I remember before we had our daughters, whenever I heard anyone tell me that they “Work from home” I was immediately jealous. I used to commute for an hour to and from work, during which time it would be a lottery whether I got a seat on the train. I would then be faced with a colleague that couldn’t talk on the phone properly but shouted instead and another co-worker that needed a new keyboard frequently because she would hit the keys so loudly when typing. The distractions were frequent and often in the office, I still shake my head now in disbelief when I think about how we managed to get so much work done.
Many businesses generate huge amounts of data in their day to day activities; but this data can just lie around unused as the business focuses on day to day survival. The data can be from all areas of the business from Logistics to Finance and Sales to Procurement the data is there but the business needs to use it properly.
Everyone knows that training and developing staff in a business is important however it can be difficult to know what needs to be done and how to do it. There are so many pressures on a business that sometimes training can slip to the bottom of the pile. I thought I would share my experience of training and continued learning with you today.
There’s no denying that there is a lot to think about when it comes to setting up a business. One of the most important aspects of getting your company up and running is putting the right insurance policies in place. Two important types of cover you should know about are public and employers’ liability insurance. These policies can play a crucial role in protecting your long-term finances, and you may be legally required to have one or both of them in place. To ensure you’re up to speed when it comes to these forms of protection, take a look at this brief guide for start-ups.
It’s official, next generation mobile chip and PIN machines have landed in the UK. For the past 6 months or so it has been possible for UK small businesses to accept card payments using a smartphone and lightweight card reader. With the mobile chip and PIN machines now available that process will be quicker, easier and safer. (more…)