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The mobile apps trend is here to stay. If you haven’t heard of this term, get ready. With the increase in the variety of smartphones, the number of available apps also grows. Also, people are spending more time with their devices and decreasing the use of desktop computers and notebooks.

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Small print and hidden fees affect all types of customers and businesses. However, their impact on small businesses is highly detrimental as they already run on tight cash flows and strict budgets.

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is vitally important in today’s world however big or small your company. Because the idea has been around for a while some might think it is old hat.  In fact, I would say the ethos behind it is still as important as ever, if not more so. We’re currently living in a low trust world where it seems everyone is just out for themselves and what they can take from life – even if that means telling a bare-faced lie. But the tide is turning.

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Would you jump into a plane with a pilot who had learned to fly from books alone? Highly unlikely I suspect! We are willing to trust pilots because they’ve spent hundreds of hours in a flight simulator, have developed their expertise and can cope in situations of extreme pressure.

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Are you planning to build your website and are looking for a good web hosting provider? If yes, then you have landed on the right page. We know that there are numerous web hosting service providers you can find in the digital market. However, choosing the right hosting service provider for your business is essential.

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In the current climate, small businesses appreciate local support and custom now more than ever. With Covid-19 causing many businesses to temporarily cease trading or experience significantly lower turnover, it is vital to encourage and grow small businesses once again.

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The business communication arena is in a state of a massive overhaul. With the rise of social networks, fast internet connections, and cloud computing, customers’ demands have changed. Today, they expect businesses to respond to their service inquiries on multiple channels, in real-time. And, if your customer service does not meet their expectations, they will stop buying from you.

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If you are on your way to a best friend’s birthday lunch or an evening out with a banquet menu what do you decide to wear? My guess is you will choose to something with a bit of stretch! This is no different in a small business, you need to plan for growth and be agile and responsive to change. That way you will not outgrow your processes.

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When planning a business trip abroad there are many considerations, even in ‘normal’ times and right now the priority is ensuring you stay safe while travelling and having a productive time at your destination, or a fun holiday if this is a personal trip or a combination of business and leisure.

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COVID-19 has disrupted our businesses and our personal lives in unimaginable ways. As Vladimir Lenin once said: There are decades where nothing happens and there are weeks where decades happen.  There is no doubt about which kind of week, month or year we have been experiencing.

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Bills are one of those things that everyone will, from time to time, give a subtle groan to when they get them in the post. When running a business, it can sometimes feel easier to simply pay whatever it says on the paper and not stop to think if it makes sense.

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In an ever-competitive and constantly evolving online landscape, your business’ eCommerce website needs to be fully equipped to outshine competitors – especially with Statista predicting there will be more than 2.14 billion people shopping online in 2021.

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If you’re running a limited company, there are certain details you must include on your invoices by law and others which should be included. Your aim is to provide accurate information which fully describes what services are included, and concise company details to ensure that you get paid correctly, and on time. Writing an invoice can be straightforward, once you understand all the details that will need to be featured.
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It is not uncommon to experience delays in a business only to be slapped with the phrase, “that’s how we have always done it.” While some tasks need to follow a specific process, you will agree that other processes are complicated for no good reason.

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The year 2020 has seen a steep uptick in people working remotely. This is changing how businesses are communicating with customers. Many businesses have moved their communications to the cloud to make employee customer interactions seamless. Still, some businesses fear that having employees work remotely will inhibit their ability to successfully connect with customers.

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The last few months have been, shall we say, ‘challenging’ for many business owners and when you’re faced with constant stress and uncertainty it can be easy to lose the passion you once felt for your business. The good news is; you can reconnect with that passion, and use the opportunity to create a new balance in your life.

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Venturing into the international marketplace provides you with the opportunity to sell products at a larger scale. You might have been long considering entering into this marketplace, or you may have recently decided that this step can help you to increase the business’s profits. In any case, learning some strategies for succeeding in the international market can boost your chances of success.

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Today, more and more businesses are making the commitment to sustainable and eco-friendly business practices, not just to appeal to discerning customers, but to save money in the long term, too. Big or small, businesses can’t afford to ignore the growing climate crisis and the responsibility to do their part. Fortunately, giving your business a green makeover is easier than it sounds, and a little goes a long way.

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Running an eco-friendly business or office reduces the impact on the environment and preserves natural resources. Assess your current printing environment and identify areas you can improve. Are your printers energy efficient? Do they switch to standby mode? Does your business use recycle paper, remanufactured ink cartridges, or low-melt toner? Do you have printing guidelines in place such as printing on both sides of the paper, limiting unnecessary images and adjusting margins?  

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There are several signs to suggest that as a nation we’re through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Infection rates have fallen from the highs seen in mid-April, and London – which was one of the worst affected localities – recently saw no new coronavirus cases for a full 24-hour period.

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