Lean management for non-manufacturing companies

Lean management can help every business. That might sound ambitious – you’ve probably heard about lean being used in manufacturing, in production lines, and perhaps in…

10 questions every clinic should ask before they outsource telephone answering and diary management

If you run a clinic you’ll know that managing a diary and answering calls can be quite a juggling act.  All you want to do…

Why should you register a trade mark?

Should you register your logo as a trade mark? A name, logo or brand style is really important when it comes to gaining recognition as…

The Importance of Building a Safety Culture

Of course workplace safety is important to you. But how important is it to your employees? If you don’t know, it may be time to…

Four ways to improve knowledge sharing in your SME business

It is not uncommon for a small business to be fuelled by multitaskers who wear various hats throughout the day. As the leader of such…

Pivotal moment …

Hi everybody and welcome to this week’s blog coming to you from sunny Aberystwyth!!    Talking to people who use Excel but not to its…

How to spot and stop workplace bullying

It is sad but true that bullying is still a significant issue in many organisations. The TUC reported in 2015 that nearly one third of…

It’s time to address the time wasters on your team

It’s time to address the time wasters on your team Before we talk about the time wasters on your team, it’s important to note that…

How to engage with the enemy

The value of a competitor analysis However you view your competitors, it’s important to have an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses.  Going undercover to…

Having a MAIL eMERGEncy?

MS Word to perform Mail Merges, this can be a thorny problem, and I get loads of questions about it, so I hope what follows…

Risky business – do you see risks or opportunities?

In business, do you see risks or opportunities? Because the fact is, embracing risk can benefit small businesses. It’s sometimes seen as a boring or…

Time-saving tips for Microsoft Office users

How much time do you waste each day? We all know the importance of productivity, but how many of us take advantage of all of…

Grow your business through streamlining and innovation

Each month in the blog we’re going to be featuring one of our BizSmart Select Members. These are a curated group of businesses we have…

The top 10 ways to overcome procrastination

  In our latest webinar BizSmart Select Member Mike Gardner, aka The Time Doctor, talks about the top 10 ways to overcome procrastination.    …

Can a virtual assistant deliver tangible support?

The ability to increase capacity within your business (and perhaps hand over those jobs you would rather not do) sounds great in theory and more…

How to protect your business with cyber security

As we’ve seen in the news lately, cyber security is not to be taken lightly. There are a number of potential threats that you need…

What is workforce management software?

If you have staff, and you’re wondering whether workforce management software would help you to streamline your business, read on.   BizSmart Select Member David…

How to Measure What Matters!

We all know we should be keeping a close eye on our business performance. But what should we be measuring? How do we strike the…

You don’t really love me, you just keep me hangin’ on……

The title of this superb track by Diana Ross and the Supremes would make a great choice for callers waiting in queues to speak to…

Time Management Tips to Increase Productivity

Select Member Mike Gardner, also known as The Time Doctor, has some time management tips to help you get more done… I’m sure you’ll agree…

How to build profitable relationships via email

Do you keep in touch with your clients and prospects? If you don’t, you’re almost certainly missing out on sales.   What about the people…

Improve efficiency with Excel functions

Working with numbers, data and spreadsheets can be time-consuming, but there is a way to improve efficiency with Excel functions.

Do I need a server in my business?

It can be difficult to know which kind of server is right for your business. Do you need a physical server on site, or is…

Understanding Excel’s VLOOKUP function

Excel’s VLOOKUP function is one of the most useful functions in Excel, but it can also be difficult to understand.   BizSmart Select Member Les…

How to implement a work from home policy

How to implement a work from home policy Views can vary about whether a work from home policy is effective, but many employers agree that…

Meeting Rhythm – How to Keep the Blood Pumping

We all know that getting the balance right between working in and on your business is critical - but it is not easy. How do…

Security and protecting your business

Information security is a vital part of reducing the risks in your business. Often, the data in your business is one of your most valuable…

Save time with Excel

Names, Formulas and other EXCELlent stuff   Save time with Excel and become more productive in your work by understanding more about the way a Range…

How to use Mail Merge in Microsoft Word

BizSmart Select Member Les Gutteridge outlines how to use Mail Merge in Microsoft Word to send letters and emails to multiple addresses.

Increase Your Productivity by Taking Breaks

On the surface it sounds unlikely: taking breaks can make you more productive? But there’s quite a lot of evidence around now that suggests that…

Creating and Converting Global Opportunities

This webinar recording, Creating and Converting Global Opportunities, is with Steve Parker of Steve Parker ICD International Company Development. He specialises in providing international sales and marketing,…

Do you want to run a successful business and still spend time with friends and family?

The aim of this webinar is to help attendees free up two hours a day to spend on the things that really matter to them.…

Key Lessons in Lean Management for SMEs

Lean management is essentially a way of looking at the whole company and working out how to make it more effective at delivering great products…

Pitfalls of business insurance & how to avoid

 with Andy Phillips of Andrew Phillips Insurance Brokers, talking about the types of insurance that are available for businesses, along with some of the pitfalls…

How using macros can save you time

Les Gutteridge of training and systems company, 101 System Works, talks about how simple macros can save you time and help you to avoid repetitive…

The Dark Underworld of the Printing Industry

If you’ve ever been to a networking event you’ll know that there are a lot of printers out there. But to the layperson wanting to…

Exporting and International Trade for Beginners

At this webinar, Steve Parker of ICD International Company Development spoke about exporting and international trade for beginners and he summarises the key lessons

How to Grow: Thirteen Top Tips to Find the Value in Your Business

Thirteen may be unlucky for some but we’re not superstitious, and we have some great tips for finding new ways to grow your business: 1.…

Top Ten Procurement Tips

Melanie Hawkett of Source & Effect gives her top ten tips for purchasing and procurement:

Is Your Business Lean Enough?

Is your business a lean mean fighting machine or a sluggish sloth-like creature? Does everything work cleanly and efficiently or do you and your staff…

Speed Up With These Microsoft Word Top Tips

These tips from Les Gutteridge of 101 SystemWorks aim to help you work faster and more efficiently in Microsoft Word (and many of them work…

Free Up Your Time: Top Ten Tasks You Can Outsource

Melanie Hawkett and the business support team at PAmayday have put together the top ten tasks that you can outsource...

Committing to Time Management: Stick To It

The hardest part about time management is making a real commitment to following a schedule. It can be especially difficult for people who work for…

Three Useful Tips for Managing Your Time Efficiently

You know that a day consists of 24 hours: sleeping should take up at least eight hours of that time, then there are the hours…

Are You Using Google Analytics in Your Business?

if you don’t know what’s happening with the website – how can you improve it? That is where Google Analytics can help and benefit your…

£4 Billion is Available FREE For You…

  Select Member Philip Priest asks if you’re ready to claim the cash that’s rightfully yours… In today’s throw away and ‘want it now’ society,…

Improve Your Time Management Skills With A Change In Mindset

Select Member Mike Gardner, also known as The Time Doctor, has some tips for mindset changes to help manage your time:

Cloud Storage Vs Hard Disk Drives – Which Is Better For Your Business? Part 1

David Lynes of Unique IQ explains the benefits of storing business data in the cloud… Business data needs to be safe, secure and accessible for…

Cloud Storage Vs Hard Disk Drives – Which Is Better For Your Business? Part 2

David Lynes of Unique IQ explains the benefits of storing business data on hard drives…

Make Space To Manage Your Time Better

One way to help yourself manage your time better is to keep things separate. If you have a specific area to accomplish a goal, you’ll…