The future of networking

Increasingly, businesses have been looking to ‘word of mouth’ marketing to find clients with the growth of networking groups providing opportunities for companies to spread the word and get referrals.
Times move on and with the growth of online social networking opening people’s eyes to the power of the internet, companies are looking to see how the increasing number of ‘social’ business networks can be used for marketing and sales purposes.

Team building with a difference

IF you’re tired of your staff singing the blues help is at hand with a unique team building experience to improve working attitudes.
Orchard Studios, based in the stunning Cheshire countryside, is opening its doors to businesses across the country and offering a fantastic day of team building with a difference.
As well as being an innovative, inspiring and highly motivational experience, a day at Orchard Studios will cost you only a fraction of the cost of most corporate events – and best of all, it’s great fun and it works.

Supporting the ‘business oscars’

Tenon, the accountancy and business advisery firm is sponsoring The Tenon Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit in the 2008 National Business Awards for the second year running.
Tenon, who has just announced its sponsorship of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in The National Business Awards for Scotland, has more than 1900 staff in 44 offices and is a leading adviser to entrepreneurs nationwide.

Surviving the Downturn

When doom, gloom and despondency reigns in business, the inevitable response is always to make cuts. No surprise here. The media resound with everyday stories of staff cuts, budget cuts and training and development cuts. And yet, at the same time, there is an astounding growth in job advertising for ‘business development’ executives of multiple shapes and sizes. It’s a stereotypical and oh-so predictable response to tough times ahead.

Retailers fight against an ever increasing card crime threat

Credit card fraud protection specialist, The 3rd Man, says that ‘card not present’ crime in the UK is far higher than official statistics suggest and is getting worse. Over £500 million of fraud was attempted during 2007.

This alarming figure shows that the appetite among fraudsters around the world to use the Internet for crime among UK retailers has far from diminished, and comes at a time when retailers need every penny of revenue they can get to cope with the effects of the global credit crunch.

Businesses are leaving themselves open to collapse

THOUSANDS of business owners are risking the collapse of their companies due to inadequate business insurance.
 
Mitchell Charlesworth Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors has found that business owners, whilst protecting buildings, finance and equipment, often forget to insure the key ingredient to their success – their people.

Credit squeeze forces cuts to secured lending

Banks and building societies are reporting an expected cut in the amount of secured lending they will offer after the Bank of England admitted the credit squeeze is set to intensify.

The credit crunch is forcing some lenders to take fewer risks whilst at the same time, the cost of borrowing on the money markets remains high. As a result, SMEs could find it difficult to secure traditional loans or receive overdraft facilities from their bank.

Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008

Do you know of any business, which:

  1. Promotes a product similar to a product made by a particular manufacturer in such a manner as deliberately to mislead the consumer into believing that the product is made by that same manufacturer when it is not;
  2. Makes an invitation to consumers to purchase products at a specified price and then refuses to take orders for it or deliver it within a reasonable time?

Stress is all too common a reality in the workplace

Did you know that little or no awareness of your staff’s natural behavioural styles can lead to their poor physical health, stress and even depression?

In a recent report from Dame Carol Black, the National Director for Health and Work, it was revealed that ill health is costing the economy over 100m pounds a year. We all hear sad cases of people having a mental breakdown or worse, this costs not only the companies they work for, the government and the NHS, but the costs to the individual in the worst cases are often overlooked.

Companies must not follow Camerons lead

David Cameron has pledged that if the Conservative party win the next election, he will give a third of ministerial jobs to women – but organisations considering replicating his plan should think again if they want to avoid potentially damaging lawsuits on the basis of positive discrimination, says Glovers solicitors.

Are Your Employees Stars In Your Eyes?

If you are a manager or run your own business, it’s highly likely that you’ll constantly be on the look out for junior employees who can make the transition to senior level and continue to drive the business forward. However, knowing what the early signs to look for to identify these individuals can be tricky and fraught with uncertainty.

Spring Clean your Finances

With spring time now officially upon us and a new tax year started, there has never been a better time for small businesses to spend some time spring-cleaning their finances to help get their firms into ship shape condition for a successful 2008.

Business borrowing is getting personal

Insolvency practitioners are warning that banks are forcing entrepreneurs and family-run firms to take second mortgages on their homes and offer personal guarantees before agreeing to provide business loans.

Many banks also charged penal rates of interest or refused to extend loans to small businesses unless they agreed to offer their personal assets as security, and in particular their main home.