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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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