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What will be keeping your company’s C-Suite execs awake at night in 2022?

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After another incredibly difficult year of uncertainty, angst, constant change, health concerns and logistical backlogs, the C-suite has had to be agile and make difficult decisions without really knowing what the future might hold. The pandemic and the country’s response to it have created great splits, partly depending on sector and size. Some companies have […]

Is leasing everything risky for my business?

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In today’s world, we are leasing assets a lot more regularly. According to Dataforce, Europeans are leasing and renting cars more than ever before, including both short-term and operational leasing. Over the last five years, the leasing market skyrocketed from 2.6 million to four million due to the culture of ownership evolving. According to Head […]

North West businesses feeling buoyant

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According to new survey created as part of its Business Support Series, data from Warrington-based Birchwood Park has revealed that the future is bright for the region, with almost 50% of its occupiers experiencing growth in the last quarter (Q1 Jan to March 2021), and 60% stating they are optimistic about growth for the rest […]

The widening digital skills gap: how to ensure you’re not left behind

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Digital talent acquisition specialist offers advice for not falling victim to the digital skills gap. The UK is witnessing a widening digital skills gap which will see organisations investing in a race for digital talent over the coming years. This is according to digital leadership search agency Hannington Tame which outlines that now is the time for […]

New Alchemy Virtual Assistant franchise launches as demand for remote admin soars

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Midlands-based Gemma McMillan is pursuing her business dreams during lockdown as the demand for Virtual Assistant services continues to skyrocket. Gemma has just set up her professional business with the award-winning Alchemy Virtual Assistance (VA) team, who have reported a record number of client enquiries from businesses globally – with numbers having quadrupled since COVID […]

One businesswoman proves business start-ups can still thrive despite COVID

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As the admin and business support services sector continues to rise, one Northamptonshire virtual assistant is proving that business start-ups can still succeed in the changing landscape. Sarah Damani, from Wellingborough, recently celebrated her first business birthday having launched her Alchemy Virtual Assistance (VA) Hub in December 2019, three months before the pandemic when high business birth […]

Business owners have been forced into hiring someone who wasn’t right for a role – because of where they are based

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A study of 500 people running SMEs found 84 per cent feel they have been left with no choice but to give someone a job, despite them not being a perfect fit. More than half (58 per cent) blamed this on their business’s location restricting the pool of applicants. And 66 per cent said it was […]

The pandemic has made mental health resilience a key business skill

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This year has completely changed the working landscape and this has meant leaders have had to adapt to situations that no one was trained or prepared for. The pandemic has caused anxiety, stress and put pressure on businesses as they learn to deal with these disruptions. Leaders have needed to develop new core skills, such […]

Three quarters of SMEs are planning to invest in their business next year

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74 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises are planning to invest in their business next year – after being more prepared for the second lockdown. As the UK prepares to return to the tier system, a survey of 547 SMEs found 66 per cent felt they were in a better shape for November’s lockdown […]

Yahire repositions to offer new office services

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Furniture hire company Yahire has adapted its business to provide office clearance, relocation and furniture storage services under the name of Office Clearance London. While the events industry is recovering, Yahire is utilising its large fleet of vehicles, skilled workers and 25,000 sq ft warehouse in North London. Taran O’Doherty, Sales Director at Yahire, said: […]

The Meetings Industry Association welcomes increased support measures

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By The Meetings Industry Association (mia) The mia has welcomed the increased government support measures announced yesterday by the chancellor of the exchequer. The chief executive of the mia, Jane Longhurst, said: “Yesterday’s announcement from Rishi Sunak will be welcome news for many venues and organisations within the business meetings and events supply chain, who will have rightly felt heavily neglected up until this point.” Job Support Scheme “When the Job Support Scheme was originally announced last month, […]

The Mindful Assistant launches the Academy

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The Mindful Assistant – aka Aimee Browne, and star of the latest PA Life profile feature – has launched the Academy, an eight-week programme to help PAs and EAs to grow, both professional and personally, and build their own businesses. The Academy will cover: Master your mindset Nail your niche Craft your offer Build your […]

UK businesses were quick to adapt to threat of COVID-19

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With countries across the world now in lockdown due to the spread and risk of COVID-19, new research commissioned by Aetna International, conducted between March 4th-27th, shows a majority of businesses in the UK had prepared and reacted to the growing threat pre-lockdown.  According to the research, by March 11th when the World Health Organisation (WHO) […]

Business in Lockdown: Dealing with uncertainty

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Lockdown poses many problems for small businesses – uncertainty, closures, restrictions and strained cashflow mean making informed decisions are near impossible. How we deal with uncertainty now is critical to future success. “All the people in business I know just want to crack on, but when will it end? Mid May? Schools going back in […]

Could a playlist help your business succeed?

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Thousands of people are working from home in the current climate. During this bizarre time of isolation, it’s important to stay productive when working in an environment that can be full of distractions. So, how do you make sure you’re maximising productivity when working in a different environment? Transmit Startups have investigated the power of […]

‘Good first half of 2019’ for UK meetings business

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It’s been a good first half of the year for the UK meetings industry, with bookings for the rest of the year indicating that this buoyancy will continue until at least the end of 2019. That’s the view of Angie Mason, Chair of the HBAA, which sees plenty of good news for the industry in […]

SME exec teams ‘too slow to keep up with workforce technology needs’

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Nearly a third (31%) of SME decision makers say their leadership team is not moving fast enough to keep up with employees’ changing technology requirements. That’s according to the new 2019 Digital Business Report from Advanced, which calls into question whether employees are given the right tools to improve their productivity. 39% would consider leaving their job if […]

5 minutes with… Leanne Farrell, founder of Leanne Farrell VA

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After launching her own virtual assistant business a few years ago, Leanne Farrell, founder of Leanne Farrell VA, has never looked back since. Here she explains why she needed to make the jump and stop thinking ‘what if, and why she just can’t live without her phone. How did you launch your business? I started […]


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