Posts by: Ray Field

By Ray Field

Maintaining productivity and energy around the office, day after day, is a challenge for any size company. There will be times when all of the pizzazz has been sucked out of the workplace, and everybody seems to be sleepwalking toward some vague point on the horizon. When there is little…

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By Ray Field

Getting funding for a business can be tough. Banks may be loosening the purse strings a little, but are still reticent to give many small businesses everything they need. As such, new businesses are turning more and more to alternative means of funding their dreams. There are myriad schemes with…

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By Ray Field

As a company develops, technology is examined as a way of saving money, making more money, saving time and/or enabling people to do more with less. In evaluating technology for your company, the cost of purchase and deployment carries a certain amount of risk and mitigating that risk, while reaping…

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By Ray Field

The internet is full of review sites which allow people to talk about your business, both positively and negatively. Of course, this can have a huge impact on your success. Reviews can appear in a huge range of  different places; from review sites and online forums to your own social media accounts. Knowing…

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By Ray Field

When starting a business, a key thing to consider is the business’s name; what are the main considerations to take into account when naming your business? It sounds like a simple enough task, but naming your company is important and it can be a daunting experience if you don’t know…

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By Ray Field

Launching over a decade ago (on the 5th of May 2003 to be precise) LinkedIn has seen plenty of other social media sites fall in and out of favour with the masses. Despite the changing landscape of the Internet, LinkedIn has survived. Still seen as THE business professional’s social network of…

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By Ray Field

When you think of an accountant you probably think of someone in a cramped office surrounded by piles of invoices, constantly crunching numbers to produce a never-ending spool of…more numbers! Depending on how much ’50s drama you watch you might also picture them wearing braces and one of those green…

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By Ray Field

Motivation is a strange beast. It can evaporate at will, with productivity never far behind. There are plenty of reasons why motivation might disappear, which can make remedying it extremely difficult. One thing’s for sure is that if your workforce feels unmotivated and underappreciated, it can translate into lost revenue.…

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By Ray Field

In the last decade social media sites have brought people together, but Twitter and other social networks have since defied their original purpose. Back when Twitter was conceived, over millions of strangers would post wishful thoughts like having their honeymoon in The Bahamas or the newest diet to lose that…

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By Ray Field

To a small business, building brand awareness can seem like a big task. A brand, and knowing how to make it grow, can seem like an intangible thing to grasp. Companies like Pepsi or Microsoft can maintain the recognition and awareness of their brand with big outlays on advertising campaigns across…

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By Ray Field

Business is fundamentally (admittedly among other things!) about maximising surplus value and productivity while minimising the cost of everyday operations. However, one important variable that cannot be neglected under any circumstance is quality. So how do we achieve both efficiency and quality? Business owners who wish to excel must appreciate…

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By Ray Field

Once again, it’s that special time of year when employers begin thinking about the hallowed office Christmas party. The days of a few cheesy nibbles and a booze up in the office are fast receding, with most employees and businesses preferring a slightly more refined approach to the festive period.…

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By Ray Field

The UK has always provided certain tax benefits to those working as independent contractors. However, for many years, the problem of disguised employees burdened the UK tax system and allowed individuals to play both sides of the fence. These employees work for a larger company, accept a full time wage…

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By Ray Field

The UK Trade Show industry has an £11 billion impact on the UK economy, with over 900 shows a year taking place. Getting the most out of a trade show depends on a few things. Picking the right arena for the business to shine is very important – aiming for…

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