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Top 10 hiring tips

Wondering how to attract the best candidates without breaking the bank? Get some pointers with our handy top ten Even if you start out as a one-(wo)man-band, if your business takes off pretty soon you’ll be looking to recruit a team to help take it to the next level. But what makes you think the right people for the job will want to come and work for you? Obviously being able to pay world-class wages is a s ...

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The law and you

Legal advice isn’t just a nice-to-have, but a must: protecting yourself, your business, your employees and your customers, and making sure you’re obeying all the relevant laws, should be at the top of your agenda right from the start. For most people, the legal industry is something to be accessed on an as-required basis – and those requirements tend to be infrequent. For business owners, the aim too should ...

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The IT Crowd

Especially if you consider yourself something of a Luddite or technophobe, it is easy to think of IT as a mysterious and confusing land which only those adepts with the right training can enter. But even if you’re a bona fide tech wizard, it might make sense to take on some extra hands (whether full-time, part-time or outsourced) to take the IT burden off your shoulders while you’re concentrating on growing ...

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The bank job

It’s all but indispensable for any start-up – but business banking can be significantly more complex than the personal kind. Nevertheless, get things right from the off, with a good bank, and you could be laughing… When putting together a checklist of all the services your business will require to function, you should make sure that “banking” comes at or very near the top. Money is the lifeblood of your com ...

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SME social media

Effective online marketing is not just about having a swish website; social media marketing is the latest must-do for any small business – not to mention, a lot of the time it’s free! Furthermore, it allows you to reach a global audience and communicate with your customers on a more friendly and approachable basis (but be careful: social media also allows any mistakes on your part, or negative customer expe ...

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Ship it

OK, so your business has been launched and your products are pouring off the lines – but how do you get them to your customers? Time to get your delivery system up and running… If your business involves the production and/or sale of tangible products rather than services or software, you somehow have to get those products to your customers. One way of doing this, of course, is through physical premises – bu ...

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Reach out

Whatever your business, you’ll need to communicate with those you’re relying on to make it work. But what telecommunications set-up will be right for your venture – and will it still be right this time next year? The remarkable leaps in technology we have witnessed over the last few decades have meant that entrepreneurs now have a dazzling array of methods through which to communicate with their customers, ...

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Protect and prosper

Securing the right insurance cover for your business is essential for stability and peace of mind; we take a look at critical cover for you. It can be easy, particularly for small start-up businesses, to overlook the importance of securing the right insurance cover in the early stages, but it’s critical to ensure that you have protected your business, your employees – and yourself, of course. If your organi ...

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Nice supplies

Whatever your business, you’re going to be reliant upon products and services supplied by others – from stationery and broadband to components and ingredients. Being deprived of even one of these could hit you hard – while paying too much will quickly eat into your profits. Here, two entrepreneurs take a look at how to get the most out of your suppliers… Using your head: Andy Palfrey is the co-founder of co ...

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Making it count

Accounts are the blood vessels of a business – but doing your own can take precious time and effort away from your company. Why divert your attention when there’s a whole profession out there to help you? Glenn Collins, Head of Technical Advisory for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), gives the lowdown on working with an accountant. In order to understand the drivers behind taking on ...

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Make the most of your assets

Make the most of your assets Ian Wilkins, Group Managing Director of Commercial Finance for Aldermore, takes a look at the variety of finance lending options available to SMEs... There are a number of funding options available to new-start businesses from the more traditional bank-led choices – whether that’s overdrafts or loans – through to the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme – a government-run l ...

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Make IT work: in the domain

IT and the web will be the foundations of your business – so make sure you’re building with the right materials! It’s incredible to think that the web has only existed for a couple of decades, so utterly has it transformed almost every aspect of our lives. Today, it’s all but unthinkable that a new business, regardless of its nature or sector, wouldn’t have a web presence of one form or another: sales, cust ...

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Beginning business

We speak to 22-year-old English graduate, Liana Vassiliou, who has recently created her own online jewellery company (www.liana-maria.co.uk), about business, branding and being her own boss. Your Business: Liana, can you give us a brief overview of your business and how long youíve been operating? Liana Vassiliou: Liana-Maria Accessories is an online modern vintage jewellery and accessories site. The main a ...

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James Caan Q&A: Take my advice

We speak with James Caan about the steps he’s taking to help entrepreneurs get ahead, including his new book and his hugely successful smartphone app… Your Business: James, tell us about your new book Start Your Business In 7 Days – why did you decide to write this now? James Caan: There are so many people who think they should be an entrepreneur – but the trouble is, not everyone thinks they have the abili ...

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Into the cloud

“Cloud computing” is shaking up the business world. But what is it, and how can it help your start-up? Over the last couple of years, the phrase “cloud computing” has been used more and more frequently both within and outside the business world. This rather poetic piece of technical jargon is often accompanied by words like “revolutionary”, “game-changing” and “paradigm-shifting” – and indeed its impact upo ...

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Ethical business

We investigate why being ethical and aware of your corporate social responsibility can yield progression, PR and – most importantly – profit. Ethics, at grass-roots level, is a matter of what is right or wrong – so when it comes to integrating a concrete ethical strategy, your own views and beliefs are likely to be an important consideration. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), focuses on how your busine ...

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Design & Shine

We take a look at what you need to consider in terms of web design for your small business whether you outsource or go it alone… The aesthetics of your site are the first thing a customer or client will see, so establishing an eye-catching and unique web design is going to be critical to keeping a user on your site. What’s more, a professional-looking and functioning website will help extend your business’ ...

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Back to business

Regardless of your current situation, business education could be the ideal avenue for you to learn practical knowledge built to encourage real-world success. Whether your business is already up and running or you’re planning to kick-start an entrepreneurial venture in the near future, business education could your be your next career step. Essentially, business education allows you to learn from the expert ...

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Family values

James Caan’s daughter, Hanah, tells us why she is determined to follow in her famous father’s footsteps Ever since I understood what a job was, I knew I wanted to work with my father. I can’t determine what a four-year-old would have been inspired by, but it probably was my father’s infectious passion for whatever it was that occupied his days and kept him running like a machine thro ...

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Millionaires’ masterclass

James Caan is helping turn the business dreams of up-and-coming entrepreneurs, professionals, and ordinary people with big ideas, into a reality… The Entrepreneurs’ Business Academy (EBA) set up by James Caan and co-founder Bev James, to specialise in enterprise training, is an exciting new business school which offers a unique and distinctive opportunity for owners and entrepreneurs to learn f ...

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