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How Green is my Office?

PEOPLE all over the UK are increasingly thinking 'green' when it comes to running the home and disposing of household waste and there's no reason why that environmentally friendly attitude shouldn't continue into the workplace. With many of us spending more time at work than we do in our homes it's vital that we ensure our businesses contribute to conserving valuable energy resources and protecting the envi ...

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Food for Thought

Food for thought Sell: Turning a passion for a particular food into a business is the perfect way to combine work with pleasure, as these three couples discovered. 'We genuinely love the food we make'Giles Henschel, 43, and his wife Annie, 42, set up Olives Et Al after they returned from travelling. Today they employ 27 people from their premises in Sturminster Newton, Dorset. 'We got married and went ...

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Keep it legal

Knowing how to solve a business dispute and who to approach for help with trademarks, patents and copyright is vital when you’re running your own company. Whether you’re running a business or contemplating dipping a toe into entrepreneurial waters, it is very tempting to consign any thoughts of business compliance to the filing cabinet drawer marked ‘bureaucratic nightmare’ and get o ...

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Family Friendly

Make your business family friendly Sell: If you help your employees to balance work and home, you'll attract the best staff and keep them loyal and motivated. Mark has just returned from six weeks' parental leave, which he spent with his wife and young children in Australia, and since returning to his job in sales his enthusiasm has increased and he has been the company's top salesman for the past four week ...

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Anita’s Foreword

The day I realised The Body Shop was moving away from just being a livelihood to a business, with all that that implies, I promised myself that I would do everything in my power to make it bold and brave and different. Not just big, but brave. I have come across an expressionrecently – 'Small Giants' – and that says it all. Small is the new big! When you are hell-bent on maximising growth, or wh ...

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The Alchemy of being an Entrepreneur

Anyone who imagines the world differently and who has the ability to make things happen is on the way to becoming an entrepreneur, says the greatest alchemist of them all, ANITA RODDICK Two experiences helped me discover myself as an entrepreneur, both back inthe days when my parents ran the Clifton Café in Littlehampton. Like all entrepreneurial projects, sooner or later the café had to change and my fathe ...

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Some very big decisions

Some of Britain's most successful businessmen and women admitto ANITA RODDICK the best – and worst – mistakes they made while setting up their companies. It is a myth that entrepreneurs never make mistakes. The ability to make mistakes and learn from them too, of course, is what marks out the most successful entrepreneurs in business. I asked a handful of my friends who have set up successful bu ...

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The best of business travel

There’s nothing like a touch of class to kick off your business trip or even – as an extra special treat – your holiday. But how are you going to get the best deal for your money? NICKY HOLFORD looks at the ins and outs of flying business class. Concorde put the class into business travel. It may not have had the maximum legroom some business class services offer these days but flying supe ...

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Be Own Boss

Be your own boss/Business Planning Sell: Do you have what it takes? Do you know how to identify your strengths and weaknesses and whether there's a niche for your product or service? MICHELLE FORMBY has the answers. We've all dreamed of breaking free of the corporate shackles and going it alone but before you actually turn the dream into a reality ask yourself: have you really got what it takes to be your o ...

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Buying and Selling a Business’

Buying a business is one way of striking out alone but you still need dedication, determination and money. A knowledge of what is going through the seller's mind also helps. For some people, the idea of being their own boss is very attractive – the only problem is that they haven't had the flashbulb moment of inspiration that makes them want to start from scratch. Instead they opt to buy a business th ...

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Why I’m glad I never went to business school

Want to be an entrepreneur like Anita Roddick? The founder of The Body Shop reveals how growing up as an outsider gave her the drive and passion to pursue her dream. I never went to business school. I went to the business school of life. And I did so from a very early age, too. I was brought up in a large Italian immigrant family, with a work ethic that teetered on the verge of slave labour. We got up every ...

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Be the Best Boss

To successfully lead a company, there's an awful lot you need to know about management, training, employment laws and insurance. Here's a quick guide to some key points. It might seem absurdly obvious, but to be a good manager you need to manage yourself. That means your leadership should be an example that is more about 'do as I do', rather than 'do as I say'. If you really want to get to grips with the sk ...

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Don’t Do This

What are the 20 worst mistakes you can make when setting up and running a business? Anita Roddick, who admits she made her own errors of judgement during The Body Shop years, has some sound words of advice for potential entrepreneurs. The business pages of newspapers over the last few years have been filled with some of the worst mistakes a business executive can make: Kenneth Lay at Enron, Dennis Koslowski ...

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Welcome from Anita Roddick

When the publishers approached me, I thought long and hard about what always turns me off when I read articles about entrepreneurship. I loathe the way this subject is usually written about, as if it is just financial science penned by bank managers, systems' enthusiasts and addicts of process. I had no intention of going down that road. What I envisioned was something radical, brave and way more heretical. ...

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How Green is you Office

Anita Roddick is, and always has been, passionate about the environment. Here she reveals how every one of us can do our bit to make it a better world. Countless times I am asked this question: 'How can I be more ethical and environmentally friendly, not only in my business, but in my office – and will all this cost a fortune?' The good news is you can transform your workplace and it will be good for ...

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The New IT Girls

These web-wise women changed career and knuckled down to set up sought-after services on the Internet. Maxine Benson, 43, and Karen Gill, 44, from London, launched www.everywoman.co.uk in 1999, which gives advice to women in business. Maxine is married to Terry, 42, a currency broker. They have no children. Karen is married to David, 44, a finance broker and they have a son, Declan, six. Karen and I met 20 ...

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Stamp out Stress

Setting up a new business can be pressurised even when things are strike at any time. PAUL FULLER help you find out how to get a grip and manage your stress levels. Learning the ropes, working long hours, meeting clients and customers, fulfilling deadlines, getting customers to pay up on time and paying bills and employees' salaries are all potential risk factors that can send our stress levels soaring. The ...

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Business Banking

You will need a dedicated account if you set up in business but that can bring its own rewards, as chris dighton discovers Opening a business account is very different to having one for your own private banking. First, the number of transactions is likely to be far higher; secondly the way it works will be different – mainly because the cash flow is likely to be far more variable. Then there is the sm ...

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Picking the Perfect Premises

Whatever your business you'll need a base, plus someone to advise you about all the legal implications of a business premises. Here's our guide to how to go about it So you have been given the green light to start your business – what next? Most firms need a place they can call home, be it the factory, the shop or the office. This is the building that says you exist as a viable concern. But finding th ...

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Small Beginnings

Before you take the plunge and start your own business, there are some key questions you must consider, says CHRIS DIGHTON Good ideas are like lights going on. Ping, inspiration strikes and suddenly it all makes sense. It seems brilliant, so obvious, so easy and you are going to make your fortune. Who could possibly deny you? That folks, is the easy part. Making a good idea happen is something else again. T ...

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