance of Seeking Podiatrist Treatment for Foot Pain

An interview with Funmi Obi (ChilternWellbeing Foot and Ankle Clinic) All buildings start with good, solid foundations and the human body is no different. Our...

Chiltern Wellbeing Foot & Ankle Clinic Wins Podiatry Clinic of the Year

Chiltern Wellbeing Foot & Ankle Clinic is a leading podiatry clinic, working out of their base in Hayes, Middlesex. The experienced team of professionals provide...

Cobots: The New Frontier of Automation in the SME Sector 2023

Cobots: The New Frontier of Automation in the SME Sector 2023 Businesses today are searching for strategies to help them save costs and increase productivity...

Energy Supplement market to Show Exponential Growth by 2031 | Worldwide Value $152.5 Billion

Surge in need for energy supplements and emphasis on physical activity such as exercise, yoga, cycling, and hectic lifestyle of the working population According to...

Mobile payments have overtaken cash as the most popular way to pay

Mobile payments now reign supreme, leaving cash lagging behind as consumers' preferred method of payment. With the recent launch of Apple’s Tap to Pay function,...

Small businesses urged to have their say on future of high street

Small businesses across Essex are being urged to have their say on the future of the high street, by taking part in a UK-wide survey...

Largest Decline In UK House Prices In Over A Decade: A Market Shift For Landlords

The UK housing market has encountered its most significant decrease in 12 years, with house prices falling by 2.6% within the year to June, according...

HSBC unveils £15 Billion SME Fund to empower UK businesses

HSBC has unveiled a groundbreaking initiative with a £15 billion financing fund to improve market access and foster the growth of SMEs. One of the...

Latest HMRC “name and shame” list targets high street brands as key offenders

HMRC published its latest "name and shame" list (Round 19 Bulletin) on 21 June 2023, naming over 200 business for failing to fully pay their workers...

Atlantic Declaration welcomed as new US-UK digital bridge helps remove red tape for small firms

Policymakers have a golden opportunity to help small firms make the most of the tourism season, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The...

Food and drink products with the biggest rise in inflation between March and April 2023

Potatoes, pasta and sugar are among some of the staple food products where inflation rates were still increasing in April according to the ONS. UK...

The Challenges of Recruiting Post-COVID

When it gripped the UK in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had a fierce impact on the job market and subsequent workplace trends. While some...

Avenue 51 Wins Luxury Bridal Suite of the Year

Winner in the South England Prestige Awards 2022/23 Finding your perfect wedding dress has never been easier than at Avenue 51, Fareham’s exclusive and luxurious...

Sara Eden Wins Matchmaking Service of the Year

Winner in the South England Prestige Awards 2022/23 With over 35 years of experience, Sara Eden is a matchmaking agency for financially independent individuals seeking...

Mindset Body Transformations Wins Personal Training Service of the Year

Winner in the London & South East England 2022 Prestige Awards  Located in Southampton, Mindset Body Transformation has an overarching mission to help women feel...

Gerrard Finlayson (GF Fitness Limited) Wins Personal Trainer of the Year

Winner in the South England Prestige Awards 2022/23  Gerrard Finlayson founded his personal fitness business, GF Fitness, back in 2005 and has since enjoyed enormous...

HEX Wins Tech Repair Service of the Year

Winners in the Scotland Prestige Awards 2022/23 Located in Edinburgh, HEX is a technology repair service specialising in phones, computers, and laptops. Since it opened...

Tips for starting a business in January

Today’s the day. According to research by Virgin StartUp, the first Friday in January is the day that people thinking about starting their own business will...

Are you ready for Small Business Saturday 2022?

Small Business Saturday is fast approaching, and we are pulling out all the stops in support of small businesses across West Northamptonshire ahead of Saturday,...

The Benefits Of Rebranding Your Business

  Your brand is one of your most powerful business assets – and you should treat it as such. Branding isn’t just an exercise for...

How To Discover What Your Customer Really Wants

Buyers don’t like being sold to. Ask the right questions either face-to-face or virtually and buyers will open up and tell you what they want....

Is TikTok taking Over From Google

  A recent study showed that 40% of Gen Z users prefer using TikTok and Instagram for search over Google. This can be anything from makeup choices to...

Five Top Tips For Successful Social Media Marketing Campaigns

The biggest challenge facing businesses today, whether an international conglomerate or a small family-run company, is marketing effectively on social media. The rewards can be...

Using Email Marketing To Expand Your Business

  To run a successful business these days, you simply have to be engaging with people using technology. With so many digital options, it can...

Is TikTok Good For Business?

  Ok, so I have a confession to make. I am addicted to TikTok. I first went onto the platform a few months ago just...

Magnet Store Ltd Wins Metal Wholesaler of the Year

Winners in the Manchester and North West Prestige Awards 2021/22 Magnet Store is one of the world's leading wholesalers of bespoke industrial Neodymium magnets. The...

An Interview with Your Baby Scan

Providing Reassurance in The Various Stages of Pregnancy Anxieties during the beginning stages of pregnancy – whether for first time parents, couples who have previously...

Hand in Hand Funerals Wins New Funeral Business of the Year

Winners in the Yorkshire Prestige Awards 2021/22 Hand in Hand Funerals is a modern funeral directing service, incorporating expert end of life care and bereavement...

PA Surveyors Wins Chartered Surveyors of the Year

Winners in the South England Prestige Awards 2021/22 Based in Brighton, PA Surveyors is a Chartered Building Surveying company offering a vast breadth of services. Our business...

An Interview with Tony & Joe Burns (Burns Gym)

Regular exercise is proven to have tremendous benefits for the elderly such as increased mobility, improved balance, and better joint stability. Unfortunately though, there are...

Magnificent Munchers Wins Children’s Occupational Therapist of the Year

Winners in the South England Prestige Awards 2021/22 Jacqueline Parkinson is a children’s occupational therapist and founder of Magnificent Munchers which provides therapy for fussy...

An Interview with Melanie Bennett, Managing Director of Viking Industrial Products Ltd.

Based in Keighley, Viking Industrial Products Ltd is a family-run business specialising in the distribution of industrial tapes, adhesives, abrasives and packaging products to clients...

An Interview with Chris Greenwood & Karin Otsmann (CG Machinery Ltd)

Chris Greenwood set up CG Machinery LTD in 2013 as a small, one-man organisation that capitalised on his extensive experience as an agricultural engineer. Having...

Exo-Gym Ltd Wins Outdoor Fitness Product of the Year

Winners in the South England Prestige Awards 2021/22  As we all know, exercise is one of the most important things you can do for both...

Galway Wedding Centre Wins Wedding Shop of the Year

Winners in the Republic of Ireland Prestige Awards 2021/22  The Galway Wedding Centre is run by Christine Bourke, who merged the historical Simply Weddings Bridal...

Dan Moss Electrical Wins Electrician of the Year

Winners in the South England Prestige Awards 2021/22 Ensuring you have a good sparky on hand to call on in times of need is one...

Five Customer Experience Trends For Small Businesses To Watch In 2022

Every year we see new technologies and trends emerging with the potential to disrupt the world of business, transform marketing and changing customer expectations. Often...

Review: Norfolk House by The Scarlet Hen

By Sarah Hartley  Nestled in the heart of Huddersfield, Norfolk House is the perfect base from which to explore the Pennines. It has enjoyed this...

Omicron: What Will 2022 Look Like For The UK’s SMEs

The past two years have been extremely challenging for business across all sectors and localities. The Covid-19 pandemic is estimated to have cost SMEs over...

Five Tips To Grow Your Business Sustainably

SMEs can start their net-zero journey by making changes to their business operations early on Under new Treasury rules, UK businesses must now show how...

National Minimum Wage To Rise At £9.50 An Hour – What Does This Mean For SMEs?

The rise in wages would mean higher costs for employers, but some businesses say this is the "right move" The government is now taking steps...

Personalise Your Vest Wins Personalised Clothing Retailer of the Year

Winners in the Scotland Prestige Awards 2021/22 Personalise Your Vest was established in 2012 and has gone from strength to strength allowing their customers to...

ie instinct Wins Digital Marketing Specialists of the Year

Winners in the Wales Prestige Awards 2021/22 Founded and managed by Callie James, ie instinct are digital marketing experts and work to launch and promote...

Squiggle Web Design Wins Web Designer of the Year

Winners in the Scotland Prestige Awards 2021/22 Squiggle Web Design was established by Alex Kennedy to offer web design together with support services such as...

Tackling Late Payments: Five Top Tips For SMEs

As we move out of the pandemic, it’s fair to say that cash flow management has never been more important. However, one major threat that...

Dermal Health Wins Aesthetic Skin Care Clinic of the Year

Winners in the London and South East Prestige Awards 2020/21 Based in Marylebone, Dermal Health is a dermatology and aesthetic clinic offering treatments that are...

Under-Explored Opportunities SME Owners Can Use To Improve Cash Flow

Currently, one of the biggest concerns dominating the minds of business owners is cash flow. When reviewing strategies to free up cash, SMEs should leave...

Harwood Hutton Wins Tax Advisors of the Year

Winners in the London and South East Prestige Awards 2020/21  Harwood Hutton is a multi-award-winning firm of chartered accountants, registered auditors, tax advisors and specialists...

Nexus Investigations Ltd Wins Private Investigator of the Year

Winners in the Manchester and North West Prestige Awards 2020/21 Based in Lytham St. Annes, Nexus is a private investigation company specialising in surveillance. Operating...

Why Is Copyright Important And What Can Happen If Someone Infringes Copyright?

Do you want to prevent other people from taking advantage of your creative assets without paying you? Understanding and using Copyright law can help you...

CW Hats and Accessories Wins Hat Boutique of the Year

Winner in the South West England Prestige Awards 2020/21  CW Hats and Accessories store owner Cheryl Warburton started her design career at college doing design...

THE MANCHESTER AND NORTH WEST PRESTIGE AWARDS 2020/21 IS NOW OUT.

The Manchester and North West Prestige Awards 2020/21 celebrates small and medium-sized enterprises consisting of localised businesses and sole traders that have thrived in their...

The South West England Prestige Awards 2020/21 Guide Is Now Out

The South West England Prestige Awards 2020/21 celebrates small and medium-sized enterprises consisting of localised businesses and sole traders that have thrived in their highly...

When Is The Right Time To Leave Your Job For Your Business?

Proudly handing in your notice to work full time in the business you have built on the side is a vision many entrepreneurs share. Why shouldn’t you...

Biggest Legal Mistakes New Businesses Make

Despite the pandemic having a severe impact on the global economic activity, it has triggered a surge in business start-ups across major economies including the...