Tag Archive: SMEs

How healthy eating can help boost your workforce’s productivity

Whether you’re boosting morale or keeping your employees energised, providing healthy food options, or even just promoting healthy eating, can boost productivity. Too much of a good thing Google is a standard-bearer for staff perks; breakout spaces, parlour games, relaxation rooms and, of course, canteens: the search giant has it all. Its New York office…

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How green is the London commute?

Commuting to the office is a necessary evil for most of us, but have you ever sat down and thought about how much of our lives are wasted getting to and from work? The average commute in the UK is 56 minutes according to the TUC, which has been rising steadily over the last 10…

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How green is homeworking?

More of us are turning our backs on the daily commute and working from home all or part of the time. In fact, according to ONS statistics some 4.2 million of us work from home at least half the week. It makes sense if you can. No bus or tube ride, you can stay in…

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Entrepreneurs are boosting sales with the #SBS hashtag

Social media campaigns can pay big dividends to small businesses. Getting your name out to a larger audience is key for business owners. For small businesses operating online, there is great potential to do this, as a website can reach a global audience.

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How do smart business owners stay productive?

For many of us, the day involves an ever-growing list of distractions and tasks. And whether we work for ourselves or someone else, we're less efficient and productive as a consequence.

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41% of UK small businesses could unknowingly make life-threatening error

In a British Gas Business survey of senior managers with responsibility for energy at Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)*, 41% said their first response to a gas leak would be to turn off the electricity – potentially sparking a dangerous gas explosion.

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SMEs could save up to 25% on energy bills with a new energy guide

DECC have published a SME Guide to Energy Efficiency. This very useful tool could help SMEs reduce their energy bill by up to 25% through installing energy efficient measures in their premises. The aim of the guide is to ensure SMEs have access to easy-to-understand information and top tips on how to cut energy usage and start saving money.

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Go cashless to cut queues

With the recent introduction of contactless cards, it looks like a cashless revolution could well be on the horizon. There are currently 20 million pieces of Barclays contactless plastic alone in the hands of British spenders, and it looks like cashless is fast becoming an expected part of our daily buying rituals.

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Infographic: business energy use in the UK

Our survey of 1000 SME business managers and owners shows that half of them spend more on their employees than they do on energy, technology or premises. Take a look at the Business Energy Use infographic for an easy-to-read summary of the survey results.

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Small business and broadband

UK broadband isn't up to speed for small businesses, according to a report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The business lobby group warns that small firms are losing out due to poor broadband connections that don't offer the speeds required by today's digital world.

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