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Productivity problems are often linked to poor collaboration

2 June 2015

Anybody that has worked on a project involving managers from different departments knows how quickly the project’s momentum can come to a halt. When employees receive inconsistent requests and tasks from management, work can become complicated and counterproductive. This lack of collaboration can hinder the execution of your project…

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Corporate Divorce

17 March 2015

divorceGoing your separate ways is never easy. If your business partner decides he or she wants to leave the company you both started twenty years ago, you must move forward without destroying the business you have worked so hard to…

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Grow your business through a strategic acquisition

10 March 2015

strategic acqNow that the worst of the downturn appears to be behind us, many business owners/managers are turning their attention to growing their businesses. Growth can be a complicated proposition for any company. There are many “organic” options such as…

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Auto-enrolment contribution increase could affect small firms

15 February 2015

Small businesses could struggle to comply with an increase in auto-enrolment pension contributions, according to a report by the Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA).

The ACA is concerned that small firms will struggle to deal with the short period of time between auto-enrolling their employees in 2015 and 2016 and…

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Small firms fuel economic growth

28 November 2014

More than a third of ecoSME firms fuel economic growthnomic growth in 2013 was created by high growth small businesses (HGSBs), a report by Octopus Investments and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has found.

HGSBs are firms that…

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Businesses boosted by ‘Brand Britain’

5 November 2014

Products labelled ‘Made in Britain’ are more attractive to overseas consumers than those with no declared country of origin, a study commissioned by Barclays Corporate Banking has found.

The research found that 64% of consumers in new and emerging markets are more likely to buy a product displaying the Union…

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Fewer SMEs using bank finance

2 October 2014

The proportion of SMEs using traditional forms of finance fell in the second quarter of 2014, according to research by BDRC Continental.

BDRC’s latest figures revealed that 30% of SMEs used ‘core’ finance – overdrafts, loans and credit cards – in Q2 2014 compared to 36% in the same period…

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