Which source of funding for manufacturing is right for your business?

Tasha Horton Advice

Following on from our article about ‘Where to go for small business support’, we also wanted to highlight the funding opportunities available to manufacturing businesses. While running a manufacturing business comes with its own unique challenges, like any business a steady stream of cash is necessary to keep it afloat. As a result, it’s essential to have a tight grip …

Individualism

Me vs You. The rise of individualism in the workplace

Tasha Horton Advice, People

Consider for a minute the global East and West. When you compare the two side by side a number of defining and opposite characteristics probably flash through your mind – some stereotypical some perhaps not. But when it comes to core guiding principles there is a stark contrast. The East typically draws on a collectivist culture that values the group over the individual. Whereas the West draws on an individualistic …

What to do in a serious data breach

Paul Webster Advice, Cybersecurity

In today’s computerised world, serious data breaches are becoming all too common. It’s becoming a case of “if” not “when” as cyber-attacks sky rocket. Over the past few years, many organisations have fallen victim to these lapses in security; including public institutions like the NHS. It’s essential to know what to do should the worst happen, so here are a …

Keeping productive in the summer heat

Tasha Horton Advice

The UK is currently experiencing one of the longest and hottest heatwaves in recent memory. There hasn’t been any real rain for weeks and people have forgotten what jumpers look like. In conditions like these, it’s easy to lose concentration and let your business get away from you. This is especially true when people need to take a much-deserved break. With …

How does B2B Marketing differ from B2C?

Paul Webster Advice

When most people think about marketing, the first thing that pops into their mind is probably B2C (Business to Consumer) marketing. The sort of thing you’d find in most everyday transactions, like buying something for yourself online or on the high street. But B2B (Business to Business) transactions are some of the most important in the business world. So, what’s …

How to save money by making the move to green

Tasha Horton Advice

Environmental protection is now one of the biggest issues on the planet. What was once a concern for activists and non-government organisations is now something that every business needs to address. But being more environmentally friendly isn’t just a PR stunt. It can put your business on the path to true sustainability, meaning that you can protect your business for …

Getting to grips with some more business jargon

Tasha Horton Advice, People

Business jargon is everywhere these days (so much so that we’ve already written a blog on the subject). Sometimes it can be difficult to wrap your head around what it all means. Well we’ve got you covered. Here are some more examples of business jargon that are taking the corporate world by storm: Armchair general An armchair general is someone …

Business man playing hard avoiding work

To work hard, you have to play hard!

Tasha Horton Advice

We’re all familiar with the phrase “work hard, play hard” its become a bit of a cliché, a joke, something you’d say casually, but not something we ever actually put a lot of serious thought to. But behind that one silly phrase sits a lot of truth. Our new workplace culture The instantaneous and all-encompassing nature of our workplace has …

public speaking in hall

Fake it till you make it. Public speaking

Tasha Horton Advice

Public speaking can be an anxiety-inducing or never-wracking experience for anyone, experienced or not. Public speaking can make the best of us fall apart myself included. I don’t know about you but being asked to speak in front of people fills my stomach with butterflies and brings on the inevitable dread that makes my brain start to whir. It’s when …

Who’s going to be the next big player in the world economy?

Paul Webster Advice

The world economy is changing at an unprecedented rate. New technologies and globalisation mean that developing countries are becoming serious economic contenders. But which countries could become the major economies of the future? There are a whole host of different economic groups that could provide the answer. Let’s take a look at them: The BRICS The most well known group …

Get to grips with business jargon

Paul Webster Advice, People

Business jargon is all the rage these days. It seems like everyday there’s some new buzzwords to get to grips with. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide on some of the latest business buzzwords floating about the boardroom. And if you really want to stay ahead of things, have a look at our blogs covering all sorts of …

Where to go for small business support

Paul Webster Advice, People

It can be a tricky world out there for small businesses. Often it can feel as though you have to go it alone. But help is out there. These fantastic organisations go out of their way to make sure that small businesses like yours reach their full potential. So, without further ado, here are 5 great places to go to …

GDPR is here. Now what?

Paul Webster Advice

Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As of 25th May, the new law came into force. But what exactly does it mean? And what does a post-GDPR world look like? This blog will take you through what you can expect now the new legislation is in place. GDPR …

Decoding even more tech talk

Paul Webster Advice, Software

There’s no shortage of technical jargon floating around these days. In fact, there’s so much tech talk out there that we’ve already made two blogs dedicated to the subject (you can find them here and here). But there’s still so much confusing jargon out there to uncover. So, without further ado, here are some more tech talk phrases, demystified: The …

Productivity ninja

How to become a productivity ninja 

Tasha Horton Advice

Productivity and I have an on again off again relationship. I’m sure the same is true for many of you too. Some days I can fly through five hours of work in three and others I struggle with what should have been a 30 minute task for an hour or longer or on the worst days I feel zero motivation to do …

5 ways AI could change your business forever

Paul Webster Advice, Software

AI (Artificial Intelligence) is becoming one of the most important technological developments in recent years. It refers to the ability of machines to make intelligent decisions that would normally be reserved for humans. What was once only thought of as an idea from films such as The Terminator and Blade Runner is now approaching reality. Science fiction is becoming science …

The GDPR is just ONE month away! Are you ready?

Paul Webster Advice, People

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is fast approaching. The deadline date for compliance is 25th May 2018. But what exactly is the GDPR? And will it really affect you? This blog will give you a whistle stop tour of what you need to know when it comes to GDPR. But there’s so much to GDPR, it can’t all be …

I'm ok - you're ok. Healthy relationship

Act your age, not your shoe size. Maintaining happy working relationships.

Tasha Horton Advice, People

Work relationships can be challenging. Even in this day and age, the most common cause of employee turnover is other people. Unproductive, difficult and failing relationships plague workplaces across the country, we all get annoyed with co-workers, colleagues or managers. So how do you resist the urge to tell someone to act their age and not their shoe size? And …