Business planning for beginners

If you are taking the first steps towards setting up your business, preparation is everything.  That includes your business plan.  This will help you to develop long-term goals and objectives and identify the first steps to get your business off the ground. A business plan includes: A description of your target market Competitor analysis A…

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Make where you live a better place by shopping local

Local businesses are the backbone of communities. They bring people together, are flexible enough to offer bespoke services and do a little dance in their heads every time someone shops with them. When we shop with an independent business we know that it means so much more to them. You’ll always receive a friendly service…

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How to Manage Your Career in an Uncertain World   

If you’re worried about how to plan your career in an uncertain world following the coronavirus pandemic read on! If you:  Are starting out on your career  Have recently been made redundant  Are considering a career change This is the Four Stage model that helps people to get focused on what they want and the…

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Mindful support for teens

If you have teens or pre-teens in your household you know that it’s not the easiest time for them – or you.  You may want to be there for them, but often they’re trying to find their own way and actively reject parental advice. The old-fashioned style of parenting based on ‘do as you’re told’,…

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Photographic memories

How many photos do you have on your smartphone? Ignore the ones of the electric meter reading and the price tickets of the wardrobes you’ve been eyeing up. Just the ones of the kids, grand kids, friends behaving (moderately) badly and the obligatory shot across the mountain range from the holiday cottage you took in…

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How can crowdfunding help businesses?

Crowdfunding is widely described as a group of people donating, lending or investing towards a cause via the internet.  Crowdfunding is commonly used to support charitable causes, local community and eco-technology projects. Within the business world, many companies crowdfund in order to raise small amounts of capital from large groups of individuals and help finance…

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SME bookkeeping made simple

Doing the books’ is often a task dreaded by business owners. The creative, risk-taking traits that entrepreneurs are known for (and excel at) do not always translate well into the meticulous task of organising finances. For some, it is just an overwhelming task, especially if the business owner has little experience with managing books. Here…

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How to streamline your email, save time and acquire zen

Email is the bane of most business-people’s lives.  Leave your computer alone for half an hour and it manifests a mountain of messages – some important, but most are instantly deletable. How can you make your email easier to manage so you answer the important messages and don’t spend valuable minutes hitting the delete button? …

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Where do you go for help?

When you are ill you go to a doctor to help in getting better. When you need financial assistance you go to a financial advisor or an accountant. When you have a toothache you go to the dentist. When you want to improve fitness and nutrition you engage with a personal trainer or join a…

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Ecological promotion

– you know it makes sense! It’s a sad fact that one million plastic beverage bottles are bought every minute around the world, yet recycling rates remain low and many of these containers go to landfill, or into the sea. Many people think that the promotional market is a strange place to position an ecologically-conscious…

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