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There’s More to Growing a Business Than an Increase in Turnover

As your business grows, your turnover should increase, but so too will the elements needed to produce that increase, for example, the right staffing, premises, production equipment and investment funding. As a result, business growth means an increase in responsibility for a business owner, with more to keep an eye on and more input needed […]

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Buying a business property

Buying a Business Property – Is It Right for You?

You’ve taken the plunge and launched your own business. You’ve got the IT and infrastructure all set up, you’re taking people on and building up your reputation and the contracts are flying in. Or perhaps you’ve been established for many years and now you’re ready to grow and develop your business further. However long you’ve […]

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Management and Leadership Styles: How Good Management Creates Effective Teams

For many political party leaders, professional sports team managers and directors of numerous other organisations, the media spotlight is familiar ground, and people across the country regularly discuss and critique their management, leadership and engagement styles. Indeed, it’s often said that managing the England men’s football team is the toughest job in sport as whoever […]

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Crisis Management – Plan for a Crisis to Avert a Disaster

The word ‘crisis’ may automatically bring with it a certain sense of dread, but with the right amount of planning for the unexpected, companies can face down crisis situations (even if only through a role play) and come out the other side unscathed. After all, a crisis by its definition is a situation where you […]

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Why Flexible Working Can Invigorate Your Business

Many companies feel uneasy about introducing flexible working into their business. The fear is that the whole process will become too complicated and employees will lose their drive and focus. However, despite these fears, it’s been shown time and again that flexibility with working hours and location is a vital part of business growth, with […]

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Debate V Argument

Here’s the thing that isn’t said enough: ‘debate’ is not synonymous with ‘argue’. No doubt you will have come across this in the workplace multiple times, an argument that is masquerading as a ‘debate’. The difference? A debate is respectful and aids progress, an argument is about point scoring and often leads nowhere good. The […]

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The Pareto Principle and What It Means For your Business

You may not have heard of the Pareto Principle, but we’re betting you’ve heard of the 80/20 rule? This was a rule originally put forward by Vilfredo Pareto, who during a study into the relationship between population and wealth in Italy, discovered that 80% of Italy’s land was owned by 20% of the population. This […]

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Weird Business Ideas That Worked

How many times have you had a weird business idea? And how many times have you come frighteningly close to letting it slip? Say, at a meeting? We’re guessing you held back because a huge part of you realised that your idea was straying quite far from the sunny plains of ‘innovative’, to the rundown […]

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Interview Questions That Will Test a Candidate’s Imagination

We know what you’re thinking, why on earth would a candidate’s imagination matter? Unless of course the job opening is for children’s author or film director? Well, imagination, we would argue, is a fundamental part of what makes a good employee. Think about it, when problems arise and no one apparently saw it coming, it’s […]

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The Top Business Lessons to Be Learnt from Our Favourite Films

A great many of us, here at Answer4u, are film nerds and it occurred to us recently that there are quite a few of our favourite films that offer some valuable life lessons for business. Probably not quite what the directors intended when they created their works of art, but still, a bonus for anyone […]

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