How to adapt your marketing to turbulent times

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Every business is on a three-step journey: survive, adapt, and thrive. Before COVID-19 hit, many were adapting or had adapted and were thriving, only to be thrown backwards to tread water once it did. With the effects of the pandemic still causing havoc, business owners now need to adapt to move from ‘surviving’ to ‘thriving’ … Read more How to adapt your marketing to turbulent times

Getting Started With Outsourcing: the Insider’s Guide

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Outsourcing is becoming more popular as technology propels the business world forward. And why wouldn’t it? Outsourcing manual, low-value tasks allows business owners to focus on better client service as well as those areas that will actually grow their business and keep them competitive. While these points are completely valid, some professionals still have their … Read more Getting Started With Outsourcing: the Insider’s Guide

How to prevent upwards delegation working remotely

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Do your staff members often come to you with questions or problems that they could potentially work out themselves just by using their initiative? More often than not, do you end up saying “just give it to me and I’ll get it done, it’ll be quicker?” While it might be quicker to do this one … Read more How to prevent upwards delegation working remotely

Do you have a scalable business model?

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Nobody starts a business to see it crashing after a couple of years. No one wants their business to stay small forever or to have to throw in the towel when a recession hits. Every business owner wants their business to generate sustainable revenue, one that funds the lifestyle that they want and creates a … Read more Do you have a scalable business model?

What is the job retention scheme bonus?

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Employers will be able to claim a one-off payment of £1,000 for every employee they have previously received a grant for under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), and who remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021. To be eligible, the employee must have received earnings in November, December and January, and … Read more What is the job retention scheme bonus?

How to network when you can’t network in person

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Small to medium-sized businesses have to go the extra mile to stand out from competitors, particularly when those competitors can afford the best advertising campaigns. In the past we could compensate with networking, by attending conferences, trade fairs, or local groups. Now those options have gone, how can you compete with bigger businesses? In many … Read more How to network when you can’t network in person

Business Bounce Back Loans

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Business Bounce Back Loans – what are they and should you apply for one? Since the scheme launched in May 2020 (just 3 months ago), more than 860,000 bounce back loans have been issued. This means that thousands of small businesses who are struggling due to the coronavirus have applied for and received financial help; … Read more Business Bounce Back Loans

How to deal with nit-picking clients who are asking for a discount

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Are you finding that some of your clients, some who have previously been good clients, have suddenly become quite fussy? Maybe they have been getting obsessed with the tiniest of mistakes when previously they would have just breezed over it, or maybe they are finding new issues that have never come up before. Whatever problems … Read more How to deal with nit-picking clients who are asking for a discount

Businesses Need To Reinstate VAT Direct Debits

The deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus comes to an end on 30 June and businesses need to take action to reinstate their direct debit mandates. The Institute of Chartered accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Tax Faculty has reminded its members. The VAT payment deferral means that all UK VAT-registered businesses have the … Read more Businesses Need To Reinstate VAT Direct Debits

Supervising trainees remotely

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With the changes in working practices COVID-19 has caused and the likelihood that many people will be working remotely for the foreseeable future, it is also worth considering how this impacts on the trainee experience and their supervision.  To help with this, we have compiled some tips and ideas on how you can effectively supervise … Read more Supervising trainees remotely