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May13

Fake references on the rise: be prepared

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

In the past people might have put their best friend as a personal reference, but things have now gone to a new level. The internet now hosts sites that will help someone produce a fake reference.

Feb11

Mass jobs exodus planned in 2014

Categories // HR and Training

The six weeks of 2014 has flown by, and people are still planning to implement their New Year’s resolution. How many people have said that getting a new job is their main focus this year? Surprisingly, it is 1/5 or 20%, according to a survey by the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Jan09

Is your website doing the business?

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Marketing and Communication

We live in a digital age – customers have all your competitors at a click of a button. Comparing prices, products and services is easy and instant. Therefore having an effective company website is essential to stand out from the rest.

Dec04

Raising Capital through Crowd Funding

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Finance

There is a new kid on the block when it comes to raising capital – it’s called Crowd Funding. It’s a simple concept where individuals can invest in a business or project for as little as a quid.

Nov18

Reduce your costs and risk with work placements

Written by // Dale Morgan Categories // Leadership & Management

I guess my approach to my business life has been “yes I can” and to reach my goals I have always based any venture, and there have been many, on quality and service. I think this is why I feel that offering work experience placements is so important.

Nov18

Customer Service defuzz the buzz

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Business Operations

Anyone who has had to put up with poor customer service, and I'm sure we all have at times, will tell you how irritating it is. And in some cases you may have said "you will never use them again!" If this reaction is anything to go by, then the importance of customer service and in fact the impact of poor customer service cannot be underestimated. The question you should ask yourself is, "would you like to be one of your own customers?"

Aug21

Feedback: A "Magic Bullet" for Performance

Categories // Leadership & Management

Feedback: A

We could all do with listening more, especially in the workplace, couldn’t we? It can help to boost performance drastically, both by working out what your business’s customers want from your SME, and finding out how your company works: best practices; which areas suffer from a lack of resources and what employees spend most time on. Whether or not your organisation achieves its overarching objectives depends on how much feedback you collect, and where it is sourced from – doesn’t it?

Aug20

How to use Twitter to maximise your SME's online potential

Categories // Marketing and Communication

How to use Twitter to maximise your SME's online potential

What Twitter is

Twitter is a social networking tool which focuses on micro-blogging. Twitter users can post links, videos, photos or updates to share with followers. These ‘tweets’ must be under 140 characters, so it is really important that you are clear in what you say and that you are concise. Far from its perception by a lot of business owners of being an on-line echo chamber for celebrities, teenagers and teenage celebrities, Twitter can also be an extremely useful way of increasing your business’s potential.

It is not the only network that can be used to increase business potential and find potential customers but it is what we are going to be focusing on in this blog post.

Aug15

The Importance of Risk

Categories // Business Operations

The Importance of Risk

The economy is in bad shape. It’s impossible to ignore it. Not a day has gone past since 2007 without yet more bad news hitting the headlines. First it was the sub-prime mortgage bubble bursting; now the Eurozone is deep in crisis, with seemingly no light to be seen at the end of the tunnel. Whilst it is the high street that has, perhaps, most visibly suffered, in straitened economic times, it is very often SMEs that are hit the hardest: small businesses which don’t necessarily have the capital to weather an economic storm.

Mar28

Apprenticeships for Employers

Categories // HR and Training

Apprenticeships have been hugely successful since they were made part of government policy in 1997. In the last year, over one and a quarter million apprenticeship applications were submitted online and over one hundred thousand vacancies have been advertised.

The traditional view of apprenticeships as something distinctly working class, only applicable to certain industries and supporting young people into trade or manual work is being overturned as the government and many large companies are changing this perception, and schools are following suit.

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