Business and Industry
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Tips for start-ups: Accountancy software

Accounting and payroll are not, admittedly, the most exciting parts of a business. They are, unfortunately, absolutely critical to its success.      
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Sir Richard Branson: Passion is key to entrepreneurial success

Richard Branson created the global mega-brand Virgin in 1970 at the age of 20. Here he offers his best business advice and insight into how he achieved his success.
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The modern entrepreneur: Reaching international markets

The scope for exports and international market integration through the web is bigger than ever - now is the time to take your SME global.
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Peter Jones CBE on the virtues of new business

I believe that anyone has it within them to become a successful entrepreneur and it is never too early to get into business.
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New business overseas: The Chinese market

China is opening its doors to western brands and entrepreneurs looking to take their new business global.
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Your SME: Key things to remember

Duncan Cheatle, Founder of The Prelude Group and The Supper Club, goes through some of the key Q & A's that you need to be wary of when building your start-up.
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4 legal tips for entrepreneurs

Deb McGargle, Director of Particular Legal, shares her four best tips for getting to grips with your business' legal responsibilities.  
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Sir Richard Branson: The importance of digital skills for SMEs

Technology must be embraced by all small business owners and put at the heart of everything they do, regardless of the industry they operate in.
Why small businesses can push the UK forward

Why small businesses can push the UK forward

The majority of private sector companies are small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) providing millions of jobs. They are crucial to the UK’s economic recovery, says Tom Borthen, director of The Business Show.
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Follow the crowd to raise finance

Question: When the banks won’t lend you money where can you go for investment? Answer: One popular alternative funding option is crowdfunding which is growing at a rapid rate
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Engineering: a man's world?

Roma Agrawal explains that although engineering is still a male-dominated industry, more women are now being encouraged into engineering fields.
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Clever use of technology can make or break start-ups

Small firms that use technology effectively are more likely to survive and grow than others.
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Inspiration for young entrepreneurs: David Humpston case study

At the age of 17, David Humpston gave up the prospect of a career in professional motorsport and decided to branch into business. This turned out to be a very good decision.
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Exporters reap the rewards, but more SMEs must take the leap

The contribution of SMEs to total exports is significant, but only a minority of firms account for the majority of export value.
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Why exporting is key to sustained economic growth

The great news is that the ONS figures show export is going well and has increased dramatically since 2013, going from £304bn to £387bn in 2014 - still to be adjusted - but a marked improvement.
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Branson's 4 top tips for growing your business

You’ve taken the leap and decided to build your own business. Your dream might be to become your own boss, or create products you’re really passionate about, but it doesn’t matter. You’ve decided to create your own path and that’s brilliant.
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Understanding auto-enrolment and how it affects your business

Auto-enrolment means all employers must automatically enrol certain staff into a workplace pension scheme and make contributions into it.
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Peter Jones CBE talks funding for start-ups

Since the first episode of Dragons’ Den aired back in 2005, Peter Jones – the one remaining panellist from the programme’s original line-up – has invested in more than 15 companies.
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Andy Khawaja talks entrepreneurialism, and what it takes to make it

Andy founded Allied Wallet in Los Angeles in 2002, and over the years saw his business growing from nothing to the multi-billion international company it is today.
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Success of UK manufacturer who sells its coffee machines to the Italians

Fracino - the UK's only manufacturer of espresso and cappuccino machines - is marking a momentous 2015 with unprecedented expansion at home and overseas.
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Why more people are saving into a workplace pension scheme than ever before

Automatic Enrolment has reversed years of decline in pensions saving and now more and more people are saving into a workplace pension scheme.
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How differently will we and our organisations need to think and behave in the future?

The world is changing, and work is changing with it. How will that impact the way we lead, manage and operate in the workplace?
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Communicating employees benefits in the digital age

Today's revolution in technology is changing all areas of our lives. The expectation of choice that people have in their home life when making purchases and decisions, is becoming the case with being able to choose benefits.
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What is employee engagement and is it worth our attention?

The roots of employee engagement go back over 50 years, but it is over the last decade or so that it has spread as a term and point of focus.
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Engaging employees is the key to bringing back integrity to financial services

Preventing further scandals in financial services doesn’t require more regulation, it’s about a change of culture, say Jeannette Lichner.
Douglas Lamont and Innocent drinks brand

Smoothie operators: learning lessons the innocent way

Innocent drinks engages its people through empowerment and transparency, and gives them the chance to try new ideas without fear of failure.
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Employee engagement and benefits expert panel

We spoke to four business experts about employee engagement and benefits to find out about strategy and developments within the industry.
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Shaping the agenda and building an inclusive society

Businesses need to understand that diversity and inclusion strategies can help them become more successful, says Dianah Worman OBE.
Diverse graduate recruitment revitalises innovation

Diverse graduate recruitment 'revitalises innovation'

Savvy businesses, particularly well-resourced ones with well-developed graduate schemes, are working hard to improve the diversity of their workforce.
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Closing the gender gap in the technology industry

"Closing the gender gap is not only an equitable and fair thing to do, it leads to a more coherent society, it's good for individuals, families, communities, companies and, ultimately, the country" - Trudy Norris-Grey, Chair of WISE.
Inclusion in engineering It s not a linear process

Inclusion in engineering: It’s not a linear process

Businesses that are openly inclusive towards other underrepresented groups can attract and retain more of the potential female and male talent pool.
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Only fully committed companies make 'lasting change'

The ironic thing about diversity and inclusion is that it's about promoting difference. Yet so many organisations do exactly the same things to try to be innovative and creative in this space.
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Business chooses the smart route

In today’s brave new world, Smart Cities offer business opportunities that a generation ago could not have been dreamt of.
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Building future Britain

As a country we need to accept that we need renewed as well as new infrastructure to achieve economic growth to build future Britain
Charles Cotton, Performance and Reward Adviser, CIPD

Keeping the workforce happy

What can be done to find the best employees? An increasingly wide range of benefits is now the employers’ best bet.
Dame Carol Black

The workplace: an arena for promoting public health

Workplace health and wellbeing initiatives can bring benefits to employees, employers and the whole community.
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Boosting production by improving occupational health

Healthy, happy employees boost business productivity, so employers are keen to optimise staff health and wellbeing. How can occupational health providers help?
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Employee wellness: the revolution is upon us

If you think your employer does not care about your emotional or financial wellness, then just wait a year or so for them to get their act together.
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Is gender an issue for graduates entering the jobs market?

Charlie Ball, head of higher education intelligence at Prospects looks at the career opportunities for female graduates.
Jacqueline de Rojas, President of techUK

Gender balance: not just a feminist issue

Jacqueline de Rojas, President of techUK explains why achieving a greater gender balance can be transformative in a business's development.
Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity

In the City there’s strength in numbers

In 2008, Vanessa Vallely decided to set up, a one stop shop for everything a working woman would need as she follows the kind of career path that had traditionally been open to men.
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How has technology evolved to impact on work?

It’s taken less than 40 years for information technology to evolve from having little or no impact on any of us to becoming an integral part of almost everyone’s lives.
Shilpa Shah, Deloitte

Nothing geeky about working in technology

It is a constant challenge to encourage young women to enter the STEM sector. Here Deloitte Delivery Models director Shilpa Shah explains why she loves working in the technology sector.
Francesca McDonagh

Finding a better balance at HSBC

The bank is targeting 50/50 parity between men and women in its UK leadership team. One of the bank's most senior women explains how.
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Add value to your event with the right technology

The fast pace of technology makes this an exciting time for event planners. But don't make the mistake of using tech just because you can — ask how it can add value to your event.
Sue Daley

Technology unlocking business growth

In an increasingly digital economy, Sue Daley, head of cloud, big data and analytics at techUK, explains how new technologies are key to business growth.
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Communicate your message with thoughtful technology

Don't use event technology for technology's sake, says Ru Barksfield, Co-founder of FATUnicorn. Instead, use it to its best advantage to enhance your brand message.
Tangle Teezer founders

Teezing a big profit from international growth

The fast growing hair care specialist Tangle Teezer has been one of the great success stories of the last decade and has seen rapid growth over the last eight years.
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The importance of a good exit strategy

An entrepreneur naturally wants to focus on building up the company. But what should he or she bear in mind when the time comes to bow out?
Kate Jones, chair of the Board, Institute of Internal Communication and head of internal communications, Tarmac

Get 'appy: a great way to engage your employees

Employee apps can play an important role in employee engagement. The trick is building or buying the right one for your company needs, and then using it effectively.