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Wednesday Insight: generating leads as an SMME

As a small business, ensuring that you maintain a healthy pipeline of new business leads is essential for your financial stability and continued growth. In this article, we look at some simple, low-cost and effective means of increasing your lead generation as a small, medium or micro enterprise (SMME). Increased communication Small businesses, in comparison…
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This Week In Business

Despite the looming challenges facing business, particularly in terms of exposure to international opportunities, the UK’s small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) seem to be resilient. Business owners’ perception of risk facing their own business has fallen by 15 per cent compared with the last financial quarter. However, rising prices in the wake of the Brexit…
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Wednesday Insight: spotlight on the marketing sector

The UK’s advertising and marketing industry is one of the largest and most lucrative in the world, employing half a million people, many of which are based in small, medium and micro enterprises. In this blog, we look at the challenges facing SMMEs in the sector and how they can adapt to them. Key figures…
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This Week In Business

The outlook for UK businesses has been gloomy in recent months, according to the Bank of England. The continued trend of low wage growth was this week branded a “return to pre-industrial Britain” by Andy Haldane, the Chief Economist of the UK’s central bank. This is hitting productivity hard: although productivity in OECD countries has been…
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Wednesday Insight: How SMMEs can improve client care

In order to compete with household names, small businesses need to work harder to ensure they are responding to their customers’ needs. In this article, we explore why customer and client care are important, and simple ways that small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) can improve their customer experience. Key Facts UK businesses lose £12…
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This Week in Business

Although the news this week has been dominated by yesterday’s General Election, it’s been an eventful week in business. Amidst the volatility of the sterling, it was announced that the UK has fallen to the bottom to the EU in terms of economic growth. Recent figures show Britain to have been the worst-performing member of…
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Wednesday Insight: Making the most of the digital economy

Almost every aspect of the economy is moving online, and in doing so, is transforming the way that businesses, and their customers, behave. In this article, we take a look at how small businesses are responding to the digital economy, and examine three ways they can better take advantage of it. Key figures Online sales…
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This Week In Business

The week got off to a discouraging start for businesses in the construction industry, as it was revealed that house prices in the UK fell for a third consecutive month in May for the first time since 2009. The results of the survey, commissioned by Nationwide, will confirm the fears of many in the property…
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This Week In Business

It’s lukewarm news for small businesses in the services sector, as the latest quarterly results show that that the economy expanded by just 0.2% between January and March. This was largely due to weak performance by the services sector which accounts for over three-quarters of UK gross domestic product (GDP). The results from the Office…
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Wednesday insight: What do the manifestos offer to SMMEs?

There are just two weeks to go until the General Election. The campaigns are now in full swing and the manifestos have been published. In this blog post we take a look at what’s on offer for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). Taxation Whatever the outcome of the Election, a reassessment of small businesses’…
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