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Friends and family business – how to keep it sweet

All In The Family

We’ve all heard the story, girl meets boy (or girl, or group – hey, these are modern times), and they bond over shared business interests.  One thing leads to another and before they know it they’ve become entwined in a heady business relationship.  In the early days, it’s magical.  They are infatuated with one another and the budding business they’ve created. And then, gradually, the cracks start to reveal themselves.  Where there was once enthusiasm and combined vision, now there is tension and recrimination.  Each starts to question the commitment …

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Ready to start your business: think ahead!

Despite government initiatives to boost diversity in UK boardrooms – a survey conducted recently for accountancy giant Ernst & Young suggests that the number of women wanting to start their own businesses remains disappointingly low, whilst another report by Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) suggests that men were more likely to show entrepreneurial attitudes than their female counterparts. The news is surprising as it comes at a time when almost 20% of working age adults in the UK are either working for themselves or think they may start their own business …

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Starting an online retail business – 10 things to consider

Online retailing is a lucrative business – UK shoppers spent £68 billion online in 2011, an increase of 16% from 2012. Thanks to advances in technology it is now easier than ever to try and capitalise on this market.  The Middleton’s ‘Party Pieces’ business (even pre Royal Wedding), is a great example of turning a simple concept of creating party bags for children, into a multi-million pound turnover online business, supplying party essentials across the UK. More and more women are looking to set up their own online businesses. They …

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How to overcome lack of clarity in your business

get clarity in your business

Tortured, confused, unfocused, overwhelmed, frustrated.  This is how I felt on January 4, 2012.  Why?  Lack of clarity. I knew that I wanted to change some things in the way that I was working and the things that I was doing.  In fact, it has been all I’ve been thinking about for the last 2 months.  But all the things that I was coming up with didn’t feel right. I was trudging through treacle.  In my head, I was going round and round in circles with no way out.  I …

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