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July 2013 Blog Posts (19)

Managing Costs

A formerly profitable local business had started to lose money.  The owner was at her wits’ end.  The business had lots of good customers – in fact turnover had grown over the last year – but the losses kept growing.

She had tried various marketing initiatives and had even laid off some loyal staff but nothing…


Added by Nick Bettes on July 30, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

Importance of Data Cleansing to Business

Data cleansing is a valuable process that can help companies save time and increase their efficiency. Data cleaning software tools are used by various organisations to remove duplicate data, fix and amend badly-formatted, incorrect and amend incomplete data. They can achieve in a short period of time what could take days or weeks for an administrator working manually to fix. This means that companies can save not only time but money by…


Added by David Leivesley on July 30, 2013 at 14:16 — No Comments

Why your accountant would love your records now

Most businesses tend to have a March year end, which means the filing deadline for limited company accounts is 31 December, and for those paying personal tax, 31 January. If you leave it until late in the year to give your accountant your records, you’re doing the same as everyone else, and your accountant will experience a large backlog of work. This last minute rush can lead to stress, mistakes and a souring of your relationship with your accountant. Having been in practice for many years,…


Added by John Sharp on July 30, 2013 at 9:19 — No Comments

Marketing Advice UK | The 3 question niche test

To increase the success of your business one of the most valuable things that you can do is to develop a 'niche', or 'niches'.

In order to do this, you must ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is your prospect experiencing either pain, or urgency?
  2. Is your prospect searching pro-actively for solutions?
  3. Does your prospect have few, or no options?

Look at it this way.  If you wanted someone to fit a new kitchen in your house.  Would you hire…


Added by Steve Mills on July 27, 2013 at 21:30 — No Comments

Mobile hairdressing - V.I.P Hairdressing for you

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Added by Jacquie Case on July 26, 2013 at 8:18 — No Comments

What you up to this summer ? A Career in hairdressing

What are you up to this Summer?

Have you ever wanted to be a Hairdresser? 

A career that you can work around child care! 

Beauty workshop Training offers short and long courses in Hairdressing. 

NVQ/VCTC Level 2 hairdressing qualification 

2 days a week for 12 weeks or 1 day a week for 24 weeks Price £3000 

(If i can get a group of 4 students each person will get £600 discount . £2400) 

You can pay for the course in full or you can pay monthly . 



Added by Jacquie Case on July 26, 2013 at 8:13 — No Comments

Healthy Cooking with Your Children Day 28th Sept Wokingham

Encourage your children to eat healthily and learn cookery skills. Cooking with your Children day is a hands on cookery day at Maiden Erlegh School. Bring your child and have a great time encouraging them to cook and eat great tasting healthy dishes.  All recipes will be gluten and dairy free book on via

Added by Christine Bailey on July 24, 2013 at 19:14 — No Comments

Are you an employer or going to become one?

 Employment tribunal charges are fundamentally changing from next Monday 29th click on the brief link for an update.


Added by Tim Drake on July 22, 2013 at 17:21 — No Comments

How not to follow up in sales

How not to follow up in sales

Prospects can be frustrating. We have all had the experience of thinking that the business is in the bag and then what comes next is radio silence. They appeared keen to meet and find out more about our products and services. We burned the midnight oil to prepare a proposal and then – nothing. So why does this happen?  Here are just some of the reasons.

We don’t understand their decision making process

A proposal is just one…


Added by Mary Carter on July 22, 2013 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

What measures can I put in place to prevent employees from either asking for last minute holidays or calling in sick? We always receive a spike in requests when the weather is good.

Many employers have contractual provisions in place which set the rules around how employees should request their holidays, and this often includes a notice period that staff should stick to when they want to ask for holidays. These notice periods vary but a common example is one week’s notice for odd days of annual leave. This should therefore deter employees from making last minute requests but should they still do so, you can refer them to the rules and point out that they have not…


Added by Tim Drake on July 18, 2013 at 17:16 — No Comments

Why a move to the Cloud will help you get the best from your CRM

Many small businesses are now switched on to the benefits of looking after their customers using a CRM tool – but sadly many are also disappointed. Why?  What is it about the system that has not delivered what they had anticipated? Often it’s because the business did not have a clear idea of how that tool was going to be used over time as  things get more complex. We don’t…


Added by Kim Board-Allam on July 17, 2013 at 11:19 — No Comments

Gratitude is Good

Gratitude and celebration are severely lacking in our lives and business, but it’s a choice - and you can change it.

When someone says “Well done!” or “Thank you so much!” do you think or say “It was nothing” or “I was just doing my job”? Worse, when your staff do something well do you think or say “they were just doing their job, it’s what I pay them for”?…


Added by Rob Pickering on July 15, 2013 at 10:51 — No Comments

Here goes the blog...

So after 10 years working in Financial Services I have taken the brave (some may say crazy) decision to leave all that behind and do something I have been thinking about for a long time, have my own business and work for myself!  It was only ever an idea and I’m not sure I ever really thought I would make it happen. However I plucked up the courage from somewhere and here we are! Welcome to Old Farm Interiors, my furniture and home accessories website.



Added by Catherine Evans on July 12, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Are your accounts in a mess?

If you have been carrying on your trade amid a growing pile of paperwork, now might be a good time to get it sorted.


At a fee agreed in advance, I can come to your office (or take your records away with me if that is easier) and sort through all your invoices, bank statements and other items and post them onto our version of Sage Accounts.


Not only will your accounts be up to date, but being a qualified chartered accountant, they will also be of the highest…


Added by John Sharp on July 11, 2013 at 11:41 — No Comments

Using Professional Photographs to Bring Your Website to Life

“A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words”

web design photography

A beautifully designed website and supporting literature can really be taken to the next level with the right images placed within the design. In contrast, poor quality or inappropriate images can detract from even the most exceptional piece of design work.…


Added by Louisa McGowan on July 10, 2013 at 16:21 — No Comments

Business Insurance Checklist

Whatever your business does, it has risks. There’s no getting away from risk and in today’s litigious culture you have to be prepared to react should the worst happen. Therefore having the assistance from a well devised insurance portfolio could be the make or break of your business should you be in the position of needing to make a claim.

What policies do you have in place and what do you need to have in place? Here’s a short list of risk transfer policies that you may want to…


Added by Scott Sayce on July 8, 2013 at 15:18 — No Comments

Are You Trustworthy?

Would you choose to work with someone who you don’t trust? Would you buy from someone who you don’t trust? Would you spend more with someone who you trust more? How much do your customers trust you?

Trust is one of those concepts that we all have in the back of our mind, but it’s hard to focus on deliberately doing anything about it. We tend to think that either…


Added by Rob Pickering on July 8, 2013 at 9:39 — No Comments

July 29th- Employment Tribunal reforms explained- it affects all business owners

Want to protect your business, we act only for the employer for free advice

Added by Tim Drake on July 1, 2013 at 19:30 — No Comments

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