Business advice

14 tips to writing an awesome start-up business plan

The starting point to launching any successful new-start up is the business plan. Writing it can seem a daunting task but it is a vital component to securing financial support or investment. It’s also crucial to your business succeeding and developing. We’ve put together our top 14 tips to guide you through every step. 1.…

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Barriers to Small Business Success

According to the Entrepreneur’s Alliance, over half a million people started their own business in 2013, and over 70% of businesses are starting from home, thus aiding their local economy. With a strong start from 2013, 2014 is set to increase employment further; however, despite small businesses contributing to their local economies, SMEs have begun…

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Spring Clean your Business!

The sun is shining, and here at 08 Direct we’re joyfully waving goodbye to the gloom of grey skies and welcoming the army of daffodils leading us into Spring. With car boot sales thriving, a de-clutter at this time of year must pay off, so why not apply the same concept to your business and…

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Reaching Goals Alongside the London Marathon Runners

A staggering 888,552 runners have completed the London Marathon in its 33 years of existence! This weekend, another few thousand runners head to London for their Marathon challenge, a brave member of the 08 Direct team included! Whilst the rest of us are saving our legs, we explore the similarities of reaching those all-important goals for…

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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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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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Top 5 Small Business Marketing Tips for 2014

As the New Year gets underway, it’s important that businesses wanting to grow are keeping their marketing methods up to date! We’ve put together our top 5 tips for marketing successfully in 2014: Social networking If you’re not already using social media for your business, then you NEED to start and take it seriously. Using…

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Christmas should be a time for charity for your business

If you’re an 08Direct customer, you’ll already know about our work with our affiliated charity, Dreams & Wishes. We’ve worked closely with them for a number of years now, providing financial and marketing support, as well of course as providing their current telephone number and call management services. Working with Dreams & Wishes, and with…

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Plan ahead for Christmas

Don’t worry we’re not going to start counting down the days, but we are going to give a gentle nudge that it’s time to start preparing your business for the festive season. The increase in demand and the generosity of spirit that goes hand in hand with Christmas means that for many businesses, it is…

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