IS SHOPIFY THE SOLUTION FOR YOU?

If you want to start selling your products or services online, Shopify provides the perfect platform to do so. Shopify is an e-commerce platform that provides businesses with the tools to create an online store. It is an incredibly popular platform and is used by over 1 million companies worldwide. Shopify provides a lot of[…]

FEEDFORWARD RATHER THAN FEEDBACK

People can respond negatively to constructive feedback – so feedforward instead. When we provide feedback to an employee, we share information regarding how they are currently performing. When negative feedback is given, the individual can respond defensively and even constructive feedback can be taken the wrong way. The idea of feedforward is to replace constructive[…]

KEY TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2021

The challenges faced by businesses in 2020 have driven firms across the world to develop, adapt and innovate. Here are some of the key business trends to watch in 2021. Remote working technology Working from home is here to stay. Now that staff have adapted to remote working, they will expect to continue to be[…]

PENSION PLANNING

For most taxpayers, the maximum pension contribution is £40,000 each tax year, although this depends on their earnings. This limit covers both contributions by the individual and by their employer. The unused allowance for a particular tax year may be carried forward for three years and can be added to the relief for the current,[…]

ARE DIGITAL BANKING PLATFORMS SUITABLE FOR BUSINESSES?

Digital banking platforms such as Starling Bank or Monzo have risen in popularity, but are they suitable for business use? Digital banks have built popular apps for personal users to manage their current accounts from their smartphones. The apps allow users to easily manage their money, make payments and track their transactional activity. The digital[…]

PREPARE FOR CUSTOMS DECLARATIONS

Importers and exporters will need to complete customs declarations next year, regardless of whether the UK agrees a free trade deal with the EU. To complete declarations you will need to: Have a GB economic Operator Registration and Identification number (EORI number). Decide if you will use a customs intermediary. If you choose to complete[…]

THE OFF-GRID DAY

Blocking out a whole day once a month can work wonders for your productivity. Time management courses, books and best practice all suggest carving out some time each day to focus on being productive and working towards your goals and personal business objectives. However, this often conflicts with the emails, notifications, calls and reminders that[…]

ESG – WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria are a set of standards for a firm’s operations. There is growing interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in the business community. Many people have strong views and expectations when it comes to corporate behaviour and an appreciation that businesses are part of the solution to many[…]

RUNNING EFFECTIVE VIRTUAL MEETINGS

Despite lockdown restrictions, many businesses have found ways to move their operations online, with all staff working remotely. This has given rise to an increased volume of virtual meetings on services such as Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx or other popular online meeting services. This has resulted in a new challenge – how to have[…]