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Common Traits of Successful Business Owners

What does it take to succeed in business? You might think the skills and traits required of the CEO of a multinational company are worlds away from those of a small business owner, but in fact successful business leaders have a lot in common, whatever the size of the company they lead. Essential skillsets that […]

5 Reasons to Enter the Best Business Women Awards

If you’re a talented and dedicated female entrepreneur, it’s time your achievements were celebrated! And there are few better ways to show everyone just what a successful business you have built up than being a finalist or a recipient of an industry award.  Here are 5 reasons to enter the Best Business Women Awards and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Building Customer Loyalty Online

Customer loyalty has always been a key component of marketing a business, but for internet businesses this can pose an extra challenge. With so many companies vying for custom and consumers having an abundance of choice offered by the internet, businesses are having to work smarter to get noticed, and for customers to stay loyal. […]

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