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Five cash flow tips for small businesses
All businesses need a healthy cash flow to thrive, but it’s particularly important for the smallest firms that have to deal with a very narrow margin between success and failure. A recent survey by Intuit QuickBooks highlighted the scale of this challenge for small and medium-sized enterprises, 57 per cent of which said they had experienced problems with their cash flow. More than a third (38
How to know if you’re unhappy at work (and what to do about it)
Being happy at work is something everyone aspires to, but many people find it a difficult goal to achieve. Firstly, it’s important to have a clear understanding of your feelings towards your job, with some workers so accustomed to their day-to-day routines they lose perspective on exactly how they feel about work. Are you unhappy at work? One of the most effective ways to evaluate your happiness
How to improve the quality of your sleep
Everyone knows that sleep is important, but it’s easy to overlook just how vital it can be to get a good night’s rest if you want to reach your maximum potential in the workplace. A recent survey by bed and mattress provider Time4Sleep suggested there is a link between sleep quality and a person’s overall satisfaction with their career. Of all respondents who were happy with their working
What makes London a great city to start a business?
There are many factors that play a part in determining the long-term results and success of a business, one of which is the location where the enterprise is based. Entrepreneurs in the UK benefit from the fact there are many British cities that provide supportive, growth-enabling environments for small firms. One of the most attractive destinations of all for start-ups is London, the driving force
Should firms be doing more to help dads spend time with their kids?
The UK government’s shared parental leave system was introduced in 2015, allowing parents to share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of statutory parental pay between them. However, recent research has suggested very few working parents are taking advantage of these provisions, even though many fathers would welcome the opportunity to spend more time with their family. This begs the question:
How to keep your employees’ spirits up
Morale can have a big impact on how a business functions. With a workforce full of unhappy, unfulfilled people, any company will struggle to achieve results and grow. According to recent research by PASS, a firm that provides technology for employee background checks, the average British worker rates their relationship with their boss at 6.6 out of ten. The employers taking part in the survey gave
UK’s small firms positive about sales growth
The ongoing uncertainty about the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union is continuing to cause headaches for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), but this doesn’t appear to have dented confidence when it comes to making sales. Skipton Business Finance (SBF) surveyed almost 1,000 leaders of small firms across Britain and found that many respondents were optimistic about their revenue prospects. ‘Truly
The do’s and don’ts of a staff grievance system
Every manager will want their business to work smoothly, with staff getting on well with them and each other. Efficient HR systems and policies should help with this and also to make sure the basics of office life run smoothly. However, the reality is that things do not always work out like that. Staff fall out with each other and managers, have gripes about various aspects of their work, and occasionally
The pros and cons of rigid pay and reward schemes
How your company functions and whatever way you organise office life, pay is ultimately going to be a big issue for your staff. After all, it is the primary reason they do their jobs; very few people would do what they do for a living as a hobby. For this reason, pay and rewards are sure to be a key element of job satisfaction for everyone. This is not just a question of them being paid well - which
How to get the best advice for growing your business
Anyone who has experience of running their own business will know just how difficult it can be. From making sales to cutting costs to looking after tax and other legal responsibilities, there are numerous challenges that the average company owner will face every single day. It’s, therefore, hugely important to get support and advice from as many sources as possible. If you’re not sure how to