Category Archives: Commercial

small businesses
14 Aug

Parents funding small businesses

Borrowing from the so-called ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ is nothing new when it comes to buying your first home, but new research suggests that the latest generations of school and university-leavers are now turning to the parental moneybox to fund a new business venture. Research by WorldPay suggests that as many as one in

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fraud hotspot
12 Aug

Do you live in a fraud hotspot?

Fraud comes in many guises, and most of us have fallen victim to one form or another at some point. But did you know that the place you live can affect how likely you are to fall foul of different types of scam? Using data from Action Fraud and the Office for National Statistics, Which?

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digital footprint
01 Aug

Do you know what your digital footprint is?

You’ve heard of your carbon footprint, but have you heard of your digital footprint? In an age in which smartphones and social media dominate our lives, it’s something you need to know about if you don’t already. Keep reading to get the lowdown on what it is and how you can take control of it.

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gig worker
10 Jul

The rise of the GIG worker

A fairly recent term that is often used in the press is a GIG worker, but just what does this mean? According to one definition it is a “labour market characterised by the prevalence of short -term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs.” It’s estimated in the UK that five million people

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open plan office
19 Jun

Making your open plan office work for you

Open plan offices can be a challenge to get right. A working environment designed to foster interaction and collaboration can also wreak havoc with productivity thanks to increased noise levels and the greater potential for interruption. However, with a bit of thought and planning, it’s possible to make sure your open plan office is a

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meetings
12 Jun

The unseen cost of meetings

We’ve probably all felt frustrated when we’ve had to sit through what feels like yet another pointless meeting. If you’ve ever felt that your time could be better spent on something else, you’d be right. Studies show that unnecessary meetings cost UK businesses over £191 billion a year, with the statistics showing just how much

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pop-up business
30 May

The rise of the pop-up business

One of the interesting retail phenomena to arise from the economic uncertainty of recent years is the pop-up business. From week-long clothes shops to months-old wine bars, and from traditional selling to innovative advertising, the pop-up business is a dynamic new presence in the world of retail, and one that looks set to continue. According

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employment law
08 May

What employment law changes should small businesses be aware of?

When you’re busy running a small business, keeping up with changes in employment law might seem challenging – but it’s vital to be aware of these updates, as you could risk a fine if you don’t. Here are the key changes that happened in April 2019 that your small business needs to know about. Minimum

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home workers
29 Apr

What do home workers miss about working in an office?

There are loads of great benefits to working from home. No commute; the hours you choose; working on the sofa in your pyjamas. Many of those who work this way would find it difficult to adjust to life in an office having tasted these kinds of freedoms. But as with anything, even this lifestyle has

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the high street
18 Apr

Is the high street really dying? All is not lost…

There’s a lot of doom and gloom about the future of the high street, and there has been for years. The advent of online shopping, the rising cost of petrol, the difficulty of parking in the nation’s town centres – these are all among the numerous factors on which the decline of the high street

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