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December 2021 articles

How to work out what financial information to share with your team

December 2021 | Blog post

How to work out what financial information to share

As a business owner, sharing financial information can be a fine line to tread. Fail to talk about company finances and it can look like you don’t trust employees. 
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How to get customers to pay on time
 

December 2021 | Blog post

How to get customers to pay on time

When your business is paid on time, your operations will be more effective. And you’ll be in a stronger financial position to reinvest money where it's most needed.

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Using technology to improve cash flow
 

December 2021 | Blog post

Using technology to improve cash flow

Gone are the days of having to manage your company’s finances with complicated spreadsheets or even paper ledgers. Smart technology is streamlining processes and improving the live data businesses have access to.

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Making and receiving secure online payments
 

December 2021 | Blog post

Making and receiving secure online payments

Ensuring that online payments are safe is essential. If your business can’t secure online payments, it could lose customers – and even end up breaking the law.

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Manage cyber security when staff are working from home
 

December 2021 | Blog post

Manage cyber security when staff are working from home

Working from home has become the new normal for many businesses. But with staff out of the office, managing cyber security is even more challenging.

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Addressing the biggest cyber weakness a business has
 

December 2021 | Blog post

Addressing the biggest cyber weakness a business has

Companies rely on digital systems more than ever. They’re fast, secure, and reliable – until they aren’t. There are plenty of best practices to follow around cyber security.

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November 2021 articles

The tools you need for successful remote working
 

November 2021 | Blog post

The tools you need for successful remote working

Equip remote employees with the right tools and you’ll create a productive, collaborative environment. Our checklist shows you how.

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Your guide to upskilling your employees
 

November 2021 | Blog post

Your guide to upskilling your employees

Upskilling is vital to develop employees and ensure your business remains relevant.

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Setting a research question for data collection
 

November 2021 | Blog post

Setting a research question for data collection

Defining a research question for data collection keeps the process on track and makes sure any data you collect is relevant to your business goals. Use our checklist to shape your thinking.

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Streamlining your sales process

 

November 2021 | Blog post

Streamlining your sales process

Streamlining your sales process isn’t difficult – there are simple steps, as outlined in our checklist, you can take to better target prospects, track progress and collaborate more easily.

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Overcoming employee barriers to tech adoption
 

November 2021 | Blog post

Overcoming employee barriers to tech adoption

Employee engagement plays a decisive factor in making new technology a long-term success.

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How to win back inactive customers for your business
 

November 2021 | Blog post

How to win back inactive customers for your business

Your former customers could be one of your most valuable assets. We look at strategies for how you can win back inactive customers and encourage them to do business with you again.

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Onboarding an employee remotely
 

November 2021 | Blog post

Onboarding an employee remotely

How do you successfully onboard a new employee when you aren’t in the same room? The first step is to accept that remote onboarding requires a tailored approach.

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Identifying tasks that can be delegated easily
 

November 2021 | Blog post

 Identifying tasks that can be delegated easily

Use our template to identify tasks that can be delegated easily and prioritise what you’re going to give to your team.

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Employee onboarding – tips on what to do and not do
 

November 2021 | Blog post

Employee onboarding – tips on what to do and not do

A great onboarding experience gives new starters the tools they need to succeed, but there are plenty of common mistakes to avoid.

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Creating a successful employee incentive programme
 

November 2021 | Blog post

 Creating a successful employee incentive programme

Discover how to best implement a new incentive scheme with these easy-to-follow steps.

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Creating a more inclusive work environment
 

November 2021 | Blog post

Creating a more inclusive work environment

Consistently reviewing your work environment, communication and processes is a good way to overcome barriers and create a more inclusive workplace.

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Creating a monthly routine to set goals and assess progress against long-term objectives

November 2021 | Blog post

Creating a monthly routine to set goals

Developing a monthly goal-setting routine allows you to check your progress against long-term objectives and reflect on any changes you need to make.

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Calculate how much time you’re spending on tasks
 

November 2021 | Blog post

Calculate how much time youre spending on tasks

Download our template to calculate how much time you’re spending on tasks and whether you’re adding value in the right areas.

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Activities to re-engage your workforce
 

November 2021 | Blog post

Activities to re-engage your workforce

Introducing fun and rewarding activities is a good way to boost employee engagement and re-energise your workforce.

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Is your internal communication as good as it could be?
 

November 2021 | Blog post

Is your internal communication as good as it could be

Internal communication is vital for keeping employees informed and onboard, so you need to make sure your strategy is working.

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Talking to your employees about health and wellbeing
 

November 2021 | Blog post

Talking to your employees about health and wellbeing

Regularly checking in with employees about their health and wellbeing can help you build a better company.

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October 2021 articles

Creating a monthly routine to set goals and assess progress against long-term objectives

October 2021 | Blog post

Creating a monthly routine to set goals and assess progress against long-term objectives

Developing a monthly goal-setting routine allows you to check your progress against long-term objectives and reflect on any changes you need to make.

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Identifying the skills gaps you have as a leader
 

October 2021 | Blog post

Identifying the skills gaps you have as a leader

This checklist is designed to help business leaders identify practical and emotional skills gaps, so that they can plan personal development.

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Finding skills gaps in your leadership team
 

October 2021 | Blog post

Finding skills gaps in your leadership team

Completing a skills gap exercise, like the one in our template, will rate your leadership team’s ability to perform against key competencies.

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How to invite feedback from employees to managers
 

October 2021 | Blog post

How to invite feedback from employees to managers

For a business to succeed, employees need to feel supported and motivated to reach their targets. But how do you know if your management approach is succeeding? Chances are, your staff aren’t forthcoming with feedback.

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How to make your town hall meetings engaging
 

October 2021 | Blog post

How to make your town hall meetings engaging

Town hall meetings, where you bring all your employees together for an open discussion, can be valuable for refocusing staff, supporting employee morale and sharing information – but are they working for you?

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How to create a plan for employee career progression
 

October 2021 | Blog post

How to create a plan for employee career progression

When employees hit a brick wall in their career progression, they look elsewhere. Develop internal talent with a strong career pathing programme that recognises the needs of each individual.

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How to create a bonus system and decide who gets a bonus
 

October 2021 | Blog post

How to create a bonus system and decide who gets a bonus

A staff bonus system is one of the most effective ways to boost productivity and align employees with your business objectives.

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How employers can conduct effective performance appraisals for employees

October 2021 | Blog post

How employers can conduct effective performance appraisals for employees

Staff appraisals can seem like a chore for managers and employees. However, as a business grows, monitoring the performance of your workforce is crucial. Read on for tips on how employers can conduct effective performance appraisals that benefit everyone in the business.

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How do I implement an employee evaluation scheme?
 

October 2021 | Blog post

How do I implement an employee evaluation scheme?

An employee evaluation scheme gives businesses the opportunity to assess and review individual performance. It’s something you should do at least once a year.

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How can I plan productive meetings in my business?
 

October 2021 | Blog post

How can I plan productive meetings in my business?

Productive meetings are at the heart of company communication and innovation.

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How to do a SWOT analysis for your business
 

October 2021 | Blog post

How to do a SWOT analysis for your business

A SWOT analysis helps you to understand your company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. It’s important for every business, regardless of your size.

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How to get the best out of a business mentor
 

October 2021 | Blog post

How to get the best out of a business mentor

Business mentors come with a wealth of experience and can challenge the way you think about your business.

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How do I decide what should be outsourced?
 

October 2021 | Blog post

How do I decide what should be outsourced?

Whether you want to reduce operational costs, access first-rate expertise or free up internal teams, there are plenty of reasons for outsourcing.

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How to create values for your business
 

October 2021 | Blog post

How to create values for your business

How do you define the beliefs and spirit of your business to customers and employees? Create company values.

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How to interview for management positions
 

October 2021 | Blog post

How to interview for management positions

Hiring the right leaders can be the difference between success and failure. That’s why it’s important to prepare before you interview people for management positions.

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How to make improvements to your recruitment strategy
 

October 2021 | Blog post

How to make improvements to your recruitment strategy

When your business is growing, recruitment can feel like it sucks your time away. That’s why leaders need to develop a recruitment strategy that enables them to attract – and retain – a talented workforce.

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Steps to building an onboarding process for new employees
 

October 2021 | Blog post

Steps to building an onboarding process for new employees

Many business owners have an ad-hoc onboarding process for new hires. As your company grows, it’s important to formalise the steps taken to introduce someone to the company.

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How to pick a PR company to support your business
 

October 2021 | Blog post

How to pick a PR company to support your business

Don’t rush the process of appointing a Public Relations (PR) company. Getting the right fit should be a top priority as it will help to open doors and deliver more relevant results.

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How to ask for feedback from customers
 

October 2021 | Blog post

How to ask for feedback from customers

Customer feedback is the best way to figure out how your business or product can improve. The problem is customers will rarely provide unprompted feedback.

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August 2020 articles

Five great apps to run your business on the move
 

August 2020 | Blog post

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It's easier to create social media content when you're on the move. Sharing pictures from team meetings, when you see interesting products or meet customers is easier than scheduling content at your desk.

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How to recruit and retain talented employees
 

August 2020 | Blog post

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Employees are the lifeblood of any small business. Recruiting and retaining the right staff dictate whether they survive or thrive.

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Technology trends you need to be aware of
 

August 2020 | Blog post

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Technology is the great equaliser. It allows small businesses to compete with their corporate counterparts. Staying on top of new developments helps protect your business and identifies opportunities.

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Content scheduling: Planning content for your blog
 

August 2020 | Blog post

Content scheduling

Content is a key part of online marketing for small businesses. Blog posts help customers understand your business and improve SEO.

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The secrets to building a memorable brand
 

August 2020 | Blog post

The secrets to building a memorable brand

Branding goes beyond your logo. Customers experience your brand at every touch point they have with the business, from emails and sales scripts to how you decorate the office.

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Tax and what it means for your business
 

August 2020 | Blog post

Tax and what it means for your business

The UK has an eye-watering 17,000 pages of tax legislation. Centuries of exemptions, incentives and political meddling have made tax incredibly complex.

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