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Business Toolbox: SWOT analysis

Conducting a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis of your business can help you to evaluate your competitive position and inform your marketing plan.

Business Toolbox: writing a business plan

A business plan is not only an essential tool, it can also be used to help you refocus on your business objectives and vision as your firm grows. Read more for our top tips.

Business Toolbox: how to attract new customers

Being able to attract and retain customers is crucial in establishing a successful business. The good news is that there are a wide range of tactics you can use to...

Business Toolbox: setting up a business - legal structures

More and more of us are deciding to set up our own businesses. Indeed, according to our SME Growth Watch research, the number of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the top 10 most economically significant cities in the UK is expected to increase from almost 730,000 today to over one million by 2025.

Business Toolbox: interview techniques

In order to grow your business it is vital that you hire the right people. While this may sound simple, identifying the right candidate can be extremely difficult, especially for smaller businesses that may not have a dedicated HR resource to hand.

Business Toolbox: employing an apprentice

The Government plans to create three million apprenticeships by 2020. So what could this mean for your business? Could you benefit from hiring an apprentice, could you qualify for funding and how do you go about it?


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