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Innovative thought-provoking marketing

By Simon Chapman | Yee Group Ltd

I was asked the other day to list what I thought businesses could do to improve their marketing. My focus has always been in two areas - innovation and execution. Coming up with a creative idea is a great way of cutting through what other businesses are doing; and the 'noise' that they are creating. Many are simply bombarding customers with facts and information. Much of this is said to be done to satisfy their customers’ insatiable appetite for facts and detail. This so-called noise generated in so many marketing channels is becoming a distraction. Great marketing campaigns achieve their greatness through being seamlessly executed. From my experience, much can be achieved at the planning...

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Redknapp divorce highlights need for no-fault divorce

By Aaron Keene | The Wilkes Partnership Solicitors

There has been significant press during the Christmas period relating to the fact that Louise and Jamie Redknapp have been granted a divorce after 19 years of marriage. Aaron Keene, Partner in the Family department at Wilkes looks at the current regulations surrounding divorce and how no-fault divorces could ease tensions between separating parties. The beginning of the year is seen to be one of the busiest times for couples seeking a divorce in the period immediately following the Christmas vacation, specifically, the first day back after Christmas being known as D Day or Divorce Day. Much has been written about the fact that Louise Redknapp has filed for divorce citing the unreasonable behaviour...

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How to bring more natural light into your property

By Katie Foster | Trade Access Panels Ltd

When it comes to natural light in your home, there are many different options which you can take to ensure that there is sufficient non-artificial light within the premises. Natural light is a critical natural resource which can bring a lot of benefits, and there are multiple ways of generating it for your property. We are going to be taking a look at a few of these below, so that you can achieve the light levels which you desire. Roof Lantern – Less Roof More Sky One of the first things which you can do to bring additional natural light into your property is to install a Roof Lantern. A Roof Lantern would not only provide you with added natural daylight but would also add financially to...

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Why running is good for business

By Richard Easterbrook | The Great Run Company

We live in an age of corporate social responsibility and an expectation from employees that the workplace is no longer just somewhere to simply arrive, work and leave. It has become an all-encompassing thing, with employers now keen to keep their staff fit and well by providing a gym on site, organising events and initiative to get the workforce moving. A more active workforce is a happier workforce, and happy employees mean – well, I’m sure you can do the maths. Of course, not all employers have the means or the environment to provide on-site gyms or running tracks on the roof, so there’s a much simpler option – running. It’s one of the easiest activities to take up, all you need is a pair...

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Planning your website for 2018

By Hattie Anderson | Cocoonfxmedia Ltd

It’s a start of a new year and you are either starting to think about your new business or you’re looking to make 2018 your best year yet. You have been looking over Christmas, how to move your business forward and your thinking about how to improve or get yourself a really good website which will get you loads of business. The thing is you don't know where to start, you're probably getting lots of calls and emails saying you need or need things doing to your website. There is so much advice out there so many people with different ideas on what you should be doing. SEO, Social Media is being talked about and you're getting a bit lost. Like anything you need to plan. If you don't have a plan,...

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Five tips for a successful commercial business relocation

By Stephen Burke | FBC Manby Bowdler

It’s said that moving to a new house is one of the most stressful events of your life. If you’re moving your business, then you have a completely different set of things to worry about. Rather than ‘Where’s the kitchen box with the kettle gone?’ it’s more ‘Where’s the box with the server gone?' But FBC Manby Bowdler’s Stephen Burke says you’ve also got to make sure that a move doesn’t cost you more than just the price of the removals van and that your business doesn’t suffer as a result. Business relocations should be smooth transitions with barely a ripple and here are Stephen’s top 5 tips to make sure your relocation is a success. 1) Get all the legal paperwork done A change of business...

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All is not fair in love and dalliance - beware when fortunes involved

By Linda Heyworth | Sydney Mitchell LLP

Personal relationships are generally considered private matters, but it is sometimes necessary for judges to delve deeply into them in order to discern whether binding promises have been made. One such case concerned a handyman who formed an intimate relationship with his very wealthy employer. The woman, who was worth about £10 million, had taken on the handyman to do odd jobs around her country estate. However, after their relationship developed, he claimed that they had lived together as man and wife for several years before they parted acrimoniously. He alleged that she had promised him a stake in two residential properties and shares in a company that owned a third. Alternatively, he...

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Finding your perfect web developer

By Sam Uddin | Pronto Creative

When it comes to getting your business online there are a whole host of options to consider. You can be brave and go it alone, or you can enlist the help of an expert. With the need to spend your time doing what you do best rather than trying to be a jack of all trades it makes sense to find a web developer. So, what should you look for and how can you find one? Cheapest Doesn’t Mean Best The web is bursting with people that will claim they can build you an entire site in an afternoon for £100. Whilst this may sound like a great bargain of a lifetime deal you have found yourself, don’t believe the hype. The chances are you’re dealing with a hobbyist or a novice that doesn’t have the tools...

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How to rebrand and refresh your small business

By Clare Whalley | Meta4 Business Coaching & Training Solutions

Why it’s important for small businesses to keep your branding fresh... A few small business owners fail to think about their business as a brand, and that brand being a reflection of their and their business personality, core values and customer experiences. My knowledge and experience has developed massively since the start of my business – I’m not who I was in 2007 and of course my business has evolved as a result; my brand no longer reflects the experiences my clients have and the exceptional results they achieve. The courses I’ve attended and money I’ve invested in myself and my business has meant that my values have now developed into: leadership, balance and results. So, having celebrated...

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If you want to keep your driving licence, avoid doing these things

By Manjinder Singh Kang | Kang & Co Solicitors

If you want to keep your driving licence, avoid doing these things... Speeding A very common sight on the roads, speeding is a temptation that too many drivers give in to. It’s common knowledge that vehicle speed has a direct correlation to the severity of an accident and the injury sustained. If everyone drove at similar speeds and within the speed limit prescribed on the road, predicting the movement of other vehicles would be far easier, but the high speeds make it much harder to predict and the time in which to react is drastically reduced. It should come as no surprise that speeding is the second highest cause of fatalities on the road behind drunk driving. There are easy steps you...

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