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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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The growth of social media seems unstoppable, and it has become an excellent marketing tool, with a huge number of brands using sites such as Twitter and Facebook to attract and retain customers. But what of LinkedIn?
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Your business budget is something that must be strictly adhered to, and so this means it pays to be frugal to ensure there is no over expenditure as the months go on. In this case, let’s take a look at your business vehicle.
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Good news for small business owners as global research from LinkedIn finds that SMEs are leading the way on keeping their staff happy, with the UK’s small businesses currently enjoy the country’s highest levels of job satisfaction.
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For a standard business, there are often standard expectations and theories on how to be more productive.  The simple formula of producing more work in less time is the most popular way to view productivity, but if you use a virtual office, there are many more ways to improve the productivity of your employees.
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In a poll of more than 500 freelancers and small business owners carried out by accounting software firm FreeAgent, nearly a third of self-employed people say they work more than 48 hours per week on their business, and 6% admit to spending more than 64 hours each week working.
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Directors’ loan accounts can appear to be a complex element of your business at first glance, but the basic concept behind them is straightforward – to provide transparency when moving monies between you, as a director, and the company.
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It has never been a better time to start a business in the UK, although money worries do persist for those going it alone, according to new research by award-winning cloud accounting software provider FreeAgent.
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Possessing a good understanding and knowledge of the financial markets can help individuals and companies achieve success. There are many different methods that businesses use to grow and expand, and seeing as success is measured based on profits for most companies, having a good knowledge about the financial markets is advisable.
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New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) suggests 52% of small firms have been stung by unfair contract terms with suppliers, costing nearly £4 billion in the last three years.
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Employees are easily the most important asset to any business. As an HR specialist, your job is to ensure that they are working to the very best of their capabilities. In most cases, that means using better time management to ensure productivity reaches an all-time high.
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One of the things everyone dreads hearing is that their client has gone out of business. It can understandably cause a lot of stress in your business, as you don’t know if or when they will ever be able to pay your invoices or just how much trouble the debtor company is in.
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Late payment is a fact of life for many businesses but for many SMEs it can prove to be a constant battle to get paid on time. But it doesn’t have to be that way as small businesses now have more options for taking the leg work out of their credit control than ever before.
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On Friday morning small business owners woke up to find out that Britain has voted to leave the EU. Businesses have been divided during the referendum and for many it was a campaign full of unanswered questions, but now the results are in small business owners want to know exactly what it means for them.
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Hiring a Web Developer can be hard work for companies of all sizes. For smaller businesses where there isn’t a dedicated recruitment resource it can prove expensive and time consuming, especially sourcing a web developer where demand often outstrips supply.
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As the EU Referendum on 23 June draws closer, many small business owners are still unclear on how leaving or staying in the EU will affect their businesses. The UK200Group has therefore identified ten key events that are intended to provide further clarity ahead of the EU referendum.
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The issue of late payments to SMEs continues to be controversial. The UK government is quick to point out that it led the way in late payment legislation, yet many critics (and business owners) feel that the law is not robust enough to help them.
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Small businesses that have been turned down for finance elsewhere and are desperate for loans are at the mercy of dozens of untrustworthy new lenders charging as much as 5 per cent interest per month, and there are no rules in place to protect them from being swindled.
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