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Don’t Forget Employment Law Applies To The Christmas Party

Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Office Christmas parties are renowned for keeping Employment Tribunals busy in the New Year. Cases over recent years highlight just how far removed from the incident an employer can be and yet still become entangled in litigation. Laura Claridge, Employment lawyer at Gullands Solicitors, comments: “The key point to bear in mind is that employment…

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It’s all about Trust

Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

In previous blogs and from our Facebook page you would have read about my passion to ensure all families have adequate life cover in place. What is as important as having life cover in place? Ensuring it is placed into an appropriate “Trust”. I wanted to write a blog to bring awareness to the importance…

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What’s Your New Year’s Bizolution?

Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The New Year celebrations are often accompanied with resolutions – promises to change the way you do certain things, or vows to trying new things that will improve you as a person. So why can’t we do the same for the way we run our businesses? We want to hear your ‘New Year’s Bizolutions’ –…

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Why do 9 in 10 businesses fail?

Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

You’re probably wondering why there are such high failure rates amongst small businesses. It’s estimated that nine out of ten startups fail. Having an insight into some of the most common reasons given by founder CEOs of failed businesses might provide you with examples of what not to do in order to achieve long term…

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The Marketing Tools of Christmas Past

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Well not quite Christmas past, but focusing on the Christmas theme, I’m going to discuss the ghosts and more specifically, Marketing tools of Christmas past. 1. Yellow Pages The Yellow Pages has been around since, can you believe it, 1886. Now re-branded Hibu, after Yell.com didn’t take off in the way they hoped, the Yellow…

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5 Steps to a Better Technology Budget

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Despite being crucial to the success of their business, many business owners still don’t give enough thought to properly budgeting for their technology needs. Companies tend to underestimate the value of good, reliable technology and think of IT support as a service that is needed only after things have gone wrong. With that in mind…

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Your Vision – Your Numbers

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

It’s all about you! It’s about your vision, a vision that has clarity using the numbers that matter to you. Notice, I have said vision and not mission and that is because the two are often confused but in my opinion are completely different.   Mission – is your core purpose i.e. your reason for being…

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Rising Stars November 2014

Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

According to the Oxford Dictionary, in Astrological terms a star is “a configuration regarded as influencing a person’s fortunes or personality”. In many ways that’s exactly what Rising Stars, the Chamber’s new networking support forum for those in professional services is all about – a configuration for influencing an individual’s fortunes. Launched in November at…

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What landlords want to know about the Immigration Act

Posted on Monday, November 17th, 2014

If you are a landlord and you have heard that you will be expected to check the immigration status of your incoming tenants, firstly ‘Don’t panic!’ From 1st December 2014 there are pilots running in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, and Wolverhampton, so unless you have properties in those areas, you have time to find out more…

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Eight Great Marketing Tips for Your Business

Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2014

If you want to improve on some of your marketing efforts, here are some great marketing tips that can help to improve what you are doing immediately. Do you do send email marketing campaigns? Try a more niche approach by emailing specific messages to certain people which may get you a better open and click through…

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