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Articles on small business and business insurance
Articles on small business and business insurance
A unique value proposition could give your customers a clear idea of what your business offers and how this differs from competitors. Find out more here.Read more about What are 'Value Propositions' and How Can a Business Use Them?
The HR business partner model can bring many benefits for small businesses. Here we examine what an HR business partner is and how to choose one.Read more about Hiring an HR Business Partner: The Qualities to Look For
Our latest article examines what business trends are and how the latest business trends can affect your company or organisation.Read more about What are Business Trends and How Can They Affect a Business?
Our latest article examines what company values and vision statements are, why they are important and how to create them.Read more about Why are Company Visions and Values Important?
Our latest article examines what customer loyalty and trust means, how your company can promote it and why it is important in business.Read more about The Importance of Building Customer Trust and Loyalty in Business
The way SMEs manage customer and employee data will have to change now that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has become law.Read more about What will GDPR mean for small businesses?
Our latest article examines what mergers and acquisitions are, their differences, the reasons they occur and the potential risks, referencing famous examples.Read more about What is a Merger and Acquisition? Business Mergers and Acquisitions Explained
With the new European regulation coming into effect on May 25th its important businesses understand the impact it can have on them. We've pulled together the key facts and figures that every business should know.Read more about GDPR | The numbers behind the new age of data protection laws
The new data protection regulations are not all about compliance – businesses will see some positive changes tooRead more about Three ways your business can benefit from GDPR
Our latest article examines the increasing focus on ergonomics in the workplace, covering all areas of office ergonomics from desks to chairs, keyboards to mice.Read more about Ergonomics in the Workplace: A Guide for Managers
Our latest article asks what is internal communication and why is it important in business, before examining internal comms examples, tools and strategies.Read more about The Importance of Internal Communication in Businesses
Our latest article examines how to motivate a team including techniques and activities, and the potential business benefits gained from employee motivation.Read more about The Potential Advantages of Motivating Employees
In our latest article we examine the potential business advantages and disadvantages of using independent contractors in technical support roles.Read more about Using Contractors for Tech Support: Potential Benefits and Drawbacks
Our latest article examines what are the advantages of surveys in business and why using a survey to collect data can benefit market research.Read more about Advantages of Surveys: What Surveys can do for a Business
Our latest article examines what is cloud computing, what are its advantages and how is cloud computing growth changing the world of business?Read more about How Cloud Computing is Changing the Business World
Robotics and automation are not only changing how we do business, they’re also cutting costsRead more about How Artificial Intelligence can save your business money
What is business growth and why is measuring it important? Here, we examine these points and discuss how to measure business growth in your SME.Read more about What is Business Growth and Why is Measuring it Important?
We examine chatbot use for customer services, websites, live chat ecommerce and wider business.Read more about What are 'Chatbots' and How are they Used in Business?
Why is employee training important and what are the benefits? Here we examine the impact of training on employee performance, motivation and morale.Read more about The Potential Benefits of Staff Training: Why is Employee Training Important?
Our latest guide examines what business travel involves, why it remains key for many companies and how your business can effectively manage costs.Read more about The Importance of Business Travel and How to Manage It
What is supply chain management and why is it important for small businesses? We examine the potential benefits and advantages of supply chain logistics here.Read more about Why Your SME’s Supply Chain Can Be So Important
Our latest article explores how to write a business plan for a small company, why is it important and how do you write one?Read more about How to Write a Business Plan: What to Include & Why they are Important
Why is branding important in business and what are its benefits to an organisation?Read more about Importance of Branding: Why is Branding Important in Business?
What is networking in business and what are the advantages? Our latest article explores these points and looks at small business networking tips & techniquesRead more about Advantages of Networking: Business Networking Tips & Techniques
Our latest article explores the potential impact of cyber crime on small businesses and the wider economy and offers tips on how to prevent this.Read more about What is the Impact of Cyber Crime & How Can Businesses Prevent This?
This is particularly relevant in the workplace, as difference can be shown in everything from personal beliefs to capabilities and approaches to work.Read more about What is the Importance of Customer Service for Small Businesses?
Electronic payments are a relatively new phenomenon, yet are now commonplace across the UK. So, is a cashless society a possibility for UK BusinessesRead more about Is a Cashless World a Reality for UK Businesses?
2016 saw a record number of UK startups formed, with nearly 660,000 new companies. Find out the pros and cons of working in a UK startup here.Read more about What it’s Like to Work in a UK Startup?
Learn more about preparing for retirement including when and what age you can retire and how much money or pension you may need to retire here.Read more about Preparing for Retirement: When, What Age & How Much do I Need to Retire?
What is ethical hacking and how can it help businesses? Here, we examine how ethical hackers can help companies keep their systems secure.Read more about What is Ethical Hacking & How can it Help Businesses?
Hailed as technology which will revolutionise daily life, we examine what artificial intelligence is in business and its possible impact now and in the future.Read more about How Could Artificial Intelligence Affect Businesses of the Future?
A business’ CSR is often an initiative or policy set up by the company to make it more responsible for its impact on the environment and on society - often making the way it does business more ethical.Read more about Why your Corporate Social Responsibility is Important
Reputation management refers to the methods involved in creating a positive perception of a business (or individual) through influencing online information about them.Read more about Online Reputation Management: What is it & How do you Manage it?
Today, businesses have the opportunity to offer their employees flexible working hours and while such an initiative may appear to be nothing but advantageous, there are in fact positives and negatives to this way of working.Read more about Flexible Working Hours: What are the Positives and Negatives?
Whether you’re aware of it or not, there are many Internet of Things examples as to how it affects both your professional and personal lives and will continue to do so into the future.Read more about What is the ‘Internet of Things’ & How Does it Affect Our Lives?
In the world of business, growth is one of the key ingredients to sustained success, but choosing the right time to expand can certainly pose a challenge.Read more about Business Growth: When is the Right Time for Business Expansion?
This is particularly relevant in the workplace, as difference can be shown in everything from personal beliefs to capabilities and approaches to work.Read more about Generation X vs Millennials: What are the Different Attitudes to Work?
Wondering what's the difference between public liability and professional indemnity insurance? Our guide examines these services and when you may need them.Read more about What’s the Difference Between Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance?
Get to grips with potentially confusing professional indemnity insurance policy wording with our comprehensive insurance jargon busting guide.Read more about Key Terms on your Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy Wording Explained
Noises from a number of major logistics companies suggest drone deliveries are only a matter of years away.Read more about Will drone deliveries ever take off?
The system of apprenticeships is being completely overhauled in England. The current system is being transformed and will be replaced by a system of ‘standards’.Read more about Spotlight on apprenticeships
Cyber-crime poses one of the biggest threats to businesses in the UK. An essential way to protect your data is ensuring your passwords are secureRead more about Guide to creating a strong password
Growing number of SMEs at risk to cyber crime with 90 percent having no cyber insurance in placeRead more about Nine in ten UK SMEs failing to protect against cyber risk
Silica is a naturally occurring substance and is commonly found in most rocks, sand and clay.Read more about Control of Silica Dust
The haulage industry is facing a recruitment crisis and desperately needs female drivers to ride to its rescueRead more about Why we need women to keep on trucking
Today, organisations are judged not simply on the quality of a product or service, but how they are managed, their financial performance and their ethical and social commitmentsRead more about Guide to managing reputational risk
It’s one of the most important decisions to face the country in a generation. The outcome could have far-reaching consequences for the road haulage industry.Read more about Brexit: five issues for the road haulage and logistics industry to consider
Making a film or TV show comes with delays, complications and risks, just like any other project.Read more about "And the award for the riskiest film goes to...."
New State Paternity Benefit being introduced in Ireland along with statutory paternity leave for fathers of children born from September 2016Read more about Ireland’s ‘Budget 2016’
A reminder that from April 2016, the government will introduce the new mandatory national living wage for workers age 25 and over, initially set at £7.20Read more about National Living Wage – a reminder
UK Small Business leaders are more concerned with the impact of market (61%) and political risks (63%) than managing the risks their business faces on a daily basisRead more about Small business leaders focused on the world, rather than risks closer to home
The government has announced that the auto-enrolment minimum contribution timetable will be extended.Read more about Auto-enrolment minimum contribution timetable extended
The Chancellor has announced that he will extend shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents.Read more about Working grandparents will be able to share parental leave
A company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after it was found that workers were being exposed to Respirable Crystalline SilicaRead more about Company fined over safety failings
The government is proposing to restrict tax relief on travel and subsistence expenses for workers engaged through an employment intermediary.Read more about Employment intermediaries - restricting tax relief
Developments in electronics are revolutionising the transport industry, bringing greener vehicles and a reduction in driver stressRead more about 7 ways electronics are changing commercial transport