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The cloud is revolutionizing business but old ways of working can die hard. Test yourself against these three crucial warning signs to see if it’s time to make the change.
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While business confidence in the UK may have recently jumped to an 18-month high, the spectre of Brexit continues to threaten their long-term futures. With the cost of goods and services likely to increase in the wake of Britain’s exit from the EU, SMEs in particular may well be inclined to reduce operational costs across the board. [read the full article]

While there are numerous technologies that have changed the face of business in the digital age, Cloud computing is arguably the most influential. This also represents the single biggest advance in eliminating paper from the office, as businesses of all sizes continue to make the transition online. [read the full article]

If your business operates a fleet of company cars, or you run a fleet management business or vehicle rental business, then you need to start planning for the inevitable move away from using diesel powered vehicles. [read the full article]

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is set to bring about the biggest change to the UK’s tax system for a generation – but how much do you know about it? Here’s a brief introduction to the facts about MTD and how the new era of digital tax will impact your business.
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So your accountant is okay. They cover all the bases, don’t charge the earth and you would feel bad leaving them. But are these reasons really in the best interest of your business?
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The current UK government have announced plans to crack down on the safeguarding of pensions during takeovers for businesses. Should the Conservatives win the general election in early June then a tightening of the rules will come into play sometime in the future. While this is aimed at protecting workers and their future financial interests, it will also have an impact on businesses across the country.
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Do you desperately need to find some more space in the office but can’t afford to move elsewhere right now? Perhaps your office is simply lacking space or maybe you no longer need certain items on a daily basis but need them in the long run and they are just taking up room. If this sounds familiar then you are probably looking into extra storage outside of the office.
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We share the same language, some shared history and a love of many of the same pop culture references, but doing business in the UK and the USA shows how dramatic the contrast truly is. Aside from the UK’s plodding pace and slightly begrudging attitude towards work (versus the USA’s ‘go-getter’ attitude and culture of overtime), ‘doing business’ in the USA is very different to doing business in the UK.
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Setting up the actual framework of your own website can be tough. There are literally thousands of terms to understand for hosting, promoting, structuring and maintaining a site, and that’s before you’ve decided on the exact content.
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The simple and honest answer is – not much! Most companies that go into liquidation are insolvent, apart from those that are placed into Members’ Voluntary Liquidation. It’s probably easiest if we start by looking at the definition of insolvency and then we can look at how this impacts companies with financial difficulties, tells Richard Saville of Corporate Financial Solutions.
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Running a business is certainly no walk in the park, as it’s fair to say you’ve got quite a few things to manage. Management skills alone though aren’t enough to secure success, there are a number of essential attributes needed to run a business and put it on the right path.
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Forward-thinking companies are fast replacing traditional performance management methods with agile performance management, resulting in greater efficiency, happier staff and higher quality. But what is agile performance management, and why should businesses be choosing it?
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Owning a business is tough. It can be difficult waiting for receipts to clear. You may find you’re spending all your time trying to chase profit and leads, and neglecting your cash flow.
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Many people dream of starting their own business and when you consider the freedom it offers – like exploring your passion and setting your working hours – it’s easy to see why. In fact, 2016 was a record year for business startups, with 80 new ventures created per hour in the UK. With that in mind, if you own a small business or are thinking of taking the first step into entrepreneurship, here are 5 things every successful business needs.
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Throughout 2016 we’ve seen a shift in media attention towards cyber security. Data breaches and hacking are now headline news. This year has seen accusations of hacking in the US election, Yahoo admitting to two colossal data breaches with lost user records numbering in the billions, and hacks on small businesses rising dramatically, with SMEs increasingly targeted by ransomware attacks.
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Will there be a mass migration of foreign talent or will such employees still be able to feather their nests in the UK? The plight of foreign workers and whether they will be in a position to remain in the UK post Brexit, or whether they will be forced to leave, is amongst the most topical discussions concerning Brexit.
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SEO and keywords are closely related. The former improves a website’s chances of ranking highly for relevant search terms while the latter are inserted into web coding and content to improve search engine visibility. Shaz Memon of Digimax explains what both SEO and keywords can do for your site once you’ve got a winning combination.
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Branching out into imports and exports can be extremely lucrative. However, it can also present numerous complications. Without adequate planning, research and preparation, you could end up losing money, breaking the law and in turn potentially even lose your business.
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2016 hasn’t been the best year for British business. From the sale of Tata Steel to the closing of BHS and then of course the mounting uncertainty that the Brexit result has provided, there has been very little good news for those working in a lot of British industries.
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