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  • Blog Post: How to produce a partnership agreement

    Guest post from Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation , the home business website and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up – how to start a business from home’ . With many home-based businesses now growing by outsourcing and partnering as opposed to taking on staff, it’s important to have an agreement...
  • Blog Post: Married to the business

    According to a Barclays Local Business report , small business owners plan to stay in business longer than the span of an average marriage. Now I'm not sure whether this is naive, reassuring, a sad indictment of our times, or evidence of a true British entrepreneurial spirit, but the level of commitment...
  • Blog Post: Manufacturing & production moving back to UK?

    I caught an interesting item on BBC breakfast news this morning, on a Nottinghamshire-based manufacturer of children’s safety harnesses which has moved production back to the UK from China. With inflation and labour costs increasing – and forecast to rise significantly over the coming year – production...
  • Blog Post: Business IT guides

    We've teamed up with the Business IT Guide to offer useful, impartial advice on using IT to help your business. You'll find their guides throughout the Small Business Centre , covering topics such as Making Demos Online , Securing Your Data, and Getting Emergency IT Help. The Business IT Guide is...
  • Blog Post: Small Business goes Northwest

    Microsoft is keen to get closer to its small business customers to provide more specific, relevant and above all - local resources. So as a pilot, we've launched a Northwest Small Business site , offering access to local business organisations, including Business Enterprise Northwest and Business...
  • Blog Post: The spirit of enterprise is still thriving

    Last month, Scarborough was named the enterprise capital of the UK for its ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty' project, transforming the seaside town into "a shining example of enterprise excellence". The Minister for Economic Competitiveness and Small Business, Shriti Vadera, said that the partnership had "established...
  • Blog Post: Budget implications for small businesses: round-up

    Reactions to the budget implications for small businesses are somewhat mixed - here's a round-up of what industry bodies are saying. Overall the budget does not appear to have been particularly well received although there are some nuggets for small businesses. The FSB's reaction to the budget is...
  • Blog Post: How long would your business last without IT?

    Somewhat scarily, Gartner says that a week without IT would collapse most firms. Apparently, business continuity and disaster recovery plans are not looking far enough ahead. We're not just talking security breaches here, but have you thought about what might happen in the event of a flooding, fire or...
  • Blog Post: Lessons I didn’t learn until I ran my own business

    A big welcome to a new guest blogger: Glen Feechan is Chief Executive of Spreadsheets by Email and author of the Not Just Numbers blog ). He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and provides spreadsheet solutions, large and small, to a worldwide client base. He’ll be providing some great Excel...
  • Blog Post: Women - get ready to be inspired

    Female entrepreneurs in Scotland are invited to attend a unique event allowing them to learn from some of the UK's most successful businesswomen. The everywoman Conference Scotland features presentations and workshops led by women with a proven track record in business and takes place at the Caledonian...