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SMEs have reasons to be cheerful in 2015

The manufacturing and services sectors are growing; the number of firms that are recruiting is at an all-time high; and businesses are well-placed to grow in 2015. These are the findings of the British Chambers of Commerce Q4 Quarterly Economic Survey, which polled almost 7,000 UK businesses. Director general John Longworth said: “With employment and […]

Protecting your business from the unexpected

Have you ever thought about how your business would fare if disaster struck? What would happen if you had to unexpectedly take time off, if a major supplier stopped trading, or you were hit by a power failure? If you haven’t thought about business continuity before now then you should. If your family rely on […]

When to use “Garden Leave”

One of the most frequent questions we are asked on our advice line is “How do I handle resignations?” Well, you have three options when an employee resigns (or is dismissed). The first is to make them work their notice. Often, if the move is amicable, this works well. They part on good terms and […]

Statutory Pay Rates. Do you know the facts?

STATUTORY PAY (next review April 2015) Maternity/Adoption pay – SMP/SAP is paid for 39 weeks. Pay rate for first 6 weeks of SMP: 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings. SMP remaining weeks/SAP: £138.18 or 90% of average weekly earnings, whichever is less. Sick pay (SSP) – £87.55 per week provided employees meet criteria. REDUNDANCY […]

Shared parental leave – what you need to know

The idea was conceived, gestated in Parliament and will be born on 1 December. Shared parental leave will shake up parental rights, so you need to get your head around it. Let’s get you started.  What is shared parental leave? It’s the right of parents, but not the obligation, to split 52 weeks of parental leave between themselves – […]

Looking to grow your business? Some tips for safe business expansion

As your start-up business develops, your thoughts may turn to expansion. This can be a scary prospect. It will mean your business enlarging, spreading its wings further afield, and venturing into new markets. It will almost certainly mean you can’t do everything all on your own, and you will need to get familiar with more […]

Want to be a Mumpreneur? What you need to know

Mumpreneur, Mum in Business, or just plain old Business Woman. Whatever you want to be known as, if you’re a woman (or man) who runs their own business and happens to be a mother (or a father) too, then you’re not alone. Thousands of parents in our local Hertfordshire area alone have turned to self-employment […]

Feeling jaded by your business? How to get your spark back

In the beginning, setting up and running your own business is exciting, overwhelming, and like starting out on an adventure. When you have seemingly endless enthusiasm for your pet project, it can be tough when you eventually hit the wall. You will hit a wall sooner or later. Running your own business can be hard, […]

How to develop Marketing Campaigns to drive Brand Awareness & Sales.

Lead generation is a pivotal part of any business strategy and a successful marketing campaign requires careful planning and execution. The reality is that there is no “one size fits all” sure-fire formulae to create a successful integrated campaign. Have you ever wondered how to develop a successful and engaging marketing campaign that delivers results? […]

Would I benefit by engaging a Marketing Agency ?

Outsourcing your design and marketing will help bring fresh ideas and expertise, whilst allowing you to focus on your core business.  From helping a start up with developing a brand and writing a marketing plan to delivering cross channel marketing campaigns for an established business, agencies are a great resource for both tactical and strategic […]

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