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  • Saying thank you this christmas

    Saying thank you this christmas

    We all know that the festive season can be an expensive time for everyone. Presents, food, parties and travel all contribute to the making the run up to Christmas very costly, for businesses as well as consumers.

     
  • Getting to know you: Sarah Baldock

    Getting to know you: Sarah Baldock

    We talk to Sarah Baldock to find out what her inspirations in business are and ask what she would have done differently given the chance.

     
  • FreeAgent expands Self Assessment filing to ease pain for SMEs

    FreeAgent expands Self Assessment filing to ease pain for SMEs

    Online accounting pioneer broadens its Self Assessment features for 2015 – and offers to pay £5k towards one lucky small business’s tax bill

     
  • The jobs SME owners love to hate… and how to outsource them

    The jobs SME owners love to hate… and how to outsource them

    Delegation has had a makeover. It’s now called outsourcing and, amongst the small business set, it’s rather a la mode. Why? Because all kinds of new sites and apps are making it easier for SMEs to grow, without having to actually grow – if you see what I mean. Businesses can expand on a modest budget by making the most of skilled professionals based off-site, who’ve shunned the daily grind for rural idyll or to live the dream abroad.

     
  • Quality of UK management has failed to improve in more than a decade

    Quality of UK management has failed to improve in more than a decade

    According to a new report from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, the overall quality of management in the UK continues to trail the USA, Germany and other productivity leaders and is one of the key reasons behind the UK’s long-standing productivity weakness.

     
  • The Apprentice: Beatings over business plans

    The Apprentice: Beatings over business plans

    Ten tasks down and with only two weeks to go, the five remaining candidates – Solomon, Roisin, Mark, Daniel and Bianca – were summoned for more than a bit of business plan bashing by Lord Sugar’s four advisors. Was it painful and embarrassing? Oh yes! And that was just for me.

     
  • Are entrepreneurs born or made? A blueprint for the perfect entrepreneur

    Are entrepreneurs born or made? A blueprint for the perfect entrepreneur

    Detangling nature vs. nurture is always a messy task. We know that entrepreneurial parents have entrepreneurial children. But is that because the children grow up in a business-savvy environment or is it because they share some of the genes of their parents?