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Do you want to Reduce Admin and Boost Productivity?

To start a new business is often to follow a passion but the sudden reality can be that passion must take a back seat when the realities of running a business hit home. One of the challenges that occurs is business admin – and what soon follows is the need to reduce admin to remain […]

YOUR NAME, YOUR BRAND

Naming your business is like laying the foundations of a building, says Katrina Burchell- Burchell Consulting BRANDS, DESIGNS, COPYRIGHT. If the name is strong and aligned with your company’s products or core values your business will grow strong and stand tall. Carelessly naming your company or your product or service can mean lost business or […]

80% of your business value is probably intangible

  – do you know what it is and how to protect it? © Katrina Burchell 2017 will explain all. Katrina Burchell is Founder of Burchell Consulting, IP Consultancy providing strategic and legal advice to small and medium sized businesses.  www.burchellconsulting.co.uk If you are a start-up or a small business you will undoubtedly have some […]

Employed, or self-employed? That, is the question.

How businesses take on workers has come under the spotlight, with the government announcing an Employment Practices Review. And about time too! With zero-hour contracts, casual staff and so called ‘self-employed staff’, there is a lot to investigate. If your business uses self-employed people, this makes essential reading. We’re going to tell you what’s happening, […]

Great start to Herts Start Up Programme

  I was impressed with the extensive knowledge and exciting ideas from both Mark and Mel and I came away with a headful of new thoughts. Please can you extend my appreciation to both men for inspiring me in my new business? That is what Elisabeth Grover of The Garden Sanctuary said after her first […]

Top Tips to running a cost efficient small business

Aim for zero cost at all times How much can you get for free? Get office furniture by picking it up on Freecycle or the ‘free stuff’ section on Gumtree. Barter goods and services with other businesses. Look around the net for free versions of software you usually have to pay for. See if big […]

Five no-cost ways to motivate your employees

Here are five things a small-business owner can offer to motivate their employees, by Paul D Foster.   1 Flexibility The old school philosophy is you have to put in long hours because that’s what the boss had to do when he/she was young. Well, the world has changed. The next generation wants flexibility in their […]

Weighing up the risks of alternative finance

Alternative finance is fast becoming the go-to place for business loans, especially as there are so many options to choose from. A host of alternative lenders that provide invoice discounting, merchant cash advances, peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding and online business loans have been popping up over the last few years offering their services to SMEs and […]

STANTA wins FSB award

At STANTA we are very proud to have won the Community Business Award at the Federation of Small Business’s Awards dinner on June 11. Competition was stiff, with finalists from the charity and business sectors, including another St Albans company, Cheeky Munkey. Mel Hilbrown, Executive Director, said: “This is the first time STANTA has entered an […]

The Hertfordshire Business EXPO

Join STANTA on the 22 June 2015 at this prestigious event in The Arena St. Albans, which brings all of Hertfordshire business together for a single day of Learning, Development, Networking and the largest Business Exhibition in Hertfordshire. This is a perfect opportunity to meet the STANTA team, learn about what we can offer and […]

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