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Advice and tips for improving your business.
This section contains a wealth of tips and advice for improving your business processes and increasing your top and bottom lines.
Branding blunders to avoid…
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Key elements of a good brand.
Minimise the payments on your borrowing.
An introduction to target costing.
Make sure you get the best credit card deal.
The importance of monitoring projections and results.
Maximise your chance of raising funds.
A checklist for utility savings.
Advantages of buying secondhand.
Keeping down the costs of external financing.
Set up a tracking system for your equipment leases.
Beware a common trap of allowing margins to slip with business is good.
Ways to monitor your progress and efficiency.
Good product design is at the heart of business profitability.
A business risk assessment checklist.
How to negotiate with suppliers while keeping good relations.
Which functions are best outsourced?
Don’t waste time in board or company meetings.
Checklist for the pros and cons of in-house manufacturing.
Inefficient stock management can be one of the biggest drains on profitability.
The benefits of benchmarking.
Improving profits without just cutting costs.
Don’t leave it to the last minute to plan for the next generation.
Planning for a successful exit from a partnership.
An introduction to the issues involved in a business sale.
Frequently asked questions on making a business sale.
Protect your business against economic downturns.
Plan now to protect yourself, your family and your business if the unthinkable happens.
Tips for more effective business meetings.
Using energy efficiently could significantly reduce your running costs.
Minimise the risk of fraud to your business.
Checklist for what to consider when leasing.
Eleven of the most common fraud risk factors for your business.
Your business should have a strategy for dealing with disaster.
Relocating your business requires careful planning.
Corporate giving can make a substantial contribution to your profitability.
Suspecting an employee of fraud can put you in a difficult position.
Ideas to help make your business trips more successful.
The do’s and don’ts of home working.
A twelve-point programme to help business owners and managers to avoid complacency.
A time management skills checklist.
Are you a manager or a leader?
Strategies for effective absence management.
Tips for delivering public presentations.
Hone your negotiation skills.
Key elements of strategic planning.
Bringing trainers to you can be more cost-effective than sending staff out.
Ten great interview questions.
Getting the most from your employees' ideas.
Affordable ways to incentivise staff.
Make sure appraisals are effective and useful.
What do you look for when hiring new sales staff?
Ways to reduce staff turnover.
Checklist for identifying your most valuable employees.
Tackle staff stress before it costs you money.
Should you open the books to employees?
Checklist for hiring executives.
Make sure you have a structured process for recruitment.
Strategies for motivating employees.
Key elements of a staff handbook.
Strategy errors to avoid.
How collaboration can benefit your business.
Capitalise on your corner of the marketplace.
Protect your business in a downturn.
The three basic skills behind innovation.
Tips for effective planning meetings.
Understanding your place in the chain.
Different approaches to setting a price.
Business planning traps to avoid.
Review your business planning.
The advantages of being a small business.
Including the product/market matrix.
Is growth always healthy?
Knowledge is power when it comes to customer satisfaction.
Effective networking checklist.
Simple tips for effective marketing.
Conducting a competitive analysis.
Turn complaints into outstanding service.
Do your sales staff spend more time on admin than sales?
Know what your customers want.
Sometimes you have to fire a bad customer.
Your customers won’t always tell you when they’re unhappy.