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Enterprising nation: One in 30 Britons a microbusiness owner?

New analysis from Direct Line for Business reveals there are 2.17 million microbusinesses with fewer than nine employees across the UK.

5 things every entrepreneur should know from the beginning

5 things every entrepreneur should know from the beginning

It's common to think that someone is either born to be an entrepreneur or not, and that any advice that could possibly be given would therefore simply be common sense to any capable businessperson.

How to boost morale and employee efficiency

Starting up a business, making it grow, appointing the right people and keeping them happy… it’s a never ending to do list!

How to plan your recruitment strategy based on your businesses industry

Which industry you specialise in will affect your recruitment strategy but there is one productive way to recruit new employees and that is to use a recruitment agency that specialises in your sector.

Lloyds Banking Group helps 100,000 new start-ups

Over 103,000 new start-ups have been supported through Lloyds Banking Group’s ongoing commitment to help UK enterprises.

How to become a better leader

What makes a good leader? Is it someone who demonstrates enthusiasm, confidence and insightfulness? Undoubtedly, and we also appreciate leaders who are steadfast, assertive and amenable to our suggestions.

Clever ways to increase business using an event

Meeting people in person is still an effective way to build relationships and find new customers. Even in the digital age, your prospects may prefer to meet you in person before they buy.

A guide to creating a killer business presentation

Do your business presentations leave the audience clamouring for more, or do they send them half to sleep? Whether you’re plying your wares or trying to boost business, the prospect of standing in front of an audience of your peers can be a daunting prospect.

The HR guide to recruitment

In order to select the very best job applicants and not waste thousands of pounds on your recruitment process it’s always useful to take on board advice from HR professionals.

8 things to know before you become a franchise owner

According to some studies the failure rate for a franchise is around 5% - far lower than a ‘normal’ start-up business.

Employee engagement is evolving: How to stay ahead

Global employee engagement is on the increase, although levels have remained the same in Europe in the last accountable year, according to the Aon Hewitt Employee Engagement survey.

Exporting not the only road to small business growth

Small and medium sized enterprises are missing out on a wealth of public sector contract opportunities and are being urged to revise their outdated view of a system they see as overly complicated.

Student entrepreneurs: A quarter of students start a business while at Uni

Thousands of university students across the UK run businesses with estimated collective revenues of more than £44 million per year, according to research from Santander Universities UK.

Five core strategies for business survival

Small business owners, whether they are business professionals creating a consulting firm or entrepreneurs introducing a new product or service to the marketplace, need to study the principles of business survival because statistics compiled by the the Bureau of the Census for the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration suggest that most new businesses only survive between one and ten years.

Are UK small businesses building their futures on a financial house of cards?

AXA Business Insurance asks if unsound financial culture is the biggest threat to the millions of small businesses that are driving the economic recovery.