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Flex up and look sharp

With an estimated 70 per cent of mothers in the UK working according to the Women’s Business Council, flexible working is a business buzzword which is knocking on the door of employers across all industries up and down the country. Once a marginal part of the UK workforce, today the amount of working mothers is…

Sophie Burnett Interview

Successful Entrepreneurs’ Stories

Sophie was pleased to be interviewed by Adele McLay, for her ‘Successful Entrepreneur Stories’ blog about her transition from being self-employed through to joint Managing Director of PA Business Support Ltd with her business partner Sabina. She talks about the trials and tribulations of her business journey, how she and Sabina have worked together over…

SMEs infographics

UK Small Business Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s been said by many that SMEs represent the backbone of the UK economy. We took a look at some of the statistics from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills report and created an infographic to highlight some of the key findings. In 2013, there were around 4.9 million small businesses in the UK which employed…

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The Importance of the UK’s SME Network [INFOGRAPHIC]

As a follow up to our post on the UK’s Small Business Statistics, we found this cool infographic from Platform Black, which includes more detail on employment, geography and finance. As an aside, The Guardian recently reported that SMEs face £40bn in unpaid invoices stating “That’s an average of £38,186 per firm. If the figure reaches £50,000,…

tips

5 Top Tips for Small Businesses

Did you know that there are over 4.5 million SMEs in Britain? In the last three years, they’ve created 80% of the new jobs in the private sector – I think that’s amazing. SMEs make up 99.9% of all private businesses in the UK and employ 14.4 million people. With an annual turnover of £1,600…

outsourcing

The What and Why of Outsourcing

Do you remember reading about the US software developer who outsourced his entire job to China for a sixth of what he was being paid last year? He was found out when the company he worked for looked into who had been connecting to their system from China. His boss wasn’t amused and he was…

Personal assistant support

9 Reasons Why You Need a Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistants are a relatively new phenomenon. According to Wikipedia, it is estimated there are only up to 25,000 VA’s worldwide – it’s a rapidly growing profession as companies realise the benefits and more VA’s setup business, or join existing ones. So why exactly would you hire a VA? Here’s nine simple reasons why you…