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  • Blog Post: What future for the High Street?

    A news item on BBC Breakfast this am featured a couple of high streets - Swindon in Wiltshire and Wimbledon Common. It's probably not news to many of us but the traditional, independent high street retailer is fast becoming a shop of the past as supermarkets continue to embrace every product available...
  • Blog Post: Can spending help reduce business costs?

    Businesses which are prepared to invest in new solutions can actually reap cost benefits in the long term. As the old adage goes, you sometimes have to spend money to save it. Businesses around the country may have spent much of the last five years in trench mode, investing only in the essentials...
  • Blog Post: Sales + service + marketing solution = Microsoft Dynamics CRM

    With prices starting from just £22.75 pcm and no minimum seat requirement, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online could help you drive sales and manage your customers more effectively. If you have multiple price streams for example, you can create lists, discounts and unit groups to organise and...
  • Blog Post: 8 essential legal tips for start-ups

    There are many unforeseen legal issues that can pop up during the start-up phase and when you first begin to scale your fledgling business up. Of course, no matter how much you prepare, starting a business will always bring lots of surprises and lessons but legal problems can be kept to a minimum with...
  • Blog Post: Five signs of a power brand

    Guest post from Maria Ross, founder and chief strategist of Red Slice a branding and marketing consultancy based in the US. She is the author of Branding Basics for Small Business: How to Create an Irresistible Brand on Any Budget available on Amazon.co.uk Clients often ask us, “How will...
  • Blog Post: ‘Tis the season to get busy with search marketing

    Guest post from Cedric Chambaz, Marketing Manager - Search & SMB, Microsoft Advertising Devoting extra attention to your search marketing campaigns today can pay off during the year-end period - one of the busiest times of year. There is little doubt about how critical Christmas and Boxing...
  • Blog Post: Follow the rule of three to get more results

    Guest post from Maria Ross, founder and chief strategist of Red Slice a branding and marketing consultancy based in the US. This is an excerpt from Maria’s new book, Branding Basics for Small Business: How to Create an Irresistible Brand on Any Budget available on Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon...
  • Blog Post: Learn from my mistake: don’t let your advertising dollars go to waste

    Guest post from Maria Ross, founder and chief strategist of Red Slice a branding and marketing consultancy based in the US. She is the author of Branding Basics for Small Business: How to Create an Irresistible Brand on Any Budget available on Amazon.co.uk Forgive me, dear readers, for I have sinned...
  • Blog Post: A tip that can put you on cloud 9

    Are clouds on your company's horizon? If not, maybe there should be. No, we don't mean the nasty rainclouds that have dominated our economy for the past two years. We mean the clouds of the computing world, where your hardware and software reside ‘in the ether’. Well, actually, the...
  • Blog Post: From the Shell Young Entrepreneur of the year: The growing importance of technology in transport

    Guest post from Robert Matthams, founder of www.shiply.com ] and recently named Shell Young Entrepreneur of the Year and BT Entrepreneur of the Year. The importance of technology to delivery companies cannot be understated. The days of paper proof of delivery and sign on the dotted line have been...