Getting ready for the holiday rush

The holiday season is just around the corner.  How ready are you to take advantage of the consumers’ shopping behavior? This time of the year is crucial for many businesses and with some planning you can take advantage of the Christmas period and make it more profitable for your business. So don’t let the festive Read More >>

The secrets to success: growing a small business

Some businesses are small, and want to remain that way. Others have loftier ambitions for growth – which is great, but only if you’re prepared for it. Many small-to-medium businesses try to mirror their larger counterparts, but this isn’t always the best path to growth. While you can learn from your competitors, what’s important is Read More >>

Decking the halls: Is your business ready for Christmas?

The Christmas season is drawing ever closer and with it comes an avalanche of marketing, advertising, flyers, newsletters, emails, promotions, catalogues and jingles. For small children, this is the most exciting time of year. For small business owners, it might feel like you have no chance of competing. But with a bit of planning, you Read More >>

Starting a business with a friend? Six things to consider

You’ve got big ideas, lots of enthusiasm and a friend who shares it all with you. Whether you’ve been mulling over the idea together for years, or you’ve pieced it all together in one particularly stimulating night at the pub, starting a business with a friend is worth some careful consideration. It’s a bit like Read More >>

4 steps to turn your idea into a business

In our last post, we looked at 5 steps to test your business idea. But how do you now turn that brainwave into a business? Here are 4 steps to get you started: 1.  Find your market  There’s no point launching a product or service if no one needs it, wants it or can find Read More >>

Four ways to get ready for business growth

Business growth is great, right?  Only if you’re prepared for it. Skyrocketing sales and surprising success sounds wonderful in theory, but it can be risky and overwhelming for the unsuspecting business owner. Risky because you may have to quickly add more staff, more stock, more outlets, more equipment – with all the additional costs that Read More >>