Growth Challenges

Articles on the challenges that come with growing and expanding your business

Any business going through growth will come up against challenges – some are worrying, while others are less demanding. You might be struggling with business finance, managing a recruitment drive without causing too much disruption, or even developing new products. Whatever the challenge, our articles should provide some help.

Balancing Digital Transformation with Privacy

Balancing Digital Transformation with Privacy

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Balancing Digital Transformation with Privacy

Sophie Chase-Borthwick, Director of Data Ethics & Privacy at Calligo, explains how to incorporate data privacy into digital transformation projects

Streamlining Financial Processes for Growth

Streamlining Financial Processes for Growth

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Streamlining Financial Processes for Growth

Neil Robertson of Compleat Software shares his thoughts on how streamlining financial processes can facilitate sustainable business growth

Is a Flat Structure Right for Your SME?

Is a Flat Structure Right for Your SME?

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Is a Flat Structure Right for Your SME?

We explore the pros and cons of flat-structured organisations, along with outlining how to implement a flat structure in your small business

How Business Processes Impact Growth

How Business Processes Impact Growth

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How Business Processes Impact Growth

Many SMEs reach a state where growth plateaus while competition increases. But how can keeping on top of processes give your business the kick-start it needs?

Protecting Your Brand's Intellectual Property

Protecting Your Brand's Intellectual Property

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Protecting Your Brand's Intellectual Property

Intellectual property and brand image are an SME's most valuable assets. But how do you go about protecting your brand and enforcing your rights to preserve and grow it?

Can High Street Stores Win Against E-commerce?

Can High Street Stores Win Against E-commerce?

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Can High Street Stores Win Against E-commerce?

The future of the high street relies on retailers understanding their customers and, in particular millennials and generation Z, the 20-30 years old of the present and future

Small Business Toolkit: Online Learning Resources

Small Business Toolkit: Online Learning Resources

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Small Business Toolkit: Online Learning Resources

Using e-learning and staff training services is becoming more and more important for businesses. Here's how to update the skills of your workforce with online learning

Five Top Tips for Working With Freelancers

Five Top Tips for Working With Freelancers

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Five Top Tips for Working With Freelancers

Working with freelancers can cause problems for business owners. Here's our guide to communicating and collaborating with freelance workers effectively

How SMEs can use Tech to Tackle Late Payments

How SMEs can use Tech to Tackle Late Payments

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How SMEs can use Tech to Tackle Late Payments

Late payment of commercial debt continues to plague many businesses. ​Here's how small business owners can encourage prompt payment

The Biggest Cyber Threats Facing SMEs in 2018

The Biggest Cyber Threats Facing SMEs in 2018

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The Biggest Cyber Threats Facing SMEs in 2018

With massive cyber-attacks increasing in regularity, what are the main cyber threats that businesses should be aware of? And how can they tackle them?

How to Increase Profit With New Revenue Streams

How to Increase Profit With New Revenue Streams

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How to Increase Profit With New Revenue Streams

Introducing new revenue streams is a great way to reduce risk and boost profit. But how can a business find the best opportunities for additional income?

Why Business Owners Should Learn to Love Failure

Why Business Owners Should Learn to Love Failure

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Why Business Owners Should Learn to Love Failure

Building a successful business depends on embracing failure from the start, not fearing it. Here's how to create a fail-friendly culture in your company

How to Network Effectively

How to Network Effectively

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How to Network Effectively

Networking events remain an important part of the modern business landscape. Learn how to network effectively with these top networking tips

Going Global: the Secrets of International Expansion

Going Global: the Secrets of International Expansion

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Going Global: the Secrets of International Expansion

Expanding overseas can be a daunting prospect for any small business, but a plethora of online tools is enabling companies to compete from the outset

Will NLW Make Employees the Victims?

Will NLW Make Employees the Victims?

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Will NLW Make Employees the Victims?

Phil Foster discusses how the new National Living Wage could cause SMEs to make low-skilled staff unemployed to save on costs.

The Expensive Video Game Problem

The Expensive Video Game Problem

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The Expensive Video Game Problem

Funding is an issue that plagues the gaming industry on a daily basis, so how can we overcome it, and how can developers find the finance they need?

3 Steps to Revolutionizing Your Product Cycle

3 Steps to Revolutionizing Your Product Cycle

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3 Steps to Revolutionizing Your Product Cycle

How to work out what your customers actually want, how to deliver it (metaphorically and literally) and the effect it could have on your business

Market Your Niche Product: The Hacker's Way

Market Your Niche Product: The Hacker's Way

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Market Your Niche Product: The Hacker's Way

Marketing a niche product can be difficult. Here's a super-quick and low-cost way of getting your niche product in front of the right crowd, however small.

Dealing With Sub-Contractors

Dealing With Sub-Contractors

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Dealing With Sub-Contractors

It's important to remember that a sub-contractor isn’t an employee, so you can’t treat them as one. So how do you deal with them when it all goes sour?

How You Can Learn to be Creative

How You Can Learn to be Creative

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How You Can Learn to be Creative

You can’t teach someone to come up with great ideas, but creativity is something that can be nurtured and developed with the right kind of attitude.