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Every day and all over the world, there are countless meetings taking place to determine the online strategy of companies. Almost every company has asked itself what role it should be playing on social media at some point, and while it is already a key discussion point, its importance only increases with every passing day.
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We look at the tax treatment of entertaining clients and employees – including the rules governing staff parties, and taking potential clients out for lunch.
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If your company has experienced late payment problems, a statutory demand may prove to be a very useful method to encourage clients and customers to settle any outstanding debts. Here we look at what a statutory demand is, and the steps you must take to ensure that your demands are issued correctly.
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Dannie-Lu Carr explains how to negotiate powerful personalities and get your voice heard at business meetings, in an extract from her book ‘Brilliant Assertiveness’.
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What happens when you venture beyond the art of successfully promoting your business, and venture into dangerous territory and risk bulldozing potential clients with sales messages?
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Shweta Jhajharia from The London Coaching Group provides answers to some frequently asked sales and marketing questions posed by start-ups, including making the most of social media, and how to retain customers.
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More and more people are setting up their own businesses from home, thanks to major advances in web technology, and the realisation that there is no such thing as a ‘permanent’ job any more.
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Issues surrounding employment law can be a potential minefield for employers – especially if you don’t follow the right procedures. Here, Kirsty Burgess from citrusHR explains what small business owners need to bear in mind if they decide to dismiss a member of staff.
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Every limited company in the UK has to submit an Annual Return to Companies House, usually on the anniversary of incorporation. Via Form AR01, the Registrar of Companies captures a current information about the company itself, its officials, and the breakdown of share capital.
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Quantum physics tells us that we are essentially huge clouds of atoms interacting with each other on a physical and personal level. Executive coach, Kieran Hearty, calls this ‘quarkiness‘. So, what does that mean for SMEs with growth ambitions?
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A record number of people set up on their own in 2015, and with the economy continuing to grow strongly, next year could be an even better year for start-ups. Here are 10 tips from the Company Bug team if you’re thinking of starting your own business in 2016.
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Here are 5 things you can put in place to make your business more streamlined, and ensure that you’re on target for a prosperous 2016.
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Social networks are by definition global. If you are hoping to expand your business into new international markets, social networks offer opportunities that didn’t exist before. The secret to success is regarding social networks as global channels.
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It is a requirement of the Companies Act 2006 that all companies keep up to date statutory registers. These must be kept at the registered office of the company (or other place notified to Companies House).
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There may be times when you need access to extra funds to help with your business cashflow, or simply to know that a short-term lending facility is in place should you need it.
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The internet is amazing; it has all the information that we would ever need at just a few clicks. But with easy access to information, there’s also the increased risk of breaching copyright – and we can be guilty of copyright infringement without even realising.
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One of the main components of any small business owner’s PR armoury is the trusty press release. If used successfully, they can generate lots of free publicity for your firm. Unfortunately, most press releases are consigned to the bin within seconds. So, how do you ensure that your releases are eye-catching?
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You might have seen workplace pensions in the news recently, including the recent ad campaign from the Department of Work and Pensions. Here we look at what all small business owners should know about the pensions auto enrolment rules.
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The Autumn Statement has become more of a ‘mini Budget’ in recent years, and this year’s event didn’t disappoint in terms of theatre. Here we look at the announcements which affect small businesses.
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Cloud computing has truly transformed information technology, and the way we store and access data. However, the jargon associated with this new era of computing can be confusing to many business owners.
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