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Tips on how to maintain office cleanliness

Let’s face it, most of us try to separate our personal lives from our work lives. In the office, we are expected to conduct ourselves professionally and that includes being respectful of co-workers. Most importantly, we should always try to be clean and clutter-free – particularly in shared environments. However, in the real world, there will always be instances where our optimistic and energetic approach to doing tasks is marred by annoying habits caused by colleagues and…

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Added by Ray Coleshill on July 18, 2017 at 15:21 — No Comments

A tale of two bullies... Can you help?

My cousin Laura told me when we caught up recently that she’d left her job with nothing else to go to, and she was sure she’d made the right decision. I was surprised: Laura has always been a very solid and responsible woman, and has worked continuously since the children were in their teens. Perhaps she had taken early retirement? No, despite being 62 years of age, that wasn’t it. She’d left because she’d been bullied at work for about six months, and had…

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Added by Mara Thorne on July 13, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Taxes - Late Filing Penalties

If you are contractor, freelancer and small business owner in the UK, it's staggeringly vital to monitor your filing and payment due dates, as well as changing tax rates and thresholds.



HMRC has two categories of …

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Added by Vidit Agarwal on June 27, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Think your IT is good, hacker proof, staff proof, future proof ?

Almost every week we visit a customer where these things happen:

  • No security on the network – routers,  printers, wireless devices left on default passwords, so any hacker can walk straight in
  • No anti-virus or firewall
  • No staff usage policy – So many customers have experienced the internal attack. Data theft, unhappy employee etc. Without an user policy how can you take legal action ?
  • Important security updates and patches to software – Often these…
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Added by Peter Slack on June 26, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

5 Keys to a Resilient Business

Resilience:  the ability to bounce back when things get tough.  If we all had that in spades, wouldn’t that make being in business a whole lot easier?  As we all know, businesses of all kinds can experience peaks and troughs bigger than any roller-coaster.  There are many ways to navigate these to help your business go from strength to strength and I’m going to share with you here 5 of my favourites.

 

Be…

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Added by Tricia Woolfrey on June 22, 2017 at 13:27 — No Comments

Household items that you should be cleaning but you’re probably not!



The cleanliness of your home should be a top priority, especially if you have children and pets living with you too. There should be no compromises when it comes to the health and happiness of your family and your family’s environment.

Regular sweeping, mopping and dusting help in maintaining a germ-free environment and looking after the hygiene of your pets as well as their surroundings is vital. Maintaining the polish on hardwood floors as well as…

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Added by Ray Coleshill on June 20, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Health & Fitness in the Workplace

This month we welcomed Taylor from www.everyoneactive.com

Taylor was presenting to us about ‘Health & Fitness in the Workplace’

 

So, A bit of Science for your information…

  • The average person burns 700 calories during their 8 hour work day…

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Added by Karen Palmer on June 15, 2017 at 14:28 — No Comments

The Digital CIO and the shifting sands of business technology

Original Blog Post: http://fairwayconsulting.net/the-digital-cio-and-the-shifting-sands-of-business-technology/

How are the roles of the CIO and technology departments in modern business changing?

How can traditional small- to medium-sized business (SMB’s) leverage the advantage of a virtual CIO achieve the…

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Added by David Thomas on June 6, 2017 at 22:27 — No Comments

Top tips to keep your office workspace sparkling clean!

Basic equipment for cleaning the office – Tips from RPC Cleaning

Lots of us spend plenty of our waking hours in the office. But, while we are busy with work, the clutter around our individual workspaces can start to pile up. So it’s a good idea to start a regular cleaning routine to clear some of it up – if not all of the clutter that has built up! Here we provide a few tips to help you effectively…

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Added by Ray Coleshill on June 5, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

How can your company win with technology?

A problem I see time and time again within small to medium-sized companies is that they aren’t creating winning scenarios from technology. Many of the owners and directors whom I speak to feel that technology isn’t achieving the advantages they want.

4 Points to Success:

• No plan, no value

• Engage senior management with tech…

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Added by David Thomas on May 26, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Making an Exhibition of Yourself!

As a solo-preneur, I don't take a stand at Exhibitions and Expos, preferring to make an exhibition of myself as I wander round my captive audience of Exhibitors and engage in passing conversations with other Visitors. Being static on a stand would cramp my style - but I can see how they work well for other businesses, provided they do it right.…

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Added by Keith Grover, NiS Founder on May 17, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

How Can Eating with Our Kids Improve Kids' Happiness?

Do Mealtimes With Your Kids Work For You?

Do you enjoy mealtimes together as a family, do you even have time to sit together, are you happy with the food choices you make and feel you have good variety and balance, is eating with your kids an enjoyable experience?

The knock on effect of eating together isn't just that kids usually eat more healthily research has shown there's a whole host of other benefits, including reduced stress, good mental health, improved…

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Added by Jane Tyson on May 13, 2017 at 7:41 — No Comments

Ways to Subtly and Easily Enhance your Brand Identity by Getting Creative

This week we listened to Becky for the 10-minute slot informing us of ‘Ways to Subtly and Easily Enhance your Brand Identity by Getting Creative’ from Abstract Print & Design.

 

ICONS

  • Icons can be used to separate different areas of your business whilst keeping a consistent brand
  • A more visual way to represent your services
  • Make it clear for your customers to understand what you offer
  • Provides more personality for your…
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Added by Karen Palmer on May 10, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Why commercial contract cleaning is the best choice for your hotel rooms

Securing the best commercial cleaning contractors to clean your hotel rooms can be daunting.  After all, you are allowing total strangers full access to your guest rooms, their personal belongings and other private areas of your hotel. There will always be those ‘stranger danger’ warnings at the back of your mind, however, most people who have bravely opened up to cleaning contracts have found out that it’s not as bad as it may seem and there are many benefits.

Here are a few reasons…

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Added by Ray Coleshill on May 9, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Always go 'own label' - make a badge and take it to every networking event...

One of my favourite networking tips is to always take your own name badge along to events...

If you have a badge, you are always prepared for meetings where the organiser either doesn't issue badges, or just hasn't got one for…

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Added by Keith Grover, NiS Founder on May 5, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Passionate People

Don't you just love passionate people?

Yesterday was the first meeting with a lovely lady supported by her husband on their start-up business.

From the moment we started talking, the passion she felt for the product she wants to sell was very evident and extremely infectious.

The couple described the origins and the inspiration for their new product. They…

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Added by Steve Robinson on May 3, 2017 at 11:05 — No Comments

Shhh... I Have a Secret

A close friend mentioned that he was in a restaurant recently and was astonished at how poor the customer service had been - this was particularly disappointing as it was a good quality restaurant and still relatively new.

This comment coincided with another made to me by a friend who commented that she only ever seems to go to a restaurant 3 times - first to try it…

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Added by Steve Robinson on April 26, 2017 at 14:12 — No Comments

How to care for the hardwood floor of your pub!

There are lots of interesting pubs and bars in every city and something that they often have in common is the hardwood floor. It’s understandable since this type of flooring is classic, sturdy and hardwearing at the same time. It also fits in with the decor and the ambience of most pubs.

However, it’s been said that maintaining a pub’s wooden flooring can be a bit taxing and hard work to look after. Firstly, the high volume of traffic that the place gets during opening hours can take…

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Added by Ray Coleshill on April 20, 2017 at 6:30 — No Comments

4 Vital Reasons To Blog For Small Businesses

Updating Your Website Weekly Could Save Time, Money & Also Generate More Business.

  1. Updating your site – even if you are using it as an online brochure –…

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Added by Tim Mitchell on April 19, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

Have you got green fingers?

It's a great time to get gardening.

But I must confess, I'm not very good at it - but there are few things more enjoyable than seeing a plant you've put in the ground grow and flourish.

It's difficult not to draw significant parallels between gardening and running…

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Added by Steve Robinson on April 19, 2017 at 11:43 — No Comments

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