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Emotional intelligence key to navigating change

  • Friday 31st July 2020
Whether we love or hate change, one thing is for sure: we face an uncertain landscape which is going to require a variety of skills to navigate. Many are predicting that the workplace has changed permanently. In fact according to a recent flash survey by my company, Actus, only eight per cent of HR professionals […] The post Emotional intelligence key to navigating change appeared first on SME Magazine.

Pod firm thrives on staycation boom

  • Friday 31st July 2020
A Scottish design and manufacturing firm is set to benefit from the global staycation market as it emerges from Lockdown with a growing order book for its eco-friendly accommodation pods. Armadilla, a family-run business in Midlothian, has successfully navigated the economic impact with support from Clydesdale Bank, owned by Virgin Money UK, and has returned […] The post Pod firm thrives on staycation boom appeared first on SME Magazine.

The resilience behind small business survival

  • Friday 31st July 2020
Two thirds of small business believe that the pandemic has increased support and awareness of their sector, according to new research from Small Business Britain and BT Skills For Tomorrow. Researchers polled more than 1,000 firms in Small Business Britain’s community – and found that, despite the tough challenges for small businesses, the crisis has highlighted and […] The post The resilience behind small business survival appeared first on SME Magazine.

Sink or swim: entrepreneurs highlight their business survival tips

  • Friday 31st July 2020
Guest post by Iain Patton “Change before you have to” is the celebrated business adage by General Electric’s famous CEO, Jack Welch, one much quoted across consulting circles. In the USA and Britain, our governments have outlined programmes to provide aid to small businesses that look like a lifeline on paper. The reality is rather […] The post Sink or swim: entrepreneurs highlight their business survival tips appeared first on SME Magazine.

Temporary changes expected on executing valid wills

  • Friday 31st July 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has put the focus on our own mortality and spurred many people into creating or rewriting their Wills. Under the Wills Act of 1837 there is a requirement for two witnesses over the age of 18 to be physically present when Wills are signed. For those isolating, Covid-19 has made executing a […] The post Temporary changes expected on executing valid wills appeared first on SME Magazine.

How experience governs brand loyalty

  • Wednesday 29th July 2020
Guest post by Rob Quinn Customer relationship management has been regarded as a necessary evil within the marketing industry to date, with agencies far more inclined to extol the virtues of their creative or digital departments. But not anymore.  In a brave new post Covid-19 world, where every marketing executive understands that they need the […] The post How experience governs brand loyalty appeared first on SME Magazine.

Ready for Brexit? One in four are not, says IoD

  • Tuesday 28th July 2020
Only a quarter of business leaders say their organisations are fully ready for the end of the Brexit transition period, according to a survey from the Institute of Directors. Nearly half of the 978 company directors polled in late June said they weren’t able to prepare, with one in seven distracted by coronavirus and almost a third […] The post Ready for Brexit? One in four are not, says IoD appeared first on SME Magazine.

Nutrition brand makes entrepreneur shortlist

  • Tuesday 28th July 2020
A banker turned ‘mumpreneur’ as been shortlisted for this year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the food and drink category. Marina Wegorek, caught the attention of some prestigious names in the awards this year following the launch of her sport nutrition brand, ProYouth Nutrition. Marina, 44, from Surrey, decided to invent a snack after being […] The post Nutrition brand makes entrepreneur shortlist appeared first on SME Magazine.

FCA updates measures to protect defined benefit scheme pensioners

  • Monday 27th July 2020
Guest post by Sweeny Kamur The pension laws and systems in the UK have undergone significant changes in the recent past. In April 2015, pension freedoms were introduced to give individuals better and higher access to their pension funds and the choice to transfer their pension funds from defined benefit schemes to defined contribution schemes […] The post FCA updates measures to protect defined benefit scheme pensioners appeared first on SME Magazine.

Freedom of movement and the importance of being Brexit-ready

  • Monday 27th July 2020
SMEs thrive on attracting and retaining the brightest and best talent, but with forthcoming changes heralding the restriction of movement for EU citizens, they could find themselves unable to employ who they want, when they want to. Lawyers are advising companies to get ready for the new immigration rules, knowing that failure to do so […] The post Freedom of movement and the importance of being Brexit-ready appeared first on SME Magazine.

Top 5 eCommerce Posts for June

  • Thursday 2nd July 2020
6 Ways to Drive FOMO on Ecommerce Pages – Practical Ecommerce The “fear of missing out” is nothing new. Humans have always coveted what others possess. FOMO marketing is about urging shoppers to buy what is popular or in high demand. Ecommerce 102: How to Use Crowdsourcing to Grow Your Email List – NeilPatel Multiple […]

Top eCommerce Posts for May

  • Thursday 28th May 2020
Four Tips for Understanding Your Target Audience – Inc. How can you plan your next big email marketing campaign or social media push if you don’t understand who you want to reach? Working From Home for the Long Haul? Get the Ergonomics Right – The Wall Street Journal Improving your work setup doesn’t require an […]

How to List Your Products on Google for Free

  • Friday 15th May 2020
Long, long ago in Internet time (12 years to be exact), you used to be able to list products on Google for free.  Well, those days are back!  At the end of April Google began to again offer free (as well as paid) product listings.  This may be a response to Amazon, but in any […]

Top 5 eCommerce Posts from April

  • Friday 1st May 2020
Google Shopping Is Free – Froogle Is Back, For Real This Time – Search Engine Roundtable That means you can add your products for free to the Google Shopping tab in Google Search 4 Common Webinar Mistakes and How to Avoid Them – Inc. From an audience of 5,000 to a Zoom call with five […]

Top 4 eCommerce Posts from March

  • Wednesday 1st April 2020
7 Tips for Using Zoom Videoconferencing With Remote Teams – Inc. If you’ve suddenly found yourself spending a lot more time looking at your colleagues through a Zoom video conference as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, you’re not alone. 7 Ways Retailers Can Cut Costs Without Compromising On Quality – Bootstrap Business if you […]

Top 3 eCommerce Posts from February

  • Saturday 29th February 2020
5 Steps to Turn Blog Readers into Customers – Growth Hackers Many bloggers and editors forget about the ultimate goal of every article — to attract new customers. 10 Useful Elements for a Post-purchase Thank-you Page (and 3 to Avoid) – PracticalEcommerce The thank-you page (also known as the invoice page) often contains only order […]

Top 4 eCommerce Posts for December

  • Wednesday 1st January 2020
Plan for fraud (but try to prevent it) – Practical Ecommerce By some reports, as much as 7.5 percent of all online transactions are fraudulent in one way or another. 10 Essential On-Page SEO Factors You Need to Know – SEJ Smart SEO practitioners know that on-page optimization should be constantly prioritized. How to Market […]

Top 5 eCommerce Holiday Posts

  • Wednesday 4th December 2019
How to Increase Ecommerce Sales This Holiday Season (3 Tactics) – Business 2 Community Let’s dive into three tactics your business can use during the holidays to increase sales and reach growth like never before. Holiday Shopping Patterns: When Do Consumers Shop Online Vs. In-Store? – Forbes From Cyber Monday through early December, online sales […]

Top 5 eCommerce Posts for October

  • Friday 1st November 2019
Every Company Should Have Some Type of Employee Recognition Culture. – Inc. Employee recognition is widely recognized as an important tool for encouraging employees to do their best work 7 SEO ‘Rules’ to Ignore for Ecommerce – Practical Ecommerce Search engine optimization tools have evolved into measuring hundreds of variables. But not all of them […]

Top 5 eCommerce Posts for September

  • Tuesday 1st October 2019
Get More Traffic From Instagram With This Easy Content Plan – Content Marketing Institute How do you get traffic from a network that seems designed to keep its users inside the platform forever? Top 11 Branding Strategies for New Businesses and Startups – Growth Hackers Most of the businesses that fail have great products but […]

SalesNexus Announces Version 5 – August 2020 Release

  • Friday 31st July 2020
Enhancements & Improvements Send Automated SMS Text Message Campaigns (Or add texts to existing campaigns) in SalesNexus Built in RingCentral Integration – Click to Call & SMS Text Message Campaigns You can add SMS text messages to any campaign – mix and match campaigns with emails, calls, tasks and texts! Create Text Message Templates utilizing … Continue reading "SalesNexus Announces Version 5 – August 2020 Release" The post SalesNexus Announces Version 5 – August 2020 Release appeared first on SalesNexus.

How to Get Started Sending Text Messages through SalesNexus

  • Saturday 27th June 2020
We’ve created some resources for those that want to set up RingCentral with SalesNexus to schedule and send automated text messages easily through our system. This post will be your go to resource, so make sure to bookmark it if you’re looking to implement text messaging with SalesNexus! Please review the following help materials to get … Continue reading "How to Get Started Sending Text Messages through SalesNexus" The post How to Get Started Sending Text Messages through SalesNexus appeared first on SalesNexus.

Schedule Texts Through Your CRM – Automatically!

  • Saturday 20th June 2020
Instead of stopping what you’re doing to pick up your mobile phone, use your CRM to schedule automated text messages. When a customer replies to your automated text, to say, confirm your 3pm meeting tomorrow, you instantly get the text to your phone, and can see the chat history in your CRM. Let SalesNexus do … Continue reading "Schedule Texts Through Your CRM – Automatically!" The post Schedule Texts Through Your CRM – Automatically! appeared first on SalesNexus.

Lockdown Marketing Alternatives Webinar

  • Thursday 7th May 2020
Unable to communicate with your customers/market effectively right now?  Either because you can’t pull together a list, or can’t get the right message to the right customer? Or maybe trying to target a new market? But with no list, and no existing relationships? Normal Marketing and Sales Tactics are unavailable due to lockdown and the … Continue reading "Lockdown Marketing Alternatives Webinar" The post Lockdown Marketing Alternatives Webinar appeared first on SalesNexus.

SalesNexus Release Notes- April 2020

  • Wednesday 29th April 2020
Exciting new features are arriving to SalesNexus users on Thursday, April 30th! Let’s take a look at the improvements for the release scheduled for Thursday, April 30th 2020, most notable being our updated import process, the addition of the new Settings, Integrations Pages, and other tweaks and improvements! Read on for the latest and greatest! … Continue reading "SalesNexus Release Notes- April 2020" The post SalesNexus Release Notes- April 2020 appeared first on SalesNexus.

SalesNexus Demo

  • Saturday 18th April 2020
CRM for Sales & Marketing | All in 1 Marketing and Sales Automation Tool Empower your team with tools that improve productivity and free up time. A simple, easy to use CRM that helps teams unlock productivity and grow sales. Free Trial Available. Chat Support Available. Fast to Setup. The post SalesNexus Demo appeared first on SalesNexus.

Marketing and Selling From Home

  • Tuesday 31st March 2020
Serving Customers from Home “We’re shutting it all down.  Our sales team is working from home and they’re just not selling anything so, we’re going to shut it down.” That’s what a customer told me last week. The entire world has been disrupted by the current crisis but already, there are plans being made to … Continue reading "Marketing and Selling From Home" The post Marketing and Selling From Home appeared first on SalesNexus.

Coronavirus Work from Home – What CEOs and Managers Need to Know

  • Tuesday 24th March 2020
You’re Not Doing this Alone It’s obvious but, worth stating clearly, the entire business world is dealing with the exact same problem, all at the same time. If your company hasn’t already begun work from home policies, transitioning to a remote work environment temporarily can seem almost as frightening as the Coronavirus! Especially with all … Continue reading "Coronavirus Work from Home – What CEOs and Managers Need to Know" The post Coronavirus Work from Home – What CEOs and Managers Need to Know appeared first on SalesNexus.

How to Integrate Calendly and SalesNexus

  • Saturday 14th March 2020
Today we’ll be showing you how easy it is to integrate SalesNexus and Calendly, a Calendar and Scheduling Management App that helps you schedule meetings without all the back-and-forth emails. Calendly is a scheduling tool that allows your clients and customers to schedule meetings with you by choosing from the available time slots on your … Continue reading "How to Integrate Calendly and SalesNexus" The post How to Integrate Calendly and SalesNexus appeared first on SalesNexus.

Email Marketing Masterclass – Quick Tips & Best Practices

  • Thursday 5th March 2020
Getting results in email marketing doesn’t have to be hard. In our recent Email Marketing Masterclass, we lay out simple explanations of the terms and best practices that are essential to success. The webinar covers: 1. Email Marketing Management – Using email to optimize all marketing messages.2. Target Audience, Personas, Segmentation3. Messaging Strategies4. List Building/List … Continue reading "Email Marketing Masterclass – Quick Tips & Best Practices" The post Email Marketing Masterclass – Quick Tips & Best Practices appeared first on SalesNexus.

Why RFPs Don’t Work When Selecting A Marketing Agency

  • Sunday 28th June 2020
RFPs are an ineffective way to find a marketing agency partner for your business. You've been reading Why RFPs Don’t Work When Selecting A Marketing Agency on KEXINO, a marketing blog for startups and small businesses by Gee Ranasinha. For more like this follow Gee on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Reading The Room: Marketing During A Crisis

  • Friday 27th March 2020
Marketing during a pandemic is not the time to beat your corporate chest. It’s time to be seen as a valued corporate citizen. The world does not need vague and insincere promises of support. You've been reading Reading The Room: Marketing During A Crisis on KEXINO, a marketing blog for startups and small businesses by Gee Ranasinha. For more like this follow Gee on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

How Changes To Search and Social Media Negatively Affect Your Business

  • Saturday 29th February 2020
While social media seems to be more about media and less about social, Google seems to be taking search clicks away from businesses. You've been reading How Changes To Search and Social Media Negatively Affect Your Business on KEXINO, a marketing blog for startups and small businesses by Gee Ranasinha. For more like this follow Gee on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Selling A Premium Product Is About More Than Price

  • Monday 6th January 2020
Many businesses charge less than they could for their products and services. Pricing based on research and cost analysis provides the confidence to communicate and position a product's true value. You've been reading Selling A Premium Product Is About More Than Price on KEXINO, a marketing blog for startups and small businesses by Gee Ranasinha. For more like this follow Gee on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

What You’re Doing Isn’t Marketing

  • Tuesday 3rd December 2019
There’s a trend for every answer to be a digital one. But all the data analytics, martech, chatbots, and targeted ads in the world won’t matter if your core messaging falls flat in its face. You've been reading What You’re Doing Isn’t Marketing on KEXINO, a marketing blog for startups and small businesses by Gee Ranasinha. For more like this follow Gee on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

The Importance of Marketing Strategy in Today’s Evolving Free Market

  • Wednesday 6th November 2019
Any great marketing strategy has at its core a deep and fundamental understanding of customer behavior. You've been reading The Importance of Marketing Strategy in Today’s Evolving Free Market on KEXINO, a marketing blog for startups and small businesses by Gee Ranasinha. For more like this follow Gee on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Top 10 Small Business Marketing Mistakes

  • Saturday 21st September 2019
Creating strong, engaging marketing for your small business can be tough. Learn the top 10 mistakes to avoid as well as how to fix these common problems. You've been reading Top 10 Small Business Marketing Mistakes on KEXINO, a marketing blog for startups and small businesses by Gee Ranasinha. For more like this follow Gee on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Why Do Customers Buy From Your Competitors? Because They Can

  • Monday 10th June 2019
The majority of your potential customers are not buying from you, for reasons that make perfect sense to them. What are you doing to find meaningful competitive advantage? You've been reading Why Do Customers Buy From Your Competitors? Because They Can on KEXINO, a marketing blog for startups and small businesses by Gee Ranasinha. For more like this follow Gee on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Customer Service Begins Before You Have A Customer

  • Saturday 4th May 2019
Considering how important it is for any business, Customer Experience should be thought of as a strategic business pillar in the same way as marketing or sales. You've been reading Customer Service Begins Before You Have A Customer on KEXINO, a marketing blog for startups and small businesses by Gee Ranasinha. For more like this follow Gee on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Choosing The Right Marketing Agency For Your Small Business

  • Saturday 13th April 2019
Is your marketing agency a 'supplier', or a 'partner'? Here are some tips on evaluating your current marketing firm, and what to consider if you're looking for a new one. You've been reading Choosing The Right Marketing Agency For Your Small Business on KEXINO, a marketing blog for startups and small businesses by Gee Ranasinha. For more like this follow Gee on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Why Marketers Need To Learn The Language Of The Finance Department

  • Sunday 10th March 2019
Marketers need to better understand how the Finance department works - and thinks - in order to work together to deliver better decisions and outcomes for the business. You've been reading Why Marketers Need To Learn The Language Of The Finance Department on KEXINO, a marketing blog for startups and small businesses by Gee Ranasinha. For more like this follow Gee on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

What Lead Nurturing is and How to Do It for Your Business

  • Tuesday 21st July 2020
This is written by guest blogger Courtney, Manager for HubSpot Academy Education.  Lead nurturing is important in inbound marketing because it’s your opportunity to provide value to your leads and customers and help them grow with your business. As an inbound professional, you might ask yourself, “How do I connect with my prospects and turn them into customers in the most helpful way?”

The SEO Strategy to Get Your Content Ranking #1 on Google

  • Tuesday 30th June 2020
This is written by guest blogger Matthew Howells-Barby, Senior Director of Acquisition at HubSpot and a partner at Traffic Think Tank. He's the founder of The Coin Offering, an educational site focused on blockchain technology, and the co-host of The Decrypting Crypto Podcast.   At HubSpot, blogging is our primary source of traffic. In fact, a significant percentage of HubSpot customers first stumbled upon our brand and our website through our blog – usually by searching for something on Google and clicking on one of our blog posts.

INBOUND 2019: How To Take Advantage Of The 5 Best HubSpot Platform Updates

  • Wednesday 25th September 2019
The lights, sounds, and spectacle of the orange-themed marketing, sales and service extravaganza is over. HubSpot's INBOUND has well and truly concluded for 2019. Though the curtain has fallen on the Inbound stage, it lives on through the many many updates announced to the HubSpot platform.

The Top 7 Tips To Create A Successful B2B Email Marketing Campaign

  • Tuesday 27th August 2019
“How can I send the right email, to the right person, at the right time?” If you’ve ever dreamt of crafting the perfect email marketing campaign, then you’ve most likely asked yourself this question before. With 93% of B2B marketers using email to share content, the hunger games for audience attention has never been more competitive. But that doesn’t mean you should give up; if anything, you should equip yourself with the best email marketing armour to fight for your audience's attention. 

How SMEs can help to meet global sustainability targets

  • Tuesday 11th August 2020
By James Napier A few weeks ago, major global corporations urged world leaders to align COVID recovery with climate science, and reconfirmed their commitment to a zero carbon economy. This is not just a concern for business giants however: it should be high on the list for SMEs too. Global leaders are prioritising sustainability before […] The post How SMEs can help to meet global sustainability targets appeared first on SME Magazine.

We’re locked down – so why bother complaining?

  • Monday 10th August 2020
Businesses reaped the benefits from higher levels of patience and sympathy amongst consumers during Lockdown, as Covid-19 prompted an unprecedented drop in complaint numbers. That’s the key finding of a survey of more than 6,000 consumers carried out by not-for-profit complaints handling body  Ombudsman Services.  The average number of complaints per person plummeted from 3.7 […] The post We’re locked down – so why bother complaining? appeared first on SME Magazine.

Graduate jobs fall . . . but pay rises for the lucky ones

  • Monday 10th August 2020
The amount of graduate jobs being advertised has fallen by 60.3 per cent year-on-year, with industries such as marketing, construction and recruitment experiencing even larger drops.   The job board CV-Library analysed data on its some between January 1 and July 30 and compared the findings with the same period in 2019 to build an understanding of the opportunities available […] The post Graduate jobs fall . . . but pay rises for the lucky ones appeared first on SME Magazine.

Professional vacancies on the rise again

  • Monday 10th August 2020
Job opportunities for the professional sector – including sectors such as IT, professional services, life sciences, finance, marketing, HR and engineering, have continued to improve, with July marking the second month in a row that vacancies have increased.   While year on year figures are understandably still down, there are signs of improvement with decreases contracting […] The post Professional vacancies on the rise again appeared first on SME Magazine.

Eco-friendly starts with the first wipe

  • Thursday 6th August 2020
Sponsored post on behalf of Pura  Launched in lockdown, Pura is a new, UK-based, family-run company on a mission: to democratise eco-friendly baby products for all. The brand believes that being eco-friendly is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Its ambition is to create products that help families care for their babies now, while also […] The post Eco-friendly starts with the first wipe appeared first on SME Magazine.

On the sick – and how we are claiming for it

  • Thursday 6th August 2020
More than 1.3 million working days have been claimed for in just over one month of the Coronavirus Sick Pay scheme, according to UHY Hacker Young, the national accountancy group. The scheme allows SMEs to claim money from the Government for any employee who has taken time off work with symptoms, or is unable to […] The post On the sick – and how we are claiming for it appeared first on SME Magazine.

Renewed warnings on the importance of admitting furlough anomalies

  • Thursday 6th August 2020
Accountants and tax advisers have been warning companies of the perils of furlough abuse now that the so-called amnesty has begun. The amnesty was introduced in the recent Finance Act which received Royal Assent on July 22. HMRC has already started investigating businesses it believes have deliberately or inadvertently allowed staff to work whilst on […] The post Renewed warnings on the importance of admitting furlough anomalies appeared first on SME Magazine.

One in four ‘have no idea when they can reopen’

  • Tuesday 4th August 2020
Nearly a quarter of small retailers and hospitality firms don’t know when they’ll open their doors again after being forced to close, according to new research carried out among the UK’s once thriving small business sector. Nationally, a total of 35 per cent of all SMEs said they had been forced to shut down during […] The post One in four ‘have no idea when they can reopen’ appeared first on SME Magazine.

Remote but under surveilance – the perils of home working

  • Monday 3rd August 2020
David McGeough, Director of International Marketing, Wrike  The pandemic has brought with it challenges for SMEs in the past few months. The rapid  transition to remote working was perhaps one of the most significant. Whilst some organisations were more prepared than others, many found themselves entering uncharted waters, with little experience of managing remote workforces. According […] The post Remote but under surveilance – the perils of home working appeared first on SME Magazine.

Top 3 eCommerce Posts for July

  • Monday 3rd August 2020
5 Keys to Kickstarting Your Full Entrepreneur Potential – Inc. I’m now convinced that serious entrepreneurs relish the startup process more than success. They enjoy the journey more than the destination Proven Ways To Market Your ECommerce Business – RC you should choose the right channels to market your online business strategically while still saving […]

How Marketing is the Bridge to the Success in Finding the Next Normal

  • Monday 3rd August 2020
We are thrilled to share a guest blog from Adele Crane, Chief Executive Officer of Sales Focus Advisory. Sales Focus Advisory is drawing on their years of experience through tough markets to work with CEOs and sales managers to develop new playbooks and engage with their teams to provide the tools to overcome the current challenges and shift back to growth. Connect with Adele on LinkedIn CEOs are faced with many decisions as they work to guide their companies through the changing economic times and downward financial pressures. Their executive team is charged with the responsibilities to manage costs and operate lean and effectively.

Shops urged to get the social message

  • Wednesday 12th August 2020
While consumers are said to average over three hours on social media per day, new research has suggested that the 43 per cent of independent retailers that used it on a daily basis pre-Covid-19 has dropped to just five per cent in some towns. The social media management platform, Maybe, gathered 20,000 responses from across […] The post Shops urged to get the social message appeared first on SME Magazine.

Why is now the perfect time to move to the Cloud?

  • Wednesday 12th August 2020
Guest post by Duncan Ward With many businesses taking a good look at the longevity of their communications technology, while working remotely, the question of whether now is the perfect time to move to the cloud, is one that is frequently asked. With both communication needs and the ways in which we work changing drastically, […] The post Why is now the perfect time to move to the Cloud? appeared first on SME Magazine.

Is this the end of lunch at the desk?

  • Wednesday 12th August 2020
Before the pandemic forced us to take a break from the office, we rarely even left it for lunch. In fact, an estimated 42 per cent of us regularly ate at our desks. But as Ben Carter of City Pantry points out in this guest article, Lockdown has encouraged many employees to reclaim their lunch […] The post Is this the end of lunch at the desk? appeared first on SME Magazine.

Still competing. The only thing that has changed is the pitch

  • Thursday 17th September 2020
Saracens and Wales rugby star Dom Day retired in December last year and started his own company, fourfiveCBD, selling a hemp-based product that had helped him recover from injury as a player. Along with his former teammate George Kruis, they have seen rapid growth, now employ ten full time staff and are on course for […] The post Still competing. The only thing that has changed is the pitch appeared first on SME Magazine.

Holiday? We’ll grab a week if we’re lucky, say bosses

  • Tuesday 15th September 2020
Seven in ten business owners predict they will take no more than five days off in the next 12 months, according to a new survey. Over a third will take no time off at all, as the pandemic takes its toll on holiday plans for small business owners across the UK. The research, undertaken by […] The post Holiday? We’ll grab a week if we’re lucky, say bosses appeared first on SME Magazine.

PR in the Covid age – a Q&A with Clare George-Hilley

  • Monday 14th September 2020
Clare George-Hilley is co-founder of Shoreditch-based technology PR agency Centropy. As the company celebrates its third anniversary, she answers questions on the challenges Covid-19 poses to businesses, prospects for growth and how technology can drive sales  Tell us about Centropy PR We’re one of the UK’s fastest growing b2b tech and fintech PR agencies, working […] The post PR in the Covid age – a Q&A with Clare George-Hilley appeared first on SME Magazine.

What happens if your staff refuse to go back – and where do you stand if they do and become ill?

  • Sunday 13th September 2020
As the Government puts pressure employees to return to the workplace, we put the questions on the lips of most employers to the experts. David Sheppard, a Senior Association on the Employment and Immigration team at the London and Cardiff firm, Capital Law, addresses the issue of staff reluctance and his colleague Mary Goldsbrough considers […] The post What happens if your staff refuse to go back – and where do you stand if they do and become ill? appeared first on SME Magazine.

Legal view: what if an employee catches Covid at work?

  • Sunday 13th September 2020
What are the risks for an employer who opens the office with precautionary measures put in place, then an employee contracts the virus and blames them? Mary Goldsbrough discusses the options The law says employees cannot take direct legal action against their employers for damages arising from alleged breaches of health and safety legislation. This […] The post Legal view: what if an employee catches Covid at work? appeared first on SME Magazine.

Legal view: What if staff refuse to return to the office?

  • Sunday 13th September 2020
As Lockdown eases, the Government is encouraging a return to office-based working,  while outside England, the devolved government’s advice remains that employees should work from home where possible. But what happens if some employees don’t want to return to the office when the time comes?  Lawyer David Sheppard explains For most office employees, their contractual […] The post Legal view: What if staff refuse to return to the office? appeared first on SME Magazine.

Cars go virtual on new auto platform

  • Thursday 10th September 2020
Guest post by Amelia-Eve Warden One-stop-car-shop, YesAuto, launches for the first time to the UK market, and off the back of this brand launch, it has announced the UK’s first ever Virtual Car Show which began last month. This online auto show will be a welcome highlight in the auto calendar for car fans, following […] The post Cars go virtual on new auto platform appeared first on SME Magazine.

Furlough whistleblowers report 8,000 (and climbing)

  • Wednesday 9th September 2020
Rising reports of furlough fraud could have major financial ramifications for businesses as they come further under HMRC’s spotlight, according to regulatory legal experts. This follows a statement by Jim Harra, the top civil servant at HMRC, who told MPs on the Public Accounts Committee that his staff  believe between 5-10 per cent of the  […] The post Furlough whistleblowers report 8,000 (and climbing) appeared first on SME Magazine.

New body to set independent HR standards

  • Wednesday 9th September 2020
A new umbrella body is being launched to support the growth of independent HR and people professionals operating within the UK. HRi will operate as the body providing a voice for external HR and people consultancy businesses across the UK.  It will act as a new membership organisation setting and driving standards for the industry, […] The post New body to set independent HR standards appeared first on SME Magazine.

Five ways technology can help your Right to Work checks

  • Wednesday 9th September 2020
Guest post by Sarah Croft, Marketing Manager, TrustID As you probably know, if you’re employing staff in the UK, you must make thorough and systematic Right to Work checks on every employee’s status  – by checking their passport, visa, and/or another immigration document. No matter how many staff you’re taking on each year, it’s still […] The post Five ways technology can help your Right to Work checks appeared first on SME Magazine.

Aligning Sales & Marketing – Integrate & Ignite Podcast

  • Friday 4th September 2020
Recently, Lori Jones of the Integrate & Ignite Podcast interviewed Craig Klein, CEO of SalesNexus to discuss the topic of How to Align Sales & Marketing through CRM & Marketing Automation. Listen in on his conversation with host Lori Jones as they discuss email marketing, lead generation, and finding your perfect customer. If you have … Continue reading "Aligning Sales & Marketing – Integrate & Ignite Podcast" The post Aligning Sales & Marketing – Integrate & Ignite Podcast appeared first on SalesNexus.

Back To Business – The New Normal Webinar

  • Friday 28th August 2020
When will customers return to their offices? When will industry trade shows start again? Who knows? Stop waiting! Normal Marketing and Sales Tactics are unavailable due to lockdown and the current crisis. Adapting is the only way to thrive. If you’re like most right now, the current situation may be leaving you with: No leads … Continue reading "Back To Business – The New Normal Webinar" The post Back To Business – The New Normal Webinar appeared first on SalesNexus.

COVID-19 Makes Marketing More Important Than Ever

  • Sunday 13th September 2020
The structural and behavioral changes brought about by COVID-19 means marketing has never been more important than today. You've been reading COVID-19 Makes Marketing More Important Than Ever on KEXINO, a marketing blog for startups and small businesses by Gee Ranasinha. For more like this follow Gee on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Trivia Question

  • Friday 25th September 2020
Let’s play some Trivia!  Read the trivia question on this blog post, follow the instructions and reply to the email you received with the answer! Each answer is registered in a drawing to win the $50 Amazon Gift Card.  More questions and chances to win coming later this week.  Whitelist our address or add us … Continue reading "Trivia Question" The post Trivia Question appeared first on SalesNexus.

Can’t go to the office? I’ll work in the car

  • Monday 28th September 2020
From U-turns to three point turns … look what allthis indecision has driven us to. With the latest government change of heart on working from home, office workers are being encouraged once again to shun their commute and offices in favour of the safety of the kitchen table. But while working from home has become […] The post Can’t go to the office? I’ll work in the car appeared first on SME Magazine.

Which industries have adapted well since Lockdown?

  • Sunday 27th September 2020
Guest post by David Soffer The imposition of a UK-wide lockdown in March was as difficult for businesses as it was unprecedented for the UK. Many businesses, industries and companies faced hardship, struggles and in some unfortunate cases, collapse. The UK Government has since offered various helping hands, including their Job Retention Scheme, the Furlough […] The post Which industries have adapted well since Lockdown? appeared first on SME Magazine.

What route can I take to rescue my struggling business?

  • Friday 25th September 2020
Guest post by Keith Tully By cutting the cycle of deterioration in its track, you can slow down mounting debts from biting into your cashflow, fine-tune credit control measures and restructure your business through a prescribed company rescue method. Failing to observe the health of the business and track any downward trends could lead to […] The post What route can I take to rescue my struggling business? appeared first on SME Magazine.

Why Covid has given marketers the chance to start from scratc

  • Friday 25th September 2020
  Guest post by Mark Dunn Covid-19 might have seriously rocked marketing spend, but the pandemic could be seen as a great equaliser from a marketing point of view. Very few (if any) marketers have ever worked under lockdown and in the situation the oft repeated mantra ‘business as usual’ can feel disingenuous. Some UK […] The post Why Covid has given marketers the chance to start from scratc appeared first on SME Magazine.

Exit Planning: Things to Take Into Consideration

  • Friday 25th September 2020
Guest post by Jonny Hughes One of the most overlooked aspects of business planning by business owners is having an exit plan in place. You may not be thinking about leaving the company anytime soon, but there may well come a time where you are ready to move and you will want to make sure […] The post Exit Planning: Things to Take Into Consideration appeared first on SME Magazine.

Sunak’s wage ‘top-up’ scheme – all the reaction

  • Thursday 24th September 2020
Wages of workers who have not been able to return to the workplace full-time will continue to be supplemented in a scheme involving the Government and employers. The Jobs Support Scheme will replace the furlough scheme when it ends, according to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who announced that  this will see staff get up to 77 […] The post Sunak’s wage ‘top-up’ scheme – all the reaction appeared first on SME Magazine.

How Covid is driving us to change jobs

  • Wednesday 23rd September 2020
More than half of UK workers plan to make changes to their careers in the next 12 months as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Aviva’s How We Live Report has found the most popular career aspiration emerging from the crisis is the desire for flexibility. One in 10  say that in the next […] The post How Covid is driving us to change jobs appeared first on SME Magazine.

Missed our holiday in Lockdown? We’ll just roll it over . .

  • Wednesday 23rd September 2020
Over two-thirds of full-time employees are planning to roll at least one day of annual leave into their next holiday period after a temporary law was passed by the government back in March allowing workers to carry over up to four weeks’ paid holiday. According to personal finance comparison website finder.com, this is equivalent to […] The post Missed our holiday in Lockdown? We’ll just roll it over . . appeared first on SME Magazine.

Is Microsoft Dynamics 365 right for small businesses?

  • Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Guest post by Sue Wright – Business Development Manager, D365 Experts If you run a small or young company, our advice is to start making use of the best technology before you expand. This may involve investing in business management software – formally known as enterprise resource management, or ERP – that can grow with […] The post Is Microsoft Dynamics 365 right for small businesses? appeared first on SME Magazine.

Has a return to the office become a resigning matter?

  • Thursday 15th October 2020
More than eight in ten of the UK’s full-time staff are either working or planning to work remotely in some form for the rest of 2020. But almost half say they may resign if they were forced to return to the office. And with working from home firmly established as key to the future of […] The post Has a return to the office become a resigning matter? appeared first on SME Magazine.

EverythingBranded launches spin-off B2C print venture

  • Wednesday 14th October 2020
Promotional products specialist EverythingBranded has pivoted out the Coronavirus pandemic with the launch of its new B2C business arm, EverythingPrinted and a new e-commerce platform EverythingDigital. Paul Rowlett, the CEO and founder of the B2B-focused corporate gifts company, wasn’t going to let his £20m business, started from a laptop and phone from his front room in Leicester, go […] The post EverythingBranded launches spin-off B2C print venture appeared first on SME Magazine.

Should you buy or lease your company car?

  • Tuesday 13th October 2020
Guest post by Ben Hiorns Company cars are a great employee benefit for small businesses that can provide not only an added incentive for employees but an investment towards your future. But what makes sense for your company and your brand? To buy or lease? Buying Pros – Buying a car for a business is […] The post Should you buy or lease your company car? appeared first on SME Magazine.

Assurant launches business concierge package with IWG to support SMEs

  • Monday 12th October 2020
Assurant, a leading global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions that support, protect and connect major consumer purchases, has launched a new Business Concierge support package to help SMEs manage their back-office operations with 24/7 legal, accountancy, and technical assistance. Created in partnership with International Workplace Group (IWG), the new offering brings together legal and […] The post Assurant launches business concierge package with IWG to support SMEs appeared first on SME Magazine.

Marketing triumph – then given months to live

  • Sunday 11th October 2020
Marketing agency founder Ben Wolfenden’s career hit a new high when he was voted entrepreneur of the year at Leeds Digital Festival. But just days later he was hit with the bombshell news that he has just three months to live. Now he faces a desperate fight to secure the financial support he needs to […] The post Marketing triumph – then given months to live appeared first on SME Magazine.

Forget the office – home-working ‘is here to stay’

  • Monday 5th October 2020
The pandemic looks set to have a lasting impact on office use, according to new figures from the Institute of Directors. A survey of almost 1,000 company directors last month revealed that nearly three quarters said they would be keeping increased home-working after coronavirus. And more than half of those polled said their organisation intended […] The post Forget the office – home-working ‘is here to stay’ appeared first on SME Magazine.

Out of Lockdown and into the lolly, the ice cream maker’s deal in the desert

  • Monday 5th October 2020
An ice cream maker from Devon has guaranteed its survival beyond what was an uneventful summer – by supplying a client in Dubai. Now the cooler months of Autumn have arrived, many manufacturers are looking to hotter countries to maintain sales throughout the year. And the artisanal ice cream and sorbet producer Granny Gothards, has […] The post Out of Lockdown and into the lolly, the ice cream maker’s deal in the desert   appeared first on SME Magazine.

British fintech Lanistar heading for £1bn valuation with global expansion

  • Thursday 22nd October 2020
Leading banking alternative Lanistar, the company which is set to revolutionise how customers streamline their money, has announced it has opened a new European office in Athen, as part of its rapid expansion plans to become the next £1bn fintech company. The news comes after a major video interview conducted by the company’s founder and CEO Gurhan […] The post British fintech Lanistar heading for £1bn valuation with global expansion appeared first on SME Magazine.

Remote working not working? There’s an easy answer for SMEs

  • Thursday 22nd October 2020
Guest post by Navjot Sanghera – Apple Product Manager Many SMEs have had to urgently adapt the way they work of late. For many, it’s been a tough time – but struggling with the wrong technology needn’t keep you playing catchup in the months to come. Apple at Work can make a big difference to any […] The post Remote working not working? There’s an easy answer for SMEs appeared first on SME Magazine.

Bank reveals challenges facing ethnic minority business owners

  • Thursday 22nd October 2020
Black business owners and those from Asian and Other Ethnic Minority backgrounds face persistent disparities in business outcomes, with systemic disadvantage playing a key role. This is revealed in a report Alone together: Entrepreneurship and Diversity in the UK, published today by the British Business Bank and Oliver Wyman. The report examines the profound effects ethnic and economic background, gender and […] The post Bank reveals challenges facing ethnic minority business owners appeared first on SME Magazine.

Marketing Isn’t (Just) About Marketing Any More

  • Monday 19th October 2020
Today's truly effective Marketing Department needs to expand into previously-restricted departmental silos such as sales, support, and even finance. You've been reading Marketing Isn’t (Just) About Marketing Any More on KEXINO, a marketing blog for startups and small businesses by Gee Ranasinha. For more like this follow Gee on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Selling A Premium Product Is About More Than Its Price

  • Monday 6th January 2020
Many businesses charge less than they could for their products and services. Pricing based on research and cost analysis provides the confidence to communicate and position a product's true value. You've been reading Selling A Premium Product Is About More Than Its Price on KEXINO, a marketing blog for startups and small businesses by Gee Ranasinha. For more like this follow Gee on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Legal issues ‘needlessly risk cash reserves’

  • Sunday 1st November 2020
Small businesses are unnecessarily putting their cash reserves at risk by failing to prioritise legal issues, according one survey. A quarter of SMEs admit to having spent between £5-15,000 on dealing with legal matters within the past 12 months. Nearly one in 20 has spent over an eye-watering £30,000 in the same timeframe. This is […] The post Legal issues ‘needlessly risk cash reserves’ appeared first on SME Magazine.

An open and shut case: what Lockdown 2 means for business

  • Sunday 1st November 2020
Boris Johnson’s announcement of a second Lockdown received a mixed reaction from the business world – but left many facing a new wave of confusion and uncertainty. So, here’s an at-a-glance guide to who stays open and who, once again, will have to close their doors. OPEN Supermarkets and food stores Garden centres Other retailers […] The post An open and shut case: what Lockdown 2 means for business appeared first on SME Magazine.

Thriving in adversity: the entrepreneurs bucking the trend

  • Sunday 1st November 2020
A second Lockdown may present challenges but the first has left some Lockdown savvy businesses well-equipped to cope – including the UK’s first online in-date surplus food retailer, currently celebrating a major business milestone, having achieved a £1.1 million turnover in the past 10 months. Since launching in 2018, Food Circle Supermarket has already sold […] The post Thriving in adversity: the entrepreneurs bucking the trend appeared first on SME Magazine.

The fintech riding the biking boom

  • Sunday 1st November 2020
Fueling the increasing demand for bikes, a leading fintech for recurring payments, has teamed up with a folding bike manufacturer to streamline payments. As a result, Brompton Bike Hire customers in the UK can now benefit from easy to set-up and manage monthly payments, powered by GoCardless, guaranteeing a seamless experience for both the customer […] The post The fintech riding the biking boom appeared first on SME Magazine.

The academic thriving on meeting student aspirations

  • Sunday 1st November 2020
One of the country’s leading academic mentors has seen a huge five-fold increase in students coming to her for support since the beginning of Lockdown last March. The reason is simple. The pandemic has prevented many overseas students travelling to see universities first-hand and with restrictions affecting many countries, the UK has become an even more attractive option, particularly among […] The post The academic thriving on meeting student aspirations appeared first on SME Magazine.

The back expert helping homeworkers move forward

  • Sunday 1st November 2020
By Alec Lom As millions of office workers suddenly found themselves locked down and working from home, health ergonomist Nichola Adams’s responded quickly to “pivot” her business to focus on clients facing a new range of challenges. Nichola, one of Britain’s most experienced back pain and musculoskeletal injury specialists, saw a catalogue of cases that […] The post The back expert helping homeworkers move forward appeared first on SME Magazine.

Programme launched to stem workplace addiction crisis

  • Friday 30th October 2020
Guest post by Claire Harvey The leading addiction treatment specialists UKAT have launched a free addiction awareness programme for businesses large and small across the country. The programme is set to support the employers and employees of all types of business as the Government is encouraging those who can, to work from home during the […] The post Programme launched to stem workplace addiction crisis appeared first on SME Magazine.

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