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March 2014 Blog Posts (18)

March year end?

For many businesses, today is year end. At this point the filing deadlines are so far away, and it is often very tempting to leave everything to the summer months before you get your accounts ready to pass to your accountant or tax return provider.

However, now is a great time to get things sorted while everything's fresh, and knowing your financial results now rather than in 6 months time may impact on your planning for the forthcoming year.

Through Sharp Accounting Solutions,…


Added by John Sharp on March 31, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Are you on the right VAT scheme?

Just because your business needs to be VAT registered doesn't mean it's not possible to get something out of it other than an administrative burden.

If you are under the current thresholds, you may be able to join the cash accounting or flat rate VAT schemes.

Under the cash accounting scheme, you only pay over VAT (and claim VAT) when you physically receive payment (and pay) for invoices. That means if your customers pay you in arrears, you don't suffer a loss of cash in having…


Added by John Sharp on March 31, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

How small companies are taking on the big guys

Have you noticed how mass produced fizzy beer and dubious ham rolls have been replaced in many bars and cafes by real choice and some amazing local food and drink? Small dedicated companies who are enthusiastic about their craft are popping up everywhere.

But how can they make it in a tough competitive world which is still heavily dominated by the majors? The big guys…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on March 26, 2014 at 14:43 — No Comments

Important LinkedIn Training Update

LinkedIn has an important upcoming change that will affect your business's Company Page.

Starting on the 14th of April, the Products & Services tab will be removed, meaning that you won't be able to add new items to your page.

However, your shared products and services will still be visible by using  either your company’s updates, or the Showcase…


Added by Steve Mills on March 24, 2014 at 16:45 — No Comments

Pay Per Click Advertising

If you are about to try out Google Pay Per Click advertising I have two things you might like.

1. A voucher for £150 to give it a try

2. A report that I wrote about doing it effectively

No strings attached and no cost.  Jus let me know if you want…


Added by Steve Mills on March 22, 2014 at 12:46 — No Comments

Business Advice Bracknell | Do you know about the Hub?

The Hub is a great place to meet clients for meeting, or just to go and do some work and not only that it is free.  You just sign up to become a member (that is free too) and you can use it anytime you like during business hours.

The Hub is located on the 10th floor of Ocean House, The Ring, Bracknell RG12 1AX and is only 300 yards from the station.

I use it…


Added by Steve Mills on March 22, 2014 at 12:34 — No Comments

3 Top tips for Social Media marketing campaigns

Social Media has become the most rapidly growing part of most businesses' marketing budgets in recent years. Unfortunately, some of that budget has not been spent wisely. No, it’s not from choosing the wrong platform or putting to much or too little into your adverts. The waste comes from not taking time to properly plan your campaigns.…


Added by Ann Campbell-Kelly on March 19, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Regus business lounges , 20 in local area from £19 a month, free internet

If you would like to use a professional business centre, in the local area to work from, meet a client, free internet, from only £19 a month  please call me and I can help Sue Harkins Regus 07917041268

Added by Sue Harkins on March 18, 2014 at 11:36 — No Comments

Do you set yourself Personal Goals?

Most people understand that having a clear and measurable goal will greatly increase the chances of achieving it. And most people know they should have clear business goals, even if they haven’t actually got a finished plan. But I’m amazed how few people have clear personal goals!

What ten things would you like to achieve in the next ten years?…


Added by Rob Pickering on March 17, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Marketing training in Bracknell

Just to let you know that we are running a marketing workshop on 26th March, in Bracknell, from 10am to 1pm.  The cost is only £27.

To book a place, or for further details, go to Marketing training Bracknell.

Added by Steve Mills on March 16, 2014 at 9:22 — No Comments

5 emails you should be sending to boost your sales

People are bombarded by marketing material, especially by email, so anything you send out has to be exceptional to grab their attention.

But some business people struggle to put together an e-newsletter, not least because they don't know what to put in it!

So rather than be put off by the challenge of such a task here is some…


Added by Lisa Chaffey on March 14, 2014 at 22:02 — No Comments

10 Pitfalls to Avoid When Email Marketing

So, you are ready to enter the wonderful world of email marketing, and you visualise lots of people opening your email, giving you great responses and then sales coming in the door instantly!

Perhaps you have already sent an email campaign, but you didn’t get the result that you were looking for.

Email marketing is great, but you have to have the…


Added by Lisa Chaffey on March 14, 2014 at 21:30 — No Comments

Twitter takes another step with Promoted Accounts

In a recent announcement, Twitter has taken a new step with Promoted Accounts. They now feature in users Timelines in addition to the suggestion menu to the right of your timeline. This means that if an advertiser or business wants to promote their account to encourage followers, retweet and interaction, making it easier for companies and users to connect.…


Added by Ann Campbell-Kelly on March 12, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Marketing Programmes for your Business

Being organized and determined to succeed in your area of business, are two of the most important factors in actually accomplishing your professional goals. 

If you are focused on what you have to do and are consistent with a certain business plan, the results will amaze you!

As you know, I have developed a series of marketing programmes to help…


Added by Steve Mills on March 11, 2014 at 13:26 — No Comments

Employee Engagement

What is employee engagement?

An engaged employee is one who is committed to the aims of the organisation, who believes in its values, feels part of a team and so wants to give more than the bare bones of the employment contract or the task in hand calls for. These are the employees who make the difference between success and failure; as a business owner it is critical that you develop an engaged workforce.

What factors influence employee engagement?

  • Trust – in the…

Added by Nick Bettes on March 10, 2014 at 14:47 — No Comments

Why outsource your bookkeeping?

Although you may be a small business, you are likely to have plenty of invoices, bank statements and the like to process, and do you realistically have the time to do it?

On the other hand, can you afford to employ a part time bookkeeper on the payroll to do it?

Here are some of the benefits to using a self employed bookkeeper:

  • Only pay for the services provided - no sick pay, no holiday pay
  • Save on staff costs - no ER's NIC, no pension…

Added by John Sharp on March 6, 2014 at 10:40 — No Comments

Digity to exhibit at 'Berkshire Means Business' event at Madjeski Stadium

I'm delighted to announce that Digity will be exhibiting at the Berkshire Means Business event taking place at the Madjeski Stadium on Tuesday 15th April. We will be conducting live demos and website assessments on the day.

"Berkshire Means Business" is a free event that will host a mixture of small and medium sized business owners as well…


Added by Ann Campbell-Kelly on March 4, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

The Power of Influence in Marketing

Did you know that “there is no greater power to move people into action than influence"? - Tony Robbins

The four, most important tools of influencing other people's approach to buying are through: rapport, questions,

personal congruency and state management.

Each of these tools have an enormous impact on your marketing results and growing…


Added by Steve Mills on March 3, 2014 at 13:56 — No Comments

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