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Archive for September, 2013

20 Reasons Why Your Social Media Campaign Hasn't Worked

Social media campaigns are still looked down on in 2013. Not for people who use social media. Of course not. Everyone who is successfully generating business using social media is already a convert. The problem arises when you mention social media in conversation with people who don’t use it. 

Book Review: Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?

A brilliantly inspiring, motivational book. I thought it was about time that I reviewed “Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?” I initially read it from cover to cover, referred to it endlessly, and I am now reading it again.

August Retail Sales Decline

Hopes were high for August retail sales after a barbecue bonanza in July fuelled by the hot weather. But according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics yesterday, retail sales fell by 0.9% in August 2013, compared to strong growth of 1.1% in July.

How To Build Long Term Business Relationships

Your business is only as good as your customers. And your key business relationships with your customers are affected by your relationships with your suppliers and employees. Here are our top tips for building strong business relationships that will stand the test of time.

What The Twitter IPO Means For Small Business

The tweet announcing the Twitter IPO or initial public offering has got everyone talking. But what does it mean for the 200 million active users? In particular, what about the small businesses like ourselves who use Twitter to gain up to 80% of their customers? How will we be affected by the Twitter IPO?

Book Review: The Icarus Deception By Seth Godin

“The Icarus Deception” by Seth Godin is like marmite. You’ll either love it or hate it. I loved it because it made me think. It was food for thought and the ideas that Seth puts forward stayed with me long after I finished reading the book.

£69 Million Extra Support For Start-ups

Start-up businesses were given a £69 million boost yesterday by Prime Minister, David Cameron. The money will help aspiring entrepreneurs who have a passion or a hobby that they can turn into a business. This extra funding, which will create tens of thousands of new businesses, will create jobs and boost the economy.

No Small Business Is An Island

No small business is an island. Connections matter. In small businesses you need to focus on your primary function. But you also need to think about everything else. Or tomorrow there will be no small business.

Business Loans: How To Make The Bank Say Yes

Business loan applications are refused for three in 10 small businesses, according to independent research. With this in mind, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) have joined forces during Small Business Advice Week (2–8 September) to give small firms clear advice on what you need to do to get[…] Read more »

Tax Tips: How To Check Your Dividend Is Legal

If you are a Company Director, and you pay yourself a mixture of salary and dividends each month, you need to ensure that your dividend is legal.