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 as the…


What insight can customers offer on costs?

Dialogue with customers can potentially help businesses identify new ways of reducing costs. Businesses can potentially identify new ways of reducing costs by communicating with their customers. Company bosses may think they have most of the answers, but in reality it never hurts to look at things from a different perspective. Discussions can take a…


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 the…


How to expand and get new customers

Just two of the questions to the BBC’s small business  panel of experts that have been asked – and answered over the last couple of months. We thought it would be useful to summarise the main points here, but you can of course read all the advice in full on the on the BBC’s business…


Articulating a mission and vision that matters

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. The following post is adapted from her book. It’s funny how entrepreneurs…


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 coordinate your offers. You can streamline production of your quotes and…


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.   Here I…


Power of productivity + convenience of the cloud = Dynamics CRM Online

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online launched on Monday of this week, with a special offer of just £22.75 GBP per user, per month (minimum 1 seat, offer expires 30 June 2011 ). Customer relationship management (CRM) lies at the heart of every successful business – if you look after prospective and existing customers they will return time…


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 we know when we’ve…


Take less time but get more done

Find out how you can use technology to manage your business, wherever your work takes you. If you’re trying to get more done (and aren’t we all!) take a look at our new resources – including a new guide to download, aptly called Get more done.     Businesses need to rely on small teams…