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Three things Job-seekers should never be asked

This month saw some positive news from the BBC: UK job vacancies rose at the fastest rate for eight months in March 2012, led by the IT and computing sector, and permanent staff placements rose for the third month in a row. This is very welcome news for a nation in a double-dip recession, and will hopefully lead to more money flowing into savings accounts and more debts paid off. This is particularly welcome...

Thinking of taking on staff? What you need to consider

As part of a raft of new financial measures to encourage businesses to recruit and train new staff, it’s reported that small businesses are to be given a £1,500 ‘incentive payment’ to take on more apprentices. But taking on extra staff can be daunting for business owners – particularly if they are recruiting for the first time. Here’s our quick guide to becoming an employer, and the things you need...

Property Index shows big office price drops in Birmingham and Manchester

Serviced office prices at lowest point since mid-2011, reports Office Genie It’s a great time for small businesses to rent office space in two of Britain’s key business centres, according to officegenie.co.uk. According to its quarterly price index, serviced office rents in both Manchester and Birmingham are currently considerably cheaper than they were in the summer. As a site dedicated to small businesses...

Currency exchange risk management and its business importance

Strong companies will be well aware that avoiding risk is impossible; however, to be successful this must be mitigated. One example of this is the process of getting insurance against stock being destroyed or damaged. Key person cover is also often purchased to protect against an important executive or individual from being away from key business processes. Businesses also vary their stock to face the changing...

Home office furniture – Getting the setup right

The home office furniture provided by suppliers like Ryman fulfils, at the most basic level, the obvious job of providing a place at which to work at home. There are several points to consider when selecting home office furniture, beyond simply measuring up and finding space in the home, not all of which may be immediately apparent. Here we look at a few of these considerations. Home office furniture such as...

Public liability insurance – a quick guide

Public liability insurance covers you if, as a result of a mistake you make, a customer or a member of the public suffers an injury or damage to their property. Claims of this sort can be enough to financially cripple a business, so it is important that you are insured. Public liability insurance should cover not just the compensation payment, but also the associated legal fees and treatment costs that the...