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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 […]

7 Key Lessons for New Entrepreneurs

Intended to help you if you have recently started your own business or currently work for someone else and you’re seriously considering it, here are seven key lessons I’ve learnt in my 20-year career in technology and communications, a journey that has taken me from more junior level to senior corporate positions to CEO of […]

10 Mistakes all new businesses should avoid

Life as an entrepreneur is always a learning process, and you won’t grow without taking risks. Sometimes, you need to trust your judgement, but there are some mistakes you can avoid altogether. Here are 10 common mistakes you need to avoid. 1 Lack of planning Don’t neglect to provide a detailed business plan showing your […]

What to do before you seek finance.

What key points should business owners think about when prepping their accounts? Accounts should be both a factual document – prepared in accordance with the relevant legislation (eg if a company, then the relevant Companies Acts) – and a sales document. If the accounts show a poor result due to the loss of a key […]

What prospects really want to know before they buy from you!

I’m Jo Bayne of Oyster Studios Ltd and having worked as a retail buyer and in B2B sales it occurs to me that a key driver to unlocking that big sale is to truly understand exactly “What prospects really want to know before they buy from you!” There is no shortage of business books with their take […]

STANTA’s regular newsletter is back!

Have you received our latest e-newsletter? If not, please email us with your correct email address and we will update your records to ensure you’re included. We will keep you in touch with workshops and seminars we are running, St Albans Chamber of Commerce and other networking opportunities and useful business information that may affect […]

Becoming a Limited Company – What you need to know

Whether you’re a new business or have already been operating as a sole trader or partnership for a while, there may come a time when you want to set up a limited company. There can be several motivators for this, but the primary one is the legal and financial protection that limited company status brings: […]

HMRC helps small firms as they face EU VAT change

Businesses providing digital services in the EU now have to pay VAT where customers live. It means some small firms that are currently below the VAT threshold in the UK may have to register for VAT in order to be able to easily comply with the new regulation. From 1 January 2015 VAT became payable […]

Is your business maximising digital technology?

UK SMEs are held back by digital immaturity according to research conducted by BuzzBoard forJohnston Press has found that 71% of SMEs in the UK are not meeting the needs of mobile shoppers and 44% still don’t have a website — despite the fact that 75% of British consumers shop online and 30% of online […]

What makes people buy?

October 27, 2014 by Richard Edwards,of Quatreus  There are a wide variety of things that influence a purchase decision – budget, timing and personal psychology to name a few; but there is one fundamental factor that brings all these influences together – value. Value is a subjective perception created through a blend of need, price and […]

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