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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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UK SME e-retailers plan to build a physical store presence in 2014

One in six SME e-retailers are planning to build a physical store presence in 2014 as online competition increases, according to a recent Royal Mail survey. Of the 400 UK SME online retailers that were surveyed, it was found that 16 per cent expected to open their own store or seek space in an existing…

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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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UK shoppers give small retailers new hope

The future of the British high street has been given new hope of survival as more and more shoppers prefer small retailers. New data from the Office of National Statistics released today showed that sales for retailers employing more than 100 people have grown by 2.9 per cent with the growth for smaller stores being…

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Over 50% of Christmas shopping will be done online this year

Have you started yours yet? Save yourself a trip out in to the cold busy streets and join the other 56 per cent of shoppers who are planning to do their Christmas shopping online this year. Over £10bn of spending is expected to be up for grabs by online retailers as over half of consumers…

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Technology found to be the key to a better work-life balance

  Developments in technology have been stated as the key to a better work-life balance according to a survey of over 2500 UK employees, carried out by market researcher Opinion Matters. Just under half of those (45%) of those asked say that technology has changed their job role or career in the past year, with…

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20 million shoppers to be using mobile payments by 2020

New research has predicted that 20 million shoppers will be using their mobile phones to pay for goods and services by the end of the decade. By 2020, mobile payments are expected to represent 1.4 per cent of total consumer spending, with the value of spending tripling to as much as £14.2 billion. The report…

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