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Eight People Who Have Become Billionaires

Written by // Amyjoan Ojo Categories // Business Development

Most of the richest individuals on the planet all seem to have one thing in common and that is, they’re their own boss! Forbes recent release of the 21 richest people in the world also happens to be made up of 10 entrepreneurs, it’s no wonder the new generation is so business focused. Our Building Better Opportunities – Enterprising People programme encourages entrepreneurship through the provision of a variety of support aimed at helping you to achieve your dream of working for yourself. Find out more about the Enterprising People programme here: http://bit.ly/2goqb3u. In the meantime, to keep you inspired, we’ve put together a list of 8 people who started out small and through a combination of passion, handwork and consistency are now Billionaires.


International Women's Day - 10 Women Who Changed the World!

Written by // Amyjoan Ojo Categories // Business Development

It’s International Women’s Day 2017! A day that was first established in New York City, 1908. This globally recognized occasion celebrates of the achievements made by women all over the world politically, economically, socially and culturally as well as the struggle faced for gender equality.

To mark this terrific day we’ve created a list of 10 great women who’ve made a significant impact on the way we live today as a result of their admirable work ethic and pretty awesome yet crucial inventions.



Apprenticeship Levy – How will it work?

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Business Development

Apprenticeship Levy – How will it work?

The Apprenticeship Levy will start on 1 April and will have a major impact on the way Apprenticeships are funded. No longer will you get your Apprenticeships fully funded, from 1 May every business will have to pay something towards their Apprenticeship training.


New Government's Plans for Small Businesses

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Business Development

The recent general election campaign was fought over issues such as improving the economy and supporting businesses. Now that we have a government with outright control, what actually are their plans for SMEs over the next 5 years?


Economic Impact of Deflation

Categories // Business Development

Much of the Eurozone has deflation and with the UK inflation rate at zero per cent in March it is something that could be facing the UK, but what is it? Deflation is the reduction in price of goods, which on the face of it when buying in your weekly shop or filling up your car, seems a great thing. This is not a view taken by the Central European Bank. It is very concerned about deflation; let’s face it our economies are based on a model of having inflation, so what would a prolonged period of deflation mean to your business?


Growing Your Business Through Exports

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Business Development

For a good few years now government and business organisations have been talking about the need to rebalance the economy and growth through exports, particularly the opportunities in what are called the BRIC nations. UK exports rose to £12.3bn to EU states and £13.2bn to non-EU in July. But, if you are a company that has never dipped your toe in the sea of exports, should you export and how do you make a success of it?


Selling Regulations Change

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Business Development

There was a shake up in consumer law when the Consumer Contracts Regulations came into effect on 13 June. The new regulations replace the Distance Selling Regulation 2000 and the Doorstep Selling Regulation 2008. They apply to selling in-store, online at a distance, and away from the trader’s premises including at someone’s home or work and telephone selling.

The new regulations could affect the way you do business.


Selling your business: our top ten sales tips

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Business Development

Selling doesn’t come easy to most of us, so developing the skills and confidence to make those sales is essential. We have put together 10 handy tips to help take away the stress, stop those sweaty palms and make selling come more naturally to you.

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