Paternity leave – what are the rules?
Since the Paternity Pay Act was introduced in 2003, new fathers in the UK have been entitled to apply for between one and two weeks’ time-off work, depending on how long they have been with an employer.
How to choose a telecoms provider for your small company
With many small businesses run by just one person, many start-up tasks are dealt with as quickly as possible due to time constraints. Dave Millett highlights some important things to look out for before you sign a telecoms contract.
What is jury service and how will it affect my business?
Jury service is seen as an important civic duty in the UK and is a key feature of our legal system. With few exceptions, anyone between the ages of 18 and 70 who is living in the UK and on the electoral register can be selected at random for jury service.
How to deliver an inspiring speech – in 4 steps
As a small business owner, there may be times when you have to deliver a speech – to your employees, suppliers, or customers. Here are some practical steps to help you gain confidence speaking in public.
Is there a market for your new business?
You may have the best idea in the world – a fantastic new product, or a life-changing new service, but for your business to be a success, you need to be sure that there is a real market in place.
10 business plan mistakes to avoid
Steer clear of the following ten common business plan mistakes and you’ll increase your chances of convincing potential investors that you really do mean business.
What is a Unique Selling Point, and why do you need one?
Whether you’re an established small business or a start-up about to launch your enterprise in a competitive market, one of the key ingredients you need to succeed is a unique selling point.
How to write a business plan for your limited company
A business plan doesn’t have to be a hefty document and definitely shouldn’t be long-winded, especially if you’re trying to persuade your bank to fund your enterprise, attract new investors, or motivate staff.
How to find a good hosting provider for your website
Choosing the best hosting provider for your website can often seem a complex and at times, confusing process. If you’re tech savvy, great. If not, how do you know which provider or server to go for when there are so many options?
Pension auto enrolment – a guide for small company owners
As a business owner, you are probably aware that you must automatically enrol any employees into a workplace pension scheme. Here we look at how the new pension rules work, and explain why many small companies are exempt. Who needs to be enrolled on the scheme? There are several criteria you should consider when determining […]