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How to be disruptive

Posted 25th September 2019 at 8:39 am

disruption

Disruption is the buzz word that’s taking over the business world at the moment. Unlike at school where it was something that would get you sent to the Head Teacher, disruption in business is a positive strategy which is born from innovation. Disruptive innovation is the process by which a new product or service becomes popular enough to displace an established one. A great example of this is Netflix, which has almost single-handedly caused the global death of video rental shops. But it’s not just the big brands that can be disruptive. Small businesses are often really well placed to... Read more

The Science of Happiness

Posted 10th September 2019 at 4:56 pm

happiness

When asked what we want out of life, although many of us would love a fancy car, a big house, and a large salary, most of us would probably say that we just want to be happy! In today’s modern world, with longer working hours, constant connectivity through our devices, and the turbulent state of domestic and global politics, more and more of us are finding true happiness harder to achieve. Recognising this problem, Yale University’s Professor Laurie Santos introduced her ‘Psychology and the Good Life’ course, which quickly became the most oversubscribed course in Yale’s history. Professor Santos has... Read more

Celebrating 21 Years of National Payroll Week

Posted 4th September 2019 at 8:45 am

Payroll

Yes, believe it or not, National Payroll Week is a thing! Unfortunately for our payroll team, this doesn’t mean they get the week off, or even a cake, but it does give us a chance to showcase the fantastic work that they do!   Legislation & Compliance Legislation around payroll and auto-enrolment is constantly changing and can be daunting to get to grips with. Our team can take care of all the tricky questions, leaving you fully compliant with current legislative guidelines.   Deadlines & Submissions There’s nothing more stressful than knowing you have a deadline coming up, whether that’s... Read more

Back to School: Improve your skills this September

Posted 28th August 2019 at 9:03 am

skills

While January is the time that most people make their New Year Resolutions, September is traditionally a time for educational new beginnings. Maybe you want to enhance your business skills, gain a qualification, or even just learn a new skill for fun? There are a myriad of options for adult education available across our region to suit every schedule and budget.   Enhance your business skills  Our region has two of the most well-respected business schools in the country, offering everything from professional certification in coaching & mentoring, marketing or HR, or full business masters degrees. Check out the courses... Read more

How to beat the Post-Holiday Blues

Posted 21st August 2019 at 9:40 am

post-holiday blues

Many of us spend months of the year looking forward to our summer holiday break, but when we place so much significance on our annual getaway, our return to real life can give us a case of the post-holiday blues. So how can we enjoy the benefits of a well-earned break, without suffering from negative mood afterwards?   Accept that your feelings are normal When you’ve looked forward to your holiday for months, and enjoyed it to its full, of course ‘real life’ is going to feel like a let-down! Knowing that these feelings are normal can help you to... Read more

Should you harness the power of the Flash Sale?

Posted 13th August 2019 at 6:03 pm

flash sale

A flash sale is a restricted sale of products or services, usually limited by either time or stock availability – 24-48 hours only, or ‘when they’re gone, they’re gone’! Most flash sales involve big price cuts on single items, but some also utilise strategies such as Buy-One-Get-One-Free (BOGOF), free insurance, extended warranties, or free credit. The most famous examples of flash sales are Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which many of the larger high street and online retailers get involved with. However it is possible for you to organise your own individual flash sale to suit your own business needs... Read more

Donate to charity and save tax

Posted 7th August 2019 at 7:15 am

gift aid

Did you know that if you’re a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim tax relief on charitable donations you’ve made through Gift Aid? Most people know that the Gift Aid scheme allows charities to claim back the tax you’ve paid on your donation at 20%. So, for every £1 you give to charity, the charity can claim an extra 25p from HMRC without it costing you any extra. However, if you’re a higher rate taxpayer you pay 40% tax. This means that you yourself can claim the difference between the basic rate of tax claimed by the charity through the... Read more

How to deal with email overload

Posted 31st July 2019 at 7:04 am

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We all go through periods where our email inbox is so stuffed full that important emails get buried under the onslaught of new messages before we get the chance to read them. But how can we manage our use of email to get the most of the technology without becoming overwhelmed? Don’t CC everyone It’s tempting to CC everyone associated with a project into an email, but that just creates extra messages that people have to read only to discover that they’re not relevant to them. Instead, only CC the people who need to act on the email. Designate specific... Read more

Reward your staff with tax-free Trivial Benefits

Posted 24th July 2019 at 9:44 am

trivial benefit

Did you know that if you reward staff with Benefits in Kind, you can save tax on these by meeting certain conditions? A benefit in kind can be classed as a Trivial Benefit and therefore exempt from tax if: the cost of providing the benefit does not exceed £50 the benefit is not cash or a cash voucher the employee is not entitled to the benefit as part of any contractual obligation (including under salary sacrifice arrangements) the benefit is not provided in recognition of particular services performed by the employee as part of their employment duties. The exemption has... Read more

What is Inbound Marketing?

Posted 16th July 2019 at 11:00 am

inbound marketing

You may be familiar with the concept of content marketing – attracting and engaging potential customers with online material that proves your expertise as a brand but does not directly sell to the customer. Well there’s a new marketing buzz word in town, which is very closely related: inbound marketing. In the good old Mad Men days, brands were taken to the customer via outbound marketing activities such as TV, Radio & newspaper advertising, mailshots, and other outward facing methods. With inbound marketing, the emphasis is not on going out and finding the customers but encouraging the customers to come... Read more