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Tips for business

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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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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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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Top 5 tips for combating stress in the workplace

We’ve recently reported about how stressed out workers are costing UK businesses millions as more and more employees are having to take time off to cope with the pressures placed on them at work. Whatever the cause of your stress, unrealistic deadlines, pressure from above or lack of support, there are ways to cope with…

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5 things to remember when setting up an ecommerce website

  If you’re planning to start up an ecommerce business then it is crucial that your website is up to scratch. 08 Direct have put together some of our top tips to remember when setting up a website so that your business can maximise its success: Keep it simple – Anything complicated will have anyone…

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Managing your work-life balance when you’re a small business owner

We have an ever-growing consumer culture these days which expects 24/7 service from businesses meaning that small business owners and their employees are expected to work longer days in order to keep up with demand. It would be easy to say here that people should just learn to say ‘no’, but considering the economy, it…

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Five top tips to starting a business on a budget

There’s a real trend at the moment for people leaving the rat race of their daily working lives to branch out on their own and build their own business. The attractiveness of being your own boss and being able to grow and mould an idea of your own into a successful entity is something more and…

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Taking payments are made easier for Yorkshire SMEs

Yorkshire-based SMEs will soon be able to accept more efficient payments as a new technology, GoCardless, is launched this week. The new online tool will enable SMEs to collect Direct Debits quickly and cost effectively, helping businesses to process payments a lot easier than they currently do. GoCardless is a technology start-up by three graduates,…

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08Direct’s Top Tips to Moving Business Premises with Ease

Whatever your reason for moving business premises, it can always be a stressful time. You need to have everything in place to make sure that your new location is capable of hosting your business needs, but it’s not as simple as just picking everything up from your current location and taking it there. When looking…

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The ‘Lost Art’ Of Customer Loyalty

Small business owners are being reminded of the importance of friendly customer service to ensure customer loyalty and business growth, as a new report has found that many SMEs are overlooking this. The report, published by Barclays, found that a smile and a friendly hello is the most common reason why consumers feel loyal to…

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