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The importance of encrypting data

Small businesses are being reminded of the importance of have adequate data protection measures in place to ensure that customer details are kept safe. This has come following a £5,000 fine imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office upon London sole trader, Jala Transport last week, after it lost a hard drive containing the financial details…

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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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Stressed out workers costing UK business millions

As many as one in five employees have taken time off work because of stress and more than a quarter of workers say they feel stressed all or most of the time, losing British businesses millions of pounds. Over £1 billion has been estimated to have been lost amongst businesses in direct costs due to…

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‘Worliday’ mentality adopted by Britain’s small businesses

Around two-thirds of UK small business owners are likely to use their mobile devices for work purposes when not at work, according to recent research. 62 per cent of people who run a small business said that they would be ‘very likely’ or ‘fairly likely’ to access their mobile devices for actions such as checking…

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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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SMEs are leading the UK’s way to business recovery

UK roofers, builders, hauliers and security contractors are leading the nation’s economic recovery with cross-sector growth in 2013, according to recent research. In the research, carried out by leading finance provider Bibby Financial Services, 4000 of the UK’s small businesses were surveyed, showing that performance in manufacturing, construction, transport, wholesale and business services has increased.…

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Taking invoice payments made easier for small businesses

Small businesses have been given a new and easier way to process online payments through a partnership between accounting firm FreeAgent and payment processing company Stripe. The new scheme will allow small businesses to accept invoice payments by credit card, removing the need for a payment gateway or merchant account to manage the payments. Transaction…

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Two and a half million UK small businesses now operate from home

Over 52 per cent of British small businesses are now being operated from home according to a new study by Direct Line for Business. Making up 8 per cent of the UK’s total workforce, these new figures show a record number of businesses being started from home. The figures have been credited to the current…

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