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Why Your Business Needs An 0800 Number

As a small business, it is very challenging competition with much larger companies that have the same target audience as you. Lucky for you, an 0800 Number gives your company a lot of sale benefits. Easy To Remember 07 Numbers are easily forgotten and aren’t very professional, there as an 0800 number looks way more professional and is…

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6 Simple Ways To Give Your Business A Digital Edge

Take a look around you and consider how you communicate, or how you take in the latest news. There is no denying that the world is very rapidly moving into a digital age. Your customers and staff have already embraced the use of mobiles phones, laptops, tablets and more and this is only going to…

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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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