New Rules On Shared Parental Leave Starts April 5. Prepare Now.
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New Rules On Shared Parental Leave Starts April 5. Prepare Now.

If you’re employing a pregnant woman in your business, then you’re probably already thinking about finding maternity cover. But if her child is due on or after April 5 next…
By 23 October, 2014
Say Hello To Generation Z – The Digital Natives
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Say Hello To Generation Z – The Digital Natives

Just when you thought you’d got to grips with the demands of Generation Y, there are some new kids in town. Yes, Generation Z has already arrived, those born between…
By 17 October, 2014
New Laws Improve Protection Of SME Designs and Intellectual Property
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New Laws Improve Protection Of SME Designs and Intellectual Property

When you leave the office at night, you always lock the door. But too many business owners fail to take a similar degree of caution with their designs, ideas, and…
By 13 October, 2014
What Are The Politicians Promising SMEs This Party Conference Season?
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What Are The Politicians Promising SMEs This Party Conference Season?

Businesses in Manchester, Birmingham, and Glasgow will have been busy of late, with the major political parties descending on the three cities for their annual conferences over recent weeks. This…
By 07 October, 2014
Scotland Said ‘No’ To Independence. What Do Businesses Need To Know Now?
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Scotland Said ‘No’ To Independence. What Do Businesses Need To Know Now?

The relief was tangible in many quarters of the British Isles on Friday morning as the Scottish independence question was finally resolved. Bitter disappointment was evident elsewhere when the ‘no’…
By 22 September, 2014
The Commonwealth Games Inspires SMEs To Start Exporting
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The Commonwealth Games Inspires SMEs To Start Exporting

Glasgow will be the focus of attention on Wednesday when the 20th Commonwealth Games launch in the city, kicking off 12 days of sporting activity – and great business opportunities…
By 22 July, 2014
What Would An Interest Rate Rise Mean For SMEs?
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What Would An Interest Rate Rise Mean For SMEs?

Now, it’s less a question of ‘if’ than ‘when’. Business owners and householders all over the UK are waiting to hear the news that interest rates are set to increase.…
By 17 July, 2014
The Risks Of Trade Credit
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The Risks Of Trade Credit

The problems SMEs face when trying to gain access to working capital is a common theme on this blog. But one area that we’ve not discussed in detail before is…
By 19 June, 2014
What Are SMEs Promised In The European Elections? And Why Vote At All?
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What Are SMEs Promised In The European Elections? And Why Vote At All?

When the UK polls open on May 22 in the latest round of European elections, a good proportion of those marking their ballot paper will be small business owners. Politicians…
By 19 May, 2014
SMEs Could Speed Up Their Broadband With A £3k Government Grant
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SMEs Could Speed Up Their Broadband With A £3k Government Grant

In this digital age, a fast internet connection is considered to be a life essential for most people both at work and at home. But for small firms, having good…
By 16 May, 2014
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