The debate continues: 5 reasons why an open office space may not be a good idea

Recent figures have shown that almost 70% of office space in the US is now open plan, consisting of low partitions or even no partitions or walls at all. However, not everyone agrees that the open plan formula is an effective one. Before you adopt this layout in your office, here are 5 potential drawbacks of open … Read moreThe debate continues: 5 reasons why an open office space may not be a good idea

New office space planned for Milton Keynes

New office space is on the cards in central Milton Keynes as plans for a five-storey office block have been submitted to the Council for approval. The complex – Victoria House – will be developed on Grafton Park, subject to approval being granted. The applicant is Frontier Estates (Investments) Limited, a successful UK property development … Read moreNew office space planned for Milton Keynes

Lack of office space in South East London sends rental rates soaring

A lack of office space in South East London has sent rental rates soaring, according to Estate Agent Knight Frank. There has been a drop in vacancy rates, from 5.9% to 4.2%, coupled with a 13% decrease in the availability of suitable offices, which has led to the increase in rents. The figures, which are … Read moreLack of office space in South East London sends rental rates soaring

Manchester is the biggest city for office space outside London

Manchester has agreed more office space deals during the first quarter of 2015, than any other of the eight large regional cities. For the first three months of 2015, Data provided by Bilfinger GVA reveals that Manchester has topped the list amongst the eight big regional cities outside of London. A total of two million sq … Read moreManchester is the biggest city for office space outside London

10 amazing tips on how to improve your office space

Are you looking to move offices soon? Or maybe you’d like to just make some improvements on your existing office space? A cramped office is never going to inspire your employees to work hard and remain motivated, and in some cases, a cluttered office is going to be potentially dangerous if wires are left just … Read more10 amazing tips on how to improve your office space

Making the most of your office space – boosting productivity and creativity

Utilising your office space to ensure your employees are happy and content is an absolute must these days. According to recent studies, the British workforce works the longest hours in Europe with up to 70 hours per week. An employee who spends this amount of time in the office needs to have surroundings that not … Read moreMaking the most of your office space – boosting productivity and creativity

Out of control rents in Silicon Roundabout push tech startups away

Silicon Roundabout in Shoreditch, a reference to Silicon Valley in California, is home to a huge number of tech businesses and a popular location for start ups.  But the soaring cost of property in this sought-after location is pushing new companies away in favour of more competitive rents elsewhere. Renting office space anywhere in London brings with it huge … Read moreOut of control rents in Silicon Roundabout push tech startups away

Finding opportunities for your business using Ansoff’s Matrix

Ansoff's matrix

If your business is looking to expand, the Product-Market Growth Matrix – usually referred to as the Ansoff Matrix – can be a useful tool to help you create a strategy. The matrix, which was first published in the Harvard Business Review, identifies four different possible approaches – market penetration, market development, product development and diversification. In this article I explain how these approaches could work for your business.

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Freelancing? Maybe it’s time to find your first office

Freelancing is synonymous with working from home and all the comforts that come with that: being able to work without distractions where, when and how you like – even if that’s in your pajamas tucked under the duvet. But most freelancers get to a point where they start to miss aspects of working in an … Read moreFreelancing? Maybe it’s time to find your first office

Wish you were here? Futuristic office spaces that we love.

When we think of office space, it might conjure up images of rows of cluttered desks, functional chairs, a coffee machine humming somewhere and the occasional potted plant miserably dying in the corner. But for some companies’ office space, this is far from the reality. Here are four of our favourite offices that clearly demonstrate … Read moreWish you were here? Futuristic office spaces that we love.

Location, location, location – where to set up your office

You’ve heard the expression ‘location, location, location’ when it comes to residential property, but businesses searching for a new office spot would do well to remember that their success also depends on being in the right place geographically.  Choosing the right location for your office is an important part of your growth strategy.  Naturally, every business … Read moreLocation, location, location – where to set up your office

Start up businesses: ways to save – and make – money

Smart businesses save and make money

So many people dream of being their own boss.  Working just a few hours a day, they’d spend most afternoons relaxing, playing with the kids, or having quality time with their partner.  But most start up business owners know the reality is quite different.  You’ll spend the first few months – if not years – scrimping, saving and slogging 90 hours a week to try and build your business.  When times are tough, every little really does help.  Here’s a whole load of ways you can save – and make – money for your start up business.

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The chain of command and gripes, as explained by Captain Miller

In management, specifically leadership, there’s a principle called the ‘chain of command’.  That principle holds that instruction comes down from more senior managers to middle/junior managers, and through to their teams.  Feedback on those instructions comes back up from the teams, through junior/middle management and on to the senior managers.

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When will Companies STOP putting PDF Print Forms on their Websites

Louise Scott, Managing Director at Tidalfire How much longer will we have to put up with companies – yes you know who you are –uploading PDF versions of print forms to their websites? This is slightly less annoying than the number of Word forms that we find on web sites. What has gone wrong here? Has Adobe failed … Read moreWhen will Companies STOP putting PDF Print Forms on their Websites

6 Ways to Add Value to Your Website and Increase Profit

Ryan Falconer, Managing Director of Ryster A few well-chosen tweaks can transform a website from a sitting duck into a money-making machine. Edinburgh web design specialist Ryster shows us how it’s done. Socialise and Shout it Out – Blogging and interacting on social media platforms not only increases profitability, it’s fun and can give you a lot of … Read more6 Ways to Add Value to Your Website and Increase Profit

Are you an apprentice millionaire?

Watt Nicoll How many references to time do we flippantly embrace in an average day? We talk about Summertime, Springtime, Good Times and Bad Times with no real emphasis on the word ‘time’ and could very well just refer to summer, spring, good or bad – but we add the word ‘time’. We have Breakfast Time, Lunchtime, Teatime, … Read moreAre you an apprentice millionaire?

Motivational theories – process theories

Following on from my post on motivational content theories, this post looks at process theories of motivation. This is a group of theories that attempt to explain how employees choose to act a certain way in order to meet their needs and determine whether their choices were successful.  The theories focus on the mental processes used to evaluate cause and effect relationships.

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How to Turn Your Website Visitors into Customers in 5 Easy Steps

Ryan Falconer, Managing Director of Ryster It’s not just religions that need converts – making a website pay is all about enticing the curious visitor into converting to an enthusiastic customer. Edinburgh web designer Ryster shows us how it’s done in 5 easy steps. Design to Delight – It’s simple but worth saying – make your site well organised and … Read moreHow to Turn Your Website Visitors into Customers in 5 Easy Steps

Pensions, and what you need to know

By Arthur Beverly of Arthur Beverly Financial Management Successive Governments have worked hard to encourage people to make adequate provision for retirement, because they know that State Benefits are simply inadequate. Because of this, the onus of providing for our retirement is being placed fairly and squarely on our own shoulders and that of our … Read morePensions, and what you need to know

Internet advertising

Internet advertising

Summary: Are you a newbie looking for the lowdown on internet advertising? Armed with a small budget and a little time, here’s how to make your website go further online.

When most small businesses turn to the internet with a small budget and high hopes for their website, it can be a bit daunting – where do you start?  There are so many kinds of internet advertising – should you buy banners?  Should you buy links?  What will get you the best results for the lowest possible cost?  Read on to explore a selection of the different internet advertising options…

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New Workplace Equality Rights Come into Force

By Gary Sutherland The biggest change to UK Employment Legislation in over decade comes into force today…..The new Equality Act. UK Equalities Minister Theresa May claims the new anti-discrimination rules will make it easier for businesses to comply but several business groups disagree, claiming the the new legislation will impose a heavy burden on employers, … Read moreNew Workplace Equality Rights Come into Force

Customer relationship management – acquiring, retaining and growing customers

Often the buying process is staggered – it’s not a one off process. Marketing is a lot more like dating followed by a long term relationship than it is a one night stand. People may visit your premises or website many times before they become a buyer and those that become long term buyers and are loyal, are often more valuable as well.

It’s therefore important to look at how you begin relationships with prospects and then move prospects through the various stages of a relationship.

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Quotations and Tenders: Introduction

By Gavin Tosh The process of establishing a contractual relationship begins with an offer being made, notwithstanding that there may have been much ‘cultivation’ of the customer and preparing of the ground beforehand. An Offer will take the form of a quotation, which could be simple and could even be verbal, or it could be … Read moreQuotations and Tenders: Introduction

Planning and conducting market research

Market research is about sensing what the reality is, out there in the big wide world, right now. It follows that without market research, any company enters the market with its eyes firmly shut. Market research should never be used as a security blanket after a decision has been made – it is here to deepen the understanding of the Value Line, for example the customer, competitors and channels, anticipate the changes in market requirements and eliminate poor decision alternatives.

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