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How data can help small independents compete with big business

The phrase 'Big Data' is bounded about a lot, but what does it actually mean for small businesses? And how can data help you compete against the big boys?
Oliver Rowbory
Oliver Rowbory
Posted on: 06.04.16
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Don't open that email! - Online threats to your business and how to avoid them

The TV series Mr Robot has put cyber crime in the spotlight this year. Whilst the fantasy plotlines of hackers and conspirators might make great television, it's also a stark reminder of how serious...
Andy Grey
Andy Grey
Posted on: 21.03.16
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From Apprentice to Chairman: How an apprenticeship offers a career path that can lead to the board room

I began my working life as an apprentice and completed my 46 year career in engineering as Chairman and Managing Director. Here are just a few of my reasons why I believe apprenticeships provide...
David Banks
David Banks
Posted on: 01.03.16
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Small business tips to lower IT costs

Keeping IT infrastructure efficient, up to date and economically viable is one of the biggest challenges any SME will face as it develops. In this article I look at some of the ways small businesses...
Dave Blackhurst
Dave Blackhurst
Posted on: 01.03.16
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Interview with Vaughan Evans, author of the FT Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan

Recently I had the chance to fire a few questions at Vaughan Evans, the author of the FT Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan. Read on for Vaughan's thoughts on how to set out your business...
Chris Danks
Chris Danks
Posted on: 26.02.16
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5 Roadblocks to Sustained Business Growth

Business growth can be a double edged sword. While most of us want nothing more than to see our businesses grow continually over the years, there are a whole host of inherent internal challenges that...
Kim Jones
Kim Jones
Posted on: 22.02.16
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Powering the nuclear sector - the brains behind the billions

If you'll pardon the most obvious pun in the book - the nuclear industry is about to boom. 50,000 person-years of employment will be required across the manufacturing, construction and operation...
Jessica Vallentine
Jessica Vallentine
Posted on: 22.02.16
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5 things your business needs to know about the National Living Wage

This April sees the introduction of the National Living Wage, which will affect many SMEs throughout the UK. Here are the answers to the top 5 common questions surrounding the impending change to...
Anna Pepler
Anna Pepler
Posted on: 15.02.16
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10 inspirational quotes to motivate you to start your business

Going it alone and starting a business can be a daunting task to say the least. Here are ten quotes from some of the worlds most successful entrepreneurs that will motivate you to start a business...
Patrick Dicks
Patrick Dicks
Posted on: 04.02.16
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