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Mental Health Awareness: 5 resources for your business
17th March 2020

Mental Health Awareness: 5 resources for your business

According to research carried out by mental health charity, Mind, at least one in six workers experiences common mental health problems including anxiety and...

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28th April 2020

Coronavirus: 6 inspiring businesses that transformed during the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread disruption to the UK economy and has turned our daily lives upside down. Many small and medium businesses...

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28th April 2020

Coronavirus: How to keep your customers engaged during lockdown

The phrase ‘unprecedented times’ has practically become the tagline of the lockdown period, but it hasn’t lost its meaning. With only essential workers leaving...

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28th April 2020

Coronavirus: Accessing financial and business support during the pandemic

The restrictions in place to protect the UK from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic are putting considerable pressure on businesses of all sizes....

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20th February 2020

Sustainability dictionary: The ultimate jargon buster for businesses

Sustainability was high on the agenda in 2019, and the trend has continued strongly this year. Thanks to increasing consumer awareness around sustainability, businesses...

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29th January 2020

The best New Year’s resolutions for growing businesses

The dawn of a new year is one of those natural milestones in the calendar when it makes sense to reflect on the year...

2019: A rollercoaster year for business
18th March 2020

2019: A rollercoaster year for business

2019 has gone by in the blink of an eye, and it’s been a whirlwind year. At the start of the year, we predicted...

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17th March 2020

Why and how you should be offering electric vehicle (EV) charging at your business

The rise in popularity – and sales – of electric vehicles has grown exponentially in the last number of years. As the number of...

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17th March 2020

Four amazing welcome pack ideas for new starters

Similarly, the induction or onboarding process can be hard work. With so much information to absorb, it can be a bit overwhelming. One way...

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29th January 2020

Keeping your energy costs down

According to figures from the FSB, almost 60% of small businesses see energy as a significant cost to their business. That’s a substantial number...

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18th February 2020

Diversify and conquer: 7 steps to making money with renewable energy

For business owners concerned about the environment, making the switch to renewable energy can reduce your personal environmental impact while contributing to the wider...

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29th January 2020

How is renewable energy good for business?

Can a small business benefit from investing in renewable energy? From getting supplied, through to generating your own green energy, find out if it...

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18th March 2020

WATCH: Check out what happened when we opened the Kinetic Café pop-up

Opening a shop – how hard can it be? We all know the answer to that question: very. If you didn’t know, the Brighter...

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17th March 2020

Download: The retail start-up checklist (turns out setting up a café is a complicated job)

Launching a retail business is a huge job, whether it be a shop, café or restaurant. Chatting to our customers, many of whom are...

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17th March 2020

Infographic: Choosing the perfect premises for a retail business

Opus Energy – the team and powering force behind Brighter Business – has been working with small businesses for the last 16 years, and...

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17th March 2020

Kinetic Cafe - “We’re going to walk a mile in your shoes”

Running a small business takes energy. Not just electricity to power the business, but physical and mental energy; to get you out of bed...

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17th March 2020

The importance of customer experience in retail

If you’ve ever been on a website with the intent to buy something but abandoned that purchase at the last minute because something about...

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17th March 2020

Business clusters – what are they and how can they help small businesses?

Small businesses may be missing a trick by not choosing to start their empires in business clusters, so says brand new research from Opus...

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17th March 2020

What you should know about employee tracking laws

Nowadays more and more businesses are becoming mobile, with many businesses predicting growth. With high competition, it means that every business is attempting to...

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20th February 2020

Grow by diversifying: The Ansoff Matrix

‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ is a well-known proverb, but what does this mean in the business world? Diversification. Businesses shift...

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17th March 2020

Inductions: How to offer your new starter the perfect start

Interview passed with flying colours, job offer made and accepted, big first day at the office pencilled into the calendar – so how do...

The businesses most likely to be affected by GDPR, and how to minimise risk
17th March 2020

The businesses most likely to be affected by GDPR, and how to minimise risk

General Data Protection Regulations, or GDPR: it’s a big deal. In short, they are legal guidelines replacing the data protection act, introducing new requirements...

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18th March 2020

A beginner’s guide to tracking business leads

Lead generation is the process of capturing interest in your product or service, converting somebody from prospective buyer to customer, and in doing so,...

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17th March 2020

How to start an apprenticeship programme

Helping to get the next generation of workers on the path to a career that they can enjoy is an important.

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18th March 2020

Costs are one of the biggest struggles for businesses, says research by Opus Energy

Small businesses face many struggles in their early days, but costs are the biggest one, according to research conducted by Opus Energy.

What are “business records”? (And why you should be keeping them)
18th March 2020

What are “business records”? (And why you should be keeping them)

As a business owner, you may feel that keeping up with administration is one of the largest parts of your job – and we...

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17th March 2020

Sole trader, partnership or PLC? Get to grips with business legal structure

Choosing the right legal structure for your business is an important aspect of future-proofing your company. There are multiple legal business structures to choose...

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17th March 2020

Leaders Leaving Loudly: what is it?

The emergence of the gig economy in recent years has put the benefits of flexibility in the limelight once again. This has raised important...

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18th March 2020

Four ways to decarbonise your workplace

Decarbonisation means to reduce the carbon intensity of the economy. This is primarily done through the decarbonisation of electricity, and the growing popularity of...

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18th March 2020

Guaranteed growth: 5 steps for improving the bottom line

Growing a business is never easy, and there are unique challenges at every step of the way. There are two main challenges: firstly, improving...

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18th March 2020

Disruptive innovation: Why changing the game leads to success

‘Disruptive’ is probably the biggest business buzzword of the moment. But what does it mean? It’s used to describe almost any business which takes...

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17th March 2020

The psychology behind good office design

Workspace interior design isn’t always associated with the words ‘interesting’ or ‘engaging’. At best, it might be neutral. At worst, dull and dreary. But...

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18th March 2020

Non-disclosure agreements: The basics of protecting business-sensitive information

Businesses are built on information – financial figures, customer data, intellectual property and so on. Sometimes, this information is business-sensitive, and that can be...

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18th March 2020

Surviving an HMRC compliance check

This is a guest post written by Mike Smith, experienced HMRC mediator and senior director at Company Debt, business debt advisers. Statistics show that...

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18th March 2020

How an Executive Assistant can help your small business flourish

There comes a time in the growth of your business when you need to become more efficient in your day to day tasks, in...

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17th March 2020

6 inventive rewards to incentivise your Sales team

Sales positions are stressful by their nature, and while many sales teams thrive under pressure, they also need rewarding for all their hard work....

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18th March 2020

Learn how to become a customer retention specialist

Making your business stand out from the crowd and giving your customers a compelling reason not to leave you for a competitor is one...

A beginner’s guide to invoicing in 3 steps
17th March 2020

A beginner’s guide to invoicing in 3 steps

As a contractor, chasing your client for money is often the hardest part of the job. And, if you’re at the stage when you’re...

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18th March 2020

The secrets behind the Dale Carnegie sales technique

Dale Carnegie is a name that anyone who’s ever been in sales should know. His books, lectures, and courses have been in the canon...

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17th March 2020

Employee engagement according to Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs

What in your life is absolutely essential? It’s a question that Maslow has been answering for decades. The 1940s psychologist created his conceptual pyramid...

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18th March 2020

13 rules to make your cash handling policy watertight

If your business uses cash to get by – whether you’re in retail or just prefer to operate with tangible money – you need...

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18th March 2020

How to tell when you have an exceptional employee on your hands

It’s no secret that it’s far more cost efficient to hold onto an employee than replace one. We’re not talking about a minor saving,...

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18th March 2020

How your business needs to be handling cash

This is a guest post written by Andy Margison, founder of ZZap, the cash handling retailer. Despite advances in card technology, individuals still choose...

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17th March 2020

8 surprising expenses you can claim when working from home

Business expenses can be a foggy area, especially if you’re self-employed and the lines between ‘home’ and ‘work’ are starting to blur. You know...

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17th March 2020

The new National Living Wage: pros and cons for SMEs

2016 announced the introduction of the new National Living Wage, which is expected to have both positive and negative effects on SMEs throughout the...

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17th March 2020

10 tried-and-tested customer service mantras

In a digital world where all consumers have a voice, good customer service has never been such a valuable commodity. Customer service that’s anything...

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18th March 2020

Business continuity plan & power failures

In the lead-up to winter and the arrival of cold weather, the possibilities for blackouts are always at the top of the list for...