Five ways your smartphone can make you more productive


Productivity is something we all wish we could have more of, with a lack of it leading to procrastination, time wasting, and a longer list of jobs to do. What can sometimes be forgotten is how you can use technology to make yourself more productive. Although our gadgets are often seen as a distraction, the key to making the most of your smartphone is to […]

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How small businesses should approach mediation


Mediation allows conflicting parties to agree how the matter is resolved Disputes can be messy, time-consuming and expensive for smaller businesses without the necessary resources and experience required to navigate them efficiently and effectively. Litigation has long been the only solution for small businesses resolving disputes, whether between themselves and individuals or even between businesses. Now, however, mediation has emerged as an alternative method of […]

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How technology is changing business


Business is changing. Forward-thinking companies all over the world are using the latest technology to develop the way they approach everyday problems in innovative ways, from internal communication to customer service strategies, these technological advancements present opportunities to handle even the most mundane tasks faster and more efficiently. Business Energy comparison specialist Love Energy Savings, spoke to some of the industry’s leading experts to get […]

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More than one in three SMEs are changing their strategy post-Brexit


More than a third of UK companies (35 per cent) with fewer than 250 employees are changing their business strategy as a result of Brexit, according to new research from Albion Capital, the independent investment manager. The Albion Growth Report 2017, launched today, surveyed more than 1,000 SMEs and found that of those changing strategy because of Brexit, more than a fifth (21 per cent) […]

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Millennial employees sloppiest at cyber security, study finds


New research from T-Systems, the corporate IT and cyber-security arm of Deutsche Telekom, into cyber security behaviour and awareness finds Generation Y employees are much more likely to both over-estimate their knowledge while undertaking unsafe practices. For instance, its research shows people in their twenties and early thirties are much more likely to consider themselves ‘very knowledgeable’ about cyber security than their older colleagues (about […]

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How employers are failing to bridge employee savings gap


A lack of across-the-board financial education is failing to close the employee savings gap, according to a new report published today by Close Brothers in conjunction with the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA). The Lifetime Savings Challenge Report 2017, which seeks to understand how employees are saving, where they need help, and the level of support available, reveals that there is a distinct savings […]

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The consequence of illegal working for your business


It has been recently reported that many employers are unaware of their duty to check the right to work of their employees and of the consequences of illegal working in the UK. It is illegal to employ someone aged 16 or over without the right to work in the UK. The Home Office imposes a duty on all employers in the UK to complete a […]

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Where digital and physical retail collide


What is omnichannel? Is it simply a buzzword, or is there more to the term for small businesses? Today, retail giants like Amazon are seen as the main reason why many traditional brick and mortar stores struggle. But it’s telling that Amazon has invested $14 billion into physical retail locations, with the recent purchase of Whole Foods, representing a major move towards ‘omnichannel retailing’. The […]

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SMEs to benefit from vital business services and advice


Tens of thousands of UK Chamber members now have the opportunity to benefit from unlimited access a range of essential business support services thanks to an exclusive new partnership between British Chambers of Commerce and Qdos Consulting, of The Qdos Group. These business services offer all members of participating Chambers protection and peace of mind in times of constant legislation change and disruption. Member businesses […]

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Getting the most value from data as an SMEs


The number of SMEs in the UK has risen considerably since 2010, hitting a high of 5.5 million in 2016, with one million new small businesses established just last year. With all these recent new start-ups and competition at an all time high, it’s easy to recognise that data can be pivotal to success as it means that businesses can make more informed decisions from […]

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