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10 things that should be in your disaster recovery plan

Any business can suffer from a disaster, such as a flood or fire or be seriously affected by cyber attack or staff illness. With all this in mind, it’s vital that as a business owner or senior manager you have disaster recovery procedures in place to guarantee business continuity. When deciding if your business needs…

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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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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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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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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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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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Small businesses losing billions as they fail to invoice

British SMEs are said to be losing out on up to £3.7bn every year through forgotten invoices, according to a new study of 450 businesses. Around 20 per cent of those surveyed said that they have forgotten to invoice for goods or services at least once. 12 per cent of these said that the job…

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Number of people setting up small businesses grows over past year

A boom in entrepreneurial spirit over the last year has been recognised in new research as the number of people setting up their own business has grown by 24 per cent. In the study by Freelancer.co.uk which surveyed over 300,000 businesses, the growth can be seen across the country as people in the North are…

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