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Creating Business Identity: What to Consider

When starting a business, establishing your business identity is one of the most important things you can do. It’s the image you’ll promote to every future customer, the direction you want to take your business in and the beginning of your brand, so it’s something that requires a lot of thought and attention. Once you’ve…

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What does the 2014 Budget mean for your business?

We were told to expect a Budget of ‘hard truths’ and a ‘Budget for business’, but what exactly did we get? There were a number of elements of the 2014 Budget that should please the business community, with the main focus of the business points being upon boosting business investment and exporting. The Chancellor promised…

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It’s almost time for Budget 2014!

It’s that time of year again! Hasn’t it come around quick? It feels like just yesterday we were writing about last year’s Budget. Yep, it’s that time of year again! Tomorrow, Chancellor George Osborne will reveal to the nation the Government’s financial plans for the year ahead. We have seen improvements to the economy since…

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How to go about promoting your business on social media

Social media is now commonplace in business with most involving it in their marketing strategies. It is one of the easiest and cheapest ways for businesses, of all sizes, to put themselves in front of potential and current customers. Each social media outlet gives you the opportunity to talk to and interact with people so…

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UK Storm: How can businesses recover?

After yesterday’s hurricane-force winds and the ongoing floods affecting a large part of the country, we’re hoping that businesses around the UK have been able to keep up and running without too many problems! Disaster recovery is something that is vital to all businesses, with the recent problems simply irritating that fact. Luckily, with current…

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Top 10 Must-Have Features of a Good Business Website

Gone are the days of whether it’s an option to have a website for your business – these days you’d need a good reason to not have one. It acts as a virtual shop window so it pays to invest in it. We’ve put together our top 10 tips of the most features to have…

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What can businesses learn from the Winter Olympics in Sochi?

The Winter Olympics are almost upon us so we’re gearing up for some fantastic sporting action here in the 08Direct office. We’re also thinking ahead to the inspiration that businesses can take from the event and the athletes that are taking part. Take a look below at the major lessons we think businesses should look…

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How much do your phone calls actually cost?

We’ve noticed some confusion recently amongst the media, businesses and consumers alike about the charging mechanisms of 08 numbers and the terminology that goes alongside. We’ve decided to put our expertise to good use and put together a guide to clear up any confusion about how much your phone calls actually cost. Premium rates –…

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How to grow your business nationwide

Now that everyone’s firmly back up and running after the Christmas break, it’s likely that you’re looking ahead to the New Year and feeling ambitious about what lies ahead. If you spent last year building your business or if you’re still in the process of doing so, it may be that you want to push…

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Five top tips to manage your business’ cashflow successfully

Last month, the Forum of Private Business published research that stated that business costs last year increased at a rate of ‘3.5% ahead of inflation’.  According to the research, 94% of businesses reported an overall increase in the cost of running their business, with 87% of those surveyed saying rising energy costs were their biggest…

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