How Can SMEs Thrive During and After Brexit?

Brexit has been one of the most important news items of the past 12 months, and whether you were for or against leaving the EU when the vote was held, chances are that as a business owner you have some concerns about how it will affect you.

Brexit

There has always been a saying in business however that every crisis brings with it its own opportunities – so can you really stand to benefit from the current volatility caused by the Brexit situation?

1. Leaving the Single Market

It remains to be seen how leaving the single market will affect different industries, but since Theresa May announced that that was the intention Britain would be going with – rather than trying to negotiate a deal where Britain left the EU but remained in the market – the pound has rallied somewhat.…

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Expanding your Business: 3 Things to Consider

Many business owners hear the term expansion and assume that we are talking overseas, and yet expanding even within the same town carries many different duties with it. For a start, there is finding the right property and deciding what makes it a good space to expand to.

New office space

There are different factors which will affect what kind of property you might want to go into, such as its location and proximity to conveniences for staff. This makes the building seem more attractive to staff and can help with longevity.

Buy or rent

When it comes to finding industrial property, you will need to think hard about whether to buy or rent.…

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How to Prioritise Employee Wellbeing in Your Business

Sometimes in the work place the wellbeing of employees is sacrificed in the flow of business. It might sound like something well out of your capacity, but it happens more often that you’d think and generally without anyone even realising. It’s important to stay aware of the spirit of your employees as, apart from the social and moral responsibility that comes with being an employer, maintaining a happy workforce is proven to improve your company’s performance and efficiency.

Employee wellbeing

What is employee wellbeing?

Employee wellbeing is, in its simplest form, all to do with how happy your employees are. There are many factors that could influence this, many of which are, obviously, out of your hands, such as their home and personal life, but employers are often unaware of just how much power they have over their employees’s happiness.…

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Could Mobile Phones Lead The Rise of The Cashless Economy in Africa?

The world is moving towards a global economy that deals less with paper and more digitalized data. Electronic payments have made substantial inroads among consumers in some developed countries, and many of these markets have been building the infrastructure for cashless transactions for a long time. However, even in the most cashless developed countries, such as the Netherlands, cash is still used in 40% of all consumer transactions.

Entrepreneur using smartphone

Trends in Africa

Africa is already leading the world in the use of mobile money, and its growth is accelerating with Internet penetration rising rapidly through mobile technology. In countries such as Kenya and Uganda, mobile-money accounts have become much more widespread than bank accounts.

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Company Cafeterias Foster Healthy Eating Habits

You are what you eat. Unfortunately, a sizable portion of today’s workforce is going about their lunch breaks all the wrong ways and paying the price through lethargy, stress, and overspending. By implementing health-focused cafeterias in their workplaces, many employers could see a rise in productivity and overall well-being among their staff members.

Corporate cafetaria

Picture the typical lunch break for the typical office worker: it most likely involves someone ducking out for an hour and stopping at any number of fast food restaurants or microwaving a frozen meal for a quick, cheap, and satisfying bite. However, the momentary bliss of a greasy burger is negated over time by the cumulative effect of years upon years of fatty foods high in saturated fat.…

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Solving Bank Collection Compliance Issues For United States Financial Institutions

If you run or manage a financial institution, then you already understand how difficult staying ahead of collection compliance laws can be. Although staying compliant is not always an easy task, any mistakes can make it all but impossible for you to collect on delinquent accounts, and they can even result in legal problems.

Bank collection compliance

Taking the proper steps and following an effective plan can work wonders to keep your bank on the right track. If you are unsure of where to start, the following information will get you moving in the right direction. In addition to learning about the most common issues, you will also discover some of the top tactics that are used by industry professionals to keep their records and collection processes organized.…

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Property Management Industry Faces Drone Invasion: Why That’s a Good Thing

With drone technology having advanced to the point of offering an attractive alternative to human labour in industries ranging from defence to wedding photography, property management markets around the globe are bracing for impact.

Drones

Drones could be a genuine game changer for the property management industry, but companies wishing to replace their human employees with robots face numerous obstacles.

But between government crackdowns and hidden costs, property management companies wishing to replace their human employees with robots have their work cut out for them. Let’s investigate the pros and cons of the drone use in this report.

What are drones?

The term “drone” is a catchall buzzword for most types of aircraft that can be piloted remotely.…

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What Does the New U.S. Administration Mean for the Tech Industry?

With a new President-elect already shaking up the political sphere with Cabinet and agency picks, many are wondering what the new U.S. administration is going to mean for the tech industry. Markets have swung in both directions since the election, and calling a close forecast of what to expect from the new administration’s financial or policy positions has been deemed an impossible endeavor from many major publications.

Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Silicon Valley has enjoyed a relaxed relationship with the federal government over the past 8 years of the Obama presidency. In fact, the White House even hired former Google personnel to slide into the newly-created chief technology officer position.…

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Tips For a Great First Time Business Travel Planning

Whenever you travel for business purposes you will need to think about many different things. This can be quite difficult when it is the very first time that you plan such a departure. In most cases it is a great idea to discuss with business travel experts. However, this is not always available.

Fortunately, we have some practical tips to get you started on the right foot.

Business traveller

We live in a world where business operations turn into global enterprises. Because of this, business travel is so common. If this is your very first business trip, here are some great tips offered by NobelCom.…

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Targeting Your Ideal Pet Business Customer

Understanding your pet owners is crucial for your business to grow. By determining your ideal customers you’ll be choosing the best focus for all of your marketing efforts, making sure your communications are effective, timely and geographically appropriate.

Pet grooming business

Who do you want to talk to?

Start by researching your market and creating a profile of your ideal customer. This should include basic demographic information, such as:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Location
  • Income
  • Psychographic information such as interests, hobbies, lifestyle and behaviours

Building a basic picture of your target audience’s life will give you insight into the type of person who will potentially buy your services and the reasons why.…

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